The worst TV of 2014

This year, The A.V. Club’s TV writers nominated more than 90 programs for our year-end best-of list. But if we’ve learned anything from watching that much TV, it’s that there is no protagonist without a villain; no altruistic, kindhearted twin without an evil double; no Simpsons without Family Guy. And it’s in that…

2014 Fall TV preview: The A.V. Club calls the shots (part 1)

In a television climate of constant remodeling, reshaping, and reinvention, the viewer has more control than ever before. Once upon a time, the folks at home kept a show alive by “voting” for it with their eyeballs and their Nielsen diaries; today, Amazon Studios makes that voting process literal with each batch of…

Fall TV previews: Everyone on ABC is either a superhero, an alien, or a murderer

Judging a series based on an upfront sizzle reel is probably just as ill-advised as judging that same show by its pilot, but like upfronts and pilot season, such knee-jerk reactions are a TV tradition that our rapidly accelerating TV culture has yet to evolve beyond. As part of The A.V. Club’s continuing upfronts…

Fall schedule analysis: ABC bets diversity will pull it out of the cellar

ABC is in last place. It has been since NBC vaulted past it on its way to first place. (Let me repeat that: In the key demo, NBC is in first place. First place. It is in first place. And, okay, second place with total viewers. But it’s getting closer to CBS with every day!) Yet in almost every way, ABC acts like it’s…

Fall schedule announcement: ABC this close to handing Shonda Rhimes the keys to the whole network

ABC is ending the 2013-14 TV season in last place among viewers under 50, but rather than trashing its whole schedule and starting fresh, it’s revealed a fall lineup that speaks with the cold, detached confidence of ABC president/James Bond villain in training Paul Lee. The boldness of the schedule below is its lack…