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THE SKED Pilot Review: ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD”

Posted September 25, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  AGENTS OF SHIELD:  Tuesday 8PM on ABC – Potential DVR Alert Even without any connection to the multi-billion-dollar entertainment monolith that is Marvel (and behind it, Disney), the arrival of a new TV series from Joss Whedon would be an event.  Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a bedrock not just of the TV […]

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THE SKED PILOT REPORT: PREMIERING TONIGHT – “Smash”

Posted February 6, 2012 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 […]

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Divorce
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Divorce”

Posted October 9, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  DIVORCE:  Sunday 10PM on HBO – In the Queue In its opening half-hour, HBO’s DIVORCE doesn’t show much interest in the “-medy” part of “dramedy.”  The series creator is Sharon Horgan, who with Rob Delaney is also the co-creator and co-star of Amazon’s wonderful Catastrophe.  Part of what makes that show so extraordinary is […]

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Time After Time
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “Time After Time”

Posted March 5, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TIME AFTER TIME:  Sunday 9PM on ABC – If Nothing Else Is On… If H.G. Wells really did travel from 1893 to the present day, one of the things that would probably horrify him is the fact that all creative endeavors are now viewed merely as “IP,” a play-doh-like building material used to create […]

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THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “The Client List”

Posted April 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

>THE CLIENT LIST: Sundays 10PM on Lifetime – If Nothing Else Is On… It’s the very prosaic, unsexy ordinariness of THE CLIENT LIST that makes it somewhat revolutionary. For HBO or Showtime to air salacious shows about the lives of hookers (as they have, with Hung and Secret Diary of a Call Girl) is just […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Roadies”

Posted June 25, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ROADIES:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime – In the Queue Showtime’s ROADIES is the first small-screen project from Cameron Crowe (he wrote and directed the pilot, and is showrunner with My So Called-Life‘s Winnie Holzman), and it’s very much a distillation of everything that makes his filmmaking exhilarating and frustrating.  There’s the wholehearted affection he […]

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The Grinder
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Grinder”

Posted September 29, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE GRINDER:  Tuesday 8:30PM on FOX – If Nothing Else Is On… THE GRINDER has something no other network sitcom this fall can claim:  an original, promising premise.  (It’s the execution that needs some work.)  Jared Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy gives us Dean Sanderson, Jr (Rob Lowe), longtime star of the primetime courtroom series […]

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THE SKED: A Word About Busted Pilots

Posted June 20, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> “Busted” pilots, for those who don’t know, are simply the ones not ordered by their commissioning networks to series.  We’re going to start taking a look at some of last year’s busted pilots here at THE SKED, so it’s worth saying a couple of things about them. First, not all busted pilots are terrible.  […]

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