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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Intruders”

Posted August 24, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  INTRUDERS:  Saturday 10PM on BBCAmerica – Worth A Look The premiere of BBCAmerica’s INTRUDERS, which received the network’s marquee slot following the season premiere of Dr. Who, provided the creepiness associated with series creator Glen Morgan, a veteran of The X-Files and the Final Destination movie franchise, and director Eduardo Sanchez, who co-helmed The […]

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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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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Posted May 15, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  GREY’S ANATOMY is no longer Shonda Rhimes’ brightest, shiniest toy, but in a way her skills as a producer are most evident in the way that her first hit hums along, now in its 2d decade on the air.  That’s incredibly difficult for a serialized drama, especially one that started off as being about […]

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THE SKED PREMIERING TONIGHT: ABC’s “The River”

Posted February 7, 2012 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 TV pilot reviews, but rather as a guide to the general style and content […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: SHOWBUZZDAILY Pilot Review – “Black-ish”

Posted September 24, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BLACK-ISH:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC – Worth A Look   PLAYERS:  Star and Executive Producer Anthony Anderson, and recurring guest star/EP Laurence Fishburne.  (And Executive Producer Larry Wilmore, although he’s leaving the show to take over the Stephen Colbert slot on Comedy Central.)  Series creator Kenya Barris.  Pilot director James Griffiths.  A supporting cast headed […]

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THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Defiance”

Posted April 16, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  DEFIANCE:  Monday 9PM on Syfy – Change the Channel Despite the prestige it earned with Battlestar Galactica, as a network Syfy has never fled from the tackiness of its genre (this is the home, after all, of Mansquito and Dinocroc), and its new series DEFIANCE is all latex make-up (it’s like we never got […]

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THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Exit Strategy”

Posted July 1, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>See A Word About Busted Pilots On paper, EXIT STRATEGY looked like one of the hot FOX pilots this past season, a high-profile (Ethan Hawke’s first TV project) espionage thriller in the vein of 24 that could inherit that show’s Monday night slot and its House lead-in.  It didn’t happen:  the network chose Terra Nova […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Boss”

Posted October 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> BOSS:  Fridays 10PM on Starz – Potential DVR Alert BOSS is Starz’s bid to be taken seriously as a pay-TV producer of original programming.  Up until now, Starz has been both successful (Spartacus) and not-so successful (Camelot) in its original shows, but all of them have been somewhat junky–even Torchwood:  Miracle Day, with its […]

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