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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Billions”

Posted June 9, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  Showtime’s BILLIONS has cultivated one of the most recognizable signatures on television, from its rudely epigrammatic dialogue, to its love/hate relationship with its ruthless, narcissistic characters, to its very narrative devices.  Tonight’s Season 4 finale, written by series co-creators David Levien and Brian Koppelman and directed by experienced Billions hand Colin Bucksey, was precisely […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Fosse/Verdon”

Posted May 29, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  FX’s FOSSE/VERDON was a triumph of narrowcasting, a showbiz hall of mirrors about a showbiz hall of mirrors.  That was never more so than in its final installment, where it met its meta-destiny by depicting Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) depicting a just-slightly fantasized version of his own life and death in All That Jazz.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Killing Eve”

Posted May 27, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  It may not be fair, but it’s awfully hard not to compare the second seasons of KILLING EVE directly with HBO’s Barry, since both were comedies-with-drama/dramas-with-comedy about hired killers that aired on virtually the same Sunday nights.  Many of us watched the latest installments of each series in the span of the same few hours.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted May 20, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  There was never a real-life game of thrones behind the scenes at GAME OF THRONES, and perhaps there should have been.  After six brilliant years adapting George R. R. Martin’s novels to television, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss found themselves out of books and without a clear path to Martin’s ending.  (Reportedly, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Veep”

Posted May 13, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  It seems as though just about all the impact of TV’s May finales has been subsumed into the maw that is Game of Thrones–even including The Big Bang Theory, itself one of the signature hits of the last decade.  One of the victims is HBO’s own VEEP, a multi-Emmy-winning jewel in the network’s crown, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Posted April 6, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  This week marked the end of the road for two of TV’s most distinctive, original takes on the romantic-comedy genre.  FXX’s You’re the Worst and CW’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND were both “cult hits,” which is to say that they survived low ratings for multiple seasons (5 for Worst, 4 for Girlfriend) thanks to critical praise […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted April 1, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  Although the ratings continued heading downward, there were heartening developments in the back half of THE WALKING DEAD‘s Season 9.  Under new showrunner Angela Kang, the show took some steps to jar itself loose from the rut it gotten itself into.  The departure of star Andrew Lincoln may have kick-started the need to explore […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “A Million Little Things”

Posted March 1, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  This season, ABC’s A MILLION LITTLE THINGS provided proof that even as viewers accustom themselves to DVRs and video on demand, old-fashioned network scheduling can still be key.  A Million Little Things was languishing on Wednesdays, on the bubble for next season, when a move behind Grey’s Anatomy allowed it to thrive, and led […]

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