Reviews

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Da Vinci’s Demons”

Posted June 8, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Starz’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS was unsatisfactory in just about every respect, all the way through to tonight’s Season 1 finale, a cluster of cliffhangers that resolved almost nothing.  Watching the end of Season 1, it was fairly clear that this had been envisioned and probably budgeted by Starz and its production partner the BBC […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Silent House”

Posted March 8, 2012 by Mitch Salem

      SILENT HOUSE:  Watch It At Home – A Curiosity   SILENT HOUSE isn’t the first feature-length film to provide the illusion that it’s all been shot in a single continuous take.  The most famous was Hitchcock’s Rope, but in his era, it was technologically impossible to actually shoot for 90 minutes straight, […]

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Midseason Finale

THE SKED Midseason Finale Review: “The Fosters”

Posted August 19, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  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 of going over the edge at the end of its first season, piling one melodramatic plot […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Veep”

Posted June 26, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  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 running as hilariously as ever.  This year, it imploded its own paradigm, exploring what its political satire would […]

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THE SKED RIP WATCH: “Men Of A Certain Age”

Posted July 15, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> HBO can afford to keep little-watched shows like In Treatment and Treme around, because they’re not selling advertising–they’re selling a brand.  People who will only watch True Blood and Entourage feel better about being subscribers when they know they’ve got access to excellence at other hours too.  TNT, though, needs eyeballs that sponsors will […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Red Line”

Posted April 29, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  THE RED LINE:  Sunday 8PM on CBS CBS waited until the final few weeks of the regular broadcast season to do something very un-CBS:  over the next 4 Sundays, it will air all 8 hours of the limited series THE RED LINE, an earnest social drama produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti about […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “The Blacklist”

Posted May 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE BLACKLIST was a hit before it was much of a show, and it’s still decidedly uneven.  That was underscored again by tonight’s season finale, which killed off–well, apparently; you never know with this series–at least one regular and grievously injured more, but put very few cards on a table that could have used […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “House of Lies”

Posted January 11, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  HOUSE OF LIES:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime HOUSE OF LIES deserves some credit for nailing the Wolf of Wall Street vibe before there was a Wolf of Wall Street.  Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) and his “pod” of business consultants have already spent 2 seasons merrily doing drugs, having inappropriate sex and swindling their own […]

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