Pilot Reports

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED PILOT REPORT – FOX’s “The Following”

Posted January 21, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE FOLLOWING:  Monday 9PM on FOX – DVR Alert We’ve been here before, perhaps most memorably in Red Dragon aka Manhunter:  the burned-out, injured, brilliantly intuitive FBI agent, called back to the field to go after his nemesis, a savage but erudite serial killer.  But even Thomas Harris didn’t invent that archetype, and Kevin […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE NON-REVIEW: “Army Wives”

Posted March 11, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  ARMY WIVES:  Sunday 9PM on Lifetime Lifetime’s venerable ARMY WIVES returned for its seventh season tonight, but really this will be the 2.0 version of the show.  Most of the original cast is gone this season or minimized to recurring (only Catherine Bell, of the original core group of spouses, is returning as a […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: ‘Hunted”

Posted October 20, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  HUNTED:  Friday 10PM on Cinemax – Potential DVR Alert On the same night that coincidentally brought the season premiere of Nikita, we have a new series that treads similar ground, both centering on gorgeous, betrayed spies, although the tones of the two shows are very different.  In HUNTED, set and produced in Britain but […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Murder In the First”

Posted August 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The season finale (if it’s lucky) of TNT’s mediocre MURDER IN THE FIRST was rather sad, pallid proof that the powerhouse writer/producer Steven Bochco has been outstripped by the genre he helped invent, the serialized adult crime drama.  Murder In the First tried, sometimes painfully, to be newfangled, throwing in the latest in basic […]

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Articles

THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Weekends At Bellevue”

Posted August 3, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> See A Word About Busted Pilots It was widely rumored in the weeks before the networks announced their new schedules at the Upfronts that WEEKENDS AT BELLEVUE was destined to hit the air on FOX.  In fact, even its timeslot was supposedly set:  Mondays at 9PM, following House, where it would serve as a […]

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THE SKED Series Finale Review: “Star-Crossed”

Posted May 13, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Well, at least human heroine Emery (Aimee Teegarden) and alien hero Roman (Matt Lanter) got to have sex before STAR-CROSSED came to its abbreviated end.  The series was among those to discover in the last few days that its season finale was actually its ultimate end, so its cliffhangers will never be resolved, and […]

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Midseason Finale

THE SKED Fall Finale Review: “The Blacklist”

Posted December 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  We’ll find out in just a few weeks exactly how big a hit NBC’s THE BLACKLIST really is, thanks to the network’s announcement that the show will air in January for the first time outside the protective shadow of The Voice as its lead-in.  Until now, it’s been the breakout hit of the fall, […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Perception”

Posted June 26, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  PERCEPTION:  Tuesday 10PM on TNT PERCEPTION was something of a bubble show last season, with 3.5M viewers and only an 0.6-0.8 rating most weeks in 18-49s, so TNT clearly realized that the show needed to invest in some therapy over the off-season. Tonight’s Season 2 premiere rejoined brilliant neuropsychiatrist and amateur detective Professor Daniel […]

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