Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Ray Donovan”

Posted January 14, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  Only in the world of RAY DONOVAN would a season’s (more or less) happy ending commence with the chainsaw dismemberment of corpses, but that’s Showtime’s twisted family saga.  The headline of Season 6 was the show’s relocation from Los Angeles to New York, which hardly seemed affect its DNA at all.  In fact, at […]

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Articles

SHOWBUZZDAILY 2019 GOLDEN GLOBES LIVE-BLOG

Posted January 6, 2019 by Mitch Salem

6:30 We’ve arrived at that strangest phenomenon of awards season, the night when we collectively grant the 88 nonentities of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (none of them filmmakers, many of them not even critics, and some of them of dubious principle) meaningful sway over the Academy Awards.  That will be even more true this […]

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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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Midseason Finale

SHOWBUZZDAILY Midseason Finale Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted November 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  The first half of The Walking Dead‘s 9th season included so many major changes that its ratings continuing their general downward trend rather than collapsing entirely may count as a sort of moral victory, even though the numbers are now at series lows.  New showrunner Angela Kang had 8 episodes to cover a whole […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dirty John”

Posted November 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  DIRTY JOHN:  Sunday 10PM on Bravo Bravo recently finished a 2-season run of Imposters, the story of a con artist who seduced victims into marriage, only to steal all their money.  Clearly the network knows what it likes, because in Imposters’ stead we have Dirty John, which tells a story remarkably close to that […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Escape At Dannemora”

Posted November 19, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime Although the star currency of producer/director Ben Stiller and leading players Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano doubtless were responsible for the 7 hours of ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA being produced by Showtime, the limited series is far from a glossy big-name vehicle.  As an actor, […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Kidding”

Posted November 12, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Hardly anyone has been watching KIDDING, which makes Showtime’s decision to renew the show for a second season a sign of their commitment either to indie movie sensibility or to being in business with Jim Carrey.  In either case, the renewal gives the series a year to decide whether to work past its seemingly […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Ray Donovan”

Posted October 28, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  RAY DONOVAN:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime On the occasion of its 6th season, Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN has relocated across the country to New York, and the surprise is that although the series has always been very LA-intensive, both in storylines and use of locations, there’s very little difference in the final product.  Ray (Liev […]

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