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Midseason Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review: “The Night Shift”

Posted May 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE NIGHT SHIFT:  Tuesday 10PM on NBC – Change the Channel It’s as though NBC and series creators Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs (they were among the showrunners of the 90210 reboot, and wrote the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie) deliberately set out to make the least distinctive series possible with THE NIGHT […]

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Midseason Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review: “Gang-Related”

Posted May 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GANG-RELATED:  Thursday 9PM on FOX – Change the Channel I think my favorite cliche in the pilot for FOX’s burn-off drama GANG-RELATED–out of, believe me, plenty of choices–comes at the end of an argument between a fiery Assistant District Attorney (Shantal VanSanten) and the head of the show’s inter-agency Gang Task Force (Terry O’Quinn).  […]

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NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review:  ABC’s “Galavant”
2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “Galavant”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GALAVANT:  Winter-ish Sunday 8PM on ABC THE FACTS:  A fairy tale musical comedy from Dan Fogelman, the creator of the late, lamented (by some of us) The Neighbors, with an original score by multiple Oscar-winner Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.  It tells the tale of Prince Galavant, whose true love left him for the […]

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NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review:  ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat”
2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  FRESH OFF THE BOAT:  Midseason TBD on ABC THE FACTS:  Based on the memoir of chef Eddie Huang, it’s the story of a Chinese-American family that moves from Washington, where there’s a thriving Asian community, to Orlando, Florida, where there isn’t one.  The focal point is young Eddie, but the heavy lifting comes from […]

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NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review:  ABC’s “The Whispers”
2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “The Whispers”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE WHISPERS:  Midseason TBD on ABC THE FACTS:  Something is taking possession of American children and making them do very bad things–like “kill your parents” bad things.  They may be on their way to launching an all-out attack, and Lily Rabe is the government agent tasked to stop them.  The series creator is Soo […]

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NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review:  “Secrets and Lies”
2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: “Secrets and Lies”

Posted May 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SECRETS AND LIES:  Midseason TBD on ABC THE FACTS:  Another ABC murder soap, this one starring Ryan Phillippe as a man who finds the body of a neighbor’s child in the woods, KaDee Strickland as his wife, and Juliette Lewis as the homicide detective who thinks he’s the killer.  It’s based on an Australian […]

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NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review:  ABC’s “American Crime”
2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “American Crime”

Posted May 13, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  AMERICAN CRIME:  Sunday 9PM Midseason on ABC THE FACTS:  John Ridley, this year’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner for 12 Years A Slave, has written a serialized crime drama very specifically about race, in which a Latino teen is arrested for the murder of the son of Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman. WHAT IT’S […]

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NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review:  FOX’s “Wayward Pines”
2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: FOX’s “Wayward Pines”

Posted May 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  WAYWARD PINES:  Midseason TBD on FOX THE FACTS:  M. Night Shyamalan is the marquee producer of this neo-Twin Peaks-ian limited series.  (He also directed the pilot.)  It concerns Secret Service agent Ethan Burke, who travels to the small, strange town of Wayward Pines in search of two missing agents.  The people he encounters there […]

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