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TV Wasteland: Seasons Close by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Critic
(May 06, 2012)
‘Tis the season for season finales. Five arrive this week for genre shows, with more on the way later this month. Thankfully, four of them are already renewed or very likely to be renewed, and the fifth – The CW’s The Secret Circle – at least stand

TV Wasteland: Fringe Renewed by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Critic
(April 29, 2012)
Like a lot of Friday shows, Fringe has flirted with cancellation for several seasons now, putting fans through a wringer of expectation and anxiety before somehow staying alive to fight another day. Now, finally, all those doubts have been laid to rest. Fo

TV Wasteland: Wesley, Felicia Day, and Some Cat Named Cage by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Critic
(April 22, 2012)
This week’s highlights include a Guild mistress on Supernatural, a TNG veteran on The Big Bang Theory and too much Nicolas Cage for comfort. Let’s get to it!

TV Wasteland: Eureka’s Final Season by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(April 16, 2012)
I spend a lot of ink jumping all over Syfy on this column – and let’s face it, they deserve it most of the time – but this week provides a chance to see them doing something right. Season Five of Eureka premieres tonight, officially the series’ fin

TV Wasteland: Bad Luck by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(April 09, 2012)
TV hits an April lull again, in preparation for May sweeps. Let’s have a look! Monday Being Human (Syfy, 9:00 PM EST) Season Two comes to a close as Sally’s mother returns and Aiden decides to take out Mother. A whole lotta Freud going on here.

TV Wasteland: Spring Has Sprung by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(April 01, 2012)
Passover starts this Friday night and Easter’s on Sunday. In the meantime, let’s see what’s on the tube to keep us occupied!

TV Wasteland: The Game Is On by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(March 25, 2012)
Game of Thrones returns this Friday, generating the kind of intense fanboy frothing usually reserved for the terms “Christopher Nolan” and “Batman Movies.” Not that it’s unwarranted.

Tournament Wasteland by Rob Vaux, Editor
(March 18, 2012)
A reasonably busy week hides the lack of obvious titles to open the column. So let’s get to it!

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.