American Horror Story Cult
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “American Horror Story: Cult”

Posted November 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Calling a season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY “grounded” is like calling a batch of moonshine smooth:  it’s still going to make your eyes water on the way down.  But creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk set CULT in something that resembled our real world, certainly as compared to ultra-baroque previous installments like Freak Show […]

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The Deuce
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Deuce”

Posted October 30, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  David Simon is unquestionably a pivotal figure in the history of contemporary TV, yet he’s never been associated with a mainstream hit.  From Homicide: Life On The Street to The Wire to Treme to Show Me A Hero, his work has been critically praised and sometimes honored, but viewers haven’t flocked to them on […]

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Ray Donovan
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Ray Donovan”

Posted October 30, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  RAY DONOVAN had an odd, misshapen Season 5, bleak even by its own depressed standards.  It was perhaps best viewed as a long runway to Season 6, which will by necessity involve something of a reboot, since Showtime has announced that the series is relocating to New York.  The show thus far has been […]

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Halt and Catch Fire
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Halt & Catch Fire”

Posted October 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

It isn’t the preference of networks and producers for obvious reasons, but for viewers, there can be something particularly thrilling about a series that finds its greatness after its first season.  Shows like Mad Men, The West Wing, Breaking Bad or for that matter Friends came out of the box fully-formed, and they’re all unquestionably […]

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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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