Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Whiskey Cavalier”

Posted February 25, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  WHISKEY CAVALIER:  Wednesday 10PM on ABC ABC capped Oscar Night with a bit of dessert, very much a trifle:  a “sneak preview” of WHISKEY CAVALIER, which will officially premiere on Wednesday night with the same episode.  The genre is Romantic Intrigue Lite, very much in the tradition of Charade, one of the classics of […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “The Vampire Diaries”

Posted May 17, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  I get it:  teen vampires, ick.  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is never going to win a major Emmy–it’s never even going to win a Golden Globe.  But there isn’t a long-running show on television that hums along as smoothly, and this fourth season was no exception.  Under the guiding hand of co-creator/showrunner Julie Plec, Vampire […]

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THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “Homeland”

Posted October 10, 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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SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY JOURNAL: “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”

Posted September 7, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Haven’t all the jokes been made?  In the history of Broadway, there may never have been a show as relentlessly ridiculed as SPIDER-MAN:  TURN OFF THE DARK.  At this point, it may be that the only interesting thing that could be said about the show would be if it weren’t as bad as you’d […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Burden of Truth”

Posted July 25, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  BURDEN OF TRUTH:  Wednesday 8PM on CW This summer’s crop of original broadcast dramas (Reverie, Take Two, The Outpost) has been notably bad, and in that context, CW’s new Canadian import, the straightforward legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH, comes as something of a relief. The set-up is a much tamer version of the one […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Jennifer Lawrence

Posted January 20, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE had a generally dispiriting start to the second half of its season, with an episode proving once again that just giving the writers some time off in no way guarantees that they’ll come back with better material.  The show used host Jennifer Lawrence in almost every sketch, and she did her […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Barry”

Posted March 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  BARRY:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO – Potential DVR Alert The buzz is that HBO’s BARRY is a series that changes quite a bit from its pilot, so we’ll keep this short and return to the series later in its 8-episode run.  Co-created by star Bill Hader (who also directed the opening three episodes) and […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “American Horror Story – Asylum”

Posted October 18, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  AMERICAN HORROR STORY – ASYLUM:  Wednesday 10PM on FX WHERE WE WERE:  Doesn’t matter.  It wasn’t clear until late in Season 1, but the gimmick of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is that each season will offer a completely new setting, storyline, and group of (mostly doomed) characters, although some of the actors return in new […]

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