Posted January 5, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Last night ABC’s REVENGE became the first of the network serialized dramas to return from its long midseson hiatus.  Let’s see how the show managed its 2012 arrival. WHERE WE LEFT OFF:  Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), who’s really Amanda Clarks, continued her plot to bring down the super-rich Grayson family, headed by matriarch Victoria […]

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You're the Worst

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “You’re The Worst”

Posted September 10, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  YOU’RE THE WORST:  Wednesday 10:30PM on FXX The secret shame of Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash), the protagonists of YOU’RE THE WORST, is that they’re far more conventional than they’re desperately trying to appear (to themselves, let alone anyone else), and that’s proven to be a rich source of comedy for Stephen […]

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Posted April 15, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  NURSE JACKIE:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime NURSE JACKIE had a strong, dramatic season last year that may have been its best.  But the ratings weren’t anything to speak of (a 0.2-0.3 in 18-49s, and fewer than a million total viewers), and series co-creator/showrunners Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem left the show rather messily (from […]

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Pure Genius
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Pure Genius”

Posted October 28, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  PURE GENIUS:  Thursday 10PM on CBS – Change the Channel One of the oddities of CBS’s medical drama PURE GENIUS is that its setting–a wildly overfunded institute that boasts the ultimate in cutting edge technology, regularly offers miracles to its patients, and is backed by an arrogant billionaire mastermind–would ordinarily be revealed as the […]

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Midseason Premiere

THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “The Fosters”

Posted January 14, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE FOSTERS:  Monday 9PM on ABCFamily In its first half-season, THE FOSTERS pulled off a feat of considerable difficulty.  Its saga of multi-racial lesbian couple Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) and their mixed brood of Stef’s biological son Brandon (David Lambert), adopted twins Jesus (Jake T. Austin) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), and […]

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Walking Dead

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted October 12, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE WALKING DEAD:  Sunday 9PM on AMC At this point in its massively successful run (massive enough to allow AMC to renew the superb but low-rated Halt and Catch Fire last week, so hurray!), THE WALKING DEAD can well afford to take a few chances, and tonight’s Season 6 premiere was its most formally […]

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Posted July 12, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  DAMAGES:  Wednesday 9PM on DirecTV Audience Network   WHERE WE WERE:  Recoiling from Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the most untrustworthy attorney in New York.  Patty is a spider, constantly setting traps for everyone around her.  She has a particularly unhealthy relationship with Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), who started out as Patty’s junior associate.  In […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Angie Tribeca”

Posted January 17, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ANGIE TRIBECA:  Monday 9PM on TBS (“binge-a-thon” airs through 7PM January 18) – If Nothing Else Is On… We’ve seen plenty of attempts by networks to “break through the clutter” for their new shows in this era of non-stop premieres, from re-running the pilot in several timeslots to simulcasting episodes on affiliated networks to […]

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