2015-16 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The NBC Fall Schedule

Posted May 10, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Although its official Upfront presentation isn’t until tomorrow morning, NBC has unveiled its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, and here it is along with some instant analysis (new shows are in ALL CAPS, new timeslots are in italics): MONDAY 8PM:  The Voice 10PM:  BLINDSPOT (trailer here) The network may not have moved The Blacklist back […]

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Fall Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review: “The McCarthys”

Posted October 30, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE MCCARTHYS:  Thursday 9:30PM on CBS  – Change the Channel! PLAYERS:  Series creator Brian Gallivan, and because up till now he’s been a junior-level TV writer (on Happy Endings and Are You There, Chelsea?), showrunner Mike Sikowitz, a much more seasoned sitcom vet whose recent credits include Rules of Engagement and Welcome To the […]

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2014-15 TV Season

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Jane the Virgin”

Posted October 13, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  JANE THE VIRGIN:  Monday 9PM on CW – If Nothing Else Is On… PLAYERS:  Ugly Betty, plus the whole notion of basing US TV shows on Spanish-language series (Red Band Society and The Mysteries of Laura are two more this season), and especially Executive Producer Ben Silverman, who’s was one of those behind Betty […]

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2014-15 TV Season

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Gotham”

Posted September 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GOTHAM:  Monday 8PM on FOX – If Nothing Else Is On… PLAYERS:  Batman (and if we’re being honest, Christopher Nolan, even though he has nothing to do with this show).  Series creator Bruno Heller, who was also behind The Mentalist and HBO’s Rome.  Star Ben McKenzie, and a supporting cast headed by Donal Logue […]

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2014-15 TV Season

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Scorpion”

Posted September 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SCORPION:  Monday 9PM on CBS starting – Worth A Look PLAYERS:  The real-life hacker Walter O’Brien, on whose adventures Scorpion is (very loosely) based–and who is also an Executive Producer on the show.  Series creator Nick Santora, who created Breakout Kings and was a writer/producer on Prison Break.  Pilot director Justin Lin.  An ensemble […]

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2014-15 TV Season

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Madam Secretary”

Posted September 21, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  MADAM SECRETARY:  Sunday 8PM on CBS  – Potential DVR Alert PLAYERS:  Series creator Barbara Hall, a veteran of everything from Northern Exposure to Joan of Arcadia (which she created), and Army Wives to Homeland.  Star Tea Leoni, and an A-list supporting cast that includes Keith Carradine, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Zeljko Ivanek.  Pilot […]

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2014-15 TV Season

PREMIERING TONIGHT – SHOWBUZZDAILY Review: “The Mysteries of Laura”

Posted September 17, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA:  Wednesday 8PM on NBC starting September 24 (premieres 10PM on September 17) – Change the Channel PLAYERS:  Star Debra Messing, and central co-stars Josh Lucas and Laz Alonso.  The Spanish TV series on which it’s based.  US series creator Jeff Rake, who’s worked on an assortment of shows over the past decade […]

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2014-15 TV Season

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Review: “Red Band Society”

Posted September 17, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  RED BAND SOCIETY:  Wednesday 9PM on FOX – If Nothing Else Is On… PLAYERS:  The Fault In Our Stars, which opened studio and network eyes to the commercial appeal of seriously ill teenagers.  Amblin Television, the small-screen wing of Steven Spielberg’s production empire.  The Spanish series that originated this project’s concept.  US series creator Margaret […]

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