Suits
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Suits”

Posted July 18, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SUITS:  Wednesday 9PM on USA 7 seasons ago, Aaron Korsh’s SUITS was introduced by USA Network as the story of a young con man with a photographic memory named Mike Ross, hired by flashy New York lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) to be his mentee, sidekick and quasi-little brother.  Along the way, Mike became […]

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Westworld
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Westworld”

Posted June 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  For all that HBO’s WESTWORLD is deliberately obscure and oblique, one thing has become increasingly clear through the course of its second season:  series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy expect viewers to decide for themselves what aspects of the show are features and which are bugs.  Most obviously, Westworld has no interest in […]

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Take Two
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Take Two”

Posted June 22, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  TAKE TWO:  Thursday 10PM on ABC ABC’s TAKE TWO has an unusually classy set of auspices for a summer broadcast series.  Its co-creator is Andrew W. Marlowe, who gave the network its long-running hit Castle (his writing partner on the new show is Terri Edda Miller, a Castle writer/producer and also Mrs. Marlowe), and […]

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The Affair
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “The Affair”

Posted June 17, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE AFFAIR:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime It’s a bit surprising to be talking about a 4th season of Showtime’s THE AFFAIR at all, and not just because the ratings have always been mild, and the series has never attained the buzz or awards attention that prestige TV aspires to.  The Affair seemed to reach […]

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Legion
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Legion”

Posted June 13, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  In its second season, Noah Hawley’s FX series LEGION largely became a delivery system for set-pieces.  Some of these sequences, to be sure, were dazzling:  Hawley has become a whiz with aspect ratios, split screens, stylized sets, skewed camera angles, eccentric music choices, and all manner of visual and aural devices–at one point, he […]

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Billions
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Billions”

Posted June 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  We’ve all had reason to remember over the past few months that the experience of watching a TV show or movie doesn’t necessarily reflect the experiences of those behind the scenes.  Still, it’s nice to think that the writers room on Showtime’s BILLIONS could be the happiest place on Earth (Adult Division).  Under the […]

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Fear the Walking Dead
Midseason Finale

SHOWBUZZDAILY Midseason Finale Review: “Fear the Walking Dead”

Posted June 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Something unexpected has been going on in the first half of the fourth season of AMC’s franchise spin-off FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.  Fear has always felt like a corporate calculation and a creative afterthought, unable to find a lasting identity as it roamed from being a Walking Dead prequel to being all too literally […]

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Dietland
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dietland”

Posted June 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  DIETLAND:  Monday 9PM on AMC AMC’s DIETLAND is a big swing, but it seems to be trying to hit to all parts of the field at once.  The series, created by Marti Noxon (from a novel by Sarai Walker), and with its first 2 episodes directed by Noxon as well, begins with a relatable, […]

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