Pilot Reports

THE SKED Planted Pilot Review: “CSI: Cyber Crime”

Posted May 1, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  A planted pilot is just what it sounds like:  an episode of an existing TV show temporarily invaded by the elements of a prospective newcomer for an semi-official on-air tryout.  Networks and studios like them because they’re cost-effective, since most of the expenses can rolled into the episodic budget of the series being utilized, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Shooter”

Posted November 16, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  SHOOTER:  Tuesday 10PM on USA – Change the Channel USA Network has had a tough time populating its post-Mr. Robot schedule.  Sam Esmail’s series, while not a ratings blockbuster, has been a re-branding triumph, instantly changing the image of USA from the stodgy network of Monk and Royal Pains to something darker, younger, cooler, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Wicked City”

Posted October 27, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  WICKED CITY:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel CBS and ABC both took their time before introducing their last new dramas of the fall.  But while Supergirl flew into town on clouds of carefully planned hype and positive buzz, WICKED CITY was preceded by behind-the-scenes changes and reshoots.  The show is another […]

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Articles

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Report – ABC’s “Betrayal”

Posted September 29, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Read All Our Fall Pilot Reports here and Midseason Pilot Reports here. BETRAYAL:  Sunday 10PM on ABC  – If Nothing Else Is On… BETRAYAL is certainly on brand for ABC.  Its pilot, just like the one for Revenge two seasons ago, starts by flash-forwarding to a shooting, and the action that follows takes us […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “King”

Posted July 6, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  KING:  Friday 10PM on Reelz – If Nothing Else Is On… One genre that’s never in short supply, even on summer TV, is the police procedural–in fact, during the summer months, even Canadian police procedurals seem to be just about everywhere.  Reelz has added another with the schedule-filler KING, an unobjectionable but hardly notable […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: “Surviving Jack”

Posted March 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  SURVIVING JACK:  Thursday 9:30PM on FOX – Change the Channel SURVIVING JACK is a Mortifying Parent Sitcom, which isn’t much of a surprise, since it originated with Justin Halpern, who wrote the book that became the short-lived sitcom S#!* My Dad Says and also wrote the book I Suck At Girls, which inspired this […]

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THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “Magic City”

Posted March 31, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> MAGIC CITY:  Premieres Friday April 6 at 10PM on Starz – Potential DVR Alert Starz’s new MAGIC CITY is another stroll down Mad Men lane:  glamorous people in impeccably detailed 1960s settings (technically very late 1950s), smoking, drinking to excess, having lots of illicit sex, and generally enjoying what they don’t know is their […]

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Fall Pilots

THE SKED Pilot Review: NBC’s “Sean Saves the World”

Posted October 4, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  SEAN SAVES THE WORLD:  Thursday 9PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… This is the kind of sitcom SEAN SAVES THE WORLD is.  A co-worker of Sean (Sean Hayes), Liz (Megan Hilty), walks into his office already talking, not realizing that he’s actually on speakerphone with their new boss.  When she’s called […]

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