Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Roadies”

Posted June 25, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  ROADIES:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime – In the Queue Showtime’s ROADIES is the first small-screen project from Cameron Crowe (he wrote and directed the pilot, and is showrunner with My So Called-Life‘s Winnie Holzman), and it’s very much a distillation of everything that makes his filmmaking exhilarating and frustrating.  There’s the wholehearted affection he […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Rise”

Posted March 14, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  RISE:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC – In the Queue RISE creator Jason Katims practically demands that viewers compare his new series with his classic Friday Night Lights.  The song that accompanies the opening scene sounds like it came off the Lights soundtrack, director Mike Cahill (an indie filmmaker whose best-known works are Another Earth […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Life Sentence”

Posted March 8, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  LIFE SENTENCE:  Wednesday 9PM on CW – Change the Channel Last season, CW aired No Tomorrow, a madcap romp about a couple who lived every day as though it might be their last, because a deadly meteor was supposedly on its way to destroy the Earth.  The series flopped, but now the network has […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Helix”

Posted January 11, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  HELIX:  Friday 10PM on Syfy – If Nothing Else Is On… Just about every network, cable and broadcast, is in the science-fiction business these days in one way or another, and weirdly enough the only one that seems to have been left behind is Syfy, which has been waiting a long time for its […]

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Midseason Pilots

THE SKED PILOT REVIEW: “About A Boy”

Posted February 22, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  ABOUT A BOY:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC (Preview Tonight at 11:05PM) – If Nothing Else is On… ABOUT A BOY, which NBC will preview tonight at the close of Olympics coverage ahead of its regular timeslot premiere on Tuesday, has a daunting pedigree.  It’s based on the excellent 2002 Paul Weitz/Chris Weitz feature film […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”

Posted January 6, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES:  Tuesday 10PM on MTV – If Nothing Else Is On… MTV is late to the YA fantasy-adventure party with THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, so it doesn’t have the element of surprise going for it.  There’s no innovation here, either, because while the main source material, Terry Brooks’ 1982 novel “The Elfstones of […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Librarians”

Posted December 7, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  THE LIBRARIANS:  Sunday 8PM on TNT – If Nothing Else Is On… TNT’s THE LIBRARIANS is a reboot, of a sort.  It’s based on a trio of Indiana Jones-ian original movies the network aired starting in 2004 (when it was more currently a knock-off of the National Treasure franchise), toplining Noah Wyle as a […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Killjoys”

Posted June 20, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  KILLJOYS:  Friday 9PM on Syfy – If Nothing Else Is On… KILLJOYS is yet another sparse, grungy Syfy Canadian cheapie, although it has a bit of B-movie verve.  It concerns a pair of galactic bounty hunters, the beauteous yet deadly Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and her more easygoing junior partner John (Aaron Ashmore).  They work […]

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