Life Sentence
Pilot Reports

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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AP Bio
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “AP Bio”

Posted February 2, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  AP BIO:  Thursday 9:30PM on NBC (regular run starts March 1) – Change the Channel Most of the braintrust behind NBC’s new sitcom AP BIO hails from Saturday Night Live, starting with series creator Mike O’Brien and including Executive Producers Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker, so it’s not hard to see why the pilot […]

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The Chi
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Chi”

Posted January 6, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE CHI:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime – More Mean Streets Showtime’s THE CHI is geographically close enough to the Chicago of its veteran hit Shameless that its characters could bump into Gallaghers at any given moment, but series creator Lena Waithe is influenced more by the work of David Simon, and not so much […]

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9-1-1
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “9-1-1″

Posted January 4, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  9-1-1:  Wednesday 9PM on FOX – Surprisingly Unsurprising Saying that FOX’s 9-1-1 is the Ryan Murphy team’s version of a Dick Wolf procedural makes it sound far more subversive and original than it actually is.  In fact, for the most part its opening hour is virtually indistinguishable from one of the cogs in Wolf’s wheel […]

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