Television, for your consideration.


They go too far — Gath. They’ll find I’m willing to meet them and go further. We don’t negotiate for hostages, much as we want to, much as our soldiers deserve it.

War asks the heart to freeze at room temperature.

Ian McShane, Kings.


life and times of this midwestern spitfire: Behind the scenes


When I was 18, I went to college and met this obnoxious guy who wouldn’t stop talking, but conveniently rescued me from my overbearing roommate. We were attached at the hip and had a rapport that inspired people to assume we were A. dating and/or B. lifelong friends. They were obviously wrong. But…

Todd is one of the best TV critics out there. His work is consistently thoughtful, intelligent and well-written. I’ve read his Community reviews for as long as the show has been on the air, and I’ve always considered him to be one of the most ardent supporters of the show out there. No one deserves hate, and especially not someone who clearly deeply cares about and supports the show, and is only offering, as Midwestspitfire stated, “constructive critiques against it” at worst, which is part of his job description.


Dan Harmon Out as Community’s Showrunner

As per Deadline, Dan Harmon will not be Community’s showrunner come fall. After miraculously achieving a 4th season, Community will move forward without its creator, who will stay on only as a “consulting producer.”

Harmon will be replaced as executive producer/showrunner by David Guarascio and Moses Port.

Guarascio and Port come from working on Just Shoot Me, and “have been focused on development for the past decade, getting nine scripts picked up to pilot, most recently El Jefe, which was in serious contention at Fox this past season.”

Though the continued presence of Harmon as a consulting producer is sure to be comforting to fans, Community will certainly have a different feel to it come fall. 



My Most Anticipated New Shows

With this being Upfronts week, where all the broadcast networks reveal their fall television lineups to advertisers, I’ve decided to highlight the new shows that I’ll be tuning in for come fall and midseason.

1. Last Resort, ABC (Fall)

As per Wikipedia:

The show is about the renegade crew of a nuclear submarine, the USS Colorado SSBN 753, that defies an order to launch nuclear missiles towards Pakistan, a decision that cost the previous commanding officer his job when he refused to follow similar orders without a explanation or confirmation. When his replacement also questions the same orders, the vessel is fired upon without warning and the crew are left for dead. 

A very solid premise, combined with Andre Braugher as the lead? Count me in for the entirety of the 1st season.

2. The Following, FOX (Midseason)

As per Wikipedia:

The series follows an FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers, when a diabolical serial killer uses special technology to create them.

A fairly solid premise, but definitely improved with Kevin Bacon on board as the FBI agent and James Purefoy as the main antagonist. Should be fairly good. The first season has a 15 episode order, so you can count me in for that.

3. Vegas, CBS (Fall)

As per The Chicago Tribune:

Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but 1960s Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb’s command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker – and so begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own.

Definitely interesting coming from CBS, typically known for having procedural, present day dramas, this series sounds interesting, and has a pretty outstanding cast, with Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Jason O’Mara on board.

4. Golden Boy, CBS (Midseason)

As per

A drama starring Theo James (Downton Abbey’s Mr. Pamuk) as a cop who climbs the NYPD ladder from detective to police commissioner.

Not going to lie here, it’s mostly the cast that’s appealing. Theo James, Chi Mcbride and Holt McCallany (Lights Out) make up a really solid core, though I fear this may end up being a middle of the run, procedural cop drama.

5. The Mindy Project, FOX (Fall)

As per The Baltimore Sun:

Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) is an OB/GYN navigating her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.

Kaling is the main draw here, but this sounds like a comedy that could be fun and interesting. Paired with New Girl on FOX Tuesdays, this will hopefully help to round out a good hour of comedy.

6. Revolution, NBC (Fall)

As per The Chicago Tribune:

An apocalyptic event which wipes out all forms of technology forces a group of survivors to adapt to life without much of what we take for granted. 

This one could go either way depending on what the show decides to focus on. If it gets too caught up in its mythology, or sidetracked by conspiracy theories on that count left and right, this one won’t last. Still, post-apocalyptic TV shows are always fascinating, and this one does have Giancarlo Esposito on board (riding a horse!), so I’ll give the first handful of episodes a shot.


NBC Announces Fall 2012 Schedule

As per a article, NBC has announced its fall 2012 schedule.

And as per TV Guide, here is how that lineup will look:

MONDAYS: 8- The Voice; 10 – REVOLUTION

TUESDAYS: 8- The Voice; 9- GO ON; 9:30- THE NEW NORMAL 10- Parenthood


THURSDAYS: 8- 30 Rock; 8:30- Up All Night; 9- The Office; 9:30- Parks and Recreation; 10- Rock Center with Brian Williams 

FRIDAYS: 8- Whitney; 8:30- Community; 9- Grimm; 10 – Dateline NBC 

SATURDAYS: repeats

SUNDAYS: Sunday Night Football (post-football: Dateline NBC, Fashion Star, Celebrity Apprentice, DO NO HARM)

So this is honestly a pretty smart schedule. 4 nights of comedy, including a 2 hour block on Thursdays. Other big news include Community being slotted on Friday nights following Whitney, which many may take as a bad sign, but is hardly arguable considering how it performs. The decision to air The Voice in both Fall and Spring is surely an interesting move, and it’ll be fascinating to watch how it performs in the aftermath. Beyond that, NBC clearly has interest in the sci-fi, Giancarlo Esposito starrer Revolution, slotting it there post-Voice on Mondays at 10.