MacGyver
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “MacGyver”

Posted September 24, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  MACGYVER:  Friday 8PM on CBS – Change the Channel CBS’s reboot of the 30-year old MACGYVER was the fall’s problem child.  After picking up the series, the network didn’t just dump the original pilot, it fired the showrunner and most of the cast, virtually starting from scratch.  (The original showrunner, Paul Downs Colaizzo, retains […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Chicago PD”

Posted January 9, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  CHICAGO PD:  Wednesday 10PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… This season, NBC went retro in a big way with its new series, from its Don’t you still love Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes? comedies to its Doesn’t anyone remember Ironside? dramas (The Blacklist, of course, being the single exception), and […]

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Cooper Barrett's Guide to Life
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life”

Posted January 1, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE:  Sundays 8:30PM on FOX – Change the Channel The first network TV premiere of 2016 is FOX’s COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE on Sunday (already available on various on-demand and streaming platforms)… and, well, it’s good that there’s still plenty of year yet to come. Cooper Barrett‘s […]

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Famous In Love
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Famous In Love”

Posted April 19, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  FAMOUS IN LOVE:  Tuesday 9PM on Freeform (full season also available via online/VOD) – Change the Channel On the basis of its opening hour, Freeform’s new FAMOUS IN LOVE is pretty woeful stuff.  It’s the latest version of America’s contribution to the fairy tale template, the one that tells of the gleam and oh-so-naughty […]

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Notorious
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Notorious”

Posted September 22, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  NOTORIOUS:  Thursday 9PM on ABC – Change the Channel Any viewer apt to complain about the over-the-top melodrama of Scandal should be forced to watch the pilot for Notorious, a supposed “drama” so consistently idiotic that it’s closer in tone to the self-mocking theatrics of Jane the Virgin.  As it happens, Notorious is filling […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Tyrant”

Posted June 25, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  TYRANT:  Tuesday 10PM on FX – If Nothing Else Is On… For better or worse, it may be particularly unfair to judge FX’s new TYRANT on the basis of its pilot alone.  There’s been an unusual amount of behind-the-scenes dissension on the show that’s gone public, and one of the upshots is that although […]

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THE SKED’S MIDSEASON PILOT REPORT:  NBC’s “1600 Penn”
Pilot Reports

THE SKED’S MIDSEASON PILOT REPORT: NBC’s “1600 Penn”

Posted August 2, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  1600 PENN:  TBD Midseason on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… Disclaimer: Network pilots now in circulation are not necessarily in the form that will air in the Fall. Pilots are often reedited and re-scored, and in some cases even recast or reshot. These critiques shouldn’t be taken as full pilot reviews, but […]

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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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