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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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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