For the People
Pilots

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “For the People”

Posted March 14, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  FOR THE PEOPLE:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC – In the Queue Things may change when Shonda Rhimes moves to Netflix, but in her ABC incarnation, her name on a project creates a certain set of expectations, which the new FOR THE PEOPLE mostly satisfies.  The pilot for the series, created by former Scandal writer/producer […]

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Deception
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “Deception”

Posted March 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  DECEPTION:  Sunday 10PM on ABC – In the Queue For its newest trick, the House of Greg Berlanti presents a crime procedural so insubstantial it seems to disappear before your very eyes.  DECEPTION, created by Chris Fedak (co-creator of NBC’s vintage Chuck) mixes together tropes like a summer camp magic show:  the smug amateur […]

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Champions
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “Champions”

Posted March 9, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  CHAMPIONS:  Thursday 9:30PM on NBC – Change the Channel As this season’s NBC comedies go, CHAMPIONS is less rancid than AP Bio, but “harmless” isn’t much of a recommendation for a sitcom.  Despite the fact that the series was created by Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy, its pilot is all set-up, in the traditional […]

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Life Sentence
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Life Sentence”

Posted March 8, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  LIFE SENTENCE:  Wednesday 9PM on CW – Change the Channel Last season, CW aired No Tomorrow, a madcap romp about a couple who lived every day as though it might be their last, because a deadly meteor was supposedly on its way to destroy the Earth.  The series flopped, but now the network has […]

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Unsolved
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Unsolved”

Posted February 28, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  UNSOLVED: THE MURDERS OF TUPAC & THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – Tuesday 10PM on USA – Potential DVR Alert The progeny of The People vs. OJ Simpson continue to arrive.  This season we’ve had the (so far) enormously disappointing American Crime Story follow-up The Assassination of Gianni Versace, as well as Dick Wolf’s even worse […]

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Good Girls
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Good Girls”

Posted February 27, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  GOOD GIRLS:  Monday 10PM on NBC – Potential DVR Alert GOOD GIRLS is one of the more promising pilots of the broadcast season–even if it’s itching not to be a broadcast series.  Jenna Bans’ script is a #MeToo slant on Breaking Bad and Fun With Dick and Jane, and as that list may suggest, […]

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Living Biblically
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Living Biblically”

Posted February 27, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  LIVING BIBLICALLY:  Monday 9:30PM on CBS – Change the Channel LIVING BIBLICALLY is a CBS sitcom for the Age of Trump, and like so many artifacts of this age, it may well thrill its target audience while causing others to shudder. Although inspired by a nonfiction book, Living Biblically is fully as hacky as […]

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Here and Now
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “Here and Now”

Posted February 12, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  HERE AND NOW:  Sunday 9PM on HBO – In the Queue HERE AND NOW is sort of the Alan Ball/HBO version of The Fosters, which means that its characters are a generation older, it has a lot of sex, a lot of talk, and a lot of angst, and there’s a mystical “mystery” element. […]

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