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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Cloak & Dagger”

Posted August 3, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  The first season of Freeform’s Marvel series CLOAK & DAGGER was from the measured pace school of serialized TV drama.  Joe Pokaski’s saga was essentially 10 hours of origin story, tracing Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) from teen outcasts to budding superheroes, with only scattered uses of their powers until […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Burn Notice”

Posted June 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

BURN NOTICE – Thursday 9PM on USA   WHERE WE WERE:  On the jailhouse steps.  Uber-evil Anson Fullerton (Jere Burns), the shrink who “burned” our hero Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and destroyed his CIA career for years, had successfully framed Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), the love of Michael’s life, for a bombing that killed innocent people.  […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The Vampire Diaries”

Posted May 16, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The fifth season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was great fun as usual, although also a bit sloppier than the norm.  That could well be the result of series mastermind Julie Plec having to spread her time between Diaries, the new Originals, and whatever her duties were on The Tomorrow People, of which she was […]

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THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “The Tomorrow People”

Posted October 17, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE TOMORROW PEOPLE:  Wednesday 9PM on CW Previously… on THE TOMORROW PEOPLE:  Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) is a teenager who also happens to be “homo superior,” aka one of The Tomorrow People.  Their powers include telekinesis, teleportation and telepathy, but because Stephen is The Chosen One–his long-vanished father was the mysterious Obi-Wan Kenobi of […]

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THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “Last Man Standing”

Posted October 12, 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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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The Following”

Posted April 28, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  It was no easy feat for the second season of THE FOLLOWING be even more idiotic and vicious than its Season 1.  But devotion to craft pays off in the end, and series creator Kevin Williamson and his writer/producer partners managed to do it, with tonight’s season finale capping the accomplishment. Where to begin […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Episodes”

Posted January 11, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  EPISODES:  Sunday 10:30PM on Showtime EPISODES, written from beginning to end by David Crane (a creator of Friends) and fellow sitcom vet Jeffrey Klarik, improved considerably in its second season, adding some shading to its original cartoon about a married pair of relative babes-in-the-woods British writer/producers corrupted by the comfort and thorough superficiality of […]

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THE SKED SERIES FINALE REVIEW: “In Plain Sight”

Posted May 5, 2012 by Mitch Salem

Although IN PLAIN SIGHT was never one of USA’s breakout hits or signature shows like Monk or Burn Notice, it gave the network 5 sturdy seasons, holding down slots on 3 different nights in the course of its run, and tonight it made a dignified exit from the network. The final episode, written by series […]

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