Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Red Line”

Posted April 29, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE RED LINE:  Sunday 8PM on CBS CBS waited until the final few weeks of the regular broadcast season to do something very un-CBS:  over the next 4 Sundays, it will air all 8 hours of the limited series THE RED LINE, an earnest social drama produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti about […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Bless This Mess”

Posted April 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  BLESS THIS MESS:  Tuesday 9:30PM on ABC The six-episode order ABC gave BLESS THIS HOUSE (after FOX had passed on the project) is about as small as any network show can get.  That doesn’t leave much time for series creators Lake Bell (who also stars and directed the pilot) and Elizabeth Meriwether to show […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Fosse/Verdon”

Posted April 10, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  FOSSE/VERDON:  Tuesday 10PM on FX A pair of shadows loom over FX’s limited series FOSSE/VERDON.  One is the ultra-meta fact that its story has to some extent been told by Bob Fosse himself, in his barely fictionalized 1979 masterpiece All That Jazz, all about a chain-smoking, pill-popping, self-destructive womanizer who was also a brilliant […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “In the Dark”

Posted April 5, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  IN THE DARK:  Thursday 9PM on CW The protagonist of CW’s new drama IN THE DARK is blind, but the show wants it to be very clear that Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) isn’t TV’s typical high-functioning disabled role model.  Murphy is disaffected, sarcastic and often downright rude (she’s even dismissive to her adorable guide dog, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “What We Do In The Shadows”

Posted March 28, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS:  Wednesday 10PM on FX The deadpan vampire mockumentary cult hit WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS is the latest piece of IP to find eternal–or at least extended–life on the small screen.  In some ways, it seems like that was where it belonged all along, since the format […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Enemy Within”

Posted February 26, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE ENEMY WITHIN:  Monday 10PM on NBC NBC’s spy thriller THE ENEMY WITHIN is a variation of The Blacklist, itself a variation of The Silence Of The Lambs, all telling stories about ingenious master villains recruited by the FBI to help track down other fiendish criminals.  But series creator Ken Woodruff’s script (his previous […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Whiskey Cavalier”

Posted February 25, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  WHISKEY CAVALIER:  Wednesday 10PM on ABC ABC capped Oscar Night with a bit of dessert, very much a trifle:  a “sneak preview” of WHISKEY CAVALIER, which will officially premiere on Wednesday night with the same episode.  The genre is Romantic Intrigue Lite, very much in the tradition of Charade, one of the classics of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Proven Innocent”

Posted February 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  PROVEN INNOCENT:  Friday 9PM on FOX PROVEN INNOCENT is even worse than you might expect from a broadcast drama that premieres on a Friday in February.  The creator is David Elliot, whose previous scripts have mostly been action movies (GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Four Brothers), and the writing […]

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