Eureka on Eureka

A while back, I expressed some frustration with SyFy’s formulaic television offerings in the form of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Haven. Here’s an update: Haven kind of hooked me near the end of the season, as Audrey’s season-long plot arc got seriously interesting. I still like the dynamic between the three leads, but am not …

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GLEE vs. HUGE: Fight!

GLEE (Fox) and HUGE (ABC Family) are TV shows about modern-day teenagers struggling to figure out who they are while surviving the everyday trials and tribulations associated with being a teen. What I love about GLEE: The songs. Specifically, how well the actors portray the emotions in the songs they’re singing. As a long-time musicals …

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SyFy’s TV Formula

Nope, I’m not talking about Stonehenge Apocalypse (“We can’t just sit on our hands while Stonehenge destroys the world!”) or any of SyFy’s infamous monster mashups, I’m talking about three of their original TV shows: Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Haven. I’ll say up front that I’m not a huge fan of any of these shows, …

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TV Pilot Sampler

I love watching pilot episodes of new TV shows. I love studying how they set up their settings and characters and premises, how they handle dialogue, how they’re paced. If they’re trying to capitalize on another successful show, I love to see what elements they copy, where they diverge, and how they succeed or fail …

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The World is Just Awesome

All the hubbub over Super Bowl commercials has reminded me of one of my favorite commercials ever, Discovery Channel’s “The World is Just Awesome.” Imagine my happy surprise to find there’s also a sequel! So, if you haven’t seen these before (and even if you have) please watch. Your sense of wonder will thank you.

Reality TV and Me

People fascinate me. I love them for their frailty, their intricacies, their quirks, their passions. I love the brave ones and the scared ones, the dreamers and the pragmatists. And by watching reality TV, I get a constant stream to observe without having to lurk around at a coffeehouse or an airport. Oh, sure, reality …

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Good Commercial

The first time I saw this commercial, the ending really hit me. I’m not sure if non-Californians have gotten a chance to see it, so here you go: I’m glad to see the power of TV being used for Good. (Want more info? Go here.)

True Power

During my commute this morning, I flipped on NPR in the middle of this story: Vampire Slayer Buffy Saves Iraq Reporter’s Soul by Jamie Tarabay. NPR sums up the piece thusly: Buffy the Vampire Slayer saved the world and the sanity of NPR’s Jamie Tarabay while she was in Baghdad. Tarabay explores why she needed …

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