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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

TV Wasteland: The Playoff Blues by Rob Vaux, Editor
(January 09, 2011)
Nothing out of the ordinary is showing up on TV this week, so let’s get right to it!

Mania Interview: Elizabeth Mitchell by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(January 04, 2011)
After Elizabeth Mitchell left the TV series Lost, a week later she received the script for V, which is returning Jan. 4 for its second season.

The Top 10 TV Shows of 2010 by Stephen Lackey
(December 30, 2010)
There was a bevy of solid TV offerings out there for the “Maniac” in 2010. Some shows, such as No Ordinary Family seemed weak at first, but ended up being quite entertaining. There were other great shows that don’t fit our genres of choice, such as J

Nice to Naughty: Genre Characters Getting Coal in Their Stockings by Rob Wieland, Author
(December 23, 2010)
Oh, sure, they start out as allies, sidekicks, even the main characters of the story. But little by little, because of pride, fate or madness, they reveal selfish tendencies and become bad guys. They’ve betrayed everyone in their fictional world as well

Naughty to Nice: Genre Characters Who Saw the Light by Rob Wieland
(December 22, 2010)
The challenge with a good villain is that the public wants to see that villain again and again. Recurring villains are great characters, but they have to walk a line of effectiveness. If they are too good, the hero has to pull out some Script Immunity to w

TV Wasteland: A Cold Winter’s Night by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(December 19, 2010)
As far as actual shows goes, the networks have closed up shop for the annual holiday break… with one very notable exception. The BBC delivers a brand-new episode of Doctor Who this Christmas Day. They’re riffing on A Christmas Carol, as The Doctor (Mat

5 Things To Do Until The Walking Dead Is Back on the Air by Joe Oesterle, Author
(December 14, 2010)
After a cruelly short 6-episode season, fans of AMC’s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead are now ambling about aimlessly, much like the dreaded walkers they love to fear, searching for their next zombified fix.

TV Wasteland: I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(December 12, 2010)
Seth Green loves Star Wars, as anyone who has ever watched his brilliant stop-motion animation series Robot Chicken can attest. The show features copious parodies of every corner of the Lucas-verse, complete with voice-overs from the likes of Mark Hamill a

Worst Franchise Reboots by Rob Wieland, Author
(December 10, 2010)
It seems like Hollywood is always looking backwards rather than forwards. Why risk millions of dollars on original ideas when people will pay to see remakes even if they are violently opposed to the idea? Here is a most wanted list of some of the worst att

Best Franchise Reboots by Rob Wieland, Author
(December 09, 2010)
Sometimes, Hollywood does a remake, reimaging or reboot that works. A fresh take, an ensemble with chemistry, or a talented producer can breathe life into a beloved series or even something that was poorly executed but had good ideas buried in the rubble.

TV Wasteland: Santa’s Coming by Rob Vaux, Critic
(December 06, 2010)
As Christmas season rolls around, the TV schedule becomes a hash. Some shows power through with all-new episodes, while others take a hiatus, leaving loyal fans either scrambling for the TiVo or burning through a lot of reruns. It gets awfully confusing--a

Mania Interview: Will Friedle by Kurt Anthony Krug, Author
(December 03, 2010)
Nowadays, actor Will Friedle prefers doing voiceover work than live-action work. “I retired from on-camera work at 30. Plain and simple. I started acting on camera when I was 10, so it had been 20 years. I really enjoyed it, but the on-camera side of

DVD Shopping Bag: Twilight Zone Season 2 on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 30, 2010)
It should come as no surprise that Image Entertainment quickly followed up their season 1 of The Twilight Zone on Blu-ray (see column) with Season 2. Again, they have spared no expense with bonus features, commentaries, and additional Rod Serling TV specia

TV Wasteland: An Ode to the Guest Star by Rob Vaux, Critic
(November 28, 2010)
Guest stars. Television has used them from time immemorial as a quick way to goose ratings and perhaps net a few more fans. Genre TV, in particular, likes to make use of it, since sci-fi and horror shows provide an impressive list of beloved former icons w

DVD Shopping Bag: Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 23, 2010)
“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster”. -Osc

TV Round-Up 2 by Mania Staff
(November 22, 2010)
Welcome to our second week of TV Round-Up. And in response to your initial reaction, I’d just like to say… NOT IN THE FACE!!! NOT IN THE FACE!!!

TV Wasteland: Don’t Call Them Sidekicks by Rob Vaux, Critic
(November 22, 2010)
Cartoon Network is using Thanksgiving weekend to premiere a new superhero series, Young Justice, representing a variation on the Teen Titans formula. Robin the Boy Wonder joins forces with Superboy, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian and Artemis (Green Arro

Nine Actors We'd Cast in The Walking Dead by Joe Oesterle, Author
(November 16, 2010)
AMC has proven to fans of the critically acclaimed comic, The Walking Dead, that they have a handle on this show. We here at Mania wouldn’t change a single thing the television team has created thus far. Everything from the scripts to the art direction,

TV Round-Up by Stephen Lackey, Joe Oesterle and Rob Vaux
(November 15, 2010)
Welcome to TV Round-Up, our new compilation of television reviews. We’ll be posting this column twice weekly, covering genre shows that have aired in the past few days. Let’s have a look at what came our way this weekend.

TV Wasteland: Target Acquired by Rob Vaux, Critic
(November 14, 2010)
Human Target returns this Wednesday after a very suspicious scheduling shift from Fox last month. As annoying as it was, it probably bought the show some breathing room, letting it spread its wings a bit in the middle of the week instead of being relegated

TV Wasteland: Don’t Cry, Don’t Raise Your Eye by Rob Vaux, Columnist
(November 07, 2010)
November sweeps is upon us, with regular series kicking into high gear before the Thanksgiving holiday. Let’s see what’s cooking!

TV Wasteland: Farewell, Caprica by Rob Vaux, Critic
(October 31, 2010)
The television season claimed its first major genre casualty last week. Caprica, the hotly debated follow-up to the brilliant Battlestar Galactica, will finish its run after just one season. It owes its demise to a combination of falling ratings and a riva

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