Everyone’s a Critic: Don't judge a series by its pilot?
October 26th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Don't judge a series by its pilot?

With the fall TV season well underway, by now we’ve seen most of the premieres for this year's round of new shows.

I'm sure I'm not alone in having a system for watching pilots: If I like the initial episode, I’m in for the long haul. If I’m intrigued but haven’t been totally convinced, the show gets a three-episode trial.

But if I can’t stand it, I’m never watching anything beyond the premiere.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Celebrating failure
October 12th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Celebrating failure

So, who had “The Playboy Club” in the cancellation pool for this fall’s new series? Don’t all raise your hands at once, and don’t think the NBC show is alone.

“The Playboy Club” was the first to get the ax, but not the only one. Broadcast networks have lowered the boom on “Free Agents,” “H8R” and “How To Be a Gentleman.”

And I’m willing to bet at least some of you out there had the same response I did: Total lack of surprise.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Autumn overload
October 5th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Autumn overload

Today, I have a message for all the movie studios, television networks, record labels and book publishers out there: Give me a break.

That’s not the start of a sarcastic rant, it’s an honest plea: I need a break!

The arrival of the autumnal season brings with it an array of special moments. The leaves start to change; school is back in session; we have an excuse to use the word “autumnal.”

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Everyone’s a Critic: Juggling judges
September 27th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Juggling judges

Last week saw the highly anticipated debut of “X Factor,” the latest entry into the singing competition genre.

The two-hour premiere gave us talent, drama, tears… and five judges?!?

Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid are filling three of the four judges’ chairs. The fourth seat was originally intended for U.K. singer Cheryl Cole. She was dropped during the show’s audition rounds and replaced by singer Nicole Scherzinger.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Please sir, I want an encore
September 21st, 2011
05:31 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Please sir, I want an encore

To paraphrase Steve Martin’s character in “The Jerk”: The new fall season is here! The new fall season is here!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be inundated with new shows and returning favorites. For a TV junkie like me, the launch of the fall season is filled with excitement, anticipation, energy… and a fair amount of regret.

You see, I’d like to watch everything. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. There are some shows I’m looking forward to, and other shows that deserve a three-episode trial (that’s my standard). Even the shows I think are going to be horrible deserve a single viewing. After all, it’s only fair to actually watch something if you’re planning to be critical about it.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Stop with the ads, please
August 23rd, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Stop with the ads, please

We’re back after a brief hiatus, ready to dole out some tough love for our favorite pop culture industries. A few weeks back, I talked about the idea of proper promotion, marketing a show based on its own merits.

Today, I’m focusing on another side to that coin: Hollywood’s tendency to overload a potential audience with promos for TV shows or movies.

Whitney Cummings, a comedian who some fans might recognize from “Chelsea Lately” or the Comedy Central roasts, is the creative force behind two new sitcoms premiering this fall.

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