2016-17 TV Season

NIELSENWAR UPFRONTS: Fall CW Schedule

Posted May 19, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  CW will continue to be DC Comics (and Greg Berlanti) TV. For a network that only ordered three new shows (two of them for fall), CW has made quite a few changes in its new schedule, with DC Comics properties anchoring 4 nights of the week (and veteran Vampire Diaries the 5th) for stability, but […]

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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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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Believe”

Posted March 10, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BELIEVE:  Sunday 9PM on NBC (Premiere Monday 10PM on March 10) – If Nothing Else Is On… Movie wizard and newly-minted Best Director Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron is the co-creator of BELIEVE (although it was never intended that he would stay with the show on a day-to-day basis once it went to series) and […]

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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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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Bad Teacher”

Posted April 24, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BAD TEACHER:  Thursday 9:30PM on CBS – Change the Channel There’s rarely much point in transforming an R-rated movie comedy into a broadcast network TV series, especially if the appeal of the movie came largely from its shock value.  (And especially if the network is CBS.)  Bad Teacher was hardly a masterpiece of cinema, […]

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Articles

THE SKED: FOX Midseason Schedule – “Idol” Gets Shorter and More

Posted October 25, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  FOX announced most of its midseason decisions today, and there were a few surprises.  Biggest was the reduction of AMERICAN IDOL‘s Thursday night results show to 30 minutes, with the new sitcom SURVIVING JACK at 8:30PM, and the Greg Kinnear vehicle RAKE following at 9PM.  We’ve come a long way from the days when […]

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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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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Resurrection”

Posted March 10, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  RESURRECTION:  Sunday 9PM on ABC  – Potential DVR Alert The restrained tension of RESURRECTION‘s pilot may remind you of early, suburban Spielberg, and of M. Night Shyamalan before he became a punchline.  The premise, based on a novel called “The Returned” by Jason Mott (and also perhaps inspired by the unrelated French miniseries that ran […]

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