9-1-1
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “9-1-1″

Posted January 4, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  9-1-1:  Wednesday 9PM on FOX – Surprisingly Unsurprising Saying that FOX’s 9-1-1 is the Ryan Murphy team’s version of a Dick Wolf procedural makes it sound far more subversive and original than it actually is.  In fact, for the most part its opening hour is virtually indistinguishable from one of the cogs in Wolf’s wheel […]

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Grown-ish
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Grown-ish”

Posted January 3, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  GROWN-ISH:  Wednesday 8PM on Freeform – In Progress ABC’s Black-ish has been a bright spot on the broadcast landscape, the rare network family sitcom to earn both wide audiences and critical praise for its combination of political sting and emotional warmth.  A spin-off created by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris (and Larry Wilmore, an original […]

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LA to Vegas
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “LA To Vegas”

Posted January 2, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  LA TO VEGAS:  Tuesday 9PM on FOX – In the Queue Broadcast TV kicks off its new scripted series year with FOX’s well-paced LA TO VEGAS, a mostly retro workplace sitcom with a small twist:  Lon Zimmet’s series takes place almost entirely on the roundtrips of the titular run, operated by the Southwest-like Jackpot Airlines. The […]

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Good Behavior
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ShowbuzzDaily Season Finale Review: “Good Behavior”

Posted December 18, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TNT has been burning through its old-line series like Major Crimes and The Librarians two episodes at a time in recent weeks, seemingly in a frenzy to get rid of them.  The network has put its muscle behind darker, more serialized and adult dramas, with mixed results:  Animal Kingdom and Claws are hits, while […]

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Christmas Story
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ShowbuzzDaily TV Review: “A Christmas Story Live”

Posted December 18, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Coming off its acclaimed, Emmy-winning production of Grease, FOX had the holiday live TV musical market cornered this year, NBC having opted out of its planned Bye Bye Birdie in favor of a Spring 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar.  FOX zigged a bit from past practices, choosing the recent (and short-lived) Broadway musical adaptation of […]

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Counterpart
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Counterpart”

Posted December 11, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  COUNTERPART:  Sunday 9PM on Starz, starting 1/21/18 – In the Queue Tales of alternative earths are an increasingly popular form of fiction these days, possibly because our actual Earth is currently so difficult to handle.  Just as The Man In the High Castle runs the subgenre through tropes of old-time war movies, Starz’s new […]

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Happy
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “Happy!”

Posted December 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  HAPPY! – Wednesday 10PM on Syfy – In the Queue HAPPY! counts as one of Syfy’s infrequent big swings, although its ultra-violent grunge aesthetic gives it a look and feel that isn’t all that different from the network’s usual diet of micro-budgeted co-productions.  This one, though, has a name star in Christopher Meloni, and […]

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Agents of Shield
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Agents of SHIELD”

Posted December 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  AGENTS OF SHIELD – Friday 9PM on ABC It’s hard to believe that only 5 seasons ago, when ABC’s AGENTS OF SHIELD arrived on the air, the idea of a superhero TV series still seemed somewhat new and cool.  At that point, it was joined only by Arrow, in the era before CW was […]

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