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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The 100”

Posted August 8, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  CW’s THE 100 has set its bar fairly high fover the years, and on those terms, Season 5 wasn’t quite up to par.  The central crisis–our protagonists had to face off against a pack of vicious thawed-out convicts–was uncomfortably close to a Direct-to-VOD premise, and the climactic arrival of yet another nuclear holocaust struck […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Succession”

Posted August 6, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  The most tantalizing question of the Summer 2018 TV season is whether Jesse Armstrong, the creator of HBO’s slow-boil triumph SUCCESSION, knew what he was doing all along, or if the first 3-4 episodes were as uncertain as they seemed at the time.  In that beginning phase, Succession felt like Billions for The Gang […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Cloak & Dagger”

Posted August 3, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  The first season of Freeform’s Marvel series CLOAK & DAGGER was from the measured pace school of serialized TV drama.  Joe Pokaski’s saga was essentially 10 hours of origin story, tracing Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) from teen outcasts to budding superheroes, with only scattered uses of their powers until […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Burden of Truth”

Posted July 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  BURDEN OF TRUTH:  Wednesday 8PM on CW This summer’s crop of original broadcast dramas (Reverie, Take Two, The Outpost) has been notably bad, and in that context, CW’s new Canadian import, the straightforward legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH, comes as something of a relief. The set-up is a much tamer version of the one […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Pose”

Posted July 22, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  No one could have known when POSE went into production that it would be Ryan Murphy’s last original series (created with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals) for the Fox group of networks and studios, before his giant new Netflix deal kicked in.  Nevertheless, Pose has had a fitting tone of valedictory, of summing up […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Suits”

Posted July 18, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SUITS:  Wednesday 9PM on USA 7 seasons ago, Aaron Korsh’s SUITS was introduced by USA Network as the story of a young con man with a photographic memory named Mike Ross, hired by flashy New York lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) to be his mentee, sidekick and quasi-little brother.  Along the way, Mike became […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Westworld”

Posted June 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  For all that HBO’s WESTWORLD is deliberately obscure and oblique, one thing has become increasingly clear through the course of its second season:  series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy expect viewers to decide for themselves what aspects of the show are features and which are bugs.  Most obviously, Westworld has no interest in […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Take Two”

Posted June 22, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  TAKE TWO:  Thursday 10PM on ABC ABC’s TAKE TWO has an unusually classy set of auspices for a summer broadcast series.  Its co-creator is Andrew W. Marlowe, who gave the network its long-running hit Castle (his writing partner on the new show is Terri Edda Miller, a Castle writer/producer and also Mrs. Marlowe), and […]

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