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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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‘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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