Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Of Kings and Prophets”

Posted March 9, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  OF KINGS AND PROPHETS:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel ABC’s biblical saga OF KINGS AND PROPHETS was a big swing for the network administration headed by Paul Lee, but the fact that he’s not around to witness its launch (which had been postponed from last fall when the production turned troubled) […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Crossing Lines”

Posted June 23, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  CROSSING LINES:  Sunday 10PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… Television’s changing economics will probably lead to a lot more internationally financed co-productions as time goes on.  In terms of content, that means subject matter that can be sold worldwide even without an initial US network success, which may require iconic protagonists […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Reiew: “Reverie”

Posted May 30, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  REVERIE:  Wednesday 10PM on NBC In recent seasons, original summer dramas on the broadcast networks have tended to cluster in two varieties:  straightforward procedurals like Rookie Blue and The Night Shift, and fantasy-thrillers like Under the Dome and Extant.  NBC’s new REVERIE, created by Extant‘s Mickey Fisher, tries to mix the genres, with indifferent […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Satisfaction”

Posted July 16, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SATISFACTION:  Thursday 10PM on USA – If Nothing Else Is On… Sean Jablonski’s new series SATISFACTION is a rarity for USA Network:  a drama that isn’t built around a familiar procedural franchise or fast-talking, quipping heroes.  Instead, it’s a story about midlife angst and marriage–there’s a namecheck of “Updike” at one passing point in […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED FALL PILOT REPORT: CBS’s “Vegas”

Posted September 25, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  VEGAS:  Tuesday 10PM on CBS – Potential DVR Alert VEGAS is CBS’s version of swinging for the fences, which is to say that it can also be seen as a neon-lit, gold-edged version of Longmire.  This time the widowed western lawman is Ralph Lamb, a real (although probably quite fictionalized) rancher who became a […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Rise”

Posted March 14, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  RISE:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC – In the Queue RISE creator Jason Katims practically demands that viewers compare his new series with his classic Friday Night Lights.  The song that accompanies the opening scene sounds like it came off the Lights soundtrack, director Mike Cahill (an indie filmmaker whose best-known works are Another Earth […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Timeless”

Posted October 3, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  TIMELESS:  Monday 10PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… NBC’s TIMELESS is strictly B-movie escapism.  That’s a bit of a surprise considering that its creators are Eric Kripke of the densely mythologized (if not altogether workable) Revolution and The Shield‘s Shawn Ryan, but undemanding genre storytelling seems to be the preferred space […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Younger”

Posted March 31, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  YOUNGER:  Tuesday 10PM on TV Land Although it’s a half-hour rather than an hour, TV Land’s new YOUNGER feels somewhat similar to VH1’s recent Hindsight.  Both are series versions of high concepts that might have been feature films starring, say, Sandra Bullock, a decade or so ago, and both revolve around women on the cusp […]

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