Well, that was a pretty bizarre episode of New Girl, even by the standards of the already pretty bizarre Season 3. (Wait, this is what they did with their Halloween episode? It comes but once a year, you guys!).
Dammit, Jerry/Gerry/Garry/Larry! Don't ask us how it's his fault that NBC is putting Parks and Recreation more or less on hiatus until January 2014, but he is, we just know it. Sadly, that news is true: due to some infuriating schedule switcheroos, we won't get the new Halloween episode of Parks and Rec until November 14 so it can be preempted for episodes of The Voice and an SNL special. After back-to-back episodes on November 14 and 21, there will be a break and we won't see Leslie Knope and Co. again until January 9, 2014. While Adam Scott assured fans nothing fishy is going on, it was heartbreaking enough when we had to deal with the uncertain future of Parks and Rec, but now that we have it back, we can't actually have it? And, nice try, but none of this will get any of us to watch Sean Saves the World because, you know, we have eyes.
After last week's surprisingly lackluster episode of Parenthood, it was nice to see the show back in fighting form. And by that, I mean it was equal parts humor and heart, and dammit, isn't that why we fell in love with those Bravermans in the first place? Not only did we get a break from screaming baby Aida, but we revisited some old friends (yo, what's up Mr. Ray?), Adam danced and we were treated (sure, treated) to a cameo from All-American Rejects leading man Tyson Ritter. Of course, it wasn't all smiles on the Braverman front (it never is) as Sarah seemed hell-bent on ruining Amber's happiness and Max made a really sweet gesture for his mom (and when Monica Potter cries, we all cry). Here now are the best and worst Braverman pairings from last night's episode "In Dreams Become Responsibilities."
While Season 2 of New Girl was sheer escapism (albeit, very well-written and well-acted escapism), Season 3 is shaping up to be one that holds an almost unforgiving mirror to what it's like to struggle through the ups and downs of your early 30s. From love (Nick and Jess) to questioning who you are in the grand scheme (Schmidt) to Winston (Winston), Season 3 thus far has aimed more for character studies than hearty laughs. While I can certainly appreciate what episodes like last night's "The Box" are doing, I'm anxious for New Girl to venture a little bit back into sitcom land. Sure, it's nice to relate and be able to see yourself in the characters you love, but I still would like to laugh with these guys again. Until then, here are the do's and don'ts of paying off your debts. (Come on, New Girl, stay off my case about bills! I'll get to them!)
The ridiculously attractive stars and the creators of The CW's Beauty and the Beast and Reign met the press at this past weekend's New York Comic Con and here's some of what they had to say:
If you had been one of the people eagerly awaiting Bruce Willis' return to Saturday Night Live as host for the first time since 1989, then I am….so sorry. When the actor wasn't playing the harmonica (he's still doing that?), he was going through the paces of each sketch with little to no emoting, or doing terrible imitations of Michael Kors. In other words, there was no reason to shout "yippee ki-yay!" While the decidedly unfunny evening was overwhelmingly lackluster, the episode did have a few standout moments (you should be watching "Boy Dance Party" by about the millionth time by now) as well as Katy Perry in jungle attire, so not all was lost. Check out the best (yep, there were a few and they were mostly without Willis) and worst moments from this weekend's SNL below. You know it's a weak one when they rely on popular segments from a few weeks ago (like that awesome E-Meth commercial featuring Aaron Paul) to fill the time.
"Dopplegangers" was pretty much a dud episode for me on so many levels. And that's a bummer, because the whole Pawnee/Eagleton merger had so much potential, but like with The Office merger, almost everyone new is going to immediately be shuttled away jobless and without much just cause… the only major difference is that this time Rashida Jones isn't the sole person sticking around. The overreaction to Ann's pending move just seemed like a massive infantile regression on Leslie's part, one that we've seen before and that in general gave the entire episode a sour tone.
Well, it's finally happened, Parenthoodies: a virtually weep-free episode of Parenthood. Yes, it was cute and all when Crosby finally bonded with his screaming machine, er, daughter, but it was one of the less sentimental episodes in the show's history. It's probably largely due to the fact that there's ongoing, stagnant story lines (the crying baby, Kristina's stressful campaign, Zeek being a stubborn bastard about moving) and brand new ones that wrapped up with a nice little bow (Drew's terrible dorm mate, Sarah wanting to photograph Kristina). Still, while it was a filler episode, that doesn't mean that I can't still rank the Bravermans. Here are the best pairings from last night's episode, "Nipple Confusion."
When Glee star Cory Monteith passed away on July 13 at the too-young age of 31 due to a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol, many wondered how the show would deal with his shocking death. While the original concept from creator Ryan Murphy was to directly address the actor's drug issue, the episode called "The Quarterback" -- which airs this Thursday -- will now simply pay tribute to the beloved character of Finn Hudson. While we don't know yet how his character will have died, or if the show will ever tell us, Glee will say goodbye to both Finn and Cory the best way they know how: by singing about it. The episode will feature a series of musical goodbyes, including a number from Monteith's on and off-screen love Lea Michele.
Well that was an awfully manic episode of New Girl, wasn't it? I mean, it makes sense, considering all four of the loftmates have spiraled into different levels of mania, but that didn't make "The Captain" any less of a strange episode. An especially evil and vindictive Schmidt made good on his word to do everything in his power to split up a newly emotional Nick and sexually awakened Jess, who fell for his trickery. Winston…well, Winston had another storyline involving his cat.
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