Sweetbitter
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere: “Sweetbitter”

Posted May 6, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SWEETBITTER:  Sunday 8PM on Starz – In the Quene Starz’s SWEETBITTER is, with Vida, part of the network’s unusual run of back-to-back half-hour dramas, each of them with a short 6-episode order.  Both shows make use of indie tropes, with Vida on the “gritty estranged family that has to co-exist” end of the Sundance […]

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I'm Dying  Up Here
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “I’m Dying Up Here”

Posted May 5, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  I’M DYING UP HERE:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime Showtime’s I’M DYING UP HERE is a behind-the scenes showbiz story, and fittingly the series itself is part of one.  Despite terrible ratings and reviews that were generally less than enthused, the network picked it up for a 2nd season just days before also announcing that […]

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Westworld
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Westworld”

Posted April 22, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  WESTWORLD:  Sunday 9PM on HBO No one would ever accuse HBO’s WESTWORLD of being straightforward, but by the time Season 1 ended, series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy had placed at least some of their cards on the table.  We were told, barring a surprise or two, who the human characters were and […]

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The Originals
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “The Originals”

Posted April 19, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE ORIGINALS:  Wednesday 9PM on CW Season 4 of THE ORIGINALS worked very hard to break up its band of vampires, werewolves, witches and hybrids thereof, which meant that the premiere of the show’s fifth and final season had its hands full trying to bring them back together.  Mikaelson family members Klaus (Joseph Morgan), […]

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Fear the Walking Dead
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Fear the Walking Dead”

Posted April 16, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  FEAR THE WALKING DEAD:  Sunday 10PM on AMC Each season of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD has been somewhat different from the one before, with a setting that shifted from Los Angeles to somewhere off the coast of Mexico to various locations in Mexico itself, frequent deaths of major characters, and a tone that found […]

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Killing Eve
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Killing Eve”

Posted April 9, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  KILLING EVE:  Sunday 8PM on BBCAmerica – DVR Alert Transposing an artistic concern to a familiar pop culture genre can make the artist’s work much more accessible.  When John Krasinski made The Hollars, a sensitive story about a strained family, no one bought any tickets, but when he added monsters to the mix, the […]

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Legion
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Legion”

Posted April 3, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  LEGION:  Tuesday 10PM on FX The first season of Noah Hawley’s LEGION was enthralling, and a bit of a disappointment.  Hawley’s adult off-shoot of the X-Man franchise toyed with narrative structure, temporal and spatial displacement, and extravagant shifts in tone, until it seemed like Hawley might blow up the entire superhero genre.  Instead, it […]

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The Americans
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere TV Review: “The Americans”

Posted March 29, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE AMERICANS:  Wednesday 10PM on FX THE AMERICANS is coming off its first disappointing season, and the hope among fans was that it was attributable to the show receiving a final 2-season order, and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields spending the first of those seasons indulging in such a long runway to the […]

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