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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The Young Pope
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Young Pope”

Posted February 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Viewed in its 10-hour entirety, THE YOUNG POPE encompassed much of the good and bad of Auteur TV.  HBO, by all appearances, wrote a (very large) check to the arthouse filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino as creator, director and co-writer of the series, and then left him alone to make his art.  He emerged with a […]

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Crazy Ex Girlfriend
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Posted February 4, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The first season of CW’s musical-comedy CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND was by far the most daring and distinctive show on broadcast television, but a nagging question remained:  what could it do for an encore?  It wasn’t clear how long the story could follow Rebecca Bunch (series co-creator Rachel Bloom) in her stalking of one-time summer camp […]

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The Good Place
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Good Place”

Posted January 20, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  To be sure, NBC’s THE GOOD PLACE hasn’t had much competition in the category of Most Imaginative Broadcast Sitcom this season.  (Really, there’s just The Last Man On Earth, which has been having a monotonous and somewhat off-putting Season 2.)  Still, while the half-hour form (you can’t really call many of the shows “comedies” […]

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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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