The Sinner
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Sinner”

Posted September 21, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  USA’s THE SINNER was a genuine if moderate sleeper of this summer’s TV season, not a breakout hit but consistently rating ahead of its lead-in, the veteran Suits, and it’s not entirely clear why.  The show marked the return to TV of Jessica Biel, playing the seemingly ordinary Cora Tannetti, who committed a violent […]

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Twin Peaks
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Twin Peaks”

Posted September 3, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Debates about what, if any, garments a television emperor has been wearing have rarely been as polarizing as the ones surrounding Showtime’s reboot of TWIN PEAKS, 25 years after the ABC original arrived in a blaze of glory only to be canceled a season later.  The emperor in this case was David Lynch (along […]

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Animal Kingdom
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Animal Kingdom”

Posted August 30, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The second season of TNT’s ANIMAL KINGDOM concluded on a fitting note of dissolution and violence.  It was a well-told season, shepherded by series creator Jonathan Lisco and uber-showrunner John Wells, who’s been guiding TV dramas to long runs since China Beach and ER.  Lisco and Wells successfully increased the stakes among the criminal […]

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game of thrones
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted August 28, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The seventh season of HBO’s blockbuster GAME OF THRONES, its most watched and in some ways most confounding, was shaped by two outside factors, and possibly a third.  Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, having outrun the completed portion of George R. R. Martin’s series of novels, were in total control of the […]

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I'm Dying  Up Here
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “I’m Dying Up Here”

Posted August 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  I’M DYING UP HERE certainly wasn’t the worst show of the summer, but it did make one wonder how it had made its way through the development process and onto Showtime’s air.  Series creator Dave Flebotte’s take on the nonfiction book by William Knoedelseder was almost defiantly uncommercial.  The book detailed the 1970s LA […]

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Orphan Black
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Orphan Black”

Posted August 13, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  ORPHAN BLACK is destined to be remembered more for the showcase it gave to the astonishing Tatiana Maslany than for its own narrative, although of course one couldn’t have existed without the other.  Series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett deserve credit not just for their tricky concept of a biological thriller that featured […]

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nashville
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Nashville”

Posted August 11, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  An odd thing happened to NASHVILLE in its 5th season, as it shifted networks to CMT and showrunners to Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick.  When series creator Callie Khouri and original showrunner Dee Johnson were in charge, Nashville had revolved around three women:  country music superstar Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton), glitzy troublemaker Juliette Barnes […]

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veep
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Veep”

Posted June 26, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  VEEP keeps setting new challenges for itself, and surpassing them.  Last season, it underwent a change at the top when series creator Armando Iannucci decided to move on, and new showrunner David Mandel kept the trains running as hilariously as ever.  This year, it imploded its own paradigm, exploring what its political satire would […]

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