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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Single Parents”

Posted September 27, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  SINGLE PARENTS:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC ABC’s post-Modern Family Wednesday sitcom SINGLE PARENTS was created by Elizabeth Meriwether and JJ Philbin, respectively the creator and a senior writer/producer of New Girl (the pilot is credited to Philbin from a story by both of them), and it’s an attempt to extend that show’s brand of […]

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THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Hit & Miss”

Posted July 12, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  HIT & MISS:  WEDNESDAY 10pm on DirecTV Audience Network – Worth A Look   HIT & MISS is considerably less sensationalistic than its premise and first five minutes might lead you to expect.  By the end of the first episode’s opening credits, we’ve watched Mia (Chloe Sevigny) calmly shoot a man for money, then […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Barry”

Posted March 26, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  BARRY:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO – Potential DVR Alert The buzz is that HBO’s BARRY is a series that changes quite a bit from its pilot, so we’ll keep this short and return to the series later in its 8-episode run.  Co-created by star Bill Hader (who also directed the opening three episodes) and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Truth Be Told”

Posted October 16, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  TRUTH BE TOLD:  Friday 8:30PM on NBC – Change the Channel Out of the pit that is the current state of NBC comedy crawls TRUTH BE TOLD, which was seemingly designed to make its lead-in, the mediocre Undateable, look like a television classic.  Its creator is DJ Nash, who last gave us the semiautobiographical […]

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THE SKED PILOT REPORT: PREMIERING TONIGHT – FOX’s “New Girl”

Posted September 20, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Disclaimer:  Network pilots now in circulation are not necessarily in the form that will air in the Fall.  Pilots are often reedited and rescored, and in some cases even recast or reshot.  So these critiques shouldn’t be taken as full reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content of the […]

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THE SKED’S PILOT (+ 1) REVIEW: “Red Widow”

Posted March 4, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  RED WIDOW:  Sunday 10PM on ABC The “2-hour premiere” of RED WIDOW actually consisted of the pilot that was shot before last year’s upfronts, combined with the first regular episode (both halves written by series creator Melissa Rosenberg, with the pilot directed by Mark Pellington and episode 2 by Daniel Sackheim).  Watching the combination […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Lethal Weapon”

Posted September 21, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  LETHAL WEAPON:  Wednesday 8PM on FOX – Change the Channel By the time the LETHAL WEAPON movie franchise reached its 4th installment, it was virtually a TV series anyway, so there’s no reason for moral outrage that it’s now been turned into one.  But FOX’s small-screen reboot fails in the most obvious way:  it […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Night Of”

Posted July 10, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE NIGHT OF:  Sunday 9PM on HBO – DVR Alert “Noisy” is the byword of the television moment, and HBO makes noise as well as any programming service, whether its shows are laden with dragons, foul-mouthed politicians or coke-snorting record executives.  Every so often, though, the network demonstrates that it can also deliver unadorned […]

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