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

Posted February 2, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  It would have been impossible for the Season 2 finale of THE GOOD PLACE to match the gut-punch of Season 1’s climactic twist, partly because until it happened, we hadn’t even known to look for one.  The Good Place was a broadcast network sitcom, albeit a whimsical one, and its creator Michael Schur, while […]

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Good Behavior
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ShowbuzzDaily Season Finale Review: “Good Behavior”

Posted December 18, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TNT has been burning through its old-line series like Major Crimes and The Librarians two episodes at a time in recent weeks, seemingly in a frenzy to get rid of them.  The network has put its muscle behind darker, more serialized and adult dramas, with mixed results:  Animal Kingdom and Claws are hits, while […]

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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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