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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Black Monday”

Posted January 20, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK MONDAY:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime Showtime and Don Cheadle didn’t look far afield for their follow-up after 5 seasons of the network’s House of Lies.  In that series, Cheadle played a fast-talking, rule-breaking business consultant whiz, while in the new BLACK MONDAY… he plays a fast-talking, rule-breaking Wall Street whiz.  (For its part, […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Boss”

Posted October 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> BOSS:  Fridays 10PM on Starz – Potential DVR Alert BOSS is Starz’s bid to be taken seriously as a pay-TV producer of original programming.  Up until now, Starz has been both successful (Spartacus) and not-so successful (Camelot) in its original shows, but all of them have been somewhat junky–even Torchwood:  Miracle Day, with its […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “How To Get Away With Murder”

Posted September 25, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER:  Thursday 10PM on ABC – Potential DVR Alert PLAYERS:  Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes–and you can repeat that name several more times without overstating her importance.  The actual series creator, Peter Nowalk (a Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy alumnus).  A cast headed by the estimable Viola Davis, and with an assortment of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Great Indoors”

Posted October 27, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE GREAT INDOORS:  Thursday 8:30PM on CBS – Change the Channel Fall TV has a mystery even greater than exactly what’s going on at Westworld:  Joel McHale’s presence in the cardboard CBS sitcom THE GREAT INDOORS.  It’s one thing when multi-camera veterans from the 1990s like Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Kevin James come […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Sinner”

Posted August 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE SINNER:  Wednesday 10PM on USA – Change the Channel USA’s THE SINNER wants so, so much to be Prestige TV.  Alas, Derek Simonds’ 8-hour drama (based on a novel by Petra Hammesfahr) is more like an exhibition of the genre’s tropes.  There’s the antiheroic protagonist, in this case Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel), a […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Sirens”

Posted March 7, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SIRENS:  Thursday 10PM on USA – Change the Channel Even though it’s based on a 2011 British format, SIRENS is exactly what you would expect from the union of USA Network and Denis Leary.  Based on the first two episodes, shown back-to-back last night, the series is essentially what Rescue Me would have looked […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Tatau”

Posted April 18, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  TATAU:  Saturday 10PM on BBCAmerica BBCAmerica only has two showcase slots to launch new series, those being the hours after Dr. Who and Orphan Black, so with plenty of time to prepare for the return of the latter, it’s difficult to understand how the network ended up handing the space over to TATAU, a […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Mulaney”

Posted October 5, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  MULANEY:  Sunday 9:30PM on FOX – Change the Channel MULANEY arrives with a fair amount of goodwill.  It’s a multicamera sitcom modeled after Seinfeld, and produced by Lorne Michaels.  Its creator/star, John Mulaney, is one of the relatively few SNL writers to have achieved some measure of fame for himself, mostly thanks to his […]

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