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THE SKED MOVIE PROMO WATCH: OSCAR NIGHT EDITION

Posted February 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> The Academy limits the number of movie ads that can be aired on the Oscar telecast (until recent years, they didn’t allow any), so as not to make the night look like the awards are shilling for the studios.  (God forbid!)  It’s not clear whether that’s the reason only 2 movie promos made it […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY OSCAR WATCH: THE TELECAST

Posted February 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Until its final 45 minutes, the one thing that could be said about this year’s Oscar telecast was that it was at least brisk.  Merely 2 hours and 15 minutes into the show, there were amazingly only 3 awards and the In Memorium segment still to go.  But for ABC, running under the appointed […]

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THE SKED MIDSEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “The Walking Dead”

Posted February 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Previously On… THE WALKING DEAD:  Our erstwhile humans spent many, many episodes on a farm owned by cranky vet Hershel (Scott Wilson), while they searched for the missing Sophia (Madison Lintz).  There were lots of lengthy conversations about the meaning of life in a zombie-infected universe, and whether it was worth going on–let alone […]

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THE SKED’S MOVIE PROMO WATCH: Grammys Edition

Posted February 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Tonight’s Grammy Awards were inevitably somewhat haunted by the awful loss of Whitney Houston barely 24 hours earlier, a tragedy that seemed to have been going on for a decade yet was still shocking when it came to its fruition.  Nevertheless, the show found time to include innumerable music numbers, some of them saluting […]

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THE SKED Review: “Saturday Night Live” with John Goodman

Posted December 15, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The most inventive part of tonight’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE really wasn’t, because it was almost certainly unintentional.  Nevertheless, it was sort of brilliant, in a “found art” sort of way.  Soon after the monologue, there was a negligible piece about a suburban group performing a snowflake dance for the Christmas pageant at their local […]

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THE SKED’S MOVIE PROMO WATCH: Super Bowl Edition

Posted February 6, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> In these heady moments after the NY Giants’ triumphant victory over the New England Patriots (I’d say “Sorry, New England fans,” but I wouldn’t mean it), let’s take a moment to look at the other major event of the evening:  the ads for upcoming movies.  (Mitch Metcalf will offer a separate take on NBC’s […]

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THE SKED FALL TRAILER REVIEW: NBC’s “Go On”

Posted May 14, 2012 by Mitch Salem

          GO ON:  TUESDAYS 9PM ON NBC   WHAT IT’S SAYING:  Chandler Bing… um, Matthew Perry is back!  Still sarcastically quipping to hide his deeper feelings after all these years.   WHAT IT’S REALLY SAYING:  Also back:  Dear John.  With a dash of a (less bizarre) Community, as the oddball grief […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Tina Fey

Posted September 29, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  After almost 4 decades (!) on the air, it’s a little silly to describe any given SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE episode, or even season, as “critical” or “vital.”  Nevertheless, this is a big transition year for the show, with such veterans as Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen (on top of Kristin Wiig the […]

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