Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”

Posted September 27, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME:  THE MENENDEZ MURDERS – Tuesday 10PM on NBC – Change the Channel Dick Wolf is one of the most successful producers in the history of television, but the one thing he’s never been is cool.  His Law & Order and Chicago franchises have kept NBC on the map for […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED PILOT REPORT – FOX’s “The Following”

Posted January 21, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE FOLLOWING:  Monday 9PM on FOX – DVR Alert We’ve been here before, perhaps most memorably in Red Dragon aka Manhunter:  the burned-out, injured, brilliantly intuitive FBI agent, called back to the field to go after his nemesis, a savage but erudite serial killer.  But even Thomas Harris didn’t invent that archetype, and Kevin […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Chronicle”

Posted February 3, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  CHRONICLE – Worth A Ticket –  “Found Footage” That Deserves to Be Found   Over the past decade, audience hunger for “reality”–the word very much in quotation marks–has engulfed much of popular cultture, from YouTube videos to self-produced songs, from tweets to television series and even cable networks built around people playing manipulated versions […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Revolution”

Posted June 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The second half of REVOLUTION‘s season tried to be interesting, God knows.  The initial run of episodes after the pilot mostly seemed to consist of our heroes trudging through forests, on the trail of militia-captured teen Danny Matheson, brother of heroine Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and nephew of Miles (Billy Burke).  But when Revolution returned […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Informant!”

Posted March 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Airing on Cinemax:  At Home In Your Home With the failure of THE INFORMANT! at the box-office in 2009 (it grossed around $41M worldwide), Steven Soderbergh seemed to reach a crossroads in his career. Informantfollowed the even bigger financial flop of his ambitious 2-part Che, and soon afterward he announced his intention to retire […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Point Blank”

Posted July 30, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  POINT BLANK – Worth a Ticket:  A Thrill-Ride with Subtitles   The most gripping Hollywood thriller of the summer is… in French.  (But not for long.)  This isn’t a complete surprise:  POINT BLANK‘s director/co-writer Fred Cavaye may not be a household name, but he made the film Anything For Her, the 96-minute thriller that […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Bridge”

Posted October 2, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The second season of FX’s THE BRIDGE faced quite a few challenges, some of them traceable to Season 1, and others self-created.  The original version of The Bridge was closely tied to the Swedish/Danish series on which it had been based.  It featured an extremely gimmicky serial killer plot that clashed violently with the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Legacies”

Posted October 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  LEGACIES:  Thursday 9PM on CW CW’s LEGACIES brings the Vampire Diaries extended universe once again close to its roots, after the older-skewing adventures of The Originals.  We’re not only back in Mystic Falls, Virginia, but in a version of high school, although one that looks a lot like Hogwarts.  (The connection is so blatant […]

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