Appealing TV: The Killing, Gravity Falls, and Sharknado 2: The Second One

Appealing TV: The Killing, Gravity Falls, and Sharknado 2: The Second One

The yearly pop culture feed dump from our corporate overlords known as Comic-Con (Sundance, but for people who wear Doctor Who t-shirts where The Doctor…

Appealing TV: UFC, Food Fighters, and Manhattan

Appealing TV: UFC, Food Fighters, and Manhattan

Hospitality, food, and face punching, that’s what I got for you this week. So, what else is on? Monday, July 21 Hotel Hell (9pm, FOX,…

Appealing TV: Matador, The ESPYs, and You’re the Worst

Appealing TV: Matador, The ESPYs, and You’re the Worst

This week the 2014 Primetime Emmy nominations were released! After after the outcry on Twitter (snubs! snubs! snubs! EVERY-BODY), I have come to the conclusion…

Appealing TV: Extant, The Strain, and Masters of Sex

Appealing TV: Extant, The Strain, and Masters of Sex

The television faithful continue to play the waiting game during the summer season for news to trickle down. From the release of the trailer for…

Appealing TV: Under the Dome, Nathan For You, and Fireworks, Fireworks, Fireworks!

Appealing TV: Under the Dome, Nathan For You, and Fireworks, Fireworks, Fireworks!

While our televisions may be empty this week, our hearts should be full of patriotism and a bunch of quotes from Independence Day! Even in…

Appealing TV: The Leftovers, Tyrant, and Girl Meets World

Appealing TV: The Leftovers, Tyrant, and Girl Meets World

A couple of weeks removed, sure, but shoutouts to the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX for putting on a wonderful event and shoutouts to…

Appealing TV: Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Murder In The First, And Big Smo

Appealing TV: Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Murder In The First, And Big Smo

While the networks are away the cable channels will play. So, what else is on? Monday, June 9 Major Crimes (9pm, TNT, season premiere) The…

Appealing TV: Orange Is The New Black, Longmire, and Power

Appealing TV: Orange Is The New Black, Longmire, and Power

This week, I’ll be in Austin, TX for the third annual (or third season if you nasty) Austin Television Festival! Among a packed schedule of…

Appealing TV: Summer Season Heats Up, Other Awful Puns, and Halt And Catch Fire

Appealing TV: Summer Season Heats Up, Other Awful Puns, and Halt And Catch Fire

It’s Memorial Day! So aside for remembering to thank someone for serving in the military, applying direct heat to food in an outside setting, summer…

Appealing TV: Upfronts, Hannibal, and I Wanna Marry “Harry”

Appealing TV: Upfronts, Hannibal, and I Wanna Marry “Harry”

This week the annual network upfronts were held, where the networks woo Johnson or Johnson or Taco Bell so they can inject secret Illuminati iconography…

Appealing TV: Finale? More Like Finally, Am I Right?

Appealing TV: Finale? More Like Finally, Am I Right?

In the lead-up to this week’s network advertiser upfronts (FOX’s and NBC’s are today, in fact), Friday was hit with a deluge of cancelation news….

Appealing TV: 24, Penny Dreadful, and In The Flesh

Appealing TV: 24, Penny Dreadful, and In The Flesh

My first television column for the SF Appeal went up on May 6, 2013, making it a year since I first started writing here, and…

Appealing TV: The Following, Playing House, and Vikings

Appealing TV: The Following, Playing House, and Vikings

The pickings are starting to get slim, as the lights are starting to flicker and dim on the 2013 – 2014 television season, right as…

Appealing TV: The Boondocks, Parks and Recreation, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Appealing TV: The Boondocks, Parks and Recreation, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Monday, April 21, 2014 was the day we all survived the onslaught of jokes about Jesus’ resurrection, getting stoned, and Hitler’s birthday. We as a…

Appealing TV: Community, Orphan Black, and Scandal

Appealing TV: Community, Orphan Black, and Scandal

It is high time (HA HA HA) that History Channel or Discovery produce a documentary about the secret history of 4/20 complete with awful Sublime…

Appealing TV: Justified, Mad Men, and Nurse Jackie

Appealing TV: Justified, Mad Men, and Nurse Jackie

Still reeling from the How I Met Your Mother Finale? We understand, we totally understand. That’ll show us not to get emotionally invested in anything…

Appealing TV: How I Met Your Mother, Silicon Valley, and Game Of Thrones

Appealing TV: How I Met Your Mother, Silicon Valley, and Game Of Thrones

We are coming up on the tail end of this television season! Much like spring, it brings with it a promise for renewals and returns….

Appealing TV: Psych, Enlisted, And The Walking Dead

Appealing TV: Psych, Enlisted, And The Walking Dead

It’s cute of productivity experts to always smugly bemoan the billions (upon billions) of dollars of lost productivity that March Madness reportedly wreaks on the…

Appealing TV: Dancing With The Stars, Da Vinci’s Demons, And The 100

Appealing TV: Dancing With The Stars, Da Vinci’s Demons, And The 100

Santa Clara’s Latino Mix 105.7 playing Nelly’s ‘Hot in Herre’ on a loop this past weekend sounds like the inciting incident from an episode of…

Appealing TV: The Bachelor, Believe, and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

Appealing TV: The Bachelor, Believe, and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

This is being written in advance of the True Detective finale, so from the past let me be the first to say, WOW OH MY…

Appealing TV: Bates Motels, True Detective, and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Appealing TV: Bates Motels, True Detective, and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Monday, March 3 Almost Human (8pm, Fox, season finale) Any new sci-fi on television is always a great thing, and it’s not like I’m looking…

Appealing TV: The Americans, Portlandia, and The Red Road

Appealing TV: The Americans, Portlandia, and The Red Road

This week’s television midseason bounty is like being found by a St. Bernard in the alpine slopes but instead of carrying booze he has television,…

Appealing TV: The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Tosh.0, Growing Up Fisher, and About A Boy

Appealing TV: The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Tosh.0, Growing Up Fisher, and About A Boy

The Winter Olympics end this Sunday, and with that a dream of spring (read: television) arrives. As if this were a forthcoming novel from a…

Appealing TV: House of Cards, Top Gear, and The NBA All-Star Game

Appealing TV: House of Cards, Top Gear, and The NBA All-Star Game

Maybe we’ve been spoiled by the overall pageantry of North Korea (and still reeling from China’s opening ceremonies from the 2008 Summer Games), but when…

Appealing TV: The Winter Olympics, The Walking Dead, and The Devils Ride

Appealing TV: The Winter Olympics, The Walking Dead, and The Devils Ride

When I was in the third grade, I distinctly remember my teacher taking umbrage at the network then known as UPN’s attempt to counterprogram against…

Appealing TV: State of the Super Union Bowl, American Horror Story: Coven, and The Man Who Would Be Bond

Appealing TV: State of the Super Union Bowl, American Horror Story: Coven, and The Man Who Would Be Bond

The Super Bowl is the Super Bowl of people proudly announcing that they’re not watching the Super Bowl. By all means, enjoy what you want…

Appealing TV: Sleepy Hollow, Klondike, And Of Course Mark Wahlberg Owns a Restaurant Called Walhburgers

Appealing TV: Sleepy Hollow, Klondike, And Of Course Mark Wahlberg Owns a Restaurant Called Walhburgers

Sorry, 49er fans. At least this will give me another year to work on my screenplay about two horny teens who want to lose their…

Appealing TV: Chozen, American Idol, And Even More Flowers in the Attic

Appealing TV: Chozen, American Idol, And Even More Flowers in the Attic

This year’s Golden Globes was my version of the 49ers/Panthers game. How about them Globes, though? Get your celebrity snark in? Look at us, using…

Appealing TV: Justified, Golden Globes, And The Great Midseason Return

Appealing TV: Justified, Golden Globes, And The Great Midseason Return

People returning to work who say “back to reality” after a break have never taken psychedelics, obviously. They clearly don’t know that reality is in…

Appealing TV: New Year New Year’s Specials, New Community, and (Old) Happy Endings on a New Network

Appealing TV: New Year New Year’s Specials, New Community, and (Old) Happy Endings on a New Network

I’ve seen New Year’s resolutions you people wouldn’t believe. Getting back into yoga. Reading a book a week. All those moments of optimism will be…

Appealing TV: A Very Doctor Who Christmas, Antiques Roadshow, and Sex Sent Me to the ER

Appealing TV: A Very Doctor Who Christmas, Antiques Roadshow, and Sex Sent Me to the ER

It was the Eve before Christmas Eve and all through the house I tried to watch an episode of Duck Dynasty to see what the…

Appealing TV: Mermaids, Kathy Griffin, Beavers, and I Love Lucy (in color!)

Appealing TV: Mermaids, Kathy Griffin, Beavers, and I Love Lucy (in color!)

The 2014 Golden Globes nominations were released on Thursday. And just like award clockwork, Justified’s Walton Goggins was snubbed. Can somebody give Walton Goggins a…

Appealing TV: The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and Homeland

Appealing TV: The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and Homeland

Please to enjoy the trailer for Real World’s return to San Francisco. While the Real World’s first outing in San Francisco dealt with homosexuality, HIV,…

Appealing TV: Best Funeral Ever, Mob City, Bonnie and Clyde. And Specials. Christmas Specials.

Appealing TV: Best Funeral Ever, Mob City, Bonnie and Clyde. And Specials. Christmas Specials.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, December television listings become a venerable Advent calendar of Christmas and holiday specials. Specials that are preferably stocked to the…

Appealing TV: Generation Cryo, Treme, and Holiday Special Season is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Appealing TV: Generation Cryo, Treme, and Holiday Special Season is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Don’t worry about societal pressures demanding conformity to some ethereal notion of tradition or holiday. So what if you’re not having a Norman Rockwell-ass Thanksgiving…

Appealing TV: The League, Nikita, The 50th Anniversaries of the JFK Assassination, and Doctor Who. Coincidence? I Think Not.

Appealing TV: The League, Nikita, The 50th Anniversaries of the JFK Assassination, and Doctor Who. Coincidence? I Think Not.

Good Lord, November is a hotbed for time-based milestones! We’ve already had the twentieth anniversaries of the Food Network, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the…

Appealing TV: Almost Human, Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth, and Ground Floor

Appealing TV: Almost Human, Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth, and Ground Floor

Hey! Remember that Veterans Day is to commemorate those who put on a uniform to serve our country, and not to celebrate those who win…

Appealing TV: Mike & Molly, The Greatest Event in Television History III, and They Give Awards For That?

Appealing TV: Mike & Molly, The Greatest Event in Television History III, and They Give Awards For That?

We are weeks removed from the new shiny of this television season, the glut of holiday themed programs is just beginning, and we’re a couple…

Appealing TV: The Pete Holmes Show, My Big Fat Revenge, The Returned, and It Takes a Choir

Appealing TV: The Pete Holmes Show, My Big Fat Revenge, The Returned, and It Takes a Choir

Halloween is this week, otherwise known as Christmas for people who still wear “Nightmare Before Christmas” hoodies. So, what else is on? Monday, October 28…

Appealing TV:  Bar Hunters, American Daredevils, The Carrie Diaries, and The Governor’s Wife

Appealing TV: Bar Hunters, American Daredevils, The Carrie Diaries, and The Governor’s Wife

So, what else is on? Monday, October 21 crazysexycool: The TLC Story (9pm, VH1) Do you know the secret to getting a gaggle of girls…