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Pilot + 1

THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “The New Normal”

Posted September 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

A lot can happen between the creation of a TV pilot in the spring and the production of episodes for the regular season: a writing/producing team is hired, audience focus groups weigh in, networks and studios (which may have had their own turnover) give plenty of notes, helpful and otherwise, and critics begin to rear […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Legends”

Posted August 13, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  LEGENDS:  Wednesday 9PM on TNT – If Nothing Else Is On… After serving as a home for middle-aged procedurals for years, TNT has done well with its recent run of more macho adventures like The Last Ship and Falling Skies.  Its latest entry in that genre is the spy thriller LEGENDS, based on a […]

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Reviews

THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Wilfred”

Posted June 26, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  WILFRED:  Wednesday 10PM on FXX WILFRED, that metaphysical, existential compendium of stoner, fart and dick jokes, is going for its last walk, relocated to the FXX network for a shortened 4th and final season.  The producers claim that fundamental questions will be answered about the show’s central mysteries:  the nature of Wilfred’s (Jason Gann, […]

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Articles

THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “Homeland”

Posted October 10, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> A lot can happen between the creation of a TV pilot in the spring and production of episodes for the regular season:  a writing/producing team is hired, audience focus groups weigh in, networks and studios (which may have had their own turnover in the off-season) give plenty of notes, both helpful and otherwise, and […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot + 1 Review: “The Family”

Posted March 7, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE FAMILY:  Sunday 9PM on ABC Previously… on THE FAMILY:  Ten years after his disappearance and presumed death, a now-teen Adam Warren (Liam James) appears, freshly escaped from what he describes as a decade spent in a hole in the ground near a “dragon.”  In the intervening years, his mother Claire (Joan Allen) has […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted August 28, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The seventh season of HBO’s blockbuster GAME OF THRONES, its most watched and in some ways most confounding, was shaped by two outside factors, and possibly a third.  Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, having outrun the completed portion of George R. R. Martin’s series of novels, were in total control of the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Westworld”

Posted December 5, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  “Interactive TV” is a phrase that’s been used many times in many contexts over the years, and HBO’s WESTWORLD provided a new way to look at the concept.  The first season of Westworld was–more than Lost, more than Mr. Robot, even going back all the way to The Prisoner–an unprecedentedly elaborate series of puzzles.  […]

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Pilot + 1

THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “The Crazy Ones”

Posted October 4, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE CRAZY ONES:  Thursday 9PM on CBS Previously… on THE CRAZY ONES:  Simon Roberts (Robin Williams), a genuine mad man and an advertising legend, and his more practical daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), run a Chicago ad agency.  The dynamics of the place are very clear:  Simon and copywriter Zach (James Wolk) are the […]

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