Insecure
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Insecure”

Posted July 24, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  INSECURE:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO Issa Rae’s INSECURE became progressively more assured during the course of its first season, and although it wasn’t more than a moderate success, its ratings trended upward through its run, until it was outrating its higher-profile lead-in, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce.  HBO has rewarded it by scheduling Season 2 […]

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Game of Thrones
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted July 17, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  GAME OF THRONES:  Sunday 9PM on HBO With tonight’s Season 7 premiere, the endgame of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES has begun, kicking off the final 13 episodes (which will be divided 7/6 over 2 seasons).  It might be called the “Don’t Screw This Up” run, as series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, now […]

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the-strain
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “The Strain”

Posted July 16, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE STRAIN:  Sunday 10PM on FX The decision to make Season 4 of FX’s THE STRAIN its last (a year earlier than the originally announced plan) meant that there was a lot of story to cram into 10 hours, and tonight’s season premiere was all plot and set-up.  The show’s canvas has become wider […]

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Hooten & The Lady
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Hooten & The Lady”

Posted July 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  HOOTEN & THE LADY:  Thursday 9PM on CW – Change the Channel Here’s an indicative moment from CW’s summer adventure series HOOTEN & THE LADY.  The disreputable treasure-hunter Hooten (Michael Landes), having just found out that his reluctant companion, assistant British Museum curator Alex (Olivia Lovibond), is an actual member of the British nobility, […]

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Salvation
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Salvation”

Posted July 13, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SALVATION:  Wednesday 10PM on CBS CBS’s summer series SALVATION presents a potential end of the world so pedestrian that viewers might fall asleep while awaiting the apocalypse.  It’s a disappointment, because at their best (BrainDead, the first season of Under the Dome), CBS’s forays into the sci-fi potboiler genre can be entertainingly over the […]

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Will
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Will”

Posted July 11, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  WILL:  Monday 9PM on TNT – If Nothing Else Is On… TNT’s WILL, a gloss on the early life of William Shakespeare (and an unacknowledged one on the movie Shakespeare In Love), would seem like an extreme oddity if we hadn’t just had ABC’s Romeo & Juliet gloss Still Star-Crossed, which has already been sent […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Snowfall”

Posted July 6, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SNOWFALL:  Wednesday 10PM on FX – In the Queue It used to make sense to judge a new TV series based on its pilot, because the pilot was a template of all the episodes that would follow.  In the serialized, bingeable TV era, though, an opening hour is often just an introduction to the […]

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Zoo
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Zoo”

Posted June 30, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  ZOO:  Thursday 10PM on CBS Every summer, CBS changes its drama hat from procedural to low-rent sci-fi.  It’s a path the network has followed since Under the Dome became a (temporary) surprise hit, even though the results, after that initial success, haven’t been great.  (BrainDead did earn points for sheer weirdness.)  ZOO had just […]

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