Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Killing Eve”

Posted April 9, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  KILLING EVE:  Sunday 8PM on BBCAmerica – DVR Alert Transposing an artistic concern to a familiar pop culture genre can make the artist’s work much more accessible.  When John Krasinski made The Hollars, a sensitive story about a strained family, no one bought any tickets, but when he added monsters to the mix, the […]

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Pilot Reports

PREMIERING TONIGHT – THE SKED’S FALL PILOT REPORT: FOX’s “The Mindy Project”

Posted September 25, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    THE MINDY PROJECT: Tuesday 9:30PM on FOX – DVR Alert Companion shows don’t come more perfectly designed than FOX’s THE MINDY PROJECT.  When FOX launched New Girl last fall, it became an instant hit, with a quirky, likable heroine in Zooey Deschanel, a very strong supporting cast, and a sophisticated, urban tone.  it’s […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Report: “Crisis”

Posted March 16, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Read All Our Fall Pilot Reports here and Midseason Pilot Reports here. CRISIS:  Sunday 10PM on NBC – If Nothing Else is On… Funny story.  Remember how last fall, there was a serialized thriller about a high-stakes political kidnapping in Washington whose victims included teens called Hostages that flopped badly?  NBC would prefer that […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Succession”

Posted June 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SUCCESSION:  Sunday 10PM on HBO HBO’s new drama SUCCESSION may be too much of its moment for comfort.  The series, created by Jesse Armstrong (previously a writer/producer on Armando Ianucci’s Veep, The Thick Of It and In the Loop), shares the fascination of its Sunday-mate Billions with the hideously scheming ultra-rich of Manhattan.  Unlike […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Sirens”

Posted March 7, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SIRENS:  Thursday 10PM on USA – Change the Channel Even though it’s based on a 2011 British format, SIRENS is exactly what you would expect from the union of USA Network and Denis Leary.  Based on the first two episodes, shown back-to-back last night, the series is essentially what Rescue Me would have looked […]

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Fall Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT – THE SKED Pilot Review: “Enlisted”

Posted January 10, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  ENLISTED:  Friday 9:30PM on FOX  – Change the Channel Not all goofy, barely-functional family sitcoms are alike, and although FOX has paired the new ENLISTED with Raising Hope on its Friday schedule, the two aren’t much of a match.  Raising Hope is a very smart comedy about people who aren’t necessarily rocket scientists, while […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Welcome to Sweden”

Posted July 11, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  WELCOME TO SWEDEN:  Thursday 9PM on NBC – Potential DVR Alert WELCOME TO SWEDEN has one of the more unusual provenances of any show on a US broadcast network.  It was commissioned by Swedish television, where it aired last spring–and which explains its heavy use of subtitled Swedish dialogue.  Although it includes some familiar […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dark Matter”

Posted June 13, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  DARK MATTER:  Friday 10PM on Syfy – Change the Channel You can easily imagine the first episode of Syfy’s new DARK MATTER as being the pitch that sold the series, and it also sounds like the start of a joke:  6 people and an android wake up on a spaceship…  (In fact, the show […]

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