Shooter
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Shooter”

Posted January 18, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Aided by a compatible WWE Smackdown lead-in and a red state-friendly storyline, SHOOTER has been a sturdy performer for USA, already renewed for a second summer season.  The series is low-ambition compared to USA’s Mr Robot or even Suits or Colony (or the awful Falling Water, for that matter), but series creator John Hlavin […]

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Rectify
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Rectify”

Posted December 15, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  The fourth and final season of Ray McKinnon’s Sundance series RECTIFY, perhaps the most universally acclaimed television program of the post-Sopranos era, was its most conventional.  There were few surreal stretches of memory and fantasy, the plot for the most part moved forward straightforwardly, and there were even bits of humor along the way, […]

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Pitch
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Pitch”

Posted December 9, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  FOX’s PITCH, co-creator Dan Fogelman’s (with Rick Singer) “other” fall series–he also has a little project called This Is Us–is a modestly engaging drama that deserves another, you know, at bat.  Unfortunately, “modest” also describes its ratings–and that’s being kind–so fill in your further baseball analogies here about tonight’s season finale being two outs […]

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Westworld
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Westworld”

Posted December 5, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  “Interactive TV” is a phrase that’s been used many times in many contexts over the years, and HBO’s WESTWORLD provided a new way to look at the concept.  The first season of Westworld was–more than Lost, more than Mr. Robot, even going back all the way to The Prisoner–an unprecedentedly elaborate series of puzzles.  […]

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Atlanta
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Atlanta”

Posted November 2, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Donald Glover’s ATLANTA would have been unimaginable on a mainstream television outlet just a few years ago–let alone as a show that could achieve success in the ratings.  It’s very much a post-Louie series (both air on FX), with its disregard of typical TV format and structure, but even Louie, for all its brilliant […]

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The Strain
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Strain”

Posted October 31, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  FX’s THE STRAIN is doing something that The Walking Dead and its cohorts in the undead genre won’t:  telling a (more or less) coherent story from beginning to end, and exiting when it’s over.  During this third season, it was announced that next year, despite ratings that are still more than acceptable (if far […]

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Divorce
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Divorce”

Posted October 9, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  DIVORCE:  Sunday 10PM on HBO – In the Queue In its opening half-hour, HBO’s DIVORCE doesn’t show much interest in the “-medy” part of “dramedy.”  The series creator is Sharon Horgan, who with Rob Delaney is also the co-creator and co-star of Amazon’s wonderful Catastrophe.  Part of what makes that show so extraordinary is […]

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

Posted October 3, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  “Universes” are all the rage among studios and networks these days, thanks to the rise of the Marvel/Disney empire.  DC/Warners is trying to duplicate that success (its movie and TV universes are somewhat confusingly separate, and its main accomplishment so far is all but colonizing the CW network through Greg Berlanti’s quartet of series), […]

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