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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Breaking Bad”

Posted July 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  BREAKING BAD:  Sunday 10PM on AMC   WHERE WE WERE:  Gasping, probably.  Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the former New Mexico high school chemistry teacher who took to cooking meth as a way to pay off his family medical bills when he was diagnosed with lung cancer, has gradually moved from being a tourist in […]

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THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “The Bridge”

Posted July 11, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE BRIDGE:  Wednesday 10PM on FX – DVR Alert FX has assumed a leadership role in the development of serious, ambitious TV drama over the past decade (The Shield, Rescue Me, The Americans), and with its new series THE BRIDGE, it takes on its largest canvas to date.  The Bridge, which is based on […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Scandal”

Posted October 4, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  SCANDAL:  Thursday 10PM on ABC Sex is both currency and kryptonite on SCANDAL, a tool and a compulsion.  Shonda Rhimes’s series is coming off a genuinely phenomenal second season, one which saw its ratings rise by an incredible 50% between its season premiere and the finale, in which Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was outed […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Murder In the First”

Posted June 8, 2015 by Mitch Salem

MURDER IN THE FIRST:  Monday 10PM on TNT Unloved by most critics and viewers, MURDER IN THE FIRST was lucky to have survived to a second season on TNT.  The return came with a fair amount of revamping, in the apparent hope that the series would be more of a companion piece with its lead-in Major […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Mad Men”

Posted March 26, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> WHERE WE WERE:  Reeling from the news that Don Draper (Jon Hamm) had proposed to his French-Canadian secretary Megan (Jessica Pare).  In other cubicles at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, Joan (Christina Hendricks), pregnant by Roger Sterling (John Slattery) and not her doctor/soldier husband, had decided to keep the baby after all, assuming hubby wouldn’t […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Devious Maids”

Posted April 21, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  DEVIOUS MAIDS:  Sunday 10PM on Lifetime The comic soap DEVIOUS MAIDS, based on a Mexican telenovela, overcame a slow start to become a solid performer for Lifetime last season, rising 50% in total viewers between its premiere and the season finale.  With Army Wives done, Witches of East End only a modest success and […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Treme”

Posted September 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  TREME:  Sunday 10PM on HBO   WHERE WE WERE:  New Orleans, of course, and hip-deep in the lives of a dozen struggling, striving, stubborn, idiosyncratic natives and recent arrivals.  These include the feckless trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce), who reluctantly supports himself and his family as a high school music teacher; radio DJ/composer/rapper/dreamer Davis […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Rush Hour”

Posted March 31, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  RUSH HOUR:  Thursday 10PM on CBS – Change the Channel It wasn’t long ago that CBS produced a pilot for a rebooted Beverly Hills Cop and decided, despite the participation of Eddie Murphy, not to proceed to series.  One can only imagine how horrible that pilot must have been after seeing RUSH HOUR, which […]

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