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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”

Posted August 7, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Losing both David Letterman and Jon Stewart in a single TV year is more than a viewing public should have to endure, but tonight it was Stewart’s turn to walk through the exit door of THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART after 16 years on the air, a run that changed the very concept […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Crossbones”

Posted August 3, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  CROSSBONES, despite some hoopla when it was first announced, turned out to be a series hardly anyone wanted to watch.  Adjusting for the fact that Starz is only in 1/3 of US households, even that network’s Black Sails was ahead in the year’s piratical sweepstakes, despite Crossbones airing on NBC and featuring the series […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Parks & Recreation”

Posted February 25, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The final hour of PARKS & RECREATION was more conceptual than one might have expected, in a way that made it feel more like an epilogue than a conclusion.  Written by series co-creator/showrunner Michael Schur and star/producer Amy Poehler, and directed by Schur, it was an omnibus of flash-forwards, advancing the action as much […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Black-ish”

Posted May 21, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Even as other broadcast networks have been backing off their commitment to situation comedy, ABC seems to have possession of the magic formula.  Last season’s The Goldbergs became a genuine hit with a move to Wednesdays, Fresh Off the Boat richly deserved its renewal on Tuesdays, and even the now-canceled Cristela had its fans.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “How To Get Away With Murder”

Posted February 27, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  A weaker show than HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER would be crippled by its sizable flaws.  With the all-important exception of its central character, Philadelphia law professor and expert criminal lawyer Annalise Keating, and Viola Davis, the richly talented actress who plays her, the rest of the characters and cast are bland to […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted June 27, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  This was the first season of GAME OF THRONES A.N. (Ahead of the Novels), and we can’t know at this point how much series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were informed by what they know about the work novelist George R. R. Martin hasn’t yet published.  But Martin will be hard-pressed to come […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “American Crime”

Posted March 9, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME is Serious and Important, but how good is it?  John Ridley’s series takes on the biggest topics–all of them, it seems–from race to class to sexual orientation to school violence and the loss of privacy in the internet age, and not even Oscar-bait films wear a mantle of unrelieved misery quite […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Murder In the First”

Posted August 25, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  In its second season, Stephen Bochco and Eric Lodal’s MURDER IN THE FIRST altered its format, only to find new ways to fail.  Season 1 had told a single convoluted story, a murder mystery loaded with so many red herrings and reversals that by the time it ended, it was impossible to care who […]

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