scandal
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Scandal”

Posted May 19, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SCANDAL is full of characters who take one step over the line of ethics and morality, sometimes for what they’ve convinced themselves are the best possible reasons, only to find themselves in a morass they can’t escape.  The same has come to be true of the series itself, which took its fatal step when […]

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Designated Survivor
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Designated Survivor”

Posted May 18, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  DESIGNATED SURVIVOR has been running through showrunners like breath mints (a fourth is scheduled to join the show for Season 2, and reportedly every script makes its way through star/executive producer Kiefer Sutherland as well), so it’s not much of a surprise that the tone and even the genre of the show has wobbled […]

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Agents of Shield
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Agents of SHIELD”

Posted May 17, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The ratings for ABC’s AGENTS OF SHIELD have never been worse, and the show has been demoted for next season, reduced to serving as the Agent Carter for Marvel’s new Inhumans series and filling in during its post-fall hiatus.  The truth, though, is that these past two seasons were creatively probably the best SHIELD […]

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Quantico
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Quantico”

Posted May 16, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The fact that ABC’s QUANTICO has been renewed for a third season (albeit with a 13-episode order, a reduced network license fee and an as-yet-unchosen replacement showrunner) tells you everything you need to know about broadcast network television circa 2017.  Qnantico has recently been earning same-day 18-49 ratings at the 0.5 level, a number […]

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once upon a time
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Once Upon A Time”

Posted May 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  As everyone knows by now, although ONCE UPON A TIME has been renewed for a 7th season, tonight’s 2-hour “Final Battle” episode marked the end of the series as we’ve known it.  Only 3 members of the core cast are returning–Lara Parrilla’s Regina, Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin, and Colin O’Donoghue’s Hook–and as we learned in […]

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Riverdale
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ShowbuzzDaily Season Finale Review: “Riverdale”

Posted May 12, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Even after a full season of RIVERDALE, it’s not entirely clear what the show is trying to accomplish.  The high-concept premise is clear enough:  take the fresh-faced characters from the Archie comics world, and set them loose in a dark, sexualized YA soap.  But beyond that, series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who’s also been involved […]

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The Catch
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ShowbuzzDaily Series Finale Review: “The Catch”

Posted May 12, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  No one can say THE CATCH didn’t try.  Today’s cancellation announcement concluded two seasons of seemingly constant adjustment and revision (probably attributable in part to ABC’s commitment to non-writing Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes), starting with a pilot that was largely junked and partly recast, and continuing with a change in showrunners and many tweaks […]

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Billions
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Billions”

Posted May 8, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The lesson of the 2d season of Showtime’s BILLIONS is that a show doesn’t have to dramatically reboot itself in order to improve.  Billions Season 2 had the same premise and core characters as Season 1:  hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) remained ruthless adversaries, each […]

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