‘The Mindy Project’ Finally Commits — For Better and Worse

The Mindy Project‘s romantic comedy aspirations have been iffy at best. The genre is certainly in Mindy Kaling’s wheelhouse — she details her love for rom-coms in her memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and clearly understands the type of characters and the emotional beats that go along with it — but the general inconsistency and weak characters that plague The Mindy Project hinders these aspirations, causing the entire Danny/Mindy narrative to fall flat. It’s a shame, because their storyline is often the bright spot in a dull show, largely due to Chris Messina’s performance. As The Mindy Project enters its third season, tonight, it’s continuing to take small steps to better itself but still isn’t quite sure how to do that. … Read More

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Fox’s ‘Utopia’ Turns an Intriguing Social Experiment Into a Mundane Reality Show

Fox’s Utopia is not a reality show — it’s a “social experiment.” What this really means is that it’s trying to pretend it’s smarter than the average reality program. There have been others with the same stated goal: Wife Swap aims to teach people about different kinds of family values, Shattered had contestants go without sleep for a week, and Kid Nation put 40 kids in a deserted town to build their own society without adult supervision. Utopia is Kid Nation‘s spiritual equivalent. Fifteen adults live together on a plot of undeveloped land and create their idea of a utopian society. If Utopia were, indeed, a social experiment, it would be a fascinating television show — Fox is so confident in this that it will air episodes twice a week — but instead it offers nothing more than typical reality show boredom. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Party Down’ Comes to Hulu, Lifetime Orders ‘The Omen’ Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Malcolm Gladwell’s medical drama, Lifetime’s The Omen sequel, and Animal Planet’s animal birth Labor Day marathon — what the hell is going on with TV? … Read More

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Rivers Cuomo’s Harvard Life Seems Ripe For TV

Yesterday evening, Fox announced that it had given a put-pilot order to a sitcom called DeTour, from Psych creator Steve Franks. You may be wondering: what’s a put-pilot, and why should I care until this show actually gets a series order? Well, first off, a put-pilot is the kind most likely to reach your TV: a network must pay a hefty fee if they do not air the pilot. And secondly, you should care if you’re a music fan: Franks’ inspiration is the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, specifically the singer’s 11 years of on-and-off study at Harvard, and Cuomo himself is directly involved with the show. … Read More

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So This Is an Awkward Moment to Release a Movie Called ‘Let’s Be Cops,’ Eh?

Back in 2012, Fox had what sounded like a sure-fire summer comedy hit on their hands: Neighborhood Watch, starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade as four desperate losers on a neighborhood watch patrol. The studio had posters and a trailer in theaters in February, when neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin — and suddenly, Neighborhood Watch didn’t sound so funny after all. The studio changed the title to The Watch and altered their ad campaign (less Jonah Hill threatening to shoot kids, more alien invasions), but to no avail; the picture was sunk by its own accidental yet spectacular bad timing. And now, the same studio finds itself in the same predicament again, releasing a zany comedy called Let’s Be Cops the very week when Americans are most likely to respond, “Hey, let’s not.” … Read More

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Yahoo Might Revive Fox’s ‘Enlisted’

It took about two seconds after Yahoo announced that it was reviving Community for Twitter to yell out suggestions about what… Read More

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The Awful Fairy Tale of Fox’s ‘I Wanna Marry “Harry”‘

“I have to convince them I’m Prince Harry, but the goal is for them to like me for who I am,” says Matthew Hicks in the series premiere of Fox’s latest deceptive reality show, I Wanna Marry “Harry.” It’s a nonsensical sentence that sums up the nonsensical show. I Wanna Marry “Harry” takes the basic idea of a reality competition dating program — 12 women compete to find the man of her dreams — and makes it even more obnoxious: The women are competing for a man who they think is Prince Harry but obviously isn’t. It’s the typical reality show conundrum: You are trying to find someone who loves your true self by spending a few weeks acting like an entirely different person from who you really are.  … Read More

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Bob and Linda Belcher Are the Best Parents on TV

In last night’s fantastic Season 4 finale of Bob’s Burgers, the show took a detour from its usual lighthearted tone and low-stakes format to create something bigger and darker: Bob Belcher’s life was in danger. After a back-and-forth about the fate of the Wonder Wharf amusement park, Bob finds himself tied up underneath the pier alongside Mr. Fischoeder, awaiting certain death, unable to properly communicate with anyone via his ancient flip phone. The rest of the Belchers cleverly decode the Auto-Corrected texts and figure out where he is. Bob’s life is saved by his family — led bravely by Linda. It’s a great ending for a great season that brought the Belcher parents to the forefront, diving deeper into who Bob and Linda are, and ensuring that they’ll never be one-note characters. … Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2014-2015 TV Season

Upfronts! It’s the exciting time when networks announce new and returning shows, the sad time when networks announce that your favorite sitcoms are canceled, and the overwhelming time when networks announce their fall schedules and you scramble to plan your life around television. Here is a helpful and exhaustingly comprehensive look at the 2014-2015 fall TV season, featuring everything you need to know: snazzy preview trailers, details about upcoming programs, when old favorites will be airing, and which network has the worst promotional photos. (Spoiler: It’s… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Julie Klausner’s USA Comedy, PBS’ Genderbent ‘Frankenstein’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, renewals, cancellations, and pickups galore! … Read More

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