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THE EMMY AWARDS: Analysis and Review

Posted September 18, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  There weren’t a lot of surprises at tonight’s EMMY AWARDS, and the truth is that where television is right now, there didn’t need to be.  (A full list of winners is here.)  Game of Thrones and Veep were arguably coming off their best seasons ever, and it would be hard to begrudge them their […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Review: 10 Thoughts On The Oscars

Posted February 28, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  As the last notes of the not-remotely-accidentally-chosen “Fight the Power” fade from the closing credits of the 88th ACADEMY AWARDS telecast, 10 quick thoughts on the show and awards. 1.  Sometimes smart is all but indistinguishable from lucky, and that was the case for the Academy this year, which had chosen Chris Rock to […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Golden Globes Live Blog

Posted January 10, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Even though no one who isn’t in the awards game could name a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or would care about their opinion if they did), that group has seen its Golden Globes become the 2d most prominent award for both movies and TV.  In the last few years, the Globes […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Review: “The Wiz Live”

Posted December 4, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE WIZ LIVE was the smoothest, best-cast and best-sung yet of NBC’s annual Broadway musical pageants, although it had its own issues.  The network, and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, made a demographic choice in picking The Wiz as their latest production.  Although a Broadway hit, The Wiz isn’t generally considered part of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Community”

Posted March 18, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  COMMUNITY:  Episodes 1 & 2 now streaming at Yahoo Screen The first two episodes of COMMUNITY‘s Season 6 are less meta than you’d expect.  Make no mistake, they’re plenty meta, with montages about montages, and much discussion of whether Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown, now on The Odd Couple) has been “spun off” from Greendale […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Review: The Oscars

Posted February 22, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  There were no surprises of any scale at tonight’s ACADEMY AWARDS (a full list of winners is here) , and that went for the telecast, too.  Neil Patrick Harris was as personable a host as anticipated, and he/his writers were sometimes quick on their feet, as when he had a gag ready about a Documentary […]

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THE 10 BEST TV SHOWS OF 2014 and Other Small-Screen Thoughts

Posted December 30, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  How long can television (or “television,” since programming is now viewed on a multitude of screens and platforms) stay as good as it is right now?  It used to be tough to find 10 TV shows in a year worthy of being considered “best,” but now the problem is deciding which superb shows to omit.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Miniseries Premiere Review: “Ascension”

Posted December 16, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  ASCENSION:  Mon-Wed 9PM on Syfy In the post-Battlestar Galactica era, Syfy has barely even seemed to be trying.  It’s rather sad:  at a point when nearly every network–even CBS!–has at least one substantial piece of inventory in the science-fiction/fantasy genre, Syfy has been filling its air with tame programmers like Eureka and Haven, or […]

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