Dietland
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dietland”

Posted June 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  DIETLAND:  Monday 9PM on AMC AMC’s DIETLAND is a big swing, but it seems to be trying to hit to all parts of the field at once.  The series, created by Marti Noxon (from a novel by Sarai Walker), and with its first 2 episodes directed by Noxon as well, begins with a relatable, […]

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Succession
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Succession”

Posted June 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SUCCESSION:  Sunday 10PM on HBO HBO’s new drama SUCCESSION may be too much of its moment for comfort.  The series, created by Jesse Armstrong (previously a writer/producer on Armando Ianucci’s Veep, The Thick Of It and In the Loop), shares the fascination of its Sunday-mate Billions with the hideously scheming ultra-rich of Manhattan.  Unlike […]

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The Americans
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Americans”

Posted May 31, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  It was utterly on-brand for THE AMERICANS that the most electrifying sequence of its series finale was about four people talking to each other.  This was the epic confrontation six seasons in the making:  FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) had finally, once and for all, discovered that his neighbors and supposed best friends […]

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REVERIE -- Pictured: "Reverie" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Reiew: “Reverie”

Posted May 30, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  REVERIE:  Wednesday 10PM on NBC In recent seasons, original summer dramas on the broadcast networks have tended to cluster in two varieties:  straightforward procedurals like Rookie Blue and The Night Shift, and fantasy-thrillers like Under the Dome and Extant.  NBC’s new REVERIE, created by Extant‘s Mickey Fisher, tries to mix the genres, with indifferent […]

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Trust
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Trust”

Posted May 28, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  A recurring storyline in FX’s TRUST tracked the obsession of J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland) with the sumptuous Los Angeles museum that would bear his name, which was ultimately revealed to be a gigantic monument to its own pointlessness.  Series creator Simon Beaufoy couldn’t have intended that as a mirror to his own show, […]

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once upon a time
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Once Upon A Time”

Posted May 19, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Unwise bargains were a staple of ONCE UPON A TIME from the very beginning, so it was sadly appropriate that series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz entered into one themselves in order to convince ABC to order a 7th season for the show.  In return, the network demanded a slashed license fee, which […]

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Grey's Anatomy
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Posted May 18, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  There was remarkably little rust on Shonda Rhimes’s GREY’S ANATOMY in its 14th season.  The series, now under the showrunning stewardship of longtime writer/producer Krista Vernoff (Rhimes herself is leaving ABC Studios for Netflix, but will continue to be in uber-charge), smoothly balanced its huge cast of regulars and recurring characters through 24 episodes […]

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Atlanta
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Atlanta”

Posted May 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  When FX’s ATLANTA began its 2nd season at the beginning of March, it seemed like a big enough deal to note that with the departures of Louis C.K. and Ryan Murphy (for very different reasons), Atlanta‘s creator Donald Glover had ascended to being the emblematic creative face of the network.  But now, a bit […]

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