It’s the start of the fall TV season, and this week alone a ton of pilots have aired. You can’t always judge a show by its pilot—they’re usually filmed months before the rest of the show, and terrible pilots lead to great shows and vice versa. So how can you decide which show to invest in? Here are nine signs to look…
Every time a TV show gets greenlit, it's a huge gamble. Networks stake millions of dollars on risky ideas, that need to bring back audiences week after week. Sometimes it pays off — Lost and Game of Thrones cost a lot of money — but sometimes it doesn't. Here are the 10 most expensive failed TV shows of all time.
Television shows often seem to experience huge ratings drop-offs after their first episodes. But even so, this is really something. Intelligence went from 16.6 million viewers in its first week to 6.1 million in its second.
Science fiction used to be almost synonymous with "competence porn," stories about smart people who solve challenges by knowing what they're doing. But lately when it comes to movies and TV, it seems like Americans love competence porn, and they love science fiction... they just don't love them together. What happened?
It's hard to imagine what television would look like without The X-Files to borrow from. Tons and tons of television shows have lifted pieces of the classic show's format, about FBI agents and mysterious, sinister events. So it's kind of sad to see that Chris Carter is creating a new show that, at first blush, sounds…
There's an argument that we are in a new golden age of television, with the rise of serialized storytelling and original cable programming. But these exact same forces have also created some spectacularly awful TV, particularly in science fiction.
Steven Spielberg's time-travel-with-dinosaurs show Terra Nova has been drawing plenty of comparisons to Avatar. But when the show revealed its first trailer to critics, the comparison on everyone's mind was television's former mega-hit, Lost.
This was a year of hard lessons. Movie attendance and ticket sales fell. Television shows struggled and died. Book publishers faced an electronic future. And through it all, some great works of the imagination thrived. What did 2010 teach us?
The Walking Dead carried all our dreams on its undead shoulders. We're all hoping HBO's Game of Thrones will also rule. But sadly, television has an even worse record of adapting books than movies. Here are 10 book-to-television embarrassments.
Have you been waiting forever for Max Headroom on DVD? Your dreams come true this month. We've got a rundown of noteworthy August DVD releases, from the very good to the, well, watch at your own risk (hello, Heroes!).
Flashorward may have been canceled, but that doesn't mean this show is dead... yet. A devoted army of fans won't let it die, and they're reporting that Starz is interested in bringing it back on their cable channel.
Last week, FlashForward protagonist Mark Benford barged into my home, soused to the gills and absolutely livid that ABC axed his show for Fall 2010. Since then, we've reached a shaky rapprochement, had some bro-chat, and wrote FlashForward's ending.
What TV show is going to be the new Lost? People keep asking. But the sad fact is, it may take a few years before we see anything like the island-castaway show again. Real-life spoilers ahead.
Some rumors are just too good to die, and apparently Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye is one of them. Cillian Murphy promises Inception won't leave you cold. George Romero thinks there's plenty of life in the Dead series. So many spoilers!
We're at the tail end of the spring finales this week as Chuck and FlashForward call it quits (for the summer and forever, respectively). Also, new Ashes to Ashes and Next Generation and Doctor Who marathons.
I was going to recap the penultimate episode of FlashForward, but I was sidelined by an unexpected guest. The star of the show, Mark Benford, materialized on my doorstep drunk as a skunk and totally despondent about his show's cancellation.
Jon Favreau posted a Cowboys And Aliens glimpse. Neil Patrick Harris was spotted in Smurfland! Will Harry Potter's two-part finale make major changes to the book? Plus Doctor Who, Lost, Skyline, Twilight, Transformers, Fringe, No Ordinary Family and True Blood.
This week offers us a solid 3.5 hours of new Lost, but it's the last new Lost we'll ever get. That is, until The Lost Polynesian Christmas Reunion Special of 2020. Also, the season finales of V and Fringe!
With Flashforward not returning this fall, it seems a tad moot to recap this episode. We're doing this for posterity's sake at this point, people.