Posts Tagged ‘2013-14 TV season’


THE SKED Series Finale Review: “Believe”

  BELIEVE was one of the more regrettable failures of the 2013-14 broadcast season.  That wasn’t because of its premise (super-powered girl is pursued by evil scientists who want to weaponize her gifts, ho hum), but...
by Mitch Salem

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The 100″”

  Season 1 of CW’s THE 100 worked better than logic suggested it should, considering that it was basically a thrift shop of plotlines and tropes from other, more ambitious fantasies, some aimed at teens (The Hunger G...
by Mitch Salem



THE SKED Pilot Review: “Power”

  POWER:  Saturday 9PM on Starz After its long respite in the past with the likes of The White Queen, Da Vinci’s Demons, Dancing On the Edge and Magic City, Starz returns to the 21st Century with the new POWER, a dr...
by Mitch Salem

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THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “Gang-Related”

  GANG-RELATED:  Thursday 9PM on FOX Previously… on GANG-RELATED:  Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez) is an LAPD detective on the city’s inter-agency anti-gang task force, working for Sam Chapel (Terry O’Quin...
by Mitch Salem



THE SKED Pilot (+1) Review: “Undateable”

  UNDATEABLE:  Thursday 9PM on NBC – Change the Channel UNDATEABLE, whose episodes NBC is burning off two at a time on summer Thursday nights, may not be quite bad enough to earn the obvious “unwatchable”...
by Mitch Salem


NIELSENWAR: The Kevin Reilly Exit

  The clock starts ticking on a network head’s job the second that he or she takes it, and today time ran out for Kevin Reilly, Entertainment Chairman of the FOX television network.  (Everyone is being extremely civ...
by Mitch Salem


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THE SKED (Mid)Season Finale Review: “Mad Men”

  What is it with endings?  Why do they rattle the brains of even the greatest of television’s creative minds?  Half-endings, too, which is what tonight’s finish to the first half of MAD MEN‘s 7th and f...
by Mitch Salem


THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Hannibal”

  Considering how defiantly unlike the rest of broadcast television HANNIBAL is, not to mention its love of metaphor, it made sense for the show’s Season 2 finale to air entirely on its own, separate from the last ep...
by Mitch Salem


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PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED Pilot Review: “Gang-Related”

  GANG-RELATED:  Thursday 9PM on FOX – Change the Channel I think my favorite cliche in the pilot for FOX’s burn-off drama GANG-RELATED–out of, believe me, plenty of choices–comes at the end of an ...
by Mitch Salem


THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The Americans”

  In its second season, THE AMERICANS continued to be a expertly crafted saga of betrayals, both political and personal.  Tonight’s chilling season finale, written by series creator Joe Weisberg and his co-showrunne...
by Mitch Salem



THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Law & Order: Special VIctims Unit”

  A return visit to LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT on the occasion of its 15th season finale revealed a procedural that had gone positively soapy–possibly a result of creator Dick Wolf’s recent success w...
by Mitch Salem


THE SKED Series Finale Review: “Revolution”

  REVOLUTION was sort of a sad story.  The lights-are-out sci-fi adventure was NBC’s top priority in Fall 2012, promoted like crazy and given the network’s prized post-The Voice timeslot.  At first the show l...
by Mitch Salem



NIELSENWAR: A Tale of Two Wins for NBC and ABC

  Note:  all ratings below are Live + Same Day 18-49 numbers , the ratings which experience has shown to be closest to the averages for viewers who watch within 3 days and DO NOT skip through commercials, the “C3...
by Mitch Salem


THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Bones”

  Like a middle schooler suddenly realizing that final exams are around the corner, the mostly tired 9th season of BONES went into overdrive tonight to deliver a super-dramatic season finale. The season had inherited a bum...
by Mitch Salem


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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The Good Wife”

  There was so much going on in tonight’s finale of the sensational fifth season of THE GOOD WIFE, it felt at times like a 2-hour episode that had been forced at gunpoint to strip down to a single hour.  There was b...
by Mitch Salem