Posts Tagged ‘2013-14 TV season’
 

 

THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Banshee”

  Was this the season that Cinemax’s comparatively low-rent BANSHEE surpassed Justified?  In the subgenre of cop show pulp, the FX series has been the unquestioned class entry, with its distinguished Elmore Leonard ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED: “House of Cards” (Apparently) Returns With A Huge Start

  Netflix is notoriously about as open with its viewership numbers as Frank Underwood is with his political agendas.  But Variety has unearthed a metric that suggests HOUSE OF CARDS has returned with its second batch of e...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Season Premiere Review: “House of Lies”

  HOUSE OF LIES:  Sunday 10PM on Showtime HOUSE OF LIES deserves some credit for nailing the Wolf of Wall Street vibe before there was a Wolf of Wall Street.  Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) and his “pod” of busines...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SERIES PREMIERE REVIEW: “Dancing On the Edge”

  DANCING ON THE EDGE:  Saturday 9PM on Starz Starz’s latest British import, DANCING ON THE EDGE, seems on the basis of its first double-length episode to be intended for viewers who enjoy the jazzy millieu of Board...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Bitten”

  BITTEN:  Monday 10PM on Syfy Syfy’s Canadian werewolf import BITTEN is noticeably low-rent.  Even its transformation sequences use as little CG as possible:  a morphing hand, a back becoming increasingly hairy, ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Person of Interest”

  The headlines have all been in PERSON OF INTEREST‘s favor this past season.  As stories of massive worldwide surveillance by the NSA and other agencies have continued to surface, what not so long ago looked like a...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

NIELSENWAR: The Value of a Super Bowl, and Midseason, Part I

  Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is by far the highest rated show of each season, but what does it mean for a network’s big picture?  Here were the season-to-date averages for the broadcast networks as of a week...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Hostages”

  The failures of HOSTAGES were many, and they separate into two dimensions.  One–the more important to CBS–was commercial; the show proved to be dead in the water from the night it premiered against the launc...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Midseason Premiere Review: “Suits”

  SUITS:  Thursday 9PM on USA SUITS has returned from its lengthy fall/winter hiatus for the short 6-episode back “half” of its third season, and for a series usually in love with byzantine complications, reve...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

NIELSENWAR: A Tale of Two Wins for NBC and ABC

  Note:  all ratings below are Live + Same Day 18-49 numbers , the ratings which experience has shown to be closest to the averages for viewers who watch within 3 days and DO NOT skip through commercials, the “C3...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Pilot + 1 Review: “Back In the Game”

  BACK IN THE GAME:  Wednesday 8:30PM on ABC Previously… on BACK IN THE GAME:  Newly divorced Terry Gannon, Jr (Maggie Lawson), with her son Danny (Griffin Gluck), has little choice but to move back home with her f...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Girls”

  Throughout its third season, reactions to GIRLS seemed to depend to a large extent on the particular vision of the series that viewers had.  Season 3 of Lena Dunham’s show was notably less conceptual and experimen...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED Midseason Premiere Review: “Unforgettable”

  UNFORGETTABLE:  Friday 8PM on CBS UNFORGETTABLE, the CBS procedural whose title practically begs to be a punchline, is back.  Although “back” isn’t exactly the word:  Unforgettable was famously cance...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED Season Finale Review: “Suits”

  The short back “half” of SUITS’ Season 3 was surprisingly intense.  With only 6 episodes in play, the show stepped away from its usual super-complex litigations where everyone double-bluffs and triple-...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED: CW Wastes No Time Ordering “The Originals,” and 2 Bubble Shows Survive

  Less than 24 hours after its airing as an episode of The Vampire Diaries, CW has ordered the spin-off series THE ORIGINALS for the 2013-14 season.  (My review is here.)  Last night’s rating was a lackluster 0.9, ...
by Mitch Salem