Homeland
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Homeland”

Posted April 10, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Although Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin are still present to provide a continuing center of gravity, the HOMELAND that concluded its sixth season tonight is almost unrecognizable from the one that premiered in 2011.  That series was a dazzling mix of doomed romance and psychological spy thriller, about a bipolar CIA agent who couldn’t […]

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Walking Dead
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted April 3, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE WALKING DEAD is in danger of becoming TV’s version of The Phantom Menace: a gigantic hit that no one really likes.  The ratings, while still massive, were significantly down in Season 7, which premiered with the instantly-infamous episode that introduced villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who promptly clubbed two cast regulars to death […]

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Big Little Lies
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Big Little Lies”

Posted April 3, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  BIG LITTLE LIES was a bait and switch of the highest order.  The show was marketed as a murder mystery, and the fragmentary flashforwards early on confirmed the idea that this was where the story was headed.  But the killing itself didn’t actually occur until the last 15 minutes of the 7th and final […]

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grimm
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Grimm”

Posted April 1, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  For a while there, it seemed as though the finale of GRIMM was on a crusade to make sure the show could never be rebooted, massacring almost the entire regular cast one by one, which in an age where IP is more important than anything else would have been a fairly brave move.  But […]

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Legion
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Legion”

Posted March 30, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The Matrix is one of the many pop culture properties that have influenced Noah Hawley’s LEGION, and Legion has been something of a matrix itself.  Behind its surface and around its edges, the shape of a much more conventional Marvel comic-book adventure story has lurked from the start, and with the final two episodes […]

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Bones
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Bones”

Posted March 29, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  There was a time when BONES was a breath of fresh TV air.  When it arrived in 2005, the networks were deep into Peak Grim Procedural mode, as shows like CSI, Criminal Minds and NCIS thrived and spawned seemingly endless spin-offs.  Bones pumped some changes into the format, adding rom-com, screwball comedy, warmth and […]

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This Is Us
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “This Is Us”

Posted March 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  It’s easy to overlook the ingeniousness of Dan Fogelman’s THIS IS US, the season’s only broadcast network smash hit.  On its face, the show is a familiar, even old-fashioned family soap, in which the various members of a clan are constantly beset by romantic, professional or medical problems–The Fosters with older siblings.  But Fogelman’s […]

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Vampire Diaries
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Vampire Diaries”

Posted March 11, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Vampires may live forever, but TV shows don’t, and tonight the coffin closed on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, the pre-superhero champion of the then-fledgling CW network when it debuted 8 years ago.  In truth, the close of business was a season or two past due:  not only were the ratings way down from their peak, […]

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