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TV Wasteland: The Heat is On by Rob Vaux, Writer
(July 08, 2013)
It’s a fairly full week, though not a hugely exceptional one. Warehouse 13 wraps up, along with some of those canceled burn-offs over on the networks. BBC America begins airing the final season of their version of Being Human, while the Sunday-night jugg

TV Wasteland: Another Farewell for Richard Matheson by Rob Vaux, Writer
(July 01, 2013)
It’s the week of July 4th, and you know what that means: Syfy continues its marvelous tradition of running The Twilight Zone all day. This year is particularly poignant because it marks the recent death of Richard Matheson who, after Rod Serling himself,

TV Wasteland: Under the Dome by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 24, 2013)
CBS returns to well-worn territory this week with a new Stephen King series Under the Dome. King has proven irresistible to network programmers over the years, with over thirty television adaptations in various forms. Most of them appear as miniseries, but

TV Wasteland: June Gloom by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 17, 2013)
A comparatively quiet week this week, as summer shows settle into their routine and the networks by and large bow out. Here’s what’s coming the next seven days.

TV Wasteland: Zombie Stomp by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic and Columnist
(June 03, 2013)
There’s a lot of beginnings and endings this week. Revolution, Da Vinci’s Demons and Game of Thrones are all signing off (with all three to return next year), while Burn Notice, Continuum and Falling Skies start new seasons. Syfy unveils a new series b

TV Wasteland: And now the story... by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 27, 2013)
Can’t talk. Wallowing in new season of Arrested Development.

TV Wasteland: May Sweeps On by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 20, 2013)
Season finales roll on, with only a few non-summer shows still on their runs. We’ve got a run-down of them below!

TV Wasteland: Finale-O-Rama by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 13, 2013)
Slowly but surely, various shows are wrapping up their seasons. Of course, in this day and age, that doesn’t mean much at all. Who’s bowing out and who’s starting up? You can find the answers below.

TV Wasteland: May Flowers by Rob Vaux
(May 06, 2013)
It’s a full week on the Wasteland, but also a fairly typical one. Let’s take a look at how the days break down.

TV Wasteland: Open up the Warehouse by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 29, 2013)
Warehouse 13 is back! And more importantly, it’s also showing no signs of flagging. Starting out as a lighter, fluffier variation on The X-Files, it quickly found its own rhythm and now acts as a marvelous tonic to the more self-serious sci-fi shows out

TV Wasteland: Hemlock Grove by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 22, 2013)
Having fired its opening salvo in the regular series wars with Lilihammer and House of Cards, Netflix follows them up with Hemlock Grove, a supernatural soap opera based on the novel by Brian McGreevy. With Eli Roth directing the pilot, the show definitely

TV Wasteland: Defiance Rises by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 15, 2013)
I tend a laugh at Syfy a lot – any network that produces titles like Sharktopus deserves some serious ribbing – but in the midst of that, they have produced some well-regarded original series. The likes of Warehouse 13, Being Human and of course BSG le

TV Wasteland: Leonardo Kicks Ass! by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 08, 2013)
This week delivers a very intriguing project to our doorstep: Da Vinci’s Demons, a swashbuckling reimagining of the life of the world’s most famous Renaissance Man. As imagined by showrunner David S. Goyer, it views Leonardo Da Vinci at the center of a

TV Wasteland: A Nice Chianti by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 01, 2013)
With The Bates Motel scoring some points for A&E, NBC prepares to follow it with a slasher reboot of their own. Hannibal, a prequel to Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter novels, traces the early partnership between the man-eating psychiatrist (Mads Mikkelse

TV Wasteland: Time to Play... by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 25, 2013)
Easter Sunday means a lot more than eggs and church services for genre fans this year: Game of Thrones returns for its third season! The second season ended with King Joffrey handing out the goodies after his great victory, and Tyrion plotting a comeback a

TV Wasteland: Back to the Bates Motel by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 18, 2013)
A&E throws its hat into the reboot ring this week with Bates Motel, a look at Psycho’s cross-dressing serial killer as a young man. Billed as a “contemporary prequel,” it features an impressive cast (Freddie Highmore as Norman, Vera Farmiga as his p

TV Wasteland: Before the Game Begins... by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 11, 2013)
The cool new stuff? It’s coming at the end of the month. (Game of Thrones, we’re looking at you.) For now, it’s just more of the same on the Wasteland. Not that that’s an entirely bad thing, Just take a look!

TV Wasteland: In Like a Lion by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 04, 2013)
The first week of March proves to be a fairly quiet one, with a lot of shows hauling out reruns and more just entering their post-sweeps stride. Here’s what’s coming up in the next seven days.

TV Wasteland: More NBC Bashing! by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 25, 2013)
March is traditionally a fairly slow point on the schedule, so I’m just going to make fun of NBC for a bit. February sweeps placed the flailing network fifth behind the Spanish-language Telemundo… an unprecedented dip brought on in part by the hiatus o

TV Wasteland: And the Oscar Goes to... by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 18, 2013)
The Oscars arrive this Sunday and with it come the usual spate of horse-race predictions. (Safer than actually arguing about the quality of each film, which often leads to tears and hurt feelings.) Things are looking good for Argo, while former front-runne

TV Wasteland: Zero Hour Is Coming by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 11, 2013)
ABC has chosen Valentine’s Day for an interesting bit of counter-programming: Zero Hour, a conspiracy series with a solid cast and intriguing premise. Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards) makes a living debunking crackpot theories, only to find himself plung

TV Wasteland: The Walking Dead Returns by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 04, 2013)
Sunday night’s the place to be for genre programming this week. Syfy is finally airing the aborted sequel to Battlestar Galactica, Blood and Chrome… which hard-core fans have probably already caught online and elsewhere. Of far more interest is the ret

TV Wasteland: Calling all Heroes! by Rob Vaux, Writer
(January 28, 2013)
We don’t talk much about PBS series like Pioneers of Television out here. We loves us the PBS, but – the odd BBC import notwithstanding – they don’t offer lot of genre programming. This week’s installment of Pioneers merits mention, however. It l

TV Wasteland: Farewell to Fringe by Rob Vaux, Writer
(January 14, 2013)
People described Fringe as what The X-Flies should have been like had that show not gone completely Looney Tunes in the last five or six seasons. It never achieved the pop culture frisson of its predecessor, but it benefitted from the comparatively lack of

TV Wasteland: And Now... Playoffs! by Rob Vaux, Writer
(January 07, 2013)
January arrives, and with it comes midseason replacements, trickling in between the fever of NFL playoff games. Here’s a look at which ones are coming up!