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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Scream”

Posted September 2, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The MTV version of SCREAM nailed its own problem back in the pilot, courtesy of its one-man meta machine Noah (John Karna)–but diagnosing one’s own illness is a long way from curing it.  A TV series, indeed, can’t possibly duplicate the experience of a slasher movie, because that genre plays a numbers game:  its […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Tyrant”

Posted August 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  TYRANT wasn’t the summer’s worst show, but it’s been the most piercing disappointment of the mini-season,  wasting a potentially thrilling premise–behind the scenes at a Middle Eastern military dictatorship–that seemed perfectly suited to FX, one that could combine the network’s trademark narrative energy and ambition with prestige (series co-developer Howard Gordon is also a […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Fear the Walking Dead”

Posted October 1, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  In their teardown season as new showrunners of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg didn’t solve all the problems inherent in the franchise, and the season was uneven, only partly for reasons of transition.  Still, they accomplished a lot, more or less creating a new series from the one that had […]

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THE SKED FALL FINALE REVIEW: “Grimm”

Posted November 17, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  GRIMM aired its 12th and last episode of 2012 tonight, although NBC isn’t being specific about just when in 2013 it’s due to return with its remaining 10 hours.  The series has been markedly better in its second season that it was in its first, largely because although most episodes still feature a creature […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Vampire Diaries”

Posted May 15, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  At the close of its 6th season, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES finds itself at a crossroads.  The ratings are way down, and for the first time since it premiered, the series isn’t one of CW’s biggest hits, but just a mid-range performer.  Viewers didn’t seem to respond to the witch-centric narrative of the season, or […]

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THE SKED Series Finale Review: “Revolution”

Posted May 21, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  REVOLUTION was sort of a sad story.  The lights-are-out sci-fi adventure was NBC’s top priority in Fall 2012, promoted like crazy and given the network’s prized post-The Voice timeslot.  At first the show looked like the hit NBC desperately needed, but once it started dropping in late fall it didn’t stop, and by the […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Psych”

Posted May 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Tonight’s Season 7 finale of PSYCH promised at least a bit of a shake-up for Season 8, and even though it looks to be less extreme than it should have been and likely just temporary, it’s welcome.  7 seasons is a long time for any show to keep spinning its tales effectively, even a […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “New Girl”

Posted May 9, 2012 by Mitch Salem

      It’s not all that unusual for a TV comedy to improve during the course of its first season, as it discovers its distinctive comic voice (that was the case with Happy Endings, and The Office as well).  What’s less typical is a sitcom finding its soul.  Parks & Recreation comes to mind, […]

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