Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Killjoys”

Posted August 22, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  KILLJOYS is, along with Dark Matter, one of the ultra-cheap scripted pieces that Syfy runs on Friday nights.  (Defiance, which airs with them, is a somewhat more ambitious enterprise.)  The grubby aesthetics of the two Canadian imports are so similar that it’s no surprise there’s been talk about a crossover between their universes–assuming both are […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Legion”

Posted June 13, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  In its second season, Noah Hawley’s FX series LEGION largely became a delivery system for set-pieces.  Some of these sequences, to be sure, were dazzling:  Hawley has become a whiz with aspect ratios, split screens, stylized sets, skewed camera angles, eccentric music choices, and all manner of visual and aural devices–at one point, he […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Game of Thrones”

Posted June 16, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Season 4 of HBO’s epic GAME OF THRONES had the good fortune to cover the back half of George R. R. Martin’s third novel in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” which is perhaps the most thrill-packed few hundred pages in the entire saga.  That made for a 10-hour ride with few chances for […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Cougar Town”

Posted January 8, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  COUGAR TOWN:  Tuesday 10PM on TBS To quote the eternal wisdom of the COUGAR TOWN opening title card, “Season Five?  Didn’t see that coming.”  The survival of Cougar Town isn’t quite as remarkable as Community‘s–it does, after all, star sitcom royalty Courteney Cox–but the show has had to reinvent itself twice to make it […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The Walking Dead”

Posted March 31, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  There were so many ads for summer blockbuster movies during tonight’s Season 4 finale of AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD, it was almost like watching the Super Bowl.  One by one, the latest installments of Planet of the Apes, X-Men, Spider-Man, Transformers–pictures not opening for months, sometimes two or even three in a single commercial […]

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Fall Pilots

PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review – CBS’s “The Millers”

Posted October 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Read All Our Fall Pilot Reports here and Midseason Pilot Reports here. THE MILLERS:  Thursday 8:30PM on CBS – If Nothing Else Is On… When Bad Shows Happen To Talented People, Chapter 2456:  you wouldn’t think a network comedy would need more to succeed than Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope) as […]

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Other

THE SKED PREMIERE REVIEW: “Bonnie & Clyde”

Posted December 9, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  BONNIE & CLYDE:  Concludes Monday 9PM on Lifetime/A&E/History It’s been 46 years since the classic movie, and besides, plenty of historical events and figures have been the subjects of multiple productions, so the idea of a new BONNIE & CLYDE was perfectly legitimate–until, that is, the present one turned out to be resoundingly phony in […]

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Pilot Reports

PREMIERING TONIGHT–THE SKED’S FALL PILOT REPORT: FOX’s “The Mob Doctor”

Posted September 17, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  THE MOB DOCTOR:  Monday 9PM on FOX – Worth A Look   THE MOB DOCTOR may be the busiest pilot of the season.  The idea hatched by creators Josh Berman and Rob Wright (previously of Drop Dead Diva and a host of crime shows, including Bones and Crossing Jordan) is to graft a thriller […]

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