Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Once Upon A Time In Wonderland”

Posted October 11, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND:  Thursday 8PM on ABC – Worth A Look ABC ordered ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND to series on the basis of a 20-minute presentation, which was then expanded to one-hour (with commercials) length for tonight’s series premiere.  That may explain why the initial section of the premiere, […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Grandfathered”

Posted September 29, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  GRANDFATHERED:  Tuesday 8PM on FOX – If Nothing Else is On… GRANDFATHERED wins the fall’s Exactly What You Think It Is prize, awarded annually to the show that has absolutely no interest in surprising its audience or even momentarily giving it pause.  (The award is a statuette in the form of a viewer half-asleep […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Manifest”

Posted September 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  MANIFEST:  Mondays 10PM on NBC Of all the Lost rip-offs we’ve seen over the years, NBC’s MANIFEST seems from its pilot to be the laziest, and perhaps the worst.  Creator Jeff Rake (he has the eminently forgettable The Mysteries of Laura to his credit) has replaced the dense mythology of Lost with a set-up […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “Political Animals”

Posted July 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  POLITICAL ANIMALS:  Sunday 10PM on USA – Potential DVR Alert   POLITICAL ANIMALS is a lot more Brothers & Sisters than it is The West Wing, which makes sense because it’s the work of Greg Berlanti, who took over as showrunner on B&S when show creator Jon Robin Baitz wasn’t giving ABC the soap […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Believe”

Posted March 10, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BELIEVE:  Sunday 9PM on NBC (Premiere Monday 10PM on March 10) – If Nothing Else Is On… Movie wizard and newly-minted Best Director Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron is the co-creator of BELIEVE (although it was never intended that he would stay with the show on a day-to-day basis once it went to series) and […]

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Fall Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review – ABC’s “The Goldbergs”

Posted September 24, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Read All Our Fall Pilot Reports here. THE GOLDBERGS:  Tuesday 9PM on ABC – Change the Channel THE GOLDBERGS is startlingly bad.  ABC’s most highly-touted new sitcom of the fall is inspired by series creator Adam F. Goldberg’s memories of growing up in the 1980s, and fragments of his own home videotapes at the […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Partners”

Posted August 5, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  PARTNERS:  Monday 9PM on FX – Change the Channel Anyone who’s seen the promos on FX over the past several weeks has known what was coming:  PARTNERS is a sitcom with the charm of an IRS audit.  It’s really less a TV show than an illustrated business deal, the latest in the assembly line […]

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2014-15 TV Season

PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Gotham”

Posted September 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  GOTHAM:  Monday 8PM on FOX – If Nothing Else Is On… PLAYERS:  Batman (and if we’re being honest, Christopher Nolan, even though he has nothing to do with this show).  Series creator Bruno Heller, who was also behind The Mentalist and HBO’s Rome.  Star Ben McKenzie, and a supporting cast headed by Donal Logue […]

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