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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: “Teachers”

First things first: If, prior to watching this episode, someone said that “Teachers” would feature a roommate who doesn’t know how to do laundry and doesn’t know how to use a ruler, who would you guess? Nick, right? Right! Instead, it’s Schmidt and Winston, respectively, and it’s two character decisions that throw me off but… Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: “Goldmine”

By rearing back on the Nick/Jess drama that took over much of Season 3 of New Girl, Season 4 has mostly returned to form — it’s been weird as hell, sure, but it’s been goofy, funny, and emotional as well. It has also, definitely, been helped by this season’s commitment to focusing on all of the roommates instead of just our two main characters. This latter development is in play in “Goldmine” as Winston, Coach, Cece, and Schmidt all get fun little storylines but the former has taken a step back with a A-plot that’s a little too focused on Nick and Jess. … Read More

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Rating the Potential of 15 Upcoming Film-to-TV Adaptations

Each year, the chatter about television networks running out of new ideas gets louder and louder. Every season unleashes a slew of projects with overdone premises (a group of attractive friends dating in a big city!) and watered-down remakes of British programs (Gracepoint) or remakes of once-popular American shows (The Odd Couple). It looks like the trend next season will be film-to-TV adaptations. This isn’t shocking — About a Boy is a surprise hit for NBC, Fargo was renewed by FX, and 12 Monkeys will soon premiere on Syfy — but now it seems networks are picking up every adaptation they can get their hands on, no matter how bad it sounds. Here’s the rundown on 15 adaptations that are in the works and their potential. … Read More

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‘MasterChef Junior': The Only Reality Show Where Everyone Is There to Make Friends

MasterChef Junior is the most adorable reality show in TV history. Sure, it’s a serious cooking competition in the MasterChef franchise that will ultimately crown one clear winner and it’s hosted by Gordon Ramsay, who, at this point, might be better known for his fiery temper than for anything else. Yet MasterChef Junior remains undeniably delightful and full of utter joy. It is also perhaps the purest reality program on television: It is untainted by fierce competitiveness, it’s free of jaded and desperate adults, and it instead celebrates the talents, enthusiasm, and raw optimism of children. In MasterChef Junior, the contestants are there to make friends. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 6 Recap: “Background Check”

Season 4 of New Girl has been weird in regards to both the quality and the content of the episodes. For what it’s worth, it’s been a good season thus far — none of the episodes have been bad — but it’s been an interesting mix of episodes that have the unfortunate duty of trying to repair the ups and downs of Season 3 and trying to repair the weakened friendship between Nick and Jess. It’s also been weird just in terms of plots: Jess’ father dates her high school nemesis, Jess dates a guy with a micro penis, and, last night, Jess has a bag of meth in her closet. What? … Read More

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Ryan Murphy & ‘Glee’ Co-Creators Working on Anthology Series ‘Scream Queens’

Ryan Murphy is keeping pretty busy: in his spare time away from turning familiar horrendous crimes in American history into… Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: “Landline”

One of the most admirable traits of New Girl is how the show takes a simplistic and silly plot about nothing — like, say, installing a landline in the apartment — and effortlessly transforms it into something deeper and more emotional, and something that speaks volumes about a character’s serious concerns — such as Nick feeling left out because Schmidt is busy with work and Winston is busy with the police academy.  … Read More

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Recap: Season 2 Episode 3 Recap, “The Root of All Evil”

This week’s episode is called “The Root of All Evil,” and you’d be forgiven if you’d expected a revisiting of Season 1’s “Sanctuary,” in which a colonial house’s evil past actually comes to life in the form of… roots. Alas, no plant monsters this week. The title instead refers to the seeds of evil within us all, and the cursed Roman (or Tyrian) shekels that help those seeds take root and overcome our otherwise naturally sweet dispositions. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Julie Beckman’s Older Sister”

Last week, I mentioned how great it is that New Girl routinely switches up the pairings on the show, dividing up the characters in fresh ways instead of keeping the same people together week after week. “Julie Beckman’s Older Sister” is another example, though the pairing doesn’t work as well as last week. In the main, emotion-driven story is Jess and Cece are paired up as Jess comes to terms with her father’s new relationship while the sillier and funnier subplot has the guys in a more sitcom-y environment as they accidentally sabotage one of Schmidt’s job interviews. (It’s actually pretty similar to the group at Winston’s BBQ.) The storylines aren’t equal but they’re both lovely in their own way. … Read More

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