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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL with Josh Hutcherson

Posted November 24, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It’s too easy to play the Hunger Games/”from hunger” card, so let’s just say that with one endearingly goofy exception, host Josh Hutcherson was barely even a presence on one of the weaker SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE episodes of the season.  His–and the show’s–one notable bit was a post-Update piece in which he (mostly) lip-synched […]

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COUNTING TO 10: The Globes – Movies

Posted January 16, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Even though the Oscar race has had clear favorites in THE DESCENDANTS, THE ARTIST and THE HELP since last fall, the first 2 haven’t sparked any huge enthusiasm among the general public, where after almost 2 months, Descendants has yet to gross $50M, and Artist, which Harvey Weinstein hasn’t dared put into general release, […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Saturday Night Live” with Vince Vaughn

Posted April 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It took 84 minutes before SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE aired a single franchise sketch tonight.  That’s 84 minutes of non-stop, uninterrupted originality from the writing staff, working without the nets of familiar characters or predetermined catchphrases.  If that’s not a record, it had to be close.  (And even though the last sketch of the night […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL With Eli Manning

Posted May 28, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  It was perfectly appropriate to dread the news that an athlete was hosting SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE–the show’s history abounds with deadly sports hosts like Michael Phelps and Tom Brady.  And in case that wasn’t enough pressure for tonight’s host Eli Manning, one of the rare exceptions to the rule was his own brother Peyton, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Peter Pan Live”

Posted December 4, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Tonight’s PETER PAN LIVE proved that NBC, and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, had learned some valuable lessons from last year’s successful but often painful production of The Sound of Music.  Chief among them was that it’s a better idea to anchor your show with an actress who can sing (and sing showtunes) […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Behind the Candelabra”

Posted May 26, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  We’re gradually discovering that Steven Soderbergh’s definition of “retirement” from filmmaking is a fairly narrow one.  It was recently announced that he plans to direct a new series for Cinemax, and he has another cable/online series in development.  It appears that the one thing he won’t be doing for the foreseeable future is directing […]

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THE SKED’S MOVIE PROMO WATCH: Grammys Edition

Posted February 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Tonight’s Grammy Awards were inevitably somewhat haunted by the awful loss of Whitney Houston barely 24 hours earlier, a tragedy that seemed to have been going on for a decade yet was still shocking when it came to its fruition.  Nevertheless, the show found time to include innumerable music numbers, some of them saluting […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Community”

Posted March 18, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  COMMUNITY:  Episodes 1 & 2 now streaming at Yahoo Screen The first two episodes of COMMUNITY‘s Season 6 are less meta than you’d expect.  Make no mistake, they’re plenty meta, with montages about montages, and much discussion of whether Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown, now on The Odd Couple) has been “spun off” from Greendale […]

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