New Girl

‘Playing House’ Is the Best TV Show About Female Friendships That You’re Not Watching

Playing House was created by real-life best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. If they look familiar (and they should), it’s probably because of NBC’s Best Friends Forever, where they starred as best friends who live together. The show only lasted six episodes, and its cancellation was sad because the show filled a void on television: a solid, believable female friendship, especially one between adults. Two years later the duo (and their natural chemistry) returned with Playing House on USA (and with actual promotion from the network!), an even better sitcom with similar themes — and a similar worry that it unfairly won’t see a second season. … Read More

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Watching Myself on the Big Screen: ‘Obvious Child,’ ‘Girls,’ and Our Unreasonable Love for Characters Like Us

Aziz Ansari has this joke about white people, prompted by an interviewer suggesting he must be excited over the then-recent success of Slumdog Millionaire. “I had nothing to do with that movie,” he says, “it’s just some people who kinda look like me are in this movie that everyone loves and is winning Oscars.” The joke, of course, is that white people dominate media, so they must be psyched to see themselves in every film, from Ghostbusters to The Godfather. … 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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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Finale Recap: “Cruise”

Like many third seasons of sitcoms, this season of New Girl has had its ups and downs. It was particularly rough in the beginning and though no episode was straight-up unwatchable, there were a few that were disappointing. Off the top of my head? “The Box,” “Thanksgiving III,” and “Prince” (sorry, Prince fans!) are episodes that I don’t ever need to watch again. Around “Birthday,” a classically funny episode that became an instant favorite for me, New Girl began to reassure me that it hadn’t gone downhill just yet; it was just having some adjustment issues. … Read More

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TV Season Finales for May 5-May 11

May marks the formal end of the television season which means each week this month is packed with season (and… Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 22 Recap: “Dance”

With Nick and Jess’ breakup casting a dark shadow over the end of Season 3 — at least for those who, unlike me, would ever actually wish a boyfriend as hopeless and deluded as Nick on Jess — it was perhaps inevitable that we’d get a Very Special Episode of New Girl. But the one we got, in last night’s “Dance,” felt a bit weak. Maybe I just have a heart of ice (I already admitted to not being a Nick-and-Jess shipper; now it’s time to reassure you that your regular recapper will be back next week for the finale), but the penultimate episode of the season wasn’t as funny as it could have been, and it wasn’t really poignant enough to make up for it, either. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 3 Episode 21 Recap: “Big News”

Here is a universal truth: Breakups suck. It doesn’t matter if it’s one-sided or mutual, quiet or explosive, longterm or a shorter fling — whatever the case, breakups will always suck, at least a little bit, no matter how much you try to pretend that they don’t. It’s also a universal life event that’s full of awkwardness, which is why breakups are such great fodder for sitcoms. New Girl is aware of this fact and the show has played around with various approaches in the past (all of the main characters have gone through a breakup at one point or another during these three seasons) but it still manages to tackle the subject in new ways. … Read More

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Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Fails at Everything It Attempts

When Danny and Mindy got together a few episodes ago on The Mindy Project, the reaction from fans rivaled that of New Girl’s Nick and Jess shippers. The difference between the two audiences, of course, was that New Girl fans had earned the Nick and Jess relationship after two seasons that did not rely solely on the “will they or won’t they?” tease to carry them through. Moreover, New Girl fans were given an opportunity to actually enjoy the relationship before — spoiler alert — Nick and Jess broke up. Mindy and Danny shippers got one perfect scene of romantic bliss (the airplane kiss) and a couple episodes rife with drama before the split. One episode later, Mindy is back to guest-star flavors of the week, like New Girl’s Schmidt in tonight’s episode, and Danny is hooking up with Peter’s sister. A show has not made me feel so much like I’m doing dating in New York wrong since Sex and the City. Hell, even Girls gets it right more often than Mindy. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘It’s Always Sunny’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Both Renewed Forever

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, FX and Bravo announce upcoming slates, an Office alum stops by New Girl, and Game of Thrones continues forever. … Read More

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