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Jerome-ing the TV Landscape

Updated by JeromeWetzelTV on 2012-12-11 13:19:38

Jerome Wetzel has been reviewing television shows for years now. However, not every thought can be contained in an article about a single episode, and sometimes it's fun to look at the bigger picture. Join him each week in this wandering essay column as he ponders trends and genres, giving you his insights and opinions into the current state of television.

Can Lightning Strike Twice for Cosby?

Article first published as Can Lightning Strike Twice for Cosby? on Blogcritics. NBC and Bill Cosby are developing a family sitcom starring the legendary funnyman. With the success of The Cosby Show many years ago, the question remains, can lightning strike twice?   First of all, I find it very odd that NBC is the network doing this. Not too long ago, there was exciting buzz about that c...

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Throne Beseiged By Pirates

Article first published as 'Game of Thrones' Pirates on Blogcritics. For years now, online piracy has been on the rise. The very public spectacle of the demise of MegaVideo aside, there doesn’t seem to be much stopping it, as virtually any television show or movie that has been publicly released can be found somewhere on the web for free. True, you may have to wade through false links and s...

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Why ‘Once Upon a Time’ Is the New ‘Lost’ : Part Deux

Article first published as Why ‘Once Upon a Time’ Is the New ‘Lost’ : Part Deux on Blogcritics. I began my Jerome-ing the TV Landscape column just about a year ago, and for my 25th column, I decided to go back and revisit the very first. Entitled Why Once Upon a Time Is the New Lost, it examines the similarities between the ABC shows, which share writers and producers...

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Back to TV’s Roots

Article first published as Back to TV's Roots on Blogcritics. Lately, television networks have flocked to remakes and reboots as much as the cinema has. Sometimes, it works well; other times, it’s a disaster. What could or should be remade, and how do those projects that deserve to see the light of day proceed? Crime procedurals are typically easy to redo. There are a million CSIs and NCI...

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ABC's Split Season

Article first published as ABC's Split Season on Blogcritics. In the never-ending quest to combat ratings erosion, ABC has decided to swing big, presenting several of its one-hour dramas in split seasons this coming year. I don’t know if it’ll be successful or not, but I think fans will appreciate it. The idea seemed to begin with Once Upon a Time. Frustrated by falling viewer nu...

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How To Be a TV Reviewer

How does one get into the field of television reviewing? There are a variety of ways to do so, but since I've written around 2,000 articles in the past four years, I thought it might be nice to give some tips for newbies interested in breaking into the business. First of all, I prefer the term 'TV reviewer' over 'TV critic.' This is because critics seem to have gotten a bad reputation over ...

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R.I.P. Finn Hudson

Article first published as R.I.P. Finn Hudson on Blogcritics. Death is always tragic, never more so than when the deceased is young. Even when drugs and alcohol and poor choices are involved, there is still great regret to see someone lose their life. The recent tragedy with Glee’s Cory Monteith, only 31 years old, despite being nothing new for Hollywood, is such a terrible event. Howeve...

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TV Neglects Independence Day

Article first published as TV Neglects Independence Day on Blogcritics. Think of all of the best television holiday specials of your favorite shows. Christmas will spring to mind, for sure, as will Christmas and Halloween. Possibly, a little Valentine’s Day thrown in for good measure. But who celebrates the 4th of July? Despite being a major national holiday, the 4th of July falls in th...

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DVD Return Policies Need a Change

Article first published as DVD Return Policies Need a Change on Blogcritics. It’s been awhile since I tried to take a Blu-ray or DVD purchase back to the store. I remember a time when it was possible to return or exchange an unopened DVD, even without a receipt, for at least store credit. If a disc was opened and damaged, I could swap it out for a new copy. Merchants were accommodating ...

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Fickle TV Fans

Article first published as Fickle TV Fans on Blogcritics. I am always baffled by the behavior of fickle fans. I’m talking about those who abandon a series quickly or without logical reason. Sometimes series do go downhill and, in that case, it’s understandable to jump ship. But when the writing and acting remains at a certain standard, and it’s not a procedural that just gets ...

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When Good Shows Go Bad

Article first published as When Good Shows Go Bad on Blogcritics. NBC's The Office was once one of the most praised, funniest sitcoms on network television. Community, on the same channel, was a brilliant, creative, original show that broke all the traditional bounds of what sitcoms were capable of. FOX's House was an intelligent character study wrapped in a medical procedural. What do these al...

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Will Amazon Change Television?

Article first published as Will Amazon Change Television? on Blogcritics. It wasn't that long ago I was pondering in this column, "will Netflix change television?" Now, with the streaming release of 14 comedy and children's' pilots by Amazon this week (the dramas will be forthcoming), even more changes are afoot in the television landscape. Streaming video is nothing new. YouTube has be...

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When Series Break Genre

Article first published as When Series Break Genre on Blogcritics. Glee shocked many this week, when, in the middle of another goofy choir room scene, shots broke out in the halls of McKinley. For a full 10-minute act, students cowered and cried, terrified for their lives, not sure if they would soon be dead. They made videos to say goodbye to their loved ones, and a teacher even risked his l...

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Lack of Imports

Article first published as Lack of Imports on Blogcritics. The United States severely lacks the importation of television programs from other countries. We only like our own fare. Why? It's extremely common for us to remake shows in the American style. Ugly Betty and Homeland are two examples of successful series from lands far away we've remade in our own studios with our own actors. But how ...

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Redefining Cancellation

Article first published as Redefining Cancellation on Blogcritics. This week, Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell posted a call on Kickstarter soliciting donations to produce a Veronica Mars film. Within, 12 hours, they'd raised the minimum $2,000,000 needed for the project, breaking all fundraising records for the site. As I'm writing this article, the total now stands at $3,572,678, ...

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Horror on Television

Article first published as Horror on Television on Blogcritics. This week's topic is about a television genre that has only recently entered the landscape in a notable way: Horror. Yes, one can argue there have horror series before, and there have been. Tales from the Crypt, Stephen King adaptations, and even some episodes of The X-Files spring to mind. There's also been the comedy attempts, l...

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There's Nothing on TV

Article first published as There's Nothing on TV on Blogcritics. It has become quite commonplace in the past decade or two for people to complain that there is nothing on TV. I hear it from my parents frequently. Hundreds of channels and not a single thing worth watching. It's a pet peeve of mine to hear this, and it makes the speaker sound ignorant. To those people, I say "nonsense!" The...

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High Definition Versus Standard TV

Article first published as High Definition Versus Standard TV on Blogcritics. It's 2013. Analog television is a thing of the past, and we have all switched over to digital. For years, analog signals could vary in strength based on your location and antenna, but after cable standardized that, all channels mostly looked the same. As high definition (HD) becomes more persistent and prevalent, th...

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Will Netflix Change Television?

Article first published as Will Netflix Change Television? on Blogcritics. Netflix has long been thought of as a minor threat to traditional television, and a little bit bigger danger to DVD sales. Launched in 1998, its streaming service is super convenient, available on a wide variety of platforms such as game consoles, smart TVs, blu-ray players, and, my favorite, TiVo. It also offers a d...

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The Trouble With Football

Article first published as The Trouble With Football on Blogcritics. It's been a frustration of television fans for a long time that sometimes sports, mainly football, runs over into the favorite programming, pushing the broadcast time later. In the days before DVRs, one tuned in when the show was airing, anyway, and aside from possibly having to stay up a bit later, it wasn't that big a deal. ...

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Trek Vs. Wars: A Conflict of Interest?

Article first published as Trek Vs. Wars: A Conflict of Interest? on Blogcritics. The news came out recently that J.J. Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars film. Given the fact that he is already heading up the Star Trek franchise, the announcement sparked a negative emotional reaction in me. What if this becomes a conflict of interest? J.J. Abrams is one of the mo...

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New Trend: Parents Playing Parents?

Article first published as New Trend: Parents Playing Parents? on Blogcritics. Acting is a craft honed with many years of practice and a large degree of talent. But talent alone may not be enough if the actors have to work with other performers with whom they just do not have chemistry. One of the greatest challenges in casting a series is picking people who have the right fit with one an...

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Golden Globe's TV Categories Need Updating

Another awards season is upon us, with the Golden Globes just passed, and the Oscars approaching. There will be endless debates about people and films that are undeservedly left off of these lists. This column is not about that. No, my complaint today is with the Golden Globes in particular, and the way that they treat television. Excellent hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened with a joke thi...

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A New Idea for Pilot Season

A few networks have aired their abandoned pilots as TV specials. These are shows where the first episode was filmed, but production didn't go any further than that, the pilot never having been ordered to series. They don't quite feel like TV movies because there isn't a clear conclusion, but the characters are doomed to never get further development or closure. The most recent examples of th...

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Television Reboots

With a new year upon us, thoughts turn to fresh starts and new horizons. However, what will be dramatically different for us in 2013 than in 2012? Most people's lives are likely to stay very similar to how they are now. The trick is to make everything old new again. It's a feat our pop culture seems quite dedicated to, especially as of late. I refer, of course, to reboots and remakes of televi...

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Christmas Episodes

 With Christmas upon us, everyone's thoughts turn towards the holiday. It's hard even for those not celebrating Christmas to be immune to the season, with stores bustling, selling huge amounts of merchandise, and decked out with various festive decorations. This extends to our favorite television programs, with a great many of them, especially on the broadcast networks, going for a Christ...

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Why Once Upon a Time is the new Lost

 Lost was a seminal television series that changed the face of network offerings. Steeped in mystery, staffed with a large cast, questioning human nature and philosophy, the show took six years to play out, sometimes doling out the clues in tidbits, other times in waves. When it came to an end in 2010, whether fans loved the ending or hated it, many were saddened. Why not? They devot...

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