Pilot Reports

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Black-ish”

Posted September 24, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK-ISH:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC – Worth A Look   PLAYERS:  Star and Executive Producer Anthony Anderson, and recurring guest star/EP Laurence Fishburne.  (And Executive Producer Larry Wilmore, although he’s leaving the show to take over the Stephen Colbert slot on Comedy Central.)  Series creator Kenya Barris.  Pilot director James Griffiths.  A supporting cast headed […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Hooten & The Lady”

Posted July 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  HOOTEN & THE LADY:  Thursday 9PM on CW – Change the Channel Here’s an indicative moment from CW’s summer adventure series HOOTEN & THE LADY.  The disreputable treasure-hunter Hooten (Michael Landes), having just found out that his reluctant companion, assistant British Museum curator Alex (Olivia Lovibond), is an actual member of the British nobility, […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Conviction”

Posted October 4, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  CONVICTION:  Monday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel It’s routine to refer to a procedural TV series as featuring a “case of the week,” but ABC’s CONVICTION takes it literally.  When former First Daughter and party girl Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) is arrested for cocaine possession and blackmailed by NY’s politically ambitious DA […]

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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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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Happy Together”

Posted October 2, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  HAPPY TOGETHER:  Monday 8:30PM on CBS Even though CBS’s HAPPY TOGETHER is inspired by a period in Executive Producer Harry Styles’s actual life, it’s one of those sitcoms where no one in front of or behind the cameras appears to have spent much time on Earth.  The contrivance that serves as the plot has […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Magnum, P.I.”

Posted September 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  MAGNUM, P.I.:  Monday 9PM on CBS As everyone knows, the 2018-19 CBS TV season has turned out to be the final one overseen by Les Moonves, the longtime network mogul ousted after allegations of sexual misconduct.  It’s fitting that the first new series of his last season is that definitive Moonves-ian object, a rebooted […]

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Fall Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED PILOT REVIEW – NBC’s “The Blacklist”

Posted September 23, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE BLACKLIST:  Monday 10PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… NBC has made it very clear that its top fall priority is the launch of the new Monday drama THE BLACKLIST.  The show has been given the network’s plum post-The Voice slot, and clearly, NBC sees the series as a more consistent […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”

Posted January 13, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  SHADOWHUNTERS: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS:  Tuesday 9PM on Freeform – If Nothing Else Is On… Fans of mediocre YA fantasy adventure may remember SHADOWHUNTERS: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS from its last incarnation, as a 2013 feature film based on Cassandra Claire’s novels.  That was supposed to kick off a franchise, but the movie flopped, and the […]

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