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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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Now That Fox Has Killed “Pilot Season,” Let’s Go Ahead and Kill TV Pilots

In all of my years reading about the television business, none of the fine writers on that beat — Emily Nussbaum, Bill Carter, Todd VanDerWerff, etc. — has ever summarized the “pilot” process as cleanly and succinctly as Pulp Fiction’s Jules Winnfield. Here he is, explaining Marsellus Wallace’s wife’s claim to fame: “The way they pick TV shows is they make one show; that show’s called a pilot. Then they show that one show to the people who pick shows, and on the strength of that one show, they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get chosen and become television programs. Some don’t, and become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.” The news out of this week’s Television Critics Association press tour was that Fox chairman Kevin O’Reilly was making the bold move of eliminating pilots from the television equation. On closer examination, the change is much more specific; he’s eliminating pilot season, one of the organizing principles for TV’s fall-centered schedule. That’s a good start. But the initial reports were more promising. They should kill pilots altogether. … Read More

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10 Bizarre Television Conspiracy Theories

The world is becoming a strange place for those of us who don’t watch Duck Dynasty and are only vaguely aware of its mere existence; when this viewer first heard the title, I presumed it was some new variation on the Looney Tunes universe, maybe with Daffy and some nephews? I’m now not only fully aware of what Duck Dynasty is, but of the “secret conservative message” of its protagonists’ unruly beards. Yes, we’ve now seen the true sign of the show’s cultural ubiquity: the inevitable conspiracy theories. Many shows have them (some more than others), and since we know how much you love a good pop culture fan theory, here’s a few of the kookier ones that have attached themselves to popular TV… Read More

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Predictably Immature Adult Swim vs. ADHD Rivalry Officially Under Way

Settle down, boys: Adult Swim is already going after Fox’s new late-night animation block, ADHD, and the rivalry is exactly… Read More

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Get Your Hopes Up, Comedy Geeks: Fox Might Be Interested in John Mulaney’s Pilot

SNL writer John Mulaney’s comedy pilot, originally created for NBC before the network passed it over, is currently being retooled… Read More

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