Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Star Trek: Discovery”

Posted September 24, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  STAR TREK:  DISCOVERY – Episodes available each Sunday at CBS All Access – In the Quene There are quite a few perils to reaching a judgment about the new STAR TREK: DISCOVERY based on its opening hour, the only episode that will air on the CBS broadcast network before the series begins streaming (1 […]

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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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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dr. Ken”

Posted October 2, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  DR. KEN:  Friday 8:30PM on ABC – Change the Channel It’s going to be a neck and neck battle this fall between ABC’s DR KEN and NBC’s Truth Be Told (which will soon air directly against it) as to which takes the title of Fall’s Worst Sitcom.  Truth Be Told is tone-deaf and generally […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Supergirl”

Posted October 26, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  SUPERGIRL:  Monday 8PM on CBS (premiere at 8:30PM tonight) – In the Queue SUPERGIRL is more thrilling as an experiment in network scheduling than as a TV show.  There’s nothing terribly wrong with the series itself, which comes from the Greg Berlanti factory of DC Comics adventures that’s already given us CW’s Arrow and The Flash, with […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED’S PILOT REPORT – “Zero Hour”

Posted February 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  ZERO HOUR:  Thursday 8PM on ABC – Potential DVR Alert ZERO HOUR‘s pilot is an engaging piece of nonsense, but whether it can work as a continuing TV series is another question.  The premise is a DaVinci Code/National Treasure-ian tangle of Nazis, Rosicrucians, cloning, assassins, and bits and pieces of what seems to be […]

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Articles

THE SKED PILOT REPORT: ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” – PREMIERING TONIGHT

Posted October 23, 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 reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content of the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “God Friended Me”

Posted September 30, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  GOD FRIENDED ME:  Sunday 8PM on CBS It’s not hard to figure out the target demographic for CBS’s GOD FRIENDED ME.  The Steven Lilien/Bryan Wynbrandt series appears to have been custom-stitched for those viewers who would have loved ABC’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World if only it had been a little bit more urban.  […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”

Posted January 13, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  SHADOWHUNTERS: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS:  Tuesday 9PM on Freeform – If Nothing Else Is On… Fans of mediocre YA fantasy adventure may remember SHADOWHUNTERS: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS from its last incarnation, as a 2013 feature film based on Cassandra Claire’s novels.  That was supposed to kick off a franchise, but the movie flopped, and the […]

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