Posts Tagged ‘HBO’
 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Game of Thrones”

  There was never a real-life game of thrones behind the scenes at GAME OF THRONES, and perhaps there should have been.  After six brilliant years adapting George R. R. Martin’s novels to television, series creators...
by Mitch Salem
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Veep”

  It seems as though just about all the impact of TV’s May finales has been subsumed into the maw that is Game of Thrones–even including The Big Bang Theory, itself one of the signature hits of the last decade....
by Mitch Salem
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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Westworld”

  WESTWORLD:  Sunday 9PM on HBO – Potential DVR Alert HBO’s mega-series WESTWORLD began its run enigmatically and laden with multiple layers of meta-narrative, so much so that it’s not entirely clear fro...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Boardwalk Empire”

  BOARDWALK EMPIRE was, from its start, HBO at its best and most frustrating.  The show was sumptuously produced, on a scale that no other small-screen purveyor of content could match, famously including the recreation of...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED: “Boardwalk Empire” Heads Into Home Stretch

  The Television Critics Association gatherings are taking place over the next few weeks, which means a steady flow of scheduling updates amidst the press conferences promoting upcoming shows.  Today was HBO’s day a...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Ja’mie: Private School Girl”

  JA’MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO – Change the Channel JA’MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL belongs to that particular British Empire school of comedy in which the central joke is that a femal...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Hello Ladies”

  HELLO LADIES:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO HBO sure loves it some Ricky Gervais-ian British comedy.  Apart from his stand-up specials, over the past few years the network has aired Extras, Life’s Too Short and The Rick...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Eastbound & Down”

  EASTBOUND & DOWN:  Sunday 10PM on HBO EASTBOUND & DOWN is an acquired taste that, to be honest, I’ve never quite acquired.  Not that the show hasn’t made me laugh, not that I fail to recognize the g...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The Newsroom”

It is, to be honest, somewhat difficult to focus on the clatter of THE NEWSROOM on the same night that Breaking Bad aired one of the most devastating episodes in its history–which made it one of the most devastating h...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

Top Cable and Broadcast Programs of the Week

Top broadcast and cable programs this week and last.  Shark Week kicked off Sunday on Discovery with the mockumentary Megalodon: Monster Shark at 9:00 pm, which matched the 2.2 True Blood rating with Adults 18-49 on HBO at...
by Mitch Metcalf
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “The Newsroom”

  THE NEWSROOM:  Sunday 10PM on HBO Aaron Sorkin may have professed not to agree with most of the criticisms aimed at THE NEWSROOM during its initial season, but a look at its Season 2 premiere makes it pretty clear that ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Veep”

  No show enjoys running around in circles more than VEEP.  Armando Ianucci’s political sitcom glories in Vice-President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her staff of venal incompetents mistakenly navigating t...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

James Gandolfini (1961-2013)

  Whatever may have happened in that New Jersey diner after the sudden, famous cut to black, we now sadly know how The Sopranos ends:  James Gandolfini, forever a part of television history as Tony Soprano, has reportedly...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED: “True Blood” Premiere A Bit Drained

  The Season 6 premiere of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD wasn’t quite as hearty as last year’s launch, with 4.5M total viewers for the initial broadcast (demo details aren’t available yet, although it should be ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “True Blood”

  TRUE BLOOD:  Sunday 9PM on HBO Although TRUE BLOOD shares with its HBO cousin Game of Thrones a predilection for high body count, sexual content and ratings, the two shows are very different.  Where Game is, in many wa...
by Mitch Salem