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PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Black-ish”

Posted September 24, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK-ISH:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC – Worth A Look   PLAYERS:  Star and Executive Producer Anthony Anderson, and recurring guest star/EP Laurence Fishburne.  (And Executive Producer Larry Wilmore, although he’s leaving the show to take over the Stephen Colbert slot on Comedy Central.)  Series creator Kenya Barris.  Pilot director James Griffiths.  A supporting cast headed […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Mayor”

Posted October 3, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE MAYOR:  Tuesday 9:30PM on ABC – Worth A Click The premise for ABC’s breezy THE MAYOR is wall-to-wall gimmick, in a likable way.  Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) is a young aspiring rapper in the small town of Fort Gray, CA who decides to get himself some publicity by declaring his candidacy for […]

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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 BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Identity”

Posted August 30, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots IDENTITY is so clearly a Jerry-Bruckheimer-for-CBS procedural that it comes as a shock to realize that it was neither produced by Bruckheimer nor developed for CBS.  In fact, Mark Gordon’s company produced the show for ABC Studios and the ABC network, which must have remembered at some point […]

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THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Maron”

Posted May 4, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  MARON:  Friday 10PM on IFC – If Nothing Else Is On… Everyone wants their Louie.  TV comedies built around fictional versions of real-life comics are nothing new–they go back to the days of Jack Benny and George Burns–and Larry David followed Seinfeld with his own notable success on Curb Your Enthusiasm.  But the near […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Metro”

Posted September 1, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots The word was that Stephen Gaghan’s pilot METRO was in serious consideration for NBC’s schedule until the very end (conventional wisdom has it that the final choice came down to Metro vs. Awake, and the latter made the cut).  That’s too bad:  the pilot is an impressive piece […]

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THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “Best Friends Forever”

Posted March 30, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> BEST FRIENDS FOREVER:  Premieres Wednesday 8:30PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… NBC isn’t exactly swinging for the multigender fences with BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, the newest entry into the deathtrap known as the network’s Wednesday night schedule.  The term “chick show” is rightly viewed as perjorative, but it’s hard to avoid when […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED’S FALL PILOT REPORT: CBS’s “Partners”

Posted September 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  PARTNERS: Monday 8:30PM on CBS – Worth A Look It’s impossible not to compare the new fall comedies PARTNERS on CBS and The New Normal on NBC.  Even though the CBS show is multi-camera and NBC’s is in single camera format, both are broad, sentimental comedies about what are essentially blended gay/straight families. New […]

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