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TV Wasteland: Not Only of Sight and Sound, But of Mind by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(June 29, 2009)
Whatever the SciFi Channel's faults--and with the transfer to "Syfy" imminent, those faults have loomed particularly large of late--there's one thing it always gets right: the 4th of July Twilight Zone marathon.

Unwanted Cast-Off or Cult Hit in the Making by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(June 22, 2009)
Fox is airing a Neither Fish Nor Fowl effort this Friday, which is bound to raise some eyebrows simply by the names attached. Virtuality--billed as a TV movie but actually filmed as a pilot--comes to us courtesy of Battlestar Galactica bigwigs Ronald D. Mo

Camelot High by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(June 15, 2009)
Just because you use a beloved set of characters in your TV show doesn't mean that those characters belong to you. Ask the creators of Birds of Prey how well things went when they assumed otherwise.

Sunday Night Stakeout by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(June 08, 2009)
It's the middle of June and one of the summer's biggest television events hits screens this Sunday. HBO's True Blood, the tender story of a psychic waitress and the bloodsucker she loves, begins its second season on June 14th.

Summer Shows Starting Up by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(June 01, 2009)
Early June is usually pretty quiet for the boob tube. Season finales have more or less wrapped up and the networks are taking a bit of a breather before summer scheduling starts. The week's two most noted genre shows both fall into the gray "not quite fanb

Enjoy the Nostalgia Before Will Ferrell Craps on it by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(May 25, 2009)
The SciFi Channel has programmed a Memorial Day marathon of the original Land of the Lost--Sid and Marty Krofft's cult 70s children's show which looks to be thoroughly gang-raped by Will Ferrell and his cronies in a couple of weeks.

What is Genre Programming? by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(May 18, 2009)
Before we begin, a brief reiteration of some news: Fox has picked up Dollhouse for a second season. Well-deserved reprieve for a show with a strong cult following? Or proof that Joss Whedon is in league with Satanic powers? You be the judge.)

How Lost Found Itself Again by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(May 11, 2009)
The season finale parade marches on with over a half dozen genre shows wrapping up this week. The biggest by far dominates ABC's Wednesday lineup. Not only has Lost cemented its reputation as perhaps the best piece of programming on television, but it did

Dollhouse Hangs up the Barbie Clothes by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(May 04, 2009)
The season finale of Dollhouse hits Fox this Friday, accompanied by the inevitable praise from Whedonites, scorn for the network, and nail-biting speculation on whether it will return next year. Pundits have pointed out how much it improved in the second h

Season Finale O-Rama-Rama by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(April 27, 2009)
Heroes has its season finale tonight, and judging by the catcalls, rotten fruit and lit bundles of dynamite hurled my way this past week, its fans are far more sorry to see it go than I am. I'm glad it generates such enthusiasm, and if my less-than-stellar

Zombies Ate My Column! by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(April 20, 2009)
This week's TV Wasteland is being kept short and sweet, since your intrepid columnist is busy covering the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in LA. Full-bore snark will return next week. For now, here's a run-down of genre programming for the next seven days.

Check the Pilots by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(April 13, 2009)
Want to know why genre programming holds so much potential? Check the list of pilots currently in production by the five big networks. Pilots (for those of you who didn't see Pulp Fiction) are single-episode TV shows produced at the network's behest. If th

The Last Stand of Sarah Connor? by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(April 06, 2009)
This week marks the likely end of another genre show: not in triumph like BSG a few weeks ago, but with the sad, quiet certainty to which the vast majority of television succumbs. The road for Sarah Connor Chronicles was never an easy one--and indeed, ther

Early Gravestones on the Road by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(March 30, 2009)
Another reasonably quiet week marks the slow, steady drumbeat of change on the boob tube. The most notable is the series finale of Life on Mars--gone after just a single season despite rave reviews and a solid opening last fall.

Shows On the Cancellation Bubble by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(March 23, 2009)
We're in the throes of March Madness, and as we watch our favorite teams get crushed like tiny little bugs, it's worth remembering that they're not the only ones under the gun. A number of genre shows face a very bleak future: stymied by low ratings, risin

Battlestar Galactica's Final Farewell by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(March 16, 2009)
The third week in March signals an approaching last hurrah for a number of genre shows: some just for the season, some forever. But all of them are eclipsed by SciFi's two-hour soiree for the good ship Galactica and her crew. Helo's daughter Hera holds the

A TV King Rises by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(March 09, 2009)
Kings rises, Battlestar readies the final curtain and your loyal columnist dutifully falls on his sword.

Steady Wasteland Before Kings by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(March 02, 2009)
We've got another comparatively run-of-the-mill week with the glass teat, as genre shows crowd Monday, Wednesday and Friday while leaving every other night bare as the Sahara. Battlestar hits its last three episodes, there's a double dip on 24, The Brave a

Routine Viewing in the Wasteland by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(February 23, 2009)
After nearly two months of premieres, finales, not-to-be missed specials and superheroes hosting awards shows, the last week in February dawns without a signature television event. Oh, there's plenty of genre entertainment to be had--new episodes of most m

Oscar Hopefuls Lead TV Wasteland by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(February 16, 2009)
It's not that the Oscars have been unkind to fanboys… okay, that's a lie. With the lonely exception of Return of the King, Oscar has pretty much smacked us around like a rented mule since its inception. Chariots of Fire over Raiders of the Lost Ark? Chec

Whedonites Rejoice! by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(February 09, 2009)
After months of delays, reshoots, and rumored problems analyzed by one of the most obsessive fan bases on the planet, it's finally happening: Joss Whedon is returning to prime-time TV.

Week of February 2, 2009 by Rob Vaux
(February 02, 2009)
It's three days of fat and four days of lean for genre programming this week, as the Powers That Be in network boardrooms across the land combine their fanboy shows into giant evening-spanning lumps. The most notable line-up is NBC's on Monday night: all-n

Week of January 26, 2009 by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(January 26, 2009)
After a month full of premieres, the last week in January settles gently into routine, with new episodes of Lost, 24, Battlestar, Brave and the Bold, Clone Wars, and Wolverine and the X-Men offering oodles of television viewing for the dedicated fanboy. Ne

Week of January 19, 2009 by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(January 19, 2009)
This TV Wasteland features the cavalcade of January genre premieres continuing this week with Lost, which endeavors to sort out the passel of questions conveniently left behind after last season. Chief among them is what happened to the island after Ben Li

TV WASTELAND- Week of January 12, 2009 by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(January 12, 2009)
Don't you hate it when you finally reach the Promised Land after four years of scuttling across the galaxy like roaches in front of a broom, and it turns out the former tenants trashed it? That's what the crew of the Galactica has to face in what is easily