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THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “Welcome To the Family”

Posted October 11, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  WELCOME TO THE FAMILY:  Thursday 8:30PM on NBC Previously… on WELCOME TO THE FAMILY:  What could possibly be funnier than the unplanned pregnancy of 18-year old recent high school graduates Molly (Ella Rae Peck) and Junior (Joey Haro)?  Well, what if she were a flighty Anglo and he a studious Latino?  And what if […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Finale Review: “Rectify”

Posted December 15, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  The fourth and final season of Ray McKinnon’s Sundance series RECTIFY, perhaps the most universally acclaimed television program of the post-Sopranos era, was its most conventional.  There were few surreal stretches of memory and fantasy, the plot for the most part moved forward straightforwardly, and there were even bits of humor along the way, […]

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PREMIERING TONIGHT: THE SKED PILOT REPORT – FOX’s “The Following”

Posted January 21, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE FOLLOWING:  Monday 9PM on FOX – DVR Alert We’ve been here before, perhaps most memorably in Red Dragon aka Manhunter:  the burned-out, injured, brilliantly intuitive FBI agent, called back to the field to go after his nemesis, a savage but erudite serial killer.  But even Thomas Harris didn’t invent that archetype, and Kevin […]

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THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Treme”

Posted September 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  TREME:  Sunday 10PM on HBO   WHERE WE WERE:  New Orleans, of course, and hip-deep in the lives of a dozen struggling, striving, stubborn, idiosyncratic natives and recent arrivals.  These include the feckless trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce), who reluctantly supports himself and his family as a high school music teacher; radio DJ/composer/rapper/dreamer Davis […]

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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Hello Ladies”

Posted September 30, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  HELLO LADIES:  Sunday 10:30PM on HBO HBO sure loves it some Ricky Gervais-ian British comedy.  Apart from his stand-up specials, over the past few years the network has aired Extras, Life’s Too Short and The Ricky Gervais Show, and now, with Gervais in Netflix’s clutches with Derek, it’s resorted to the pseudo-Gervais of the […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: ‘Parks & Recreation”

Posted May 3, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Like the famous tortoise, PARKS & RECREATION has hung in there long enough to become the highest-rated (all-but-certainly) returning sitcom on NBC’s air.  That is, admittedly, a low bar, but it’s still a triumph for a show that’s been at risk of cancellation more or less since it came on the air.  Parks & […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Murder In the First”

Posted August 12, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The season finale (if it’s lucky) of TNT’s mediocre MURDER IN THE FIRST was rather sad, pallid proof that the powerhouse writer/producer Steven Bochco has been outstripped by the genre he helped invent, the serialized adult crime drama.  Murder In the First tried, sometimes painfully, to be newfangled, throwing in the latest in basic […]

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THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Cougar Town”

Posted April 2, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  After five seasons, COUGAR TOWN has run through multiple networks (TBS, after ABC) and showrunners (Blake McCormick, following series creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, and then Ric Swartzlander), and it’s achieved a level of comfort that’s increasingly indistinguishable from toothlessness.  That Florida cul de sac where Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox) and her BFFs […]

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