Posts Tagged ‘2016-17 network TV season’


SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Veep”

  VEEP keeps setting new challenges for itself, and surpassing them.  Last season, it underwent a change at the top when series creator Armando Iannucci decided to move on, and new showrunner David Mandel kept the trains ...
by Mitch Salem

The Originals

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Originals”

  Season 4 of THE ORIGINALS had the chance to emerge from the shadow of its departing parent The Vampire Diaries–there was even a 5-year time jump to distance the two shows–but it didn’t really happen.  ...
by Mitch Salem



SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Fargo”

  FX’s just-concluded third season of Noah Hawley’s FARGO was its most divisive, and the criticisms came from a number of directions.  One segment was simply done with Hawley’s theme-and variations appro...
by Mitch Salem

Better Call Saul

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Better Call Saul”

  BETTER CALL SAUL reminds us that a gripping tale about well-drawn characters can hold audiences even if it’s not the story they thought they wanted to see.  Although it’s an off-shoot of Breaking Bad, Saul r...
by Mitch Salem


American Gods

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “American Gods”

  It’s been fascinating to watch AMERICAN GODS play out side-by-side with David Lynch’s rebooted Twin Peaks on the past several Sunday nights, because Bryan Fuller (who created the TV version of Gods with Micha...
by Mitch Salem


SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Reign”

  Many remarkable things have happened in the world of television over the past few years, but none may be odder than the fact that a story about the 16th century Mary, Queen of Scots ran on network TV for four seasons.  ...
by Mitch Salem



SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Gotham”

  No mainstream comic book saga revels in its darkness quite as much as FOX’s GOTHAM.  Its sheer viciousness is particularly impressive since it exists in a universe of broadcast standards and practices that now see...
by Mitch Salem

The Leftovers

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “The Leftovers”

  There was a lot of attention paid to the amount of attention paid to the series finale of HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, almost all of it because its co-creator was Damon Lindelof, and the last time he brought a series to it...
by Mitch Salem


The Americans

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Americans”

  Last year FX gave THE AMERICANS showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg a final 2-season order, and from the vantage point of Season 5’s finale, it seems clear that they’ve approached this stretch as a singl...
by Mitch Salem


SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Empire”

  In a season that was loaded with bad news for the broadcast networks, none may have been more distressing than the ratings trajectory of EMPIRE.  With all due respect to This Is Us, Empire was the last network show to p...
by Mitch Salem



SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Flash”

  Did we really need THE FLASH to go dark?  What had been the peppiest of CW’s DC/Berlanti-verse shows spent its 3rd season marked by existential angst, 22 episodes of Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) penance for ...
by Mitch Salem


SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Supergirl”

  SUPERGIRL undertook a journey this season more unusual than its own heroine’s passage from Krypton to Earth, transferring from CBS to CW.  It suffered little if any damage in the process–other than in the ra...
by Mitch Salem


Twin Peaks

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Twin Peaks”

  TWIN PEAKS:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime – DVR Alert (for some) Trying to recapture what it was like to watch the original premiere of TWIN PEAKS would be like attempting to duplicate the experience of seeing the first...
by Mitch Salem


SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Scandal”

  SCANDAL is full of characters who take one step over the line of ethics and morality, sometimes for what they’ve convinced themselves are the best possible reasons, only to find themselves in a morass they can̵...
by Mitch Salem


Designated Survivor

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Designated Survivor”

  DESIGNATED SURVIVOR has been running through showrunners like breath mints (a fourth is scheduled to join the show for Season 2, and reportedly every script makes its way through star/executive producer Kiefer Sutherland...
by Mitch Salem