Twin Peaks
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Twin Peaks”

Posted May 22, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  TWIN PEAKS:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime – DVR Alert (for some) Trying to recapture what it was like to watch the original premiere of TWIN PEAKS would be like attempting to duplicate the experience of seeing the first moon landing.  Twin Peaks emerged at a time when “Quality TV” meant LA Law, which won […]

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American Gods
Pilot Reports

ShowbuzzDaily Series Premiere Review: “American Gods”

Posted May 1, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  AMERICAN GODS:  Sunday 9PM on Starz – Potential DVR Alert It seems only fair to note upfront, upon the arrival of Bryan Fuller’s new Starz series AMERICAN GODS (created with Michael Green, and based on the novel by Neil Gaiman) that I was not among the congregation that worshiped Fuller’s Hannibal.  I admired the […]

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Great News
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Great News”

Posted April 26, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  GREAT NEWS:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC – If Nothing Else Is On… NBC’s latest disposable sitcom GREAT NEWS hails from the House of Tina Fey, who serves as one of its Executive Producers.  Series creator Tracey Wigfield was a writer/producer on 30 Rock, and Great News, which is set behind-the-scenes at a local TV […]

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Fargo
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Fargo”

Posted April 20, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  FARGO:  Wednesday 10PM on FX Noah Hawley’s two FX series provide different models of the ways a television series can be ambitious.  Legion is so broad in its stylistic universe as to seem virtually without borders; its episodes ranged in tone and structure to such an extent that they eventually encompassed animated and black-and-white […]

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Famous In Love
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Famous In Love”

Posted April 19, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  FAMOUS IN LOVE:  Tuesday 9PM on Freeform (full season also available via online/VOD) – Change the Channel On the basis of its opening hour, Freeform’s new FAMOUS IN LOVE is pretty woeful stuff.  It’s the latest version of America’s contribution to the fairy tale template, the one that tells of the gleam and oh-so-naughty […]

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Better Call Saul
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Better Call Saul”

Posted April 10, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  BETTER CALL SAUL moves with the assurance of a series that knows exactly where it’s going to end up–and so do we, since we’re aware that sad sack attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) will ultimately wind up as slick Saul Goodman in the world of Breaking Bad (and then as a woeful Cinnabon manager […]

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Prison Break
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Prison Break”

Posted April 5, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  PRISON BREAK:  Tuesday 9PM on FOX – If Nothing Else Is On… Where was the clamor for a return of PRISON BREAK?  The show had pretty much run its course both critically and with viewers by the time it went off the air in 2009 after a 4-season run, and even at its peak […]

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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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