Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Bless This Mess”

Posted April 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  BLESS THIS MESS:  Tuesday 9:30PM on ABC The six-episode order ABC gave BLESS THIS HOUSE (after FOX had passed on the project) is about as small as any network show can get.  That doesn’t leave much time for series creators Lake Bell (who also stars and directed the pilot) and Elizabeth Meriwether to show […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted April 15, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  GAME OF THRONES:  Sunday 9PM on HBO Concerns have been as high as expectations for the final season of GAME OF THRONES.  Season 7, the first with little recourse to George R. R. Martin’s novels due to the lagging rate of his writing, was generally considered a warning of trouble ahead, with a pace […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Fosse/Verdon”

Posted April 10, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  FOSSE/VERDON:  Tuesday 10PM on FX A pair of shadows loom over FX’s limited series FOSSE/VERDON.  One is the ultra-meta fact that its story has to some extent been told by Bob Fosse himself, in his barely fictionalized 1979 masterpiece All That Jazz, all about a chain-smoking, pill-popping, self-destructive womanizer who was also a brilliant […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Killing Eve”

Posted April 8, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  KILLING EVE:  Sunday 8PM on AMC/BBCAmerica AMC very much wants KILLING EVE to be its next big thing.  The critical and awards-season darling spent its first season on the network’s subsidiary BBCAmerica service, but while the marketing for Season 2 still refers to it as “BBCAmerica’s”, all episodes are being simulcast on the parent […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Posted April 6, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  This week marked the end of the road for two of TV’s most distinctive, original takes on the romantic-comedy genre.  FXX’s You’re the Worst and CW’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND were both “cult hits,” which is to say that they survived low ratings for multiple seasons (5 for Worst, 4 for Girlfriend) thanks to critical praise […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “In the Dark”

Posted April 5, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  IN THE DARK:  Thursday 9PM on CW The protagonist of CW’s new drama IN THE DARK is blind, but the show wants it to be very clear that Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) isn’t TV’s typical high-functioning disabled role model.  Murphy is disaffected, sarcastic and often downright rude (she’s even dismissive to her adorable guide dog, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted April 1, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  Although the ratings continued heading downward, there were heartening developments in the back half of THE WALKING DEAD‘s Season 9.  Under new showrunner Angela Kang, the show took some steps to jar itself loose from the rut it gotten itself into.  The departure of star Andrew Lincoln may have kick-started the need to explore […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Abby’s”

Posted March 29, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  ABBY’S:  Thursday 9:30PM on NBC Unless the general public cares about a multi-camera sitcom being shot outdoors, NBC’s new ABBY’S may face a tough road.  Aside from that technological distinction (handled with seeming effortlessness by director Pamela Fryman), Abby’s feels like the kind of sitcom that might have tried to coast off the vibe […]

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