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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Charmed”

Posted October 15, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  CHARMED:  Sunday 9PM on CW CW’s reboot of CHARMED wants to be a lighthearted supernatural romp, but it also seeks to push as many topical buttons as it possibly can.  So while the basic story of a trio of young women witches provides a built-in tale of female empowerment, the new pilot also comes […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “All American”

Posted October 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  ALL AMERICAN:  Wednesday 9PM on CW The ALL AMERICAN of CW’s pilot may or may not be fully representative of the series going forward, since creator and original showrunner April Blair is no longer involved with the production of the show, replaced by writer/producer Nkechi O. Carroll.  (The series is under the overall supervision–as […]

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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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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Neighborhood”

Posted October 2, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE NEIGHBORHOOD:  Monday 8PM on CBS The opening half of CBS’s doubleheader of new Monday sitcoms has one joke to tell in its pilot, and it spends half an hour telling it over and over.  THE NEIGHBORHOOD is almost exclusively about the hilarity of a midwestern white family moving into a black Los Angeles […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “God Friended Me”

Posted September 30, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  GOD FRIENDED ME:  Sunday 8PM on CBS It’s not hard to figure out the target demographic for CBS’s GOD FRIENDED ME.  The Steven Lilien/Bryan Wynbrandt series appears to have been custom-stitched for those viewers who would have loved ABC’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World if only it had been a little bit more urban.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Cool Kids”

Posted September 29, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE COOL KIDS:  Friday 8:30PM on FOX One takeaway from FOX’s terrible new sitcom THE COOL KIDS is that Martin Mull is in a particularly ruinous rut.  Four years ago, he co-starred in FOX’s awful Dads, a quickly canceled clunker about naughty oldsters.  Now here he is back again in Cool Kids, which moves […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Murphy Brown”

Posted September 28, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  MURPHY BROWN:  Thursday 9:30PM on CBS MURPHY BROWN was Prestige TV comedy before that concept really existed.  When it went on the air 30 years ago, it was a year before the arrival of Seinfeld, and 5 years ahead of Frasier, and while there were other intelligent, funny sitcoms on the air, Diane English’s […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “A Million Little Things”

Posted September 27, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  A MILLION LITTLE THINGS:  Wednesday 10PM on ABC ABC’s A MILLION LITTLE THINGS is about as ambitious as broadcast TV intends to get this season, which in this case means This Is Us by way of The Big Chill.  As in the latter, the show revolves around a group of old friends, Eddie (David […]

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