American Crime
Reviews

ShowbuzzDaily Season Finale Review: “American Crime”

Posted April 30, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  John Ridley’s ABC anthology series AMERICAN CRIME has always worn its sackcloth and ashes in plain sight, but Season 3 was especially brutal.  It was eight hours of unceasing human misery, enough to make the insides curdle of even the most earnest devotee of serious TV drama.  Understandably, viewers fled, pushing the show’s ratings […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY @ SUNDANCE 2013: “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”

Posted January 31, 2013 by Mitch Salem

It’s a cliche to say, when a director of commercials and music videos helms his or her first feature film, that the result resembles a video extended to feature length–and certainly not one that’s always true, as the debuts of, among others, Ridley Scott (The Duellists) and David Fincher (Alien 3) have shown.  But cliches […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Dates”

Posted July 10, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  DATES:  Thursday 9PM on CW – If Nothing Else Is On… CW is barely promoting its run of the 2013 British series DATES, which the network is using (presumably for a negligible fee) to fill a few hours of its summer schedule.  It’s an oddity, the kind of show you might expect to find […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Super Fun Night”

Posted October 2, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  SUPER FUN NIGHT:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC – Change the Channel ABC’s decision to bury the original pilot for its Rebel Wilson vehicle SUPER FUN NIGHT isn’t unheard-of, but it’s certainly no mark of confidence–the pilot, after all, is what convinced them to order the series in the first place.  (For the record, our […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “LA To Vegas”

Posted January 2, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  LA TO VEGAS:  Tuesday 9PM on FOX – In the Queue Broadcast TV kicks off its new scripted series year with FOX’s well-paced LA TO VEGAS, a mostly retro workplace sitcom with a small twist:  Lon Zimmet’s series takes place almost entirely on the roundtrips of the titular run, operated by the Southwest-like Jackpot Airlines. The […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Wicked City”

Posted October 27, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  WICKED CITY:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel CBS and ABC both took their time before introducing their last new dramas of the fall.  But while Supergirl flew into town on clouds of carefully planned hype and positive buzz, WICKED CITY was preceded by behind-the-scenes changes and reshoots.  The show is another […]

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Other

THE 10 BEST TV SHOWS OF 2014 and Other Small-Screen Thoughts

Posted December 30, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  How long can television (or “television,” since programming is now viewed on a multitude of screens and platforms) stay as good as it is right now?  It used to be tough to find 10 TV shows in a year worthy of being considered “best,” but now the problem is deciding which superb shows to omit.  […]

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American Crime
Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “American Crime”

Posted March 9, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME is Serious and Important, but how good is it?  John Ridley’s series takes on the biggest topics–all of them, it seems–from race to class to sexual orientation to school violence and the loss of privacy in the internet age, and not even Oscar-bait films wear a mantle of unrelieved misery quite […]

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