Legion
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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 […]

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Billions
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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 […]

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The Americans
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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 […]

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Trust
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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, […]

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once upon a time
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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 […]

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Grey's Anatomy
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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 […]

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Atlanta
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Atlanta”

Posted May 11, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  When FX’s ATLANTA began its 2nd season at the beginning of March, it seemed like a big enough deal to note that with the departures of Louis C.K. and Ryan Murphy (for very different reasons), Atlanta‘s creator Donald Glover had ascended to being the emblematic creative face of the network.  But now, a bit […]

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Good Girls
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Good Girls”

Posted May 1, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  It was clear from the pilot of NBC’s GOOD GIRLS that the series had a trio of strong assets and some major challenges.  The strengths were its three stars, Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman, each of them thoroughly capable of anchoring a show on her own, and together an Avengers-like powerhouse of warmth, […]

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