Posts Tagged ‘family soap’
 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Council of Dads”

  COUNCIL OF DADS – Regular episodes begin airing April 30 on NBC NBC isn’t trying to fool anyone with its hopes for COUNCIL OF DADS.  The network aired a “preview” of its pilot more than a month b...
by Mitch Salem
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Sundance Film Festival Reviews: “After the Wedding” & “Adam”

  AFTER THE WEDDING (no distrib):  The Danish 2006 After the Wedding, which won that year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, was shot by director Suzanne Biers in the then-trendy Dogma style, heavy on pseudo-verite camerawo...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Yellowstone”

  YELLOWSTONE:  Wednesday 10PM on Paramount YELLOWSTONE is the newly-branded Paramount Network’s first big flex, the kind of show that stages an entire cattle auction sequence just so Kevin Costner’s character...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “This Is Us”

  THIS IS US:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC Last season, THIS IS US was the artisanal brewery of network TV.  It didn’t fit into any of the conventional franchise genres, which made it feel hand-crafted and special.  Instea...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Ray Donovan”

RAY DONOVAN:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime Showtime has been having an awful summer, marked by the abject failure of I’m Dying Up Here and Twin Peaks, an 18-hour stunt that is filling the tiniest of niches.  (The soon-to-re...
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...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “This Is Us”

  It’s easy to overlook the ingeniousness of Dan Fogelman’s THIS IS US, the season’s only broadcast network smash hit.  On its face, the show is a familiar, even old-fashioned family soap, in which the v...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “This Is Us”

  THIS IS US:  Tuesday 10PM on NBC (moves to 9PM on 10/11) – If Nothing Else Is On NBC’s THIS IS US was created by Dan Fogelman, and the pilot was directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, the same team that w...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “American Gothic”

  AMERICAN GOTHIC:  Wednesday 10PM on CBS – Change the Channel Since even ABC is having trouble these days with its trademark soaps about melodrama, dark reveals and violence among close relations (The Family, Blood...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Shameless”

  In its 5th season, SHAMELESS recognized that some of its younger Gallaghers were now old enough to be corrupted, which resulted in strong storylines for Carl (Ethan Cutkosky), whose drug dealing ended up putting him (and...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Finding Carter”

  FINDING CARTER:  Tuesday 10PM on MTV FINDING CARTER was one of last year’s genuine surprises.  Showing up on MTV, of all places, it rose past its contrived premise–teen Carter (Kathryn Prescott) finds out t...
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Fosters”

  There’s a reason why serialized dramas usually have some sort of “franchise” powering them:  a mystery to be solved, patients to be cured, a quest to be undertaken, etc.  Generating compelling stories...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILIY Series Premiere Review: “Empire”

  EMPIRE:  Wednesday 9PM on FOX – Potential DVR Alert The producer/writer/director Lee Daniels creates films that are compellingly moving (Precious), insane (The Paperboy) or both (The Butler), so it’s a wonde...
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THE SKED Midseason Finale Review: “The Fosters”

  Almost every quality series, at one point or another, takes a wrong turn (remember the Friday Night Lights murder storyline?); the mark of one with staying power is whether it can bounce back.  THE FOSTERS was in danger...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Parenthood”

  PARENTHOOD doesn’t have the luxury that higher-rated long-running shows do of deciding its own fate, so tonight’s season finale, written by series creator Jason Katims and directed by Lawrence Trilling, could...
by Mitch Salem