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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Falling Skies”

Posted August 31, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  The past two seasons of FALLING SKIES have been something of a wreck, all the way through to tonight’s flat finale, and with its ratings echoing the show’s title, it’s hard to regard the show’s departure with much beyond relief.  Under showrunner David Eick, Season 4 featured a spectacularly wrongheaded series of plotlines that […]

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THE SKED Series Finale Review: “Treme”

Posted December 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  TV is a little poorer for the loss of TREME, a series that never fully received the appreciation–from viewers or critics–that it deserved.  Even a bit watered down from its usual density in a last season of only 5 hours (well, 5 1/3 with tonight’s supersized finale), it was a unique mix of New […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “The Walking Dead”

Posted April 1, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The biters and the Governor took their toll on the humans who remained in Season 3 of THE WALKING DEAD, but the show’s potentially most damaging casualty may have been at AMC’s own hand, when it decided to get rid of showrunner Glen Mazzara, for reasons neither side has disclosed or–remarkably–even leaked.  His season […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Nikita”

Posted May 19, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    The Season 2 finale for CW’s NIKITA was probably shot with the idea that it could well be the series finale–and logically it should have been, considering the show’s ratings.  In recent weeks, Nikita has had a 0.4 rating in 18-49s, making it what has to be one of the lowest-watched shows ever […]

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THE SKED FALL FINALE REVIEW: “Once Upon A Time”

Posted December 4, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  Having blown up the initial premise of their show in its Season 1 finale, ONCE UPON A TIME creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have inventively plotted a Season 2 that came to a satisfying Act 1 culmination in the show’s Fall Finale episode, which they wrote and which was directed by Ralph Hemecker.  […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Leftovers”

Posted December 7, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  At what point does unconventional storytelling become perversity for its own sake, a collection of curlicued narratives that operate like the showrunner version of The Emperor’s New Clothes?  It’s a question that came up often in connection with Damon Lindelof’s Lost, especially toward the end of its ultimately frustrating run, and even though THE […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “New Girl”

Posted May 6, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  It seems fair to ask just what the hell happened to NEW GIRL this season.  A series that seemed to spring out of its pilot womb in complete command of its oddball voice and marvelous cast could suddenly barely take a step in the right direction, the laughs dried up, and the ratings plunged:  […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Posted May 16, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  As hard as it is to create a compelling, successful television series, it’s much harder to keep one going year after year, after cast changes and writer changes and timeslot changes and network management changes and all the other events that make a showrunner’s life a nonstop ulcer.  (Revenge, for one, barely managed to […]

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