house of lies

THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “House of Lies”

Posted January 11, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  HOUSE OF LIES:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime HOUSE OF LIES deserves some credit for nailing the Wolf of Wall Street vibe before there was a Wolf of Wall Street.  Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) and his “pod” of business consultants have already spent 2 seasons merrily doing drugs, having inappropriate sex and swindling their own […]

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Legends of Tomorrow
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Legends of Tomorrow”

Posted January 22, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  LEGENDS OF TOMORROW:  Thursday 8PM on CW – In the Queue Even with a half-season and the resources of two other series to prepare the way, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW finally arrived on CW heavy with exposition.  It was such a premise pilot, in fact, that the show’s ability to stand on its own feet […]

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Wynonna Earp
Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Wynonna Earp”

Posted April 2, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  WYNONNA EARP:  Friday 10PM on Syfy – Change the Channel Syfy has recently been trying to burnish its schlocky image with some more ambitious projects, most notably the time-travel thriller 12 Monkeys and The Magicians, a show with plenty of flaws but also lots of imagination.  The network’s economics, though, probably demand that a […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Crossbones”

Posted May 31, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  CROSSBONES:  Friday 10PM on NBC – Potential DVR Alert Viewers of Starz’s Black Sails will find much that’s familiar in NBC’s summer pirate adventure CROSSBONES.  We’re back in the Caribbean, this time in the early 18th century, and there’s a powerful pirate king, a dangerous newcomer who saves his skin by memorizing a secret […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Guilt”

Posted June 14, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  GUILT:  Monday 9PM on Freeform – Change the Channel The network now known as Freeform is making it clear that, building on the success of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, it intends to be a purveyor of YA genre tales.  Unfortunately, on the basis of Stitchers, Shadowhunters and the new Guilt, it’s hasn’t yet […]

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Sleepy Hollow

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Sleepy Hollow”

Posted January 7, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  SLEEPY HOLLOW:  Friday 9PM on FOX FOX’s TV series version of SLEEPY HOLLOW is, of course, about a man who won’t stay dead, namely Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who died in the 18th century and was brought back in the 21st to hunt demons.  For the series itself, though, having been rebooted in its […]

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Mr. Robot
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Mr. Robot”

Posted June 25, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  MR. ROBOT:  Wednesday 10PM on USA – Potential DVR Alert There are networks, especially in the pay-TV universe, that play the instant-renewal game, announcing as soon as a new show has premiered, or sometimes even before, that another season has been ordered.  It’s a PR move, for the most part, and sometimes only semi-legitimate, […]

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Posted March 7, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> WHERE WE WERE:  Contra Security, a wacky high-tech firm run by the extravagantly enigmatic Oz (Christian Slater).  Contra tests the security measures of its clients by cracking them wide open, staging mock break-ins, robberies, and similar hijinks.  Its roster of idiosyncratic experts include hacker Cameron (Bret Harrison), gadget guy Cash (Alphonso McAuley) and, for […]

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