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THE SKED PILOT REPORT: NBC’s “Free Agents”

Posted June 13, 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 of […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “SEAL Team”

Posted September 28, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SEAL TEAM:  Wednesday 9PM on CBS – In the Queue CBS’s entry in the fall’s military drama sweepstakes, SEAL TEAM, has several advantages over NBC’s The Brave. It’s been put together by a team of veteran craftsman:  series creator Benjamin Cavell has been a senior writer/producer with Graham Yost on Justified and Sneaky Pete, co-showrunner Edward […]

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Midseason Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review – “Reckless”

Posted June 29, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  RECKLESS:  Sunday 9PM on CBS – If Nothing Else Is On… In the Charleston of CBS’s summer potboiler RECKLESS, it seems like just about everyone is sleeping with everyone else, or wants to.  That absurdly overheated quality is the most likable thing about what’s otherwise a fairly conventional legal procedural, which comes from a […]

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Fall Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Report – NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show”

Posted September 26, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW:  Thursday 9:30PM on NBC (airing tonight at 9PM) – If Nothing Else Is On… Behind its feel-good star and tone, THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW is–even more than most TV shows–as much a business proposition as it is a piece of entertainment, so let’s start with that.  In a […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Slap”

Posted February 13, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE SLAP:  Thursday 8PM on NBC – Potential DVR Alert THE SLAP is strikingly different from everything else on broadcast television–it’s unusual even by cable standards, with an indie film, non-genre mindset that brings little to mind beyond Showtime’s The Affair and HBO’s Togetherness (and even The Affair has its flash-forward murder plot to help […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “iZombie”

Posted March 18, 2015 by Mitch Salem

IZOMBIE:  Tuesday 9PM on CW – Potential DVR Alert Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright’s clever IZOMBIE (based on a DC comic) brings back from the dead something very close to the premise of ABC’s lamented Pushing Daisies.  In that fantastical show, the hero had the magical ability to bring corpses back from the dead, but […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”

Posted February 8, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE:  Monday 10:30PM on TBS – Potential DVR Alert It is written, apparently, that all alumni of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show who aren’t starring in movies or sitcoms must have their own comedy news series, and tonight it was the turn of Samantha Bee.  TBS’s marketing of the series […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Star-Crossed”

Posted February 17, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  STAR-CROSSED:  Monday 8PM on CW – Change the Channel If aliens are in high school, we must be on CW.  The network’s midseason entry STAR-CROSSED plays as a clip reel of CW’s greatest hits, from the supernatural teen romance of The Vampire Diaries to the forbidden love of Beauty and the Beast to the […]

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