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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Empire”

Posted May 24, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  In a season that was loaded with bad news for the broadcast networks, none may have been more distressing than the ratings trajectory of EMPIRE.  With all due respect to This Is Us, Empire was the last network show to provide reassurance that not just solid hits but actual blockbusters were still possible–at its […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Orphan Black”

Posted August 13, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  ORPHAN BLACK is destined to be remembered more for the showcase it gave to the astonishing Tatiana Maslany than for its own narrative, although of course one couldn’t have existed without the other.  Series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett deserve credit not just for their tricky concept of a biological thriller that featured […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “Fargo”

Posted December 15, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Noah Hawley handily retained his status as the Third Coen Brother with a second masterful season of FARGO.  This go-round may have been even more ambitious than the first:  not only did Hawley once again capture the spirit of the original film, but this time he added 1979-era period detail and an allegory of […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Bunheads”

Posted February 26, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  The second half of BUNHEADS‘s first (and potentially only) season seemed designed to drive even fans of Amy Sherman-Palladino a little crazy.  The auteur delights in having her characters dance on the head of conversational pins, and if her non-stop dialogue is to be more than mere verbal choreography, it’s critical that the scenes […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Justified”

Posted April 9, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Graham Yost has done an exceptionally smart job of expanding upon Elmore Leonard’s original fiction and showrunning FX’s JUSTIFIED over the past five years, and he knows, as the song says, when to fold em.  There was little doubt that Justified lost some of the spring in its step in this 5th season, and […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Glee”

Posted March 21, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  GLEE went out with dignity–and given that this was Glee, that was far from a sure thing.  Over its 6 years (at least 2 more than wisdom would have allowed), Glee made so many disastrous turns into overblown silliness, meanness (sometimes outright cruelty), inconsistency, repetition and camp that more than anything else, tonight’s series finale […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Nurse Jackie”

Posted June 30, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  In its 6th season, NURSE JACKIE went all the way back to square one.  There were cosmetic differences, of course–Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) is now divorced, and increasingly alienated from her daughters Grace (Ruby Jerins) and Fiona (Mackenzie Aladjem).  But for the most part, the season was Jackie redux, as she cunningly (and sometimes […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Finale Review: “The Originals”

Posted May 12, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  As we noted yesterday in writing about The Good Wife, churning out 22 hours per season is a tough challenge for any serialized network drama, especially one that concentrates on one central story, unlike, say the multiple plots of a show like Nashville.  The Originals would have fared better with a cable-sized 10 or […]

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