Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Ballers”

Posted June 22, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  BALLERS:  Sunday 9PM on HBO – Change the Channel BALLERS is alarmingly ramshackle by HBO standards.  Of course, it’s got enough A-list lineage to justify it getting on the air several times over, with genuine movie star Dwayne Johnson in the lead, and most of the Entourage production team attached, including Mark Wahlberg, this […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Mr. Selfridge”

Posted April 1, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  MR. SELFRIDGE:  Sunday 9PM on PBS To get the obvious over with quickly, MR. SELFRIDGE, PBS’s attempt to find a partner for its blockbuster hit Downton Abbey, isn’t in that show’s league.  Instead it’s a merely pleasant traipse down another corner of early 20th-century British history. While Downton offers a cornucopia of sharply-drawn characters […]

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Midseason Finale

THE SKED Fall Finale Review: “Nashville”

Posted December 12, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  How much guitar string does NASHVILLE have left?  Last night’s fall finale had a 1.4 rating in 18-49s, half a point below last season’s–which was already considered a major disappointment.  When you’re already below a 2, half a point is critically important, and at some point, the revenues ABC/Disney get from Nashville iTunes sales […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Counterpart”

Posted December 10, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  COUNTERPART:  Sunday 9PM on Starz Starz’s COUNTERPART is both TV’s most cerebral thriller and its most cerebral sci-fi, a very serious story of espionage that happens to take place between two parallel versions of Earth where virtually every inhabitant has a physical (but not psychological) double, and the border between the two Earths is […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Pure Genius”

Posted October 28, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  PURE GENIUS:  Thursday 10PM on CBS – Change the Channel One of the oddities of CBS’s medical drama PURE GENIUS is that its setting–a wildly overfunded institute that boasts the ultimate in cutting edge technology, regularly offers miracles to its patients, and is backed by an arrogant billionaire mastermind–would ordinarily be revealed as the […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “I’m Dying Up Here”

Posted August 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  I’M DYING UP HERE certainly wasn’t the worst show of the summer, but it did make one wonder how it had made its way through the development process and onto Showtime’s air.  Series creator Dave Flebotte’s take on the nonfiction book by William Knoedelseder was almost defiantly uncommercial.  The book detailed the 1970s LA […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “The Lobster”

Posted September 12, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The allegory is piled on so thickly in Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER that after a while, it’s not clear just what the underlying subject is supposed to be.  Lanthimos is a cult-favorite filmmaker (the cult mostly consists of critics and film festival selection committee members) whose arresting Dogtooth was an unlikely Best Foreign Film […]

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Pilot Reports

PREMIERING TONIGHT–THE SKED’S FALL PILOT REPORT: ABC’s “Last Resort”

Posted September 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  LAST RESORT: Thursday 8PM on ABC – Potential DVR Alert The strangest new show on any network this season may be LAST RESORT, created and written by the man behind The Shield, Shawn Ryan, with Karl Gajdusek. The problem with trying to evaluate LAST RESORT based on its fairly riveting pilot is that the […]

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