Reign
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Reign”

Posted June 17, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Many remarkable things have happened in the world of television over the past few years, but none may be odder than the fact that a story about the 16th century Mary, Queen of Scots ran on network TV for four seasons.  Even more, while REIGN initially squeezed into the CW demographic by concentrating on […]

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Gotham
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Gotham”

Posted June 6, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  No mainstream comic book saga revels in its darkness quite as much as FOX’s GOTHAM.  Its sheer viciousness is particularly impressive since it exists in a universe of broadcast standards and practices that now seems positively antiquated.  Nevertheless, just about every character in the show’s Gotham City is or has been a violent psychopath, […]

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The Leftovers
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Leftovers”

Posted June 5, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  There was a lot of attention paid to the amount of attention paid to the series finale of HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, almost all of it because its co-creator was Damon Lindelof, and the last time he brought a series to its conclusion, it didn’t go so well.  But in many ways The Leftovers was […]

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The Americans
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Americans”

Posted May 31, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Last year FX gave THE AMERICANS showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg a final 2-season order, and from the vantage point of Season 5’s finale, it seems clear that they’ve approached this stretch as a single 23-episode arc, broken more or less in half by a year’s break.  Season 5 was not, in itself, […]

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empire
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Empire”

Posted May 24, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  In a season that was loaded with bad news for the broadcast networks, none may have been more distressing than the ratings trajectory of EMPIRE.  With all due respect to This Is Us, Empire was the last network show to provide reassurance that not just solid hits but actual blockbusters were still possible–at its […]

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flash
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Flash”

Posted May 24, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  Did we really need THE FLASH to go dark?  What had been the peppiest of CW’s DC/Berlanti-verse shows spent its 3rd season marked by existential angst, 22 episodes of Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) penance for having created “Flashpoint,” a parallel timeline where his mother and father survived.  Even after Barry reversed reality more or […]

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Supergirl
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Supergirl”

Posted May 23, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SUPERGIRL undertook a journey this season more unusual than its own heroine’s passage from Krypton to Earth, transferring from CBS to CW.  It suffered little if any damage in the process–other than in the ratings, since CBS’s universe of viewers is far larger than the one at its new home.  Budgets were reportedly slashed, […]

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scandal
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Scandal”

Posted May 19, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SCANDAL is full of characters who take one step over the line of ethics and morality, sometimes for what they’ve convinced themselves are the best possible reasons, only to find themselves in a morass they can’t escape.  The same has come to be true of the series itself, which took its fatal step when […]

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