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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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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “9JKL”

Posted October 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  9JKL:  Monday 8:30PM on CBS – Change the Channel We usually do actors the favor of evaluating their work on a project separately from the quality of the project itself, willing to take their performances on their own terms.  But Mark Feuerstein doesn’t just star in the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad new […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Mercy Street”

Posted January 18, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  MERCY STREET:  Sunday 10PM on (many) PBS stations – Potential DVR Alert PBS isn’t accustomed to acting like a conventional “network,” and so it took the service until the very last episodes of Downton Abbey to do what any normal network would have done years ago:  use Downton as a platform to launch a […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Shooter”

Posted November 16, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  SHOOTER:  Tuesday 10PM on USA – Change the Channel USA Network has had a tough time populating its post-Mr. Robot schedule.  Sam Esmail’s series, while not a ratings blockbuster, has been a re-branding triumph, instantly changing the image of USA from the stodgy network of Monk and Royal Pains to something darker, younger, cooler, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Galavant”

Posted January 4, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  GALAVANT:  Sunday 8PM on ABC – If Nothing Else Is On… GALAVANT is one of the goofier network enterprises in recent memory.  It’s a fairy tale comedy-musical created by Dan Fogelman (whose resume covers everything from Crazy, Stupid, Love to Tangled to The Neighbors) that’s meant to be in the vein of The Princess Bride and […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT – THE SKED’S PILOT REPORT: CW’s “Cult”

Posted February 19, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  CULT:  Tuesday 9PM on CW – Change the Channel CW has had little good news this season apart from the arrival of Arrow, and it’s not helping itself by deciding to launch the new thriller CULT just as FOX has introduced its own somewhat similar The Following.  Comparisons are inevitable between the two shows […]

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THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “Bunheads”

Posted June 12, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Back in 2000, the rapid-fire fizzy dialogue of Gilmore Girls prompted some to spread an utterly unfounded rumor that Amy Sherman-Palladino, its creator and chief writer, didn’t actually exist, and that Girls was really being written by Aaron Sorkin.  This was wrong in every possible way, of course, including the fact that Sorkin was […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Grinder”

Posted September 29, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE GRINDER:  Tuesday 8:30PM on FOX – If Nothing Else Is On… THE GRINDER has something no other network sitcom this fall can claim:  an original, promising premise.  (It’s the execution that needs some work.)  Jared Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy gives us Dean Sanderson, Jr (Rob Lowe), longtime star of the primetime courtroom series […]

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