Into the Badlands
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Into the Badlands”

Posted March 20, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  INTO THE BADLANDS:  Sunday 10PM on AMC The vigorously pulpy INTO THE BADLANDS has returned for a second season, gifted by AMC with a Walking Dead lead-in for the first 3 weeks of its run that should guarantee some viewer attention.  This time it has a 10-episode order, not necessarily good news considering how […]

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Trial & Error
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Trial & Error”

Posted March 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TRIAL & ERROR:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… NBC’s TRIAL & ERROR is a cluttered joke-book of a sitcom that parodies true-crime docuseries like Making A Murderer and especially The Staircase.  As in the latter, the accused murderer, here named Larry Henderson (John Lithgow), is a figure of some […]

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American Crime
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “American Crime”

Posted March 13, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  AMERICAN CRIME:  Sunday 10PM on ABC John Ridley’s AMERICAN CRIME feels even more like an outlier amid the world of network television than it did when it debuted two years ago.  Broadcasters have largely responded to the erosion in their ratings by seeking bigger and bigger tents, relying on procedurals, franchises, remakes and stars […]

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The Catch
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “The Catch”

Posted March 9, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE CATCH:  Thursday 10PM on ABC THE CATCH may have set a record for the number of times a series can be rebooted by the launch of its 2d season, yet it remains stubbornly lite rather than airy, ShondaLand’s little red choo-choo that has never quite made its way up the hill. Showrunner Allan […]

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The Americans
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “The Americans”

Posted March 8, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE AMERICANS:  Tuesday 10PM on FX THE AMERICANS is inevitably one of those pieces of pop culture that feels more queasily topical these days (in this case, despite its 1980s setting), with its tale of Russian agents interacting with duped Americans and gaining top secret information for the good of the Motherland.  The show […]

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Feud
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Feud: Bette and Joan”

Posted March 6, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  FEUD:  BETTE AND JOAN:  Sunday 10PM on FX – Potential DVR Alert It’s a testament to Ryan Murphy’s clout that FEUD:  BETTE AND JOAN even exists.  8 hours set in the early 1960s about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, a pair of Oscar-winning stars in their 50s who were considered has-beens when they made […]

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Time After Time
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “Time After Time”

Posted March 5, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TIME AFTER TIME:  Sunday 9PM on ABC – If Nothing Else Is On… If H.G. Wells really did travel from 1893 to the present day, one of the things that would probably horrify him is the fact that all creative endeavors are now viewed merely as “IP,” a play-doh-like building material used to create […]

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The Arrangement
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Arrangement”

Posted March 4, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE ARRANGEMENT:  Sunday 10PM on E! – If Nothing Else Is On… E! stays on-brand with its second scripted series THE ARRANGEMENT, which plays off the rumors that surrounded Tom Cruise’s marriage to Katie Holmes.  It’s got celebrity and the heat of a scandal roman a clef, but it completely lacks the saucy, junky […]

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