Trial & Error
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Trial & Error”

Posted March 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TRIAL & ERROR:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… NBC’s TRIAL & ERROR is a cluttered joke-book of a sitcom that parodies true-crime docuseries like Making A Murderer and especially The Staircase.  As in the latter, the accused murderer, here named Larry Henderson (John Lithgow), is a figure of some […]

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The Young Pope
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere + 1 Review: “The Young Pope”

Posted January 17, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE YOUNG POPE:  Sunday/Monday 9PM on HBO – DVR Alert The cinema-tization of television continues with HBO’s THE YOUNG POPE.  It’s been created and directed by the filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, who made 2013’s Best Foreign Film Oscar winner The Great Beauty and followed it with the gorgeous but not quite coherent Truth.  Sorrentino is […]

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Emerald City
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Emerald City”

Posted January 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  EMERALD CITY:  Friday 9PM on NBC – Change the Channel EMERALD CITY will make you wish you’d stayed in Kansas.  It’s a muddle of The Wizard of Oz, Mad Max, Game of Thrones (in their dreams) and that terrible Syfy updated version of Alice In Wonderland from a few years ago, and you’d think […]

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Beyond
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Beyond”

Posted January 1, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  BEYOND:  Monday 9PM on Freeform (Preview Tonight at 9PM), also available on VOD/streaming – Change the Channel Add BEYOND to the growing pile of genre shows that have failed at Freeform since Pretty Little Liars became the network’s signature series, joining Guilty, Twisted and Dead of Summer.  (Shadowhunters returns on Monday but with new […]

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Designated Survivor
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot + 1 Review: “Designated Survivor”

Posted September 29, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  DESIGNATED SURVIVOR:  Wednesday 10PM on ABC Previously… on DESIGNATED SURVIVOR:  When the US government gathers in a single location, one low-ranking official is kept apart in case of catastrophe.  Thus Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is the only member of the administration left alive when a bomb destroys the […]

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Van Helsing
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Van Helsing”

Posted September 24, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  VAN HELSING:  Friday 10PM on Syfy – Change the Channel The playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute has dabbled in genre before, although he may prefer not to be reminded of his disastrous remake of The Wicker Man.  Still, it’s odd to see him as the creator of Syfy’s postapocalyptic vampire saga VAN HELSING.  It […]

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The Good Place
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Good Place”

Posted September 20, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE GOOD PLACE:  Thursday 8:30PM on NBC – In the Queue Originality, imagination and sheer strangeness are rare network TV commodities these days, so it seems fair to give NBC’s THE GOOD PLACE some time before deciding whether it’s actually, you know, good.  It’s the creation of Michael Schur, who gave us Parks & […]

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Heartbeat
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere + 1 Review: “Heartbeat”

Posted March 24, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  HEARTBEAT:  Wednesday 8PM on NBC – Change the Channel NBC’s HEARTBEAT differs from most of the post-ER, post-Grey’s Anatomy medical shows that have come down the pike in that it’s an unabashed star vehicle rather than an ensemble piece.  And this isn’t an antihero story, a la House:  Dr. Alexandra Panttiere (played by Melissa […]

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