American Horror Story Cult
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “American Horror Story: Cult”

Posted September 6, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  AMERICAN HORROR STORY:  CULT – Tuesday 10PM on FX We find ourselves in boom times for killer clowns.  They’re the main vehicles for terror in the new installment of FX’s Ryan Murphy anthology AMERICAN HORROR STORY, dubbed CULT (including a cameo from Freak Show‘s Twisty), and one of the granddaddies of the genre, Stephen King’s […]

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Inhumans
Current Release

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Pilot Review: “Inhumans”

Posted September 1, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  INHUMANS:  Friday 9PM on ABC (starting Sept 29) – Change the Channel In this world of Peak TV, it’s harder for a new series to break through the clutter than it’s ever been, and that thicket will be a veritable forest during the fourth week of September, when the major broadcast networks will follow […]

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Mr Mercedes
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Mr. Mercedes”

Posted August 10, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  MR. MERCEDES:  Wednesday 8PM on Audience Network (DirecTV) – DVR Alert It’s been quite a week for the splintering of television.  FX announced that it, like AMC, would launch a pay version of its service, allowing viewers on certain platforms to watch its shows without commercials for a monthly fee.  Then Disney dropped a […]

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The Sinner
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Sinner”

Posted August 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE SINNER:  Wednesday 10PM on USA – Change the Channel USA’s THE SINNER wants so, so much to be Prestige TV.  Alas, Derek Simonds’ 8-hour drama (based on a novel by Petra Hammesfahr) is more like an exhibition of the genre’s tropes.  There’s the antiheroic protagonist, in this case Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel), a […]

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Manhunt Unabomber
Pilot + 1

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Manhunt: Unabomber”

Posted August 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  MANHUNT: UNABOMBER:  Tuesday 10PM on Discovery – In the Queue Discovery’s 8-hour docudrama miniseries MANHUNT: UNABOMBER features its Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany) only in the final sequence of its opening 2 hours, a decision that gets the show off to an unfortunately pedestrian start.  As the title indicates, the focus isn’t on the charismatic […]

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Somewhere Between
Pilot + 1

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere + 1 Review: “Somewhere Between”

Posted July 25, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SOMEWHERE BETWEEN:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel (Now!) There’s no politically correct way to put this.  ABC’s summer thriller SOMEWHERE BETWEEN hinges on the frantic efforts of TV producer Laura Price (Paula Patton) to stop the murder of her daughter Serena (Aria Birch) after the fact, when Laura is inexplicably transported […]

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Midnight Texas
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Midnight, Texas”

Posted July 25, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  MIDNIGHT, TEXAS:  Monday 10PM on NBC – Change the Channel NBC’s summer series MIDNIGHT, TEXAS is a horror, all right.  It’s based on novels by True Blood author Charlaine Harris, and the idea was plainly to do a broadcast network version of HBO’s hit.  But even if Midnight had been any good, the idea […]

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Hooten & The Lady
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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