Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dr. Ken”

Posted October 2, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  DR. KEN:  Friday 8:30PM on ABC – Change the Channel It’s going to be a neck and neck battle this fall between ABC’s DR KEN and NBC’s Truth Be Told (which will soon air directly against it) as to which takes the title of Fall’s Worst Sitcom.  Truth Be Told is tone-deaf and generally […]

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Midseason Finale

SHOWBUZZDAILY Midseason Finale Review: “Fear the Walking Dead”

Posted June 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Something unexpected has been going on in the first half of the fourth season of AMC’s franchise spin-off FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.  Fear has always felt like a corporate calculation and a creative afterthought, unable to find a lasting identity as it roamed from being a Walking Dead prequel to being all too literally […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Person of Interest”

Posted May 6, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  If the word “edgy” can be applied to a CBS procedural, for a while that described PERSON OF INTEREST, which added a high-tech, slightly sci-fi touch to its crime-of-the-week storylines.  The episodic plots were doled out by an ambiguous super-powerful top-secret surveillance system, a concept that could hardly be more topical, and it was […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “IZombie”

Posted April 12, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Rob Thomas and Dianne Ruggiero-Wright’s CW series IZOMBIE is a show that would benefit from a season order shorter than the 19 hours it had to deliver this year–and with its less than stellar ratings, that might be exactly what it gets next season.  As it was, this season was overextended, with too many […]

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Posted October 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Disclaimer:  Network pilots now in circulation are not necessarily in the form that will air in the Fall.  Pilots are often reedited and rescored, and in some cases even recast or reshot.  So these critiques shouldn’t be taken as full reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content of the […]

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Posted October 8, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  The 2nd season of HELL ON WHEELS was different, and perhaps somewhat better, than its first.  (Behind the scenes, experienced producer John Shiban was brought on to showrun with series creators Joe and Tony Gayton.)  If the show manages to come back for a 3rd season, it appears that incarnation will be yet another […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “The Sound of Music Live”

Posted December 5, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Creative risk-taking should always be applauded, especially in the conservative world of network television, and tonight NBC (in the particular person of its President Robert Greenblatt) and Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron pushed all their chips to the center of the table for a massive live production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Astronaut Wives Club”

Posted August 21, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB never achieved much in the way of lift-off, and although ABC knew it was coming–there was a reason it was pushed to a summer run as the lead-in to Mistresses–the show’s flat quality must have initially taken the network by surprise.  On paper, the show seemed like it was exactly […]

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