Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Pose”

Posted July 22, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  No one could have known when POSE went into production that it would be Ryan Murphy’s last original series (created with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals) for the Fox group of networks and studios, before his giant new Netflix deal kicked in.  Nevertheless, Pose has had a fitting tone of valedictory, of summing up […]

Full Story »

Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Westworld”

Posted June 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  For all that HBO’s WESTWORLD is deliberately obscure and oblique, one thing has become increasingly clear through the course of its second season:  series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy expect viewers to decide for themselves what aspects of the show are features and which are bugs.  Most obviously, Westworld has no interest in […]

Full Story »

Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Legion”

Posted June 13, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  In its second season, Noah Hawley’s FX series LEGION largely became a delivery system for set-pieces.  Some of these sequences, to be sure, were dazzling:  Hawley has become a whiz with aspect ratios, split screens, stylized sets, skewed camera angles, eccentric music choices, and all manner of visual and aural devices–at one point, he […]

Full Story »

Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Billions”

Posted June 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  We’ve all had reason to remember over the past few months that the experience of watching a TV show or movie doesn’t necessarily reflect the experiences of those behind the scenes.  Still, it’s nice to think that the writers room on Showtime’s BILLIONS could be the happiest place on Earth (Adult Division).  Under the […]

Full Story »

Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Americans”

Posted May 31, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  It was utterly on-brand for THE AMERICANS that the most electrifying sequence of its series finale was about four people talking to each other.  This was the epic confrontation six seasons in the making:  FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) had finally, once and for all, discovered that his neighbors and supposed best friends […]

Full Story »

Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Trust”

Posted May 28, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  A recurring storyline in FX’s TRUST tracked the obsession of J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland) with the sumptuous Los Angeles museum that would bear his name, which was ultimately revealed to be a gigantic monument to its own pointlessness.  Series creator Simon Beaufoy couldn’t have intended that as a mirror to his own show, […]

Full Story »

Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Once Upon A Time”

Posted May 19, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Unwise bargains were a staple of ONCE UPON A TIME from the very beginning, so it was sadly appropriate that series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz entered into one themselves in order to convince ABC to order a 7th season for the show.  In return, the network demanded a slashed license fee, which […]

Full Story »

Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Posted May 18, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  There was remarkably little rust on Shonda Rhimes’s GREY’S ANATOMY in its 14th season.  The series, now under the showrunning stewardship of longtime writer/producer Krista Vernoff (Rhimes herself is leaving ABC Studios for Netflix, but will continue to be in uber-charge), smoothly balanced its huge cast of regulars and recurring characters through 24 episodes […]

Full Story »