Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Kids are Alright”

Posted October 17, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT:  Tuesday 8:30PM on ABC THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT is ABC’s 9th family sitcom currently on the air (10th if you count the quasi-family of Single Parents), which puts it in a meta position not unlike its focal character Timmy Cleary (Jack Gore), the middle child of eight Catholic sons and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Yellowstone”

Posted August 23, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  The first season of YELLOWSTONE was a feat of auteurship.  Every episode of the recently-rebooted Paramount Network’s prestige series was written and directed solely by series creator Taylor Sheridan, something not even David Lynch or Sam Esmail can claim.  The result was 10 hours of television that qualified, to an extent rarely seen, as […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Rookie”

Posted October 17, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  THE ROOKIE:  Tuesday 10PM on ABC THE ROOKIE is mostly a standard-issue police procedural, not surprisingly most reminiscent of ABC’s long-running summer series Rookie Blue, but with one big difference:  it’s unmistakably a star vehicle for Nathan Fillion.  He’s one of those actors who seems to have spent his entire adult life starring in […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Posted October 8, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL:  Wednesday 10PM on FX Even by the lavish standards of its franchise, the first installment of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL is crazily incoherent.  It plays mostly as a collection of extended, bloody music videos–and since subtlety has never been a strength of series co-creator Ryan Murphy and his team, it […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “How To Get Away With Murder”

Posted March 18, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER is an edifice built on two foundations:  the acting of Viola Davis as the show’s brilliant and complex criminal attorney Annalise Keating, and the ability of series creator Peter Nowalk and his writing/producing staff to come up with compelling non-stop plot twists.  In Season 2, Davis as usual […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Power”

Posted August 16, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  In its second season, Courtney Kemp Agboh’s POWER solidified its position as Starz’s biggest original hit, and it was a considerably better drama, too.  Partly that was because of Season 1’s weird structure, which played as 8 hours of prologue because the show’s two protagonists, drug trafficker Jamie “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere TV Review: “God Friended Me”

Posted September 30, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  GOD FRIENDED ME:  Sunday 8PM on CBS It’s not hard to figure out the target demographic for CBS’s GOD FRIENDED ME.  The Steven Lilien/Bryan Wynbrandt series appears to have been custom-stitched for those viewers who would have loved ABC’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World if only it had been a little bit more urban.  […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Hell On Wheels”

Posted August 11, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  HELL ON WHEELS – Saturday 9PM on AMC Season 3 brings an upwardly mobile turn for HELL ON WHEELS.  Hero Cullen Bohannon’s (Anson Mount) dark mission of vengeance for the death of his wife during the Civil War, which propelled the action for the show’s first two seasons, is apparently over, and by the […]

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