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TV Wasteland: Brand New Day by Rob Vaux, Editor
(July 03, 2011)
The intriguing case of Torchwood presents us with a powerful conundrum this week. It’s always done well for itself, but it remains largely for the fanboys: a solid spin-off of Doctor Who that caters to its core audience without expanding the palate signi

TV Wasteland: Fireworks and Weenies by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 26, 2011)
We’re leading up to the 4th of July, and most new shows are waiting until afterwards to start their runs. The exception is Comedy Central’s comparatively quiet Ugly Americans, which kicks off a second season backed by the dependable Futurama. The show

TV Wasteland: Bloody Good by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 19, 2011)
On June 26th, the closest thing to a sure bet on TV this summer returns: True Blood, the bloody chunk of Goth that heaps further shame on the Twilight crowd without missing a beat. Season Three left a huge tangle of threads to unravel, which the show runn

TV Wasteland: Look to the Skies by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 12, 2011)
Falling Skies arrives this Sunday amid a level of anticipation unseen since… well actually, since the last batch of event sci-fi shows bombed like the Enola Gay. Buzz has slowly been building throughout the spring, but fans have been burned quite a bit o

TV Wasteland: Camelot Wraps Up by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 05, 2011)
It’s another quiet week on television… giving you all a chance to see X-Men: First Class, Super 8 and the truly awesome Troll Hunter in movie theaters. Camelot wraps up this week – and a round of applause for a yeoman first season – and Doctor Who

TV Wasteland: Wastey, Wastey Wasteland by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 29, 2011)
With only a tiny handful of new episodes out this week, we’re forced to fall back on a glut of cable movies to fill our quota. What can I say? It’s that time of year…

TV Wasteland: Spielbergiana by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 23, 2011)
It’s a dark day for TV fandom, as the shattered remains of genre shows lie scattered like so much beef chuck. Never have we seen such carnage… never has the future of genre shows on television looked bleaker. Weirdly enough, horror shows will be carryi

TV Wasteland: The Horror! by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 15, 2011)
It was a chamber of horrors for genre shows this week, as the cancellation axe fell swiftly and without mercy. V, Human Target, No Ordinary Family, The Event and Breaking In have all been dropped: the same week that Smallville and Stargate Universe officia

TV Wasteland: It's a Bird, It's a Plane by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 08, 2011)
In the last decade, one name stands alone in the ranks of superhero TV shows. That name is Birds of Prey, the immortal Batman spin-off that has lasted for 24 seasons, claimed 102 Emmys, and made household names out of its not-at-all douchey staff of writer

TV Wasteland: Hats off to Fringe by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 01, 2011)
No big write up this week, but I am going to give a tip of the cap to Fringe, which withstood the horrors of a Friday night time slot in the midst of one of the ugliest seasons in a long time for genre television, and not only survived but actually deliver

TV Wasteland: April Showers by Rob Vaux, Editor
(April 24, 2011)
The television scene is pretty quiet this week, as various series toddle towards their appointed season finales. He we go…

TV Wasteland: Listen to Your Doctor by Rob Vaux, Editor
(April 18, 2011)
In an era of fleeting fads, flash-in-the-pan “events” and would-be classics that never get off the ground, the spectacular endurance of Doctor Who is a sight to behold. Eleven actors have played the character over a staggering forty-eight years… alon

TV Wasteland: Game On by Rob Vaux, Editor
(April 10, 2011)
What may be the genre event of the year touches down on HBO this Sunday. Game of Thrones, based on the fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, promises to deliver all manner of Byzantine schemes, epic action and fantasy mayhem… on a premium cable budget an

TV Wasteland: April Flowers by Rob Vaux, Editor
(April 04, 2011)
It’s another idle week… so idle that I find myself wondering why Cartoon Network is rerunning the hideous Fox Game show Hole in the Wall when there are plenty of perfectly good Bugs Bunny cartoons just lying around.

TV Wasteland: It’s only a model! by Rob Vaux, Editor
(March 27, 2011)
Flush with their God-of-guilty-pleasures success story Spartacus, Starz is hopping on another ancient legend in hopes that lightning will strike twice. Camelot certainly isn’t the first TV series to tackle the Arthurian legend (indeed, it’s going head-

TV Wasteland: Out Like a Lamb by Rob Vaux, Critic
(March 21, 2011)
It’s another comparatively quiet week on the genre front, dominated by basketball. My beloved Orange departed early, leaving the remainder a sad banquet of tears. Let’s get to the shows!

TV Wasteland: The NCAA tournament takes center stage by Rob Vaux, Editor
(March 13, 2011)
March Madness is upon us, and as the TV world fills with hoops from one end to the other, our contingent of genre shows marches bravely onward. Let’s get to it!

TV Wasteland: The beginning of the end for SGU by Rob Vaux, Editor
(March 06, 2011)
Stargate Universe kicks off the final 10 episodes of its run this week, another casualty of a brutal season for genre shows. This particular example illustrates some of the potential causes. One could argue that SGU simply had too much baggage from the fra

TV Wasteland: The Cancellation Hammer Falls by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 27, 2011)
Unless you’re watching the CW, your genre show is looking at some pretty grim prospects for renewal. That’s the vibe as February ends and March brings the season – and possibly series – finales for a number of shows. Nothing is certain, and sometim

TV Wasteland: And the Overhyped Pretense to Quality Goes to… by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 21, 2011)
The Oscars are here again, in which a gaggle of privileged, aging Hollywood elites pretend they really care about art rather than commerce, only to have Father Time de-pants their capricious choices year after year. There’s no sense complaining about it,

TV Wasteland: Happy Valentine’s Day! by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 13, 2011)
Love is in the air, Cupid’s arrow flies and too damn many genre shows are on the chopping block for comfort. How do we love them? Let us count the ways…

TV Wasteland: More than meets the eye? by Rob Vaux, Editor
(February 07, 2011)
If Transformers fans need a silver lining to the dreadful Michael Bay movies, it may be arriving this Friday. Transformers Prime, an all new CGI animated show, debuts on The Hub network. It takes place after the Decepticon assault on Earth; Megatron is gon

TV Wasteland: Super Bowliana by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 30, 2011)
Super Bowl week arrives with a full slate of shows, but no real stand-outs. Instead, let’s all point and laugh at the CW for hosing their Friday line-up and pissing off some dedicated fans in the process. Get that egg off your faces quickly, boys; Smallv

TV Wasteland: In Her Satin Tights, Fighting for Our Rights… by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 23, 2011)
Our news this week concerns a show which isn’t airing, but will. Considering that said show is Wonder Woman – which was left for dead just a few weeks ago – it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. After David E. Kelley couldn’t sell his pilot for dog

TV Wasteland: Being Human… Again by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 16, 2011)
Syfy is premiering the American remake of Being Human--originally a BBC production--this Monday. We haven’t seen it yet, so we’ll withhold judgment. The trend, however, continues Hollywood’s distressing tendency to cannibalize earlier works rather th