allegiance
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Allegiance”

Posted February 5, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  ALLEGIANCE:  Thursday 10PM on NBC – If Nothing Else is On… ALLEGIANCE is what happens when broadcast network executives watch cable.  The story of long-term, deep-cover Russian agents is clearly, shall we say “strongly influenced” by FX’s The Americans, even if the specifics of the storyline aren’t identical.  But broadcast networks desperately need “big […]

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survivor
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Survivor’s Remorse”

Posted October 4, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SURVIVOR’S REMORSE:  Saturday 9PM on Starz Because Starz only airs one scripted show at a given time, its identity tends to shift with whatever that series happens to be.  Recently it’s been fluctuating in an almost schizophrenic way between contemporary big-city stories and costume dramas:  from Boss to DaVinci’s Demons, from Power to Black Sails, and now […]

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Angie Tribeca
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Angie Tribeca”

Posted January 17, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ANGIE TRIBECA:  Monday 9PM on TBS (“binge-a-thon” airs through 7PM January 18) – If Nothing Else Is On… We’ve seen plenty of attempts by networks to “break through the clutter” for their new shows in this era of non-stop premieres, from re-running the pilot in several timeslots to simulcasting episodes on affiliated networks to […]

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Mr. Robot
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Mr. Robot”

Posted June 25, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  MR. ROBOT:  Wednesday 10PM on USA – Potential DVR Alert There are networks, especially in the pay-TV universe, that play the instant-renewal game, announcing as soon as a new show has premiered, or sometimes even before, that another season has been ordered.  It’s a PR move, for the most part, and sometimes only semi-legitimate, […]

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black sails
Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Black Sails”

Posted January 25, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK SAILS:  Saturday 9PM on Starz – Worth A Look The pirate action-adventure BLACK SAILS is Starz’s latest attempt to swing for the fences with ambitious original programming and finally be taken as seriously as its pay cable brethren HBO and Showtime.  This project seems intended to split the difference between Starz’s successful, but […]

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last man on earth
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Last Man on Earth”

Posted March 2, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE LAST MAN ON EARTH:  Sunday 9:30PM on FOX – Potential DVR Alert THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is both excitingly original and disappointingly cliched, an odd mix that leaves its future prospects somewhat unsettled.  However it ends up, though, FOX and its creator/star Will Forte deserve credit for embarking on a show that’s […]

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Blindspot
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Blindspot”

Posted September 21, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  BLINDSPOT:  Monday 10PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… NBC’s strategy this fall seems to be to play the deja vu card and hope for the best.  Heroes Reborn returns on Thursday as though its ratings hadn’t cratered into oblivion just 5 years ago, The Player feels like basic cable circa 1998, […]

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Big Little Lies
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Big Little Lies”

Posted February 20, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  BIG LITTLE LIES:  Sunday 9PM on HBO – DVR Alert We no longer blink when movie stars sign on for TV work, and this week’s arrivals are Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, not to mention Shailene Woodley, whose 7-hour HBO project BIG LITTLE LIES is so star-heavy that Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgard […]

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