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THE SKED PILOT REPORT: The CW’s “Hart of Dixie” – PREMIERING TONIGHT

Posted September 26, 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 TV pilot reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Designated Survivor”

Posted September 22, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  DESIGNATED SURVIVOR:  Wednesday 10PM on ABC – In the Queue ABC’s DESIGNATED SURVIVOR takes great pains to distinguish its version of Kiefer Sutherland from 24‘s Jack Bauer.  The show’s Tom Kirkman spends most of the pilot clad in a formless gray Cornell-insignia hoodie, and wearing horn-rim glasses.  Sutherland speaks in a diffident tone, and […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT–THE SKED’S FALL PILOT REPORT: CBS’s “Made In Jersey”

Posted September 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  MADE IN JERSEY:  Friday 9PM on CBS – Change the Channel CBS is the network of The Good Wife, but don’t get your hopes up for its new legal drama MADE IN JERSEY.  This one is a thin example of why the words “CBS Drama” typically get little respect, an undistinctive procedural with nothing […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Witches Of East End”

Posted October 7, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  WITCHES OF EAST END:  Sunday 10PM on Lifetime – Potential DVR Alert The supernatural serial isn’t exactly a neglected genre on TV–this week alone brings the season debuts of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead, and The Originals and Sleepy Hollow have just gotten started–but based on its pilot, Lifetime’s new WITCHES OF […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Code Black”

Posted October 1, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  CODE BLACK:  Wednesday 10PM on CBS – Change the Channel CBS’s new CODE BLACK is a mini-film festival of medical show cliches.  It’s set in a notoriously busy emergency room at a Los Angeles hospital, which frequently reaches the point where the patients needing immediate treatment swamp the resources available to treat them–designated “Code […]

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THE SKED Pilot Review: “Penny Dreadful”

Posted May 8, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  PENNY DREADFUL:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime starting May 11 – Potential DVR Alert Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL is an elegant addition to TV’s horror canon.  It’s been created and its initial 8-hour season has been entirely written by John Logan, whose A-list scripts include Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd, Rango and Skyfall, and its pilot […]

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THE SKED @ CABLE REVIEW: FX’s “Wilfred”

Posted June 21, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Premieres Thursday 10PM on FX:  Potential DVR Alert Is WILFRED more than a one-trick puppy?  We’ll see.  It joins the FX line-up of off-center comedies (Louie, The League, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) with a promising pilot, offering an original spin on a familiar plotline. Based by David Zuckerman (who hails from the Seth […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Man Seeking Woman”

Posted January 14, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  MAN SEEKING WOMAN:  Wednesday 10:30PM on FXX – If Nothing Else Is On… You know how on Family Guy a character will say “This is just like when________” or “You’re like________,” and there’s an instant cutaway to whatever the character was talking about, no matter how bizarre?  (An example from this past week:  Stewie […]

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