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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Mad Men”

Posted June 11, 2012 by Mitch Salem

The title of MAD MEN‘s Season 5 finale was “The Phantom,” and as is almost always the case with Matthew Weiner’s opus, it had several meanings.  (Weiner shared credit for the finale’s script with Jonathan Igla, and directed the episode himself.)  Most specifically, the phantom was that of Adam Whitman, Don Draper’s (Jon Hamm) brother, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Good Place”

Posted September 20, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE GOOD PLACE:  Thursday 8:30PM on NBC – In the Queue Originality, imagination and sheer strangeness are rare network TV commodities these days, so it seems fair to give NBC’s THE GOOD PLACE some time before deciding whether it’s actually, you know, good.  It’s the creation of Michael Schur, who gave us Parks & […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Red Widow”

Posted May 6, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  RED WIDOW spent its season about two inches away from being a really enjoyable dark farce.  All the ingredients were there:  plotting that had a vague, circular logic but was basically nonsensical, and a cast of moronic characters so wrapped up in their own ignorance, selfishness and blind aggression that they constantly bumped into […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Girls”

Posted March 23, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  In its 4th season, the geist of GIRLS no longer seemed to be hitting the zeit the way it used to.  Ratings were down, and so was the sense of buzz.  Some of that was simply the fact that shows of the moment don’t stay that way forever, and HBO didn’t help by giving […]

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SOMETHING BORROWED: The Weekend’s Not-Thor

Posted May 5, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch it At Home;  Something Acceptable. As romantic comedies with Kate Hudson go, SOMETHING BORROWED isn’t so bad.  After her spectacular debut in Almost Famous, Hudson’s become something of a brand name for dreadful rom-coms that nevertheless make money (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, You, Me & Dupree, Fool’s Gold, My […]

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THE SKED @ CABLE REVIEW: FX’s “Wilfred”

Posted June 21, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Premieres Thursday 10PM on FX:  Potential DVR Alert Is WILFRED more than a one-trick puppy?  We’ll see.  It joins the FX line-up of off-center comedies (Louie, The League, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) with a promising pilot, offering an original spin on a familiar plotline. Based by David Zuckerman (who hails from the Seth […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Film Review: “Blackhat”

Posted January 18, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  BLACKHAT:  Not Even For Free – One of Michael Mann’s Worst Michael Mann has become a filmmaking vampire; he sucks the blood out of promising projects.  His new, seemingly up-to-the-minute computer hacking thriller BLACKHAT, following his problematic Miami Vice film and Public Enemies (as well as the pilot for HBO’s Luck) is once again his trademark kind […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Battle Los Angeles”

Posted March 18, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  Watch it at home.   The deadliest weapon unleashed in BATTLE LOS ANGELES is its barrage of war-movie cliches. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there’s this rag-tag group of Marines, led by a hard-bitten veteran, that has to go into enemy territory to rescue some civilians before friendly forces bomb the […]

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