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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!

TV Wasteland: Submitted For Your Approval by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 31, 2012)
We ring in 2013 with a return to new scripted shows and a Syfy tradition that never gets old.

TV Wasteland: It's The End of the World As We Know It by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 17, 2012)
The world ends on Friday! But just in case it doesn’t, we have some pre-holiday viewing for you to enjoy, including a pair of season finales and a whole fistful of Christmas specials.

TV Wasteland: Christmas Blues by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 10, 2012)
It’s a brand new week, as Christmas movies take center stage and a certain cable station with whom we have a perennial love-hate relationship turns 20. Let’s take a look.

TV Wasteland: Here Comes December by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Critic
(December 03, 2012)
Another week, another Wasteland. What beckons from the boob tube? Read on for the answers.

TV Wasteland: Too Early for Christmas... by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 26, 2012)
Another busy week on the Wasteland, and Christmas arrives way too early as usual. Let’s see what the last week in November holds for us.

TV Wasteland: Happy Turkey Day! by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 19, 2012)
It’s Thanksgiving, and ABC is celebrating by axing a couple of underperformers. The Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will finish their 13-episode runs and be done… a harsh blow to the fans, but certainly one that they could see coming. Both shows strugg

TV Wasteland: November Sweeps Through by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 12, 2012)
It’s another busy week, with a full slate of shows deep into their fall runs. Here’s how it all breaks down this week.

TV Wasteland: Election Edition by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 05, 2012)
It’s a pretty full week, so we’ll dispense the preamble and just get to it!

TV Wasteland: Happy Halloween! by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 29, 2012)
It’s Halloween this week, which means that every cable station will hustle its cache of horror movies out for you to enjoy. Unfortunately, not all of said stations can differentiate between “horror” and “good horror,” which means you’re going t

TV Wasteland: The Kid from Mockingbird Lane by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 22, 2012)
On Friday, NBC airs its “Halloween Special” Mockingbird Lane… which is actually a pilot of an attempted reboot of The Munsters. Besides the sad repackaging of a failed TV show as a special, the endeavor smacks of network desperation on a staggering l

TV Wasteland: A Whole New Horror Story by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 15, 2012)
American Horror Story returns to FX this week… which should come as a bit of surprise, since pretty much the entire cast was killed off at the end of last season. The producers responded by starting an entirely new story, set decades earlier at a lunatic

TV Wasteland: Arrow Aims High by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Writer
(October 07, 2012)
The fall season kicks into overdrive this week, topped by the eagerly anticipated new season of The Walking Dead. Since we suspect it will be awesome, we’re going to focus on a much bigger question mark: Arrow, the new superhero series over on the CW. As

TV Wasteland: Supernatural Returns by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 01, 2012)
Supernatural returns this week – in the face of the Presidential debates to boot – and its loyal fan base has reason to be happy. The show runners have promised a new arc to take the series into a tenth season, and while the show has slipped in qualit

TV Wasteland: The Neighbor of the Beast by Rob Vaux, Writer
(September 24, 2012)
There’s a huge slew of premieres this week – including Haven, Fringe and The Big Bang Theory – but our attention is drawn to a new show. 666 Park Avenue picks up where The Devil’s Advocate left off, delivering a swanky Manhattan apartment complex l

TV Wasteland: Revolutionary? by Rob Vaux, Writer
(September 17, 2012)
The new fall season officially kicks into gear this week, and already, we’re presented with a fresh new bucket of NBC’s flop sweat. Revolution, premiering Monday and occupying an unseemly percent of promo time during the Olympics, feels exactly like an

TV Wasteland: Are You Ready for Some Football? by Rob Vaux, Writer
(September 10, 2012)
Football season kicks off this week, which doesn’t stop the slow march of new genre shows starting up again in September. Here’s what’s coming up in between the touchdowns, hard hits and nightmarish sight of Peyton Manning in a Broncos uniform.

TV Wasteland: RIP Tony Scott by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(September 03, 2012)
The Democrats’ convention follows hot on the heels of the Republicans’, but those sneaky programmers found a way to slip a few notable genre shows in the midst of it all. As far as series go, Doctor Who returns to our screens for an all-new season of

TV Wasteland: August Heat by Rob Vaux, Writer
(August 20, 2012)
True Blood wraps up its fifth season this week, Grimm tackles two nights with the same episode, and Samwise Gamgee visits the Creature Cantina. Don't believe me? Take a look