Reviews

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Maya & Marty”

Posted June 1, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  MAYA & MARTY:  Tuesday 10PM on NBC – Change the Channel Virtually everyone involved with NBC’s new-ish summer series MAYA & MARTY is linked to Saturday Night Live, from Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, to stars Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, to featured performer Kenan Thompson and the premiere’s guest stars Jimmy Fallon, Larry David, […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Season Premiere Review: “Hannibal”

Posted June 5, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  HANNIBAL:  Thursday 10PM on NBC The languidly brutal art-horror thing HANNIBAL has returned, much to the joy of its acolytes.  The series is, without question, unlike anything to be found on even the most adventurous cable or online platform, which makes its continued existence on the wasteland of present-day NBC truly remarkable.  Nevertheless, its […]

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Reviews

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Rookie Blue”

Posted September 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  ROOKIE BLUE did a solid job of wrapping up its fourth season and setting up cliffhangers for Season 5 (already ordered) with last night’s episode.  Although the Grey’s Anatomy-with-guns police soap has never had the level of success as its medical forebear, it’s been a steady summer performer for ABC, and this season successfully saw it […]

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Articles

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Happy Endings”

Posted April 5, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> It’s not all that unusual for a situation comedy to change directions in the midst of its initial season and emerge a different, and better, show:  The Office and Parks & Recreation both took that journey (the US Office was trying too hard at first to ape the Ricky Gervais original, and Parks was […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Happy Christmas”

Posted January 23, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Joe Swanberg, the director, writer and co-star of HAPPY CHRISTMAS, which premiered at Sundance earlier this week, makes Woody Allen look lazy.  He’s had something like a dozen features to his credit since the start of the decade, and that doesn’t include his shorts and contributions to compilations like V/H/S, to say nothing of the projects […]

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Midseason Premiere

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “The Royals”

Posted March 16, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  THE ROYALS:  Sunday 10PM on E! – Change the Channel This week’s cable network eager to expand its portfolio to the world of scripted programming is E!.  Just as Bravo attempted to appeal to its Real Housewives audience with The Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, E! is courting its celebrity gossip crowd with THE ROYALS, […]

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Articles

SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY JOURNAL: “Follies”

Posted September 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> FOLLIES may be the strangest of all Broadway masterpieces; after 40 years, it’s still the most avant-garde work of Stephen Sondheim’s career. It’s easy enough to make the show sound linear:  set in 1971 (which was present-day when the musical was written), it takes place at a theatre that had, for some decades, housed […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Necessary Roughness”

Posted August 30, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  A very busy season of NECESSARY ROUGHNESS came to an end tonight with an unusually far-fetched hour.  The show isn’t exactly known for its hard-hitting realism, but this episode, written by series creators Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, and directed by David Grossman, really piled on the melodramatic contrivances. The main storyline continued the […]

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