Emerald City
Pilot + 1

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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The Young Pope
Pilot + 1

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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The Real O'Neals
Midseason Premiere

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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Minority Report
Pilot + 1

SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot + 1 Review: “Minority Report”

Posted September 29, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  MINORITY REPORT:  Monday 9PM on FOX Previously… on MINORITY REPORT:  In 2065, 11 years after the events of Steven Spielberg’s film, the “precog” program, in which a trio of psychically gifted empaths were used to predict crimes that hadn’t been committed yet, allowing police to arrest the potential perpetrators before the fact, has been […]

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Pilot + 1

SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot + 1 Review: “The Librarians”

Posted December 15, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE LIBRARIANS:  Sunday 8PM on TNT Previously… on THE LIBRARIANS:  In the long-term absence of head Librarian Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle), a trio of apprentices preserve magical historical artifacts and keep the world safe from their use:  history/literature/mechanical genius Jacob Stone (Christian Kane), mathematical savant Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth), and master thief and hacker […]

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THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “Unforgettable”

Posted September 28, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> A lot can happen between the creation of a TV pilot in the spring and production of episodes for the regular season:  a writing/producing team is hired, audience focus groups weigh in, networks and studios (which may have had their own turnover in the off-season) give plenty of notes, both helpful and otherwise, and […]

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Wayward Pines
Pilot + 1

SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot + 1 Review: “Wayward Pines”

Posted May 21, 2015 by Mitch Salem

WAYWARD PINES:  Thursday 9PM on FOX Previously… on WAYWARD PINES:  Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), on a mission to find colleague (and former mistress) Kate Hewson, who’s been missing for several weeks, awakens after a car crash to find himself in Wayward Pines, Idaho, a small town that’s heavy on the creepy.  Menacing […]

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crossing lines
Pilot + 1

THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “Crossing Lines”

Posted June 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  CROSSING LINES:  Sunday 10PM on NBC Previously… on CROSSING LINES:  Under the aegis of senior official Michel Dorn (Donald Sutherland), the International Criminal Court has established a multinational group of crimefighters to track down wrongdoers operating throughout Europe.  Each of our heroes, as it happens, labors under heavy baggage from crimes left unsolved and/or […]

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