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‘MasterChef Junior’ Lost Some Magic — But Remained Adorable — in Season 2

Last night, MasterChef Junior aired the finale of its too-short, seven-episode second season. MasterChef Junior is the most joyous reality show currently on television, a weekly treat in which viewers get to watch tiny and adorable wunderkind chefs create extravagant dishes worthy of a five-star restaurant. The first season was nothing less than spectacular, a surprising entry into the cooking competition genre that won over everyone who watched it — even those who aren’t big fans of cooking shows (or children). Season 2 started off strong, but seemed to lose a bit of its magic along the way. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: “Girl Fight”

In many ways, “Girl Fight” is indicative of just how successful the New Girl writers have made this show during these past four seasons. It’s an episode that only works because of what we previously know about the characters but also because of what we like about the characters. Watching Jess and Cece fight would be just plain weird if we weren’t at least somewhat enamored of their friendship but because we are, that makes “Girl Fight” one of the better episodes this season. … Read More

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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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