Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “B Positive”

Posted November 6, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  B POSITIVE – Thursday 8:30PM on CBS These are tumultuous times.  (Hell, as this is being written, these are tumultuous hours.)  And that’s true in the world of broadcast television as well, which was already being hammered by new technology and viewing habits even before the pandemic hit.  And yet the model of the […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”

Posted October 5, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND – Sunday 10PM on AMC Even as AMC announced the upcoming termination of the WALKING DEAD mothership after one more super-sized season, the network went all-in on the franchise, unveiling multiple new spin-offs.  The latest piece of the show’s expanded universe is THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND, which is […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The 100”

Posted October 1, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  THE 100 stood apart from its CW fantasy-adventure counterparts, unique both in its often unexpected (and sometimes ruthless) narrative choices, and in the sense it imparted of true auteurship by series creator Jason Rothenberg.  The fact that the series reached 7 seasons is itself remarkable, as it never approached the ratings echelon of the […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY Virtual Toronto Film Festival Reviews

Posted September 20, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  This was a Toronto Film Festival unlike any other, and not just because I “attended” it from the laptop in my house.  Toronto has become an important stop on the road to the Academy Awards, with 9 of the past 10 Best Picture winners premiering or screening there.  (Birdman was the exception.)  But no […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Transplant”

Posted September 2, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  TRANSPLANT:  Tuesday 10PM on NBC A great many shows that we consider “American television” are actually produced in Canada, thanks to favorable tax credits and currency exchange rates.  The creators of these shows and most of the more familiar stars may hail from the US, but the rest of the cast and behind-the-scenes personnel […]

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Current Release

SHOWBUZZDAILY Streaming Film Review: “Palm Springs”

Posted July 12, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  The borders between “movies” and “television” were already beginning to buckle pre-pandemic, thanks to Netflix and the desire of studios to release their product on as many simultaneous platforms as possible.  Now, of course, we’ve been 4 months without movie theaters, and the most optimistic view is that wide openings are still weeks if […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Run”

Posted May 25, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  HBO’s RUN turned out to be a treatise on the limitations of the elevator pitch.  Everything about the show that could be described between the lobby of an office building and, say, its 20th floor (let’s assume the occupants were socially distanced) seemed irresistible.  The premise:  a pair of onetime lovers follow through on […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Westworld”

Posted May 4, 2020 by Mitch Salem

  Do Westworld‘s creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have free will?  This third season of HBO’s was supposed to be fundamentally different from the first two, and certainly things changed in some key ways.  The action was set almost entirely in the “real world” and not the titular park, there were important new characters […]

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