Reviews

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Shameless”

Posted January 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  SHAMELESS:  Sunday 9PM on Showtime SHAMELESS often feels like the raging id of its showrunner and (US) creator, pillar of the Hollywood establishment John Wells.  Wells is the man behind ER, the senior producer who guided Aaron Sorkin on The West Wing and took over when Sorkin left, and as a filmmaker, his next […]

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THE SKED’S SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “30 Rock”

Posted October 5, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  30 ROCK:  Thursday 8PM on NBC WHERE WE WERE:  Jack (Alec Baldwin) was divorcing his now-freed North Korean prisoner wife Avery (Elizabeth Banks).  Jenna (Jane Krakowski) was engaged to her Jenna-impersonator boyfriend Paul L’Astname (Will Forte).  Liz (Tina Fey) was, somewhat surprisingly, still with boyfriend Criss (James Marsden), and even more surprisingly, former page […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Mercy Street”

Posted January 18, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  MERCY STREET:  Sunday 10PM on (many) PBS stations – Potential DVR Alert PBS isn’t accustomed to acting like a conventional “network,” and so it took the service until the very last episodes of Downton Abbey to do what any normal network would have done years ago:  use Downton as a platform to launch a […]

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Pilot Reports

THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “The Bridge”

Posted July 11, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE BRIDGE:  Wednesday 10PM on FX – DVR Alert FX has assumed a leadership role in the development of serious, ambitious TV drama over the past decade (The Shield, Rescue Me, The Americans), and with its new series THE BRIDGE, it takes on its largest canvas to date.  The Bridge, which is based on […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “This Is Us”

Posted September 27, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THIS IS US:  Tuesday 9PM on NBC Last season, THIS IS US was the artisanal brewery of network TV.  It didn’t fit into any of the conventional franchise genres, which made it feel hand-crafted and special.  Instead, it mixed the old-fashioned sentiment of a family soap with state of the art trickery derived from […]

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Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Conviction”

Posted October 4, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  CONVICTION:  Monday 10PM on ABC – Change the Channel It’s routine to refer to a procedural TV series as featuring a “case of the week,” but ABC’s CONVICTION takes it literally.  When former First Daughter and party girl Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) is arrested for cocaine possession and blackmailed by NY’s politically ambitious DA […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Mad Men”

Posted April 6, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  MAD MEN:  Sunday 10PM on AMC The final season of MAD MEN was conceived by Matthew Weiner to run, as the previous seasons had, across 14 consecutive weeks, and it was AMC’s decision (for scheduling and budgetary reasons) to break the season in half and run it over 2 years.  Nevertheless, whether by chance […]

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THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “Banshee”

Posted January 11, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  BANSHEE:  Friday 10PM on Cinemax Cinemax’s gonzo-grindhouse extravaganza BANSHEE is back for its second season, seeming to flow directly from the ids of sensitive rom-com/dram novelist Jonathan Tropper and his fellow series creator David Schickler. By Banshee standards, the season 2 premiere, written by Tropper and directed by Greg Yaitanes, was relatively sedate.  Mostly […]

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