2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: “Empire”

Posted May 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  EMPIRE:  Midseason TBD on FOX THE FACTS:  Think Nashville, but with a hip-hop beat and an A-level pedigree.  Music tycoon Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is dying–although not just yet–and has to decide who between his two sons will inherit his giant company, causing all manner of family scheming.  Complicating things further:  his ex-wife (Taraji […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Star-Crossed”

Posted February 17, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  STAR-CROSSED:  Monday 8PM on CW – Change the Channel If aliens are in high school, we must be on CW.  The network’s midseason entry STAR-CROSSED plays as a clip reel of CW’s greatest hits, from the supernatural teen romance of The Vampire Diaries to the forbidden love of Beauty and the Beast to the […]

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2014-15 TV Season

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

Posted May 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BACKSTROM:  Midseason TBD on FOX THE FACTS:  Rainn Wilson plays your basic difficult-but-brilliant homicide detective in a procedural based on a series of Swedish mystery novels, adapted for television by Hart Hanson, the creator of Bones.  Backstrom is grumpy and dismissive of his colleagues, and unhealthy in his eating, drinking and general living habits, […]

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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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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED MIDSEASON PILOT REPORT: FOX’s “Us & Them”

Posted August 29, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Read All Our Fall Pilot Reports here and Midseason Pilot Reports here. US & THEM:  Midseason TBD on FOX – Potential DVR Alert   FOX’S midseason rom-com US & THEM features two of TV’s most huggable stars in Jason Ritter (recently of Parenthood–let’s all try to forget The Event) and Alexis Bledel (once and forever Rory […]

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Midseason Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review – “Reckless”

Posted June 29, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  RECKLESS:  Sunday 9PM on CBS – If Nothing Else Is On… In the Charleston of CBS’s summer potboiler RECKLESS, it seems like just about everyone is sleeping with everyone else, or wants to.  That absurdly overheated quality is the most likable thing about what’s otherwise a fairly conventional legal procedural, which comes from a […]

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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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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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