Let’s talk about Scandal and the use of the word ‘Gladiator.’

[cross-posted from Tumblr] So, I love Scandal. It’s great. It’s like one never-ending crazy drug trip where you never come down and you only get higher the more drugs you take. It’s the soap opera every soap opera wants to be when it grows up. However. Something has bothered me ever since the first episode. … Continue reading

Will They or Won’t They? A Peek Into the Castle Writer’s Room

[Cross-posting with Film.com because I had more fun writing this than I’ve had writing anything in years.] We open on a well-lit room, late morning. Eleven people sit at a conference table. They clutch hot coffee cups and fiddle with their notepads and electronic devices. There is a large whiteboard at the front of the … Continue reading

Splash Down: A review of Modern Family’s “Moon Landing”

In order to handle the emotional intensity of Friday Night Lights, I’ve been interspersing FNL with Season One of Modern Family. Sometimes, after watching Coach Taylor and Tami argue over something like a lawsuit from one of their players, all I want to do is watch Cam and Mitchell argue about how to behave at … Continue reading

So, you want to know what happened on the series finale of ‘Lost’?

It’s been a week since the series finale of Lost, but it feels like a year, and that is because I must have read at least a year’s worth of writing about the finale in just one 72 hour period. (And I’m sure I’m not the only one.) This is already more progress than I’ve … Continue reading

Listed: Favorite Musical TV Moments, 1980s-Present

Sometimes FOX likes to do really super cheesy things, like forcing all of its shows to produce episodes that conform to a theme as promotion tool (I would argue that is actually less cheesy and ineffective than NBC’s lame attempts at environment promotion, “green weeks”). This is one of those times. Specifically, this entire week … Continue reading

Some Thoughts About the Season Premiere of ‘Lost’

Honestly, I’m not even going to try and parse what’s going on in “LA X” (the sixth and final season premiere of Lost) at a deeper level, both because I’m exhausted and because I know that other people are doing it for me right as I speak, and then their thoughts will be delivered directly … Continue reading

Mid-Season Round-Up

Mid-season television can be confusing, especially nowadays when it’s becoming ever more common for networks to break seasons of shows in two parts or for them to wait to premiere a show until January or February so as to assure a straight run. At mid-season you’ve got wacky stuff happening all over the place: new … Continue reading

TV Trajectory: November 9 -14

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Watch and Drop, Fall TV 2009

It’s time to confess just how much of a quitter I am. TV Pilot Season (also known as Season Premiere Season, SPS) for me is like being given an all access pass to some sort of giant chain store and told that I can have as much as I can carry. I go a little … Continue reading

TV Trajectory: Nov 2 – 6

We’re introducing a new feature at Big Damn Heroes this morning: TV Trajectory! Now that you’ve had a chance to catch up with your DVR over the weeekend, we’re micro-recapping (and charting) what happened on TV last week.  Need a refresher before new episodes air this week? Want a place to talk rehash what happened? … Continue reading

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