Reviews

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Californication”

Posted January 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  CALIFORNICATION:  Sunday 10:30PM on Showtime Even in the relatively free-and-easy world of paycable, there’s something about CALIFORNICATION that seems to get under people’s skin.  Perhaps it’s the casual tone of the show’s debauchery, or the way it implicates viewers in its hedonism with its tendency toward soft-core porn.  In any case, it’s probably the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dead of Summer”

Posted June 28, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  DEAD OF SUMMER:  Tuesday 9PM on Freeform – If Nothing Else Is On… Freeform’s DEAD OF SUMMER arrives with A-list auspices.  Two of its co-creators, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, are also the creators of Once Upon A Time (the remaining co-creator and series showrunner, Ian Goldberg, is a former Once writer/producer), and Horowitz […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere: “Aquarius”

Posted June 17, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  AQUARIUS:  Thursday 10PM on NBC Of all the puzzling decisions broadcast networks have made in these waning years of their reign, none may top NBC’s utterly inexplicable renewal of its 1960s cop saga/Charles Manson history lesson AQUARIUS, a series with ratings so woeful that it was exiled to summer Saturday nights in its first […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “The Spoils of Babylon”

Posted January 9, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE SPOILS OF BABYLON:  Thursday 10PM on IFC – Change the Channel A lot of talent has been harnessed for IFC’s miniseries parody THE SPOILS OF BABYLON, starting with performer/producers Will Ferrell (whose Funny Or Die studio is behind the project), Tobey Maguire and Kristen Wiig, and including cast members Michael Sheen, Jessica Alba, […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Vikings”

Posted February 28, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  VIKINGS:  Thursday 10PM on History The season 2 premiere of VIKINGS neatly demonstrated the series’ knack for straddling brawny historical action and engrossing historical soap.  Written by series creator Michael Hirst and directed by Ciaran Donnelly, it separated into two halves, both dealing with the consequences of events from last season’s finale. The first […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Mad Men”

Posted April 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  MAD MEN:  Sunday 10PM on AMC Fresh episodes of MAD MEN will likely still be airing more than a year from now, so all the obituaries for the series that have been appearing lately run the risk of sounding like “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead” when they’re repeated in 2015.  The only reason […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Magnum, P.I.”

Posted September 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  MAGNUM, P.I.:  Monday 9PM on CBS As everyone knows, the 2018-19 CBS TV season has turned out to be the final one overseen by Les Moonves, the longtime network mogul ousted after allegations of sexual misconduct.  It’s fitting that the first new series of his last season is that definitive Moonves-ian object, a rebooted […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Super Fun Night”

Posted October 2, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  SUPER FUN NIGHT:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC – Change the Channel ABC’s decision to bury the original pilot for its Rebel Wilson vehicle SUPER FUN NIGHT isn’t unheard-of, but it’s certainly no mark of confidence–the pilot, after all, is what convinced them to order the series in the first place.  (For the record, our […]

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