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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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SHOWBUZZDAILY Midseason Finale Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted December 12, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  In the best case scenario, this first half of THE WALKING DEAD‘s 7th season has been a necessary evil.  While ponderousness has been built into the show’s DNA more or less from the start, Walking Dead has never before been as oppressive as these 8 episodes.  Part of that is sheer length:  AMC has gone […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Midseason Finale Review: “This Is Us”

Posted December 7, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Last week’s episode of NBC’s THIS IS US notched an impressive achievement:  in Live + 7 ratings, it moved past Empire to become the highest rated drama on broadcast TV.  Admittedly, L7 ratings aren’t the most meaningful metric for advertiser purposes, and being the highest rated broadcast drama isn’t the gala event it would […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Midseason Finale Review: “Once Upon A Time”

Posted December 4, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Times are dark indeed in Storybrooke this season.  The ratings for ONCE UPON A TIME have never been worse, and the the once-inventive show’s writing, by series creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis and their staff, is at a low ebb.  Truth be told, this has been coming for a while (remember the show’s […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Houdini & Doyle”

Posted May 2, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  HOUDINI & DOYLE:  Monday 9PM on FOX – Change the Channel Paranormal procedurals have been fertile ground for FOX since at least The X-Files, recently with Lucifer and Sleepy Hollow (and the rebooted X-Files).  The network’s early-arrival summer series HOUDINI & DOYLE, though, is a plodding, uninspired miss in the subgenre. As the rules […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Vinyl”

Posted April 17, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  VINYL watchers, HBO feels your pain.  Late in a run that matched low ratings with little buzz or critical enthusiasm, the network took the unusual step of not just firing co-creator/showrunner Terence Winter, but of publicizing that decision before Season 1 even finished airing, despite the fact that HBO and Winter have a history […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Magicians”

Posted April 12, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Season 1 of THE MAGICIANS had plenty of flaws, but lack of ambition wasn’t one of them.  In a way unseen on Syfy since the days of Battlestar Galactica, The Magicians wanted to be about everything:  Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Doctor Who, the very concept of the supernatural as escapist entertainment, the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Shades of Blue”

Posted April 1, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Over the course of its season, NBC’s SHADES OF BLUE muddled its way from being a broadcast network-lite version of a gritty cable cop drama to a more conventional heist thriller.  It was flawed in both contexts, but more able to carry its weight as the latter. The series, created by Adi Hasak, was […]

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