Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “A Million Little Things”

Posted September 27, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  A MILLION LITTLE THINGS:  Wednesday 10PM on ABC ABC’s A MILLION LITTLE THINGS is about as ambitious as broadcast TV intends to get this season, which in this case means This Is Us by way of The Big Chill.  As in the latter, the show revolves around a group of old friends, Eddie (David […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Single Parents”

Posted September 27, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SINGLE PARENTS:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC ABC’s post-Modern Family Wednesday sitcom SINGLE PARENTS was created by Elizabeth Meriwether and JJ Philbin, respectively the creator and a senior writer/producer of New Girl (the pilot is credited to Philbin from a story by both of them), and it’s an attempt to extend that show’s brand of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “FBI”

Posted September 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  FBI:  Tuesday 9PM on CBS Dick Wolf and CBS have always seemed as made for each other as the leads of a rom-com.  And as in that genre, only outside interference has kept the King and Network of Procedurals from falling into a passionate airport-gate embrace before now.  In this case, it’s been their […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “New Amsterdam”

Posted September 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  NEW AMSTERDAM:  Tuesday 10PM on NBC You can learn much of what you need to know about NBC’s medical procedural NEW AMSTERDAM from a bit of the David Schulner pilot script: DOCTOR 1:  Look–if you can’t help [name of patient] as a doctor, then just help her as a human being. DOCTOR 2:  Am […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Manifest”

Posted September 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  MANIFEST:  Mondays 10PM on NBC Of all the Lost rip-offs we’ve seen over the years, NBC’s MANIFEST seems from its pilot to be the laziest, and perhaps the worst.  Creator Jeff Rake (he has the eminently forgettable The Mysteries of Laura to his credit) has replaced the dense mythology of Lost with a set-up […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Magnum, P.I.”

Posted September 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  MAGNUM, P.I.:  Monday 9PM on CBS As everyone knows, the 2018-19 CBS TV season has turned out to be the final one overseen by Les Moonves, the longtime network mogul ousted after allegations of sexual misconduct.  It’s fitting that the first new series of his last season is that definitive Moonves-ian object, a rebooted […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Reviews: “Boy Erased” & “Vita & Virginia”

Posted September 14, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  BOY ERASED (Focus/Universal – November 2):  Joel Edgerton’s film is the second of the year concerning gay conversion therapy, and its tone is far more conventional than The Miseducation of Cameron Post.  Lucas Hedges plays Jared Eamons (this is a fictionalized version of a true story), son of southern pastor Marshall (Russell Crowe) and […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Fesrival Reviews: “Her Smell” & “Non-Fiction”

Posted September 14, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  HER SMELL (no distrib – TBD):  Writer-director Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip) is a fan of invective, and the punk rocker Becky Something (Elizabeth Moss), when she’s in the full flower of her moderate success, lets it fly in a way that even Natalie Portman in Vox Lux would find […]

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