Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Fosse/Verdon”

Posted May 29, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  FX’s FOSSE/VERDON was a triumph of narrowcasting, a showbiz hall of mirrors about a showbiz hall of mirrors.  That was never more so than in its final installment, where it met its meta-destiny by depicting Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) depicting a just-slightly fantasized version of his own life and death in All That Jazz.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Killing Eve”

Posted May 27, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  It may not be fair, but it’s awfully hard not to compare the second seasons of KILLING EVE directly with HBO’s Barry, since both were comedies-with-drama/dramas-with-comedy about hired killers that aired on virtually the same Sunday nights.  Many of us watched the latest installments of each series in the span of the same few hours.  […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Blood & Treasure”

Posted May 22, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  BLOOD & TREASURE:  Tuesday 10PM on CBS Summer has come to network TV, which means 4 months with tons of unscripted offerings and the occasional downscale scripted series.  The latter is typified by CBS’s BLOOD & TREASURE, which had a 2-hour premiere after the NCIS season finale in an (unsuccessful) attempt to goose the ratings. Most of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted May 20, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  There was never a real-life game of thrones behind the scenes at GAME OF THRONES, and perhaps there should have been.  After six brilliant years adapting George R. R. Martin’s novels to television, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss found themselves out of books and without a clear path to Martin’s ending.  (Reportedly, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Veep”

Posted May 13, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  It seems as though just about all the impact of TV’s May finales has been subsumed into the maw that is Game of Thrones–even including The Big Bang Theory, itself one of the signature hits of the last decade.  One of the victims is HBO’s own VEEP, a multi-Emmy-winning jewel in the network’s crown, […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Red Line”

Posted April 29, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE RED LINE:  Sunday 8PM on CBS CBS waited until the final few weeks of the regular broadcast season to do something very un-CBS:  over the next 4 Sundays, it will air all 8 hours of the limited series THE RED LINE, an earnest social drama produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti about […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Bless This Mess”

Posted April 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  BLESS THIS MESS:  Tuesday 9:30PM on ABC The six-episode order ABC gave BLESS THIS HOUSE (after FOX had passed on the project) is about as small as any network show can get.  That doesn’t leave much time for series creators Lake Bell (who also stars and directed the pilot) and Elizabeth Meriwether to show […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted April 15, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  GAME OF THRONES:  Sunday 9PM on HBO Concerns have been as high as expectations for the final season of GAME OF THRONES.  Season 7, the first with little recourse to George R. R. Martin’s novels due to the lagging rate of his writing, was generally considered a warning of trouble ahead, with a pace […]

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