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THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “The Goldbergs”

Posted October 1, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE GOLDBERGS:  Tuesday 9PM on ABC Previously… on THE GOLDBERGS:  It’s the era of Muppet Show lunchboxes and acid-washed jeans, and the Goldberg family spends its time driving each other crazy:  grumpy dad Murray (Jeff Garlin), smothering mom Beverly (Windi McLendon-Covey), cool grandpa Pops (George Segal), teen son Barry (Troy Gentile), daughter Erica (Hayley […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Recovery Road”

Posted January 24, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  RECOVERY ROAD:  Monday 9PM on Freeform (Episodes 1-3 available via VOD/streaming) – If Nothing Else Is On… If the idea of rebranding ABCFamily as Freeform was to escape the network’s flavor of earnest YA soap, the new RECOVERY ROAD didn’t get the memo.  It’s ABCF down to its toes, a super-sized Afterschool Special built […]

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THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “Arrow”

Posted October 18, 2012 by Mitch Salem

A lot can happen between the creation of a TV pilot in the spring and the 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) give plenty of notes, helpful and otherwise, and critics begin to rear […]

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THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “Dads”

Posted September 25, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  DADS: Tuesday 8PM on FOX Previously… on DADS:  Video game company partners Eli and Warner (Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi) are invaded by their respective fathers, David (Peter Riegert) and Crawford (Martin Mull).  The old guys move in, and in no time are driving their sons crazy.  Also around for the carnage:  Warner’s wife […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Telenovela”

Posted December 8, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  TELENOVELA:  Monday 8:30PM on NBC starting January 4 – If Nothing Else Is On… Simply put, TELENOVELA is what Jane the Virgin would be if Jane’s vain, airheaded but good-hearted actor father Rogelio were the main character–actually, if every character were more or less Rogelio.  The show, which NBC previewed tonight to give it […]

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THE SKED PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “The Goodwin Games”

Posted May 27, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE GOODWIN GAMES:  Monday 8:30PM on FOX Previously… on THE GOODWIN GAMES:  After the death of their father Benjamin (Beau Bridges), his estranged children–type-A surgeon Henry (Scott Foley), underperformer Chloe (Becki Newton) and petty ex-con Jimmy (T.J. Miller)–discover that they’ll have to maneuver through a gauntlet of his specially designed games in order to […]

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THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “Mom”

Posted October 1, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  MOM:  Monday 9:30PM on CBS Previously… on MOM:  Christy (Anna Faris) is a recovering alcoholic single mom who has to cope with her own no-boundaries recovering addict single mother Bonnie (Allison Janney), as well as teen daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano) and son Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal).  Christy is just barely holding it together, and […]

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THE SKED’S PILOT + 3 REVIEW: “The Newsroom”… and “Broadcast News”

Posted July 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  HBO has been airing a spiffy HD edition of James L. Brooks’ 1987 BROADCAST NEWS  in its recent rotation (it’s next scheduled for July 20 and 24), and that makes sense, since the Brooks film is one of the acknowledged inspirations for HBO’s current Aaron Sorkin series THE NEWSROOM.  I’m not sure how much […]

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