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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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necessary roughness


Posted February 21, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Professional sports are so central to American culture, and so particularly critical to the television business, that it’s surprising the area had been largely ignored as the locale of a series until USA’s NECESSARY ROUGHNESS debuted.  Of course, since Roughness is a USA show, it’s mostly been content with superficial light drama, without any […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Once Upon A Time”

Posted May 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  As everyone knows by now, although ONCE UPON A TIME has been renewed for a 7th season, tonight’s 2-hour “Final Battle” episode marked the end of the series as we’ve known it.  Only 3 members of the core cast are returning–Lara Parrilla’s Regina, Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin, and Colin O’Donoghue’s Hook–and as we learned in […]

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Posted May 17, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  It would have been nice if ABC Marketing hadn’t so broadly teased the surprise ending of tonight’s Suburgatory season finale in their promos that they more or less gave it away.  (This is why powerful producers are on the phone with network marketing departments more than they are with their own families.) Still, the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Affair”

Posted December 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  It’s difficult, even after a full and absorbing season, to know exactly what to make of THE AFFAIR.  The series hasn’t fit neatly into either of the genres it seemed to be invoking:  despite the title and occasional bits of premium cable-level sex (as in tonight’s season finale), physical passion isn’t its main subject […]

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12 Monkeys

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “12 Monkeys”

Posted July 19, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Time-travel tales are everywhere on TV these days–Timeless, Making History, Time After Time  and Frequency will join Legends of Tomorrow next season, and even Game of Thrones dabbled in the genre this year.  But the works that take themselves seriously are fiendishly difficult to pull off, apt to fall into traps of timelines that coexist […]

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THE SKED NETFLIX SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Arrested Development” (Episodes 12-15)

Posted June 2, 2013 by Mitch Salem

    See also:  THE SKED NETFLIX REVIEW:  “Arrested Development” (Episodes 1-3) THE SKED NETFLIX REVIEW:  “Arrested Development” (Episodes 4-7) THE SKED NETFLIX REVIEW:  “Arrested Development” (Episodes 8-11) It turned out that the one thing not to expect from Season 4 of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT was an ending.  Rather than build its intricately plotted season toward […]

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The Deuce

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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