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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Smash”

Posted May 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  And so the curtain drops on the first season of SMASH, which may have set the all-time television speed record for going from shining beacon to punching bag.  Tonight’s season finale, written by now-deposed showrunner and series creator Theresa Rebeck and directed by Michael Morris, wasn’t the worst episode of the series, but it […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED’S PILOT REPORT – CW’s “The Carrie Diaries”

Posted January 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

    THE CARRIE DIARIES: Monday 8PM on CW – Change the Channel   THE CARRIE DIARIES is CW’s last big gun of the season (Cult, still forthcoming, is smaller caliber), the show that the network hopes will inherit Gossip Girl‘s place (Carrie just so happens to be produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Fun Size”

Posted October 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  FUN SIZE:  Not For Any Price – As Halloween Movies Go, John Carpenter’s Are Funnier FUN SIZE marks the feature directing debut of Josh Schwartz, but he’s hardly a neophyte, being the muscle behind (and for the most part a writer/creator of) The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck and Hart of Dixie.  He certainly knows […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “21 Jump Street”

Posted March 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  21 JUMP STREET:  Watch It At Home – High School Meta-Bromance   The meta-ization of contemporary comedy marches on:  Community, of course, is a virtual meta-kingdom, but Happy Endings makes Friends jokes, this week’s 30 Rock undercut what appeared to be its own sentimental ending with jokes poking at viewers who might like sentimental […]

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THE SKED PILOT REPORT: ABC’S “Last Man Standing” – PREMIERING TONIGHT

Posted October 11, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Disclaimer:  Network pilots now in circulation are not necessarily in the form that will air in the Fall.  Pilots are often reedited and rescored, and in some cases even recast or reshot.  So these critiques shouldn’t be taken as full reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content of the […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “True Detective”

Posted January 13, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  TRUE DETECTIVE:  Sunday 9PM on HBO – DVR Alert It sometimes seems like brooding serial-killer thrillers are as plentiful on the New Television as multi-camera family sitcoms were on the Old.  TRUE DETECTIVE, though, gives the genre the HBO Deluxe treatment–premiering, no less, on the same night one of its stars, Matthew McConaughey, became […]

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THE SKED Pilot Review: “Friends With Better Lives”

Posted March 31, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES – Monday 8:30PM on CBS (Preview Tonight at 9PM) – If Nothing Else Is On… FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is a CBS comedy of the post-2 Broke Girls era, which is to say that while a thoroughly conventional multi-camera sitcom in many ways (it’s even directed by the dean of […]

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THE SKED Review: “Saturday Night Live” with Lena Dunham

Posted March 9, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Odd and inconsistent may have been the watchwords for tonight’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE with host Lena Dunham, but even intermittent inspiration was a big improvement after last week’s grimly unfunny outing with Jim Parsons. Dunham has one of the most distinctive voices in current TV comedy, and her SNL gig worked best when it […]

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