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TV Wasteland: Walking On by Rob Vaux, Editor
(March 11, 2012)
This week witnesses a pair of notable season finales, one for The Clone Wars and the other for The Walking Dead. The former has saved the Star Wars franchise in many fans’ eyes, and never suffered for a dip in quality (the odd bout of Jar Jar-ism notwith

TV Wasteland: We Got Your Back by Rob Vaux, Editor
(March 04, 2012)
Breaking In returns this Tuesday! And since I am literally the only one who cares, I’ll just jump into this week’s list.

TV Wasteland: Midseason Replacements Roll In by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 27, 2012)
As February turns into March, first-run shows slip softly into rerun territory while a new round of midseason replacements waits in the wings. Let's take a look.

TV Wasteland: Oscar Blunders by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 19, 2012)
The Oscars are coming this Sunday, and further bile will be spent on it later in the week. For now though, let’s concentrate on the awards ceremony itself. Everyone is more or less braced for a disaster; the Academy tried to hip things up last year to di

TV Wasteland: Mid-Winter Blues by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 12, 2012)
The third week of February finds the usual suspects occupying the boob tube. Let’s have a look!

TV Wasteland: Kevin Smith Must Be Stopped by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 05, 2012)
The big news this week is the return of The Walking Dead… which hopefully continues to improve after the slow start earlier in the season. Our own Joe Oesterle will provide weekly reviews and we’ll all have a chance to comment as it proceeds. Today, h

TV Wasteland: Super Bowl Time by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 29, 2012)
It’s Super Bowl week, and I’m still nursing my wounds from the Niners’ crushing defeat in the NFC Championship. (Tom Brady, you and your relentless band of robotic killjoys are my only hope!) In the meantime, here’s what else we have to watch this

TV Wasteland: Chuck Closes by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 22, 2012)
I’m quite pumped for the return of Spartacus this week, with a tip of the cap to the late Andy Whitfield and a hope that his fellow cast and crew can do right by his memory. That, however, has to take a back seat to the finale of a show that was never su

TV Wasteland: Escape from Alcatraz by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 16, 2012)
J.J. Abrams is back, and he’s brought his Lost formula with him. Fox is betting big that the new series Alcatraz – starring Lost alum Jorge Garcia and featuring a similarly freaky premise – will do for them what the old show did for ABC.

TV Wasteland: Fades In by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 09, 2012)
British Television has a rich tradition of science-fiction programs, topped by the long-running Doctor Who but including the likes of The Prisoner, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Red Dwarf Blake’s 7, Neverwhere and Life on Mars. The intelligent

TV Wasteland: Mid-Winter Blues by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 01, 2012)
The New Year begins with a lot of movies, as regular shows slowly get back to their usual schedule and midwinter replacements step up from the wings.

TV Wasteland: 10… 9… 8… by Rob Vaux, Editor
(December 25, 2011)
The Mania offices are closed for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be taking a look at this week’s television viewing for you!

TV Wasteland: Happy Holidays by Rob Vaux, Editor
(December 18, 2011)
The holidays are a traditional dead zone for television – save for a few Christmas specials and thematically appropriate films – and that’s fine by us. There’s still plenty of good viewing for genre fans out there.

TV Wasteland: ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas by Rob Vaux, Editor
(December 11, 2011)
Two season finales mark this week before Christmas, along with the expected array of holiday films and specials. What else is out there? Let’s have a look.

TV Wasteland: Scary for All the Wrong Reasons by Rob Vaux, Editor
(December 04, 2011)
Bag of Bones is coming to A&E! Are you excited? Me neither. Stephen King adaptations have a heavily mixed track record, especially on television, and no one was knocking down the doors demanding that this middle-of-the-road novel be turned into four hours

TV Wasteland: Before the Boys Were Lost by Rob Vaux, Editor
(November 28, 2011)
Syfy does rather well for itself when it re-tasks or reinterprets popular favorites. They scored big ratings for Tin Man and Alice, and despite a few rocky elements, those efforts succeeded in finding new wrinkles to their timeworn stories. Syfy is attemp

TV Wasteland: Happy Turkey Day by Rob Vaux, Editor
(November 21, 2011)
It’s Thanksgiving and while we don’t have any specific TV event to single out, there’s no shortage of goodies for your holiday viewing pleasure.

TV Wasteland: Holy Series Finale! by Rob Vaux, Editor
(November 14, 2011)
This Friday witnesses the end to one of the more controversial eras in the long history of the Caped Crusader. Batman: The Brave and The Bold finished its final season and more than a few Batman fans are happy to see it go. Its deliberately camp attitude a

TV Wasteland: In Brightest Day by Rob Vaux, Editor
(November 06, 2011)
Any time you put the words “Bruce Timm” and “Animated Series” in the same sentence, it’s bound to attract some attention. Timm served as one of the principal movers and shakers on the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series and its subsequent

TV Wasteland: Halloween Wasteland by Rob Vaux, Editor
(October 30, 2011)
It’s a full week on the Wasteland, so let’s waste no time!

TV Wasteland: A Grimm Outlook at NBC by Rob Vaux, Editor
(October 23, 2011)
The second half of the fall’s fairy-tale two-punch hits this week with Grimm, NBC’s latest effort to crawl up from the bottom of the ratings heap. I’m not certain this is the one to turn them around. Granted, its premise is more intriguing than ABC

TV Wasteland: Happily Ever After? by Rob Vaux, Editor
(October 16, 2011)
Do we really need a modern updating of classic fairy tales? ABC thinks so. It’s unveiling a new series, Once Upon a Time, this Sunday night with a concept as contrived and gimmicky as you’ll ever see. A young woman returns to a small Maine town where s

TV Wasteland: Zombies!!! by Rob Vaux, Editor
(October 09, 2011)
All too quickly, the TV season has faded into ashen disappointment. Terra Nova blows, American Horror Story is… not right, and while the Friday night smorgasboard has some tasty tidbits, they’re not exactly blowing anyone out of the water in the rating

TV Wasteland: Bring Out the Gimp by Rob Vaux, Editor
(October 02, 2011)
Way back in the early 90s, ABC changed television history by giving David Lynch a budget and telling him to go nuts. He did, and the results (a little number called Twin Peaks) have yet to be duplicated. It allowed other alternative shows like Lost and Des

TV Wasteland: Steven Spielberg Presents Land of the Lost by Rob Vaux, Editor
(September 25, 2011)
The biggest gamble of the season lands on Fox Monday as Steven Spielberg unveils a new dino-centric series that could make or break genre programming for years to come. Terra Nova posits a time-travel scenario where future residents of a ravaged Earth jour