Counterpart
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Counterpart”

Posted December 11, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  COUNTERPART:  Sunday 9PM on Starz, starting 1/21/18 – In the Queue Tales of alternative earths are an increasingly popular form of fiction these days, possibly because our actual Earth is currently so difficult to handle.  Just as The Man In the High Castle runs the subgenre through tropes of old-time war movies, Starz’s new […]

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Happy
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “Happy!”

Posted December 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  HAPPY! – Wednesday 10PM on Syfy – In the Queue HAPPY! counts as one of Syfy’s infrequent big swings, although its ultra-violent grunge aesthetic gives it a look and feel that isn’t all that different from the network’s usual diet of micro-budgeted co-productions.  This one, though, has a name star in Christopher Meloni, and […]

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Agents of Shield
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Agents of SHIELD”

Posted December 2, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  AGENTS OF SHIELD – Friday 9PM on ABC It’s hard to believe that only 5 seasons ago, when ABC’s AGENTS OF SHIELD arrived on the air, the idea of a superhero TV series still seemed somewhat new and cool.  At that point, it was joined only by Arrow, in the era before CW was […]

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SMILF
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “SMILF”

Posted November 5, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SMILF:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime – In the Queue SMILF is TV’s latest auteur dramedy, a semiautobiographical work from star/writer/producer/director Frankie Shaw.  (She was Elliot’s ill-fated neighbor on Mr. Robot.)  As the title suggests, the show is the story of young single mom Bridgette (Shaw), who has a friendly relationship with her son’s dad Rafi […]

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The Walking Dead
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted October 23, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE WALKING DEAD:  Sunday 9PM on AMC Last year’s season premiere of THE WALKING DEAD was the show’s most polarizing hour, introducing long-awaited Big Bad Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and lingering on his brutal murders of two series regulars.  That seemed to hit a saturation point for some viewers, and although Dead is still […]

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White Famous
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere + 1 Review: “White Famous”

Posted October 16, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  WHITE FAMOUS:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime – Change the Channel Showtime’s shaky new comedy WHITE FAMOUS is spectacularly ill-timed for the week after the downfall of Harvey Weinstein.  The premiere half-hour has as its comic centerpiece a sequence where a famous Hollywood figure meets with an aspiring young performer in his trailer, sitting so […]

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Good Behavior
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Good Behavior”

Posted October 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  GOOD BEHAVIOR:  Sunday 10PM on TNT As TNT continues with its scorched-earth policy of shedding its old-guard mainstream successes (Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes) for the more adult, serialized dramas favored by network head Kevin Reilly, pressure is increased on those new shows to perform–not necessarily in the traditional metrics, but with younger viewers […]

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Dynasty
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dynasty”

Posted October 12, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  DYNASTY:  Wednesday 9PM on CW – In the Queue The new DYNASTY isn’t the fall’s worst new show, but it’s the most puzzling.  Was there really a surge of interest among CW’s 18-34 target demo for a revival of an ABC soap that went off the air 28 years ago?  The show has a […]

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