Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Posted October 13, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND:  Monday 8PM on CW – In the Queue With a Netflix-driven need to keep its line-up as stable as possible (returning shows are automatically included in the network’s lucrative streaming deal), CW only took one swing this fall with a new series, but it’s a fairly big one.  CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is a […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Taboo”

Posted January 11, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TABOO:  Tuesday 10PM on FX – Potential DVR Alert It may be that Tom Hardy will join Clive Owen and Michael Fassbinder among British leading men who never quite became the global superstars they seemed meant to be.  With Owen and Fassbinder, there’s a certainly coldness to them that makes them perfectly cast in […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Miniseries Premiere Review: “The X-Files”

Posted January 24, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE X-FILES:  Monday 8PM on FOX With its densely serialized mythology and mostly pre-internet rabidly enthusiastic fans, THE X-FILES was a key signpost on the road to today’s pop culture.  By the time it left the air in 2002, though, it was limping badly, with David Duchovny barely participating and ratings that were low, […]

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Articles

THE SKED PILOT REPORT: ABC’S “Scandal”

Posted June 1, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Disclaimer:  Network pilots now in circulation are not necessarily in the form that will air in the Fall.  Pilots are often reedited and rescored, and in some cases even recast or reshot.  So these critiques shouldn’t be taken as full reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content of the […]

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THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Ray Donovan”

Posted June 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  RAY DONOVAN:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime – Potential DVR Alert Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is a fixer with plenty to fix.  Professionally, he’s sort of a lower-rent LA version of Scandal‘s Olivia Pope, employed by Hollywood agent Lee Drexler (Peter Jacobson) to do whatever’s necessary to clean up after Tinseltown’s celebrities and studio execs.  […]

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Midseason Finale

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Houdini & Doyle”

Posted May 2, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  HOUDINI & DOYLE:  Monday 9PM on FOX – Change the Channel Paranormal procedurals have been fertile ground for FOX since at least The X-Files, recently with Lucifer and Sleepy Hollow (and the rebooted X-Files).  The network’s early-arrival summer series HOUDINI & DOYLE, though, is a plodding, uninspired miss in the subgenre. As the rules […]

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THE SKED PILOT REPORT: NBC’S “Up All Night”

Posted June 2, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Disclaimer:  Network pilots now in circulation are not necessarily in the form that will air in the Fall.  Pilots are often reedited and rescored, and in some cases even recast or reshot.  So these critiques shouldn’t be taken as full reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content of the […]

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THE SKED PILOT REPORT: ABC’S “Man Up” – PREMIERING TONIGHT

Posted October 18, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Disclaimer:  Network pilots now in circulation are not necessarily in the form that will air in the Fall.  Pilots are often reedited and rescored, and in some cases even recast or reshot.  So these critiques shouldn’t be taken as full reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content of the […]

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