Take Two
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Take Two”

Posted June 22, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  TAKE TWO:  Thursday 10PM on ABC ABC’s TAKE TWO has an unusually classy set of auspices for a summer broadcast series.  Its co-creator is Andrew W. Marlowe, who gave the network its long-running hit Castle (his writing partner on the new show is Terri Edda Miller, a Castle writer/producer and also Mrs. Marlowe), and […]

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Dietland
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dietland”

Posted June 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  DIETLAND:  Monday 9PM on AMC AMC’s DIETLAND is a big swing, but it seems to be trying to hit to all parts of the field at once.  The series, created by Marti Noxon (from a novel by Sarai Walker), and with its first 2 episodes directed by Noxon as well, begins with a relatable, […]

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Succession
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Succession”

Posted June 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SUCCESSION:  Sunday 10PM on HBO HBO’s new drama SUCCESSION may be too much of its moment for comfort.  The series, created by Jesse Armstrong (previously a writer/producer on Armando Ianucci’s Veep, The Thick Of It and In the Loop), shares the fascination of its Sunday-mate Billions with the hideously scheming ultra-rich of Manhattan.  Unlike […]

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REVERIE -- Pictured: "Reverie" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Reiew: “Reverie”

Posted May 30, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  REVERIE:  Wednesday 10PM on NBC In recent seasons, original summer dramas on the broadcast networks have tended to cluster in two varieties:  straightforward procedurals like Rookie Blue and The Night Shift, and fantasy-thrillers like Under the Dome and Extant.  NBC’s new REVERIE, created by Extant‘s Mickey Fisher, tries to mix the genres, with indifferent […]

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Sweetbitter
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere: “Sweetbitter”

Posted May 6, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SWEETBITTER:  Sunday 8PM on Starz – In the Quene Starz’s SWEETBITTER is, with Vida, part of the network’s unusual run of back-to-back half-hour dramas, each of them with a short 6-episode order.  Both shows make use of indie tropes, with Vida on the “gritty estranged family that has to co-exist” end of the Sundance […]

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Killing Eve
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Killing Eve”

Posted April 9, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  KILLING EVE:  Sunday 8PM on BBCAmerica – DVR Alert Transposing an artistic concern to a familiar pop culture genre can make the artist’s work much more accessible.  When John Krasinski made The Hollars, a sensitive story about a strained family, no one bought any tickets, but when he added monsters to the mix, the […]

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Roseanne
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Roseanne”

Posted March 28, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  ROSEANNE:  Tuesday 8PM on ABC – In the Queue Television continues its remembrance of things past with ABC’s reboot of ROSEANNE, which last aired a new episode in 1997.  Like NBC’s Will & Grace, this Roseanne is a skillful resuscitation that features the original cast (although in this case, not the original writing staff), […]

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Barry
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Barry”

Posted March 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  BARRY:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO – Potential DVR Alert The buzz is that HBO’s BARRY is a series that changes quite a bit from its pilot, so we’ll keep this short and return to the series later in its 8-episode run.  Co-created by star Bill Hader (who also directed the opening three episodes) and […]

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