Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Of Kings and Prophets”

Posted March 9, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  OF KINGS AND PROPHETS:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel ABC’s biblical saga OF KINGS AND PROPHETS was a big swing for the network administration headed by Paul Lee, but the fact that he’s not around to witness its launch (which had been postponed from last fall when the production turned troubled) […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot + 1 Review: “The Family”

Posted March 7, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE FAMILY:  Sunday 9PM on ABC Previously… on THE FAMILY:  Ten years after his disappearance and presumed death, a now-teen Adam Warren (Liam James) appears, freshly escaped from what he describes as a decade spent in a hole in the ground near a “dragon.”  In the intervening years, his mother Claire (Joan Allen) has […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Real O’Neals”

Posted March 2, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE REAL O’NEALS:  Tuesday 8:30PM on ABC – Change the Channel Whatever its other ailments, over the past few years ABC has had an extraordinary run of diverse, smart family sitcoms,–an area where other networks have struggled badly–with Fresh Off The Boat, Black-ish and The Goldbergs building on Modern Family and The Middle.  (Even […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Togetherness”

Posted February 22, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  TOGETHERNESS:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO HBO pairs Jay and Mark Duplass’s TOGETHERNESS with Girls on Sunday nights, and in a way they make sense as companion pieces, since Togetherness concerns a screwed-up foursome at a later stage of their lives than Lena Dunham’s characters.  Togetherness, though, views its people with a more mature and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Girls”

Posted February 22, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  GIRLS:  Sunday 10PM on HBO We now know that the 6th and next season of Lena Dunham’s GIRLS will be its last, and the Season 5 premiere made clear that Dunham has little intention of making the show less polarizing than it’s been from the start. The episode, written and directed by Dunham, used […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Vinyl”

Posted February 15, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  VINYL:  Sunday 9PM on HBO – DVR Alert Even with an ever-increasing amount of new and emerging competition, for now at least there’s still nothing in television quite like an all-in, no-expense-spared HBO event, and the network’s rock & roll spectacle VINYL certainly qualifies.  It reunites Martin Scorsese with writer/executive producer Terence Winter, with […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”

Posted February 8, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE:  Monday 10:30PM on TBS – Potential DVR Alert It is written, apparently, that all alumni of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show who aren’t starring in movies or sitcoms must have their own comedy news series, and tonight it was the turn of Samantha Bee.  TBS’s marketing of the series […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Lucifer”

Posted January 26, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  LUCIFER:  Monday 9PM on FOX – Change the Channel It’s fun to imagine the development meetings that preceded FOX’s order of the new procedural LUCIFER: Series Creator Tom Kapinos:  The Devil, Satan himself, is the show’s main character. FOX Executive:  Wow!  So what does he do? Kapinos:  He runs a nightclub, and he consults […]

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