Posted January 6, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> CW’s biggest only hit THE VAMPIRE DIARIES returned to the schedule. WHERE WE LEFT OFF:  The painstakingly-mounted plot to once and for all kill Original Vampire Klaus (Joseph Morgan) failed when Stefan (Paul Wesley), realizing that Klaus had rigged things so that if any harm came to him, Stefan’s brother Damon (Ian Somerholder) would […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Outlander”

Posted April 10, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  OUTLANDER:  Saturday 9PM on Starz OUTLANDER hasn’t been the ratings breakout for Starz that Power has been, but it may be something even more important:  the network’s first real buzz show, one that’s put it on the drama map with its fellow cable networks, and is perhaps poised for a ratings jump in Season […]

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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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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Modern Family”

Posted September 26, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  MODERN FAMILY:  Wednesday 9PM on ABC MODERN FAMILY has now won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy in each of its four years on the air, putting it one behind Frasier‘s record-setting pace.  The TV Academy nominates smaller, more complex shows like Louie, Girls and Veep, but its heart is with Modern Family, and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Tyrant”

Posted July 7, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  TYRANT:  Wednesday 10PM on FX FX’s TYRANT has never been as incisive or daring as it could have been, given its incendiary setting in a fictional Middle Eastern nation on the brink of revolution, but it’s a survivor, back on the air for its third season.  After an unengaging initial run, the series remade […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Whispers”

Posted June 1, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE WHISPERS:  Monday 10PM on ABC – If Nothing Else Is On… What would the horror genre do without its creepy children?  Whether possessed by some sinister entity, born to be supernatural embodiments of evil or simply homicidal, the mix of presumed innocence with wicked actions has always been a fundamental thriller trope, no […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore”

Posted January 19, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE:  Mon-Thurs @11:30PM on Comedy Central When Stephen Colbert made his decision to leave Comedy Central and serve as David Letterman’s successor on CBS, replacing The Colbert Report with a new show hosted by Larry Wilmore was about as no-brainer as these things get.  Wilmore’s regular guest appearances on […]

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Falling Skies

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Falling Skies”

Posted June 28, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  FALLING SKIES:  Sunday 10PM on TNT FALLING SKIES had a premise that seemed like it should be able to run indefinitely:  a war against alien invaders fought mostly on the ground, as an allegory of the US Revolutionary War, with its main hero Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) a historical scholar, family man (it’s a […]

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