Halt and Catch Fire
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Halt and Catch Fire”

Posted August 20, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  HALT AND CATCH FIRE:  Saturday 9PM on AMC The links between AMC’s HALT AND CATCH FIRE as a television series, the stories it tells, and its characters have gone unusually deep.  The positive part has been that as series creators Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers have grown steadily more assured and ambitious in each […]

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Mr Mercedes
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Mr. Mercedes”

Posted August 10, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  MR. MERCEDES:  Wednesday 8PM on Audience Network (DirecTV) – DVR Alert It’s been quite a week for the splintering of television.  FX announced that it, like AMC, would launch a pay version of its service, allowing viewers on certain platforms to watch its shows without commercials for a monthly fee.  Then Disney dropped a […]

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Ray Donovan
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Ray Donovan”

Posted August 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

RAY DONOVAN:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime Showtime has been having an awful summer, marked by the abject failure of I’m Dying Up Here and Twin Peaks, an 18-hour stunt that is filling the tiniest of niches.  (The soon-to-return Episodes and Dice have never been blockbusters either.)  For deliverance, the network is turning to its own Monarch of Moroseness, the […]

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The Sinner
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Sinner”

Posted August 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE SINNER:  Wednesday 10PM on USA – Change the Channel USA’s THE SINNER wants so, so much to be Prestige TV.  Alas, Derek Simonds’ 8-hour drama (based on a novel by Petra Hammesfahr) is more like an exhibition of the genre’s tropes.  There’s the antiheroic protagonist, in this case Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel), a […]

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Manhunt Unabomber
Pilot + 1

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Manhunt: Unabomber”

Posted August 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  MANHUNT: UNABOMBER:  Tuesday 10PM on Discovery – In the Queue Discovery’s 8-hour docudrama miniseries MANHUNT: UNABOMBER features its Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany) only in the final sequence of its opening 2 hours, a decision that gets the show off to an unfortunately pedestrian start.  As the title indicates, the focus isn’t on the charismatic […]

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Somewhere Between
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere + 1 Review: “Somewhere Between”

Posted July 25, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SOMEWHERE BETWEEN:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel (Now!) There’s no politically correct way to put this.  ABC’s summer thriller SOMEWHERE BETWEEN hinges on the frantic efforts of TV producer Laura Price (Paula Patton) to stop the murder of her daughter Serena (Aria Birch) after the fact, when Laura is inexplicably transported […]

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Midnight Texas
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Midnight, Texas”

Posted July 25, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  MIDNIGHT, TEXAS:  Monday 10PM on NBC – Change the Channel NBC’s summer series MIDNIGHT, TEXAS is a horror, all right.  It’s based on novels by True Blood author Charlaine Harris, and the idea was plainly to do a broadcast network version of HBO’s hit.  But even if Midnight had been any good, the idea […]

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Insecure
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Insecure”

Posted July 24, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  INSECURE:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO Issa Rae’s INSECURE became progressively more assured during the course of its first season, and although it wasn’t more than a moderate success, its ratings trended upward through its run, until it was outrating its higher-profile lead-in, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce.  HBO has rewarded it by scheduling Season 2 […]

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