‘The Mindy Project’ Is Still a Mess, Despite Small Improvements

At this point, close to the end of the second season, I can say that The Mindy Project is never going to be my favorite show. That’s fine: there are plenty of other sitcoms for me to love, and plenty of other people to love this particular sitcom. It’s hard to express my distaste for this show because it’s not terrible and I watch many programs that are much, much worse. The Mindy Project is fine. It was once bad but now it’s fine, as evidenced by last night’s double feature, “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW.” Both episodes were improvements, both had well-crafted jokes, both had a fun little story. Neither sold me on the show but neither made me turn off the television. Baby steps, I suppose. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Morgan Spurlock’s Deadly Sins, NBC’s Summer Premieres

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, Morgan Spurlock gets a new docu-series, Undateable gets a premiere date, and Enlisted gets the shaft. … Read More

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Fox’s ‘Surviving Jack’ Makes a Dubious Case for ’90s Nostalgia

Going in, Surviving Jack has a lot to prove. Premiering tonight on Fox, it’s the newest sitcom from Justin Halpern, who is best known for creating the Shit My Dad Says Twitter account that spawned a book and a television show — for a while he was the go-to guy to jokingly blame whenever some Twitter account became something more. $h*! My Dad Says the TV show was abysmal, panned by critics and canceled after one season. Surviving Jack is another autobiographical effort from Halpern, this one taking place in 1991. It’s a nostalgic family sitcom with a “Remember the ’90s” vibe trying to simultaneously warm our hearts while reminding us of Hypercolor T-shirts. Here’s something to add to your list of “Want to feel old?” questions: Surviving Jack, essentially a period piece, includes a Seinfeld clip in its nostalgia pile. The show is, to be fair, more than its time period — but not too much more. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 20 Recap: “Mars Landing”

There is so much happening within this half-hour of New Girl that I’m not exactly sure where to begin. There is so much good happening, I should clarify, but there’s also a bit of heartbreak. The first two acts of the episode had me laughing nonstop. It was joke after joke after joke—visual gags, physical comedy, character bits, perfect punchlines—and everything was completely on point. The writing and the acting were all top notch tonight (and, as always with the show, a specific shoutout to the editors) and it was a good reminder of just how far this show has come from its shaky beginnings, how well this cast works together, and how invested we all in Nick and Jess’ relationship. “Mars Landing” took seemingly small bits and blew it up to a stunning conclusion—and it’s one of the best episodes of New Girl to date. … Read More

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‘Enlisted’ Is the Best Show You’re Not Watching

There has been a lot of praise for Fox’s comedy lineup during this current television season. It’s for good reason: Bob’s Burgers has never disappointed, The Mindy Project has become a stronger show and a fan favorite, New Girl cast Prince and was rewarded with the coveted post-Super Bowl spot alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a show that snagged two Golden Globes after only 12 aired episodes. Yet there is one sitcom that has been unfortunately missing from much of this conversation: the outstanding military comedy Enlisted. … Read More

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Fox Cancels ‘Raising Hope’

Fox announced the cancelation of Raising Hope today — just days after renewing comedies The Mindy ProjectBrooklyn Nine-Nine, and New Girl. The sweetly… Read More

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ Season 4 Episode 13 Recap: “The Frond Files”

Bob’s Burgers takes a month and a half off and comes back as Community meets The Simpsons?! Sunday’s episode was unlike any we’ve seen in the series’ three and a half seasons so far, experimenting with heavy genre play and extended cultural references á la Community, and three mini-stories (for each Belcher child) in the vein of Simpsons‘ “Treehouse of Horror” episodes. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 17 Recap: “Sister II”

Last time we saw New Girl, a long two weeks ago, Jess’ older sister Abby (Linda Cardellini) had temporarily moved into the loft and the show. It was a good move to throw in a person that effortlessly fits in with the rest of the group (both Abby as a character and Cardellini as an actress) but also, simultaneously, is different enough that she’s going to do some serious damage and throw these people for a loop. And that’s exactly what she does in “Sister II.” … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 16 Recap: “Sister”

So far, New Girl has had an uneven third season. There weren’t any bad episodes, but there were a few that felt slightly off and lacking in the consistent laughs and electricity that ran throughout the stellar second season. New Girl threw itself a few curveballs only to get mixed results. First, there was the awful love triangle storyline with Schmidt, a plot that only made him incredibly unlikable. Then there was the return of Coach (and who doesn’t love Damon Wayans, Jr.?), although New Girl didn’t exactly know what to do with him — after all, the show hadn’t quite figured out what to do with Winston, either. In recent episodes, though, New Girl has been building itself back up slowly but surely, and “Sister” proves that the show still hasn’t run out of steam. … Read More

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