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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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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: “The Kindred”

One of the most remarkable things about Sleepy Hollow — aside from the fact that, you know, it exists and isn’t terrible — is how goddamn great Lieutenant Abbie Mills is as a character. With all of the recent talk about angry black women, and all of the subsequent, necessary talk about how that is just the most played out stereotypes in recent history, it’s surprising that one of television’s most intelligent, well-spoken, hard-ass women has yet to have a think piece written about her. (This is a good start, but it doesn’t do the character justice.) After tonight’s episode, that should change. … Read More

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‘Family Guy’ Injects Cruelty Into ‘The Simpsons’ in Awful Crossover Episode

A crossover episode between Family Guy and The Simpsons has been inevitable since the former premiered. The only surprising thing is that it took this long for it to finally happen. It’s a smart gimmick, regardless of your personal opinion on Family Guy, because regular viewers of The Simpsons will check in just to see how big of a wreck it could be. And last night’s convergence really was a wreck that showcased the general awfulness of Family Guy by introducing its offensive brand of cruelty to the town of Springfield.  … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: “Dice”

One of the big reasons I’ve been looking forward to Season 4 of New Girl, besides the continued exploration of the Nick/Jess break-up, is that we finally get a season when all of the characters are single at the same time. Relationships can obviously be good for sitcoms but it’s the awful awkwardness of the dating scene that provides the most laughs, especially when everyone involved can barely be considered adults. In “Dice,” it’s Jess who dives back into the dating world and, of course, she’s not very good at it.  … Read More

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In ‘Gotham,’ The City’s Darkness Outshines Its Hero

Gotham is this year’s Most Likely To Succeed show because there are fervent, built-in fans who will immediately flock toward any and all Batman stories. Gotham is also this year’s Most Likely To Disappoint show because it happens to exist in a pop culture world that is overpopulated with Batman stories. It’s a strange conundrum: How do you take one of media’s most popular characters (from books, television, and movies), create him anew and force him to stand out, especially amidst the lingering success of The Dark Knight trilogy and the upcoming, questionable Zack Snyder movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Fox does so by taking a unique approach: focusing less on Batman and more on his hometown of Gotham. What results is a great pilot about the crooked core of a rotten city. … Read More

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Does Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’ Try Too Hard to Make Sick Kids’ Lives Funny?

There are some people who won’t watch Fox’s Red Band Society because they think a show about teenagers in a hospital will be too depressing. There are others who won’t watch it because they think a show about teenagers in a hospital will be too saccharine and sentimental. But judging by the pilot, which premieres tonight, the comedy-drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television could pleasantly surprise both of those groups — if they bother to give it a shot. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: “The Last Wedding”

Jess and Nick were never the heart of New Girl. For a while they appeared to be as they took over the majority of Season 3 with the beginnings of their romantic relationship and then the end of it. They were often the core of the show — Jess is, after all, the titular New Girl — but it was clear from day one that this sitcom works better as an ensemble piece. The roommates as one collective group (and I include Cece in this even though she’s still vastly underused) are the real heart of New Girl. The friendship is what keeps the show afloat and what keeps me coming back, as evidenced by this season premiere. … Read More

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‘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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