Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Counterpart”

Posted February 18, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  Although its production studio MRC is seeking a stay of execution from another network or streaming service, it currently appears as though Starz’s Season 2 finale of COUNTERPART will be the last we see of the show, which is both a shame and less than a shock.  In an era where much of TV […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Proven Innocent”

Posted February 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  PROVEN INNOCENT:  Friday 9PM on FOX PROVEN INNOCENT is even worse than you might expect from a broadcast drama that premieres on a Friday in February.  The creator is David Elliot, whose previous scripts have mostly been action movies (GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Four Brothers), and the writing […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Black Monday”

Posted January 20, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK MONDAY:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime Showtime and Don Cheadle didn’t look far afield for their follow-up after 5 seasons of the network’s House of Lies.  In that series, Cheadle played a fast-talking, rule-breaking business consultant whiz, while in the new BLACK MONDAY… he plays a fast-talking, rule-breaking Wall Street whiz.  (For its part, […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Roswell, New Mexico”

Posted January 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO – Tuesday 9PM on CW CW has gone back to its WB/UPN roots for ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, a reboot and update of the Roswell series that debuted on the first of those networks in 1999, then moved to the other.  Once again, it’s a story of romance between an Earth woman […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Passage”

Posted January 15, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE PASSAGE:  Monday 9PM on FOX FOX’s THE PASSAGE does to Justin Cronin’s intricate, elaborate trilogy of postapocalyptic thrillers what Hollywood has traditionally done with literary fiction, flattening the books in the most conventional way possible.  This wasn’t the original plan, or even the second:  Ridley Scott’s production company acquired Cronin’s books with the […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Ray Donovan”

Posted January 14, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  Only in the world of RAY DONOVAN would a season’s (more or less) happy ending commence with the chainsaw dismemberment of corpses, but that’s Showtime’s twisted family saga.  The headline of Season 6 was the show’s relocation from Los Angeles to New York, which hardly seemed affect its DNA at all.  In fact, at […]

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Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Counterpart”

Posted December 10, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  COUNTERPART:  Sunday 9PM on Starz Starz’s COUNTERPART is both TV’s most cerebral thriller and its most cerebral sci-fi, a very serious story of espionage that happens to take place between two parallel versions of Earth where virtually every inhabitant has a physical (but not psychological) double, and the border between the two Earths is […]

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Midseason Finale

SHOWBUZZDAILY Midseason Finale Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted November 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  The first half of The Walking Dead‘s 9th season included so many major changes that its ratings continuing their general downward trend rather than collapsing entirely may count as a sort of moral victory, even though the numbers are now at series lows.  New showrunner Angela Kang had 8 episodes to cover a whole […]

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