Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The CW Picks Up Back Nine on All Freshman Series; Episodic Reviews: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Old School" and The Mindy Project - "You've Got Sext" Both Airing Tonight on Fox

The CW

The CW has ordered full season pickups for all three of its freshmen series, The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign. All three series are of course dramas. Two more new dramas and a new reality series are on tap for mid-season. We'll let you know once they schedule them. Season to date on-air, The CW is up 9% year to year in total viewers, up 10% among adults 18-49, and is flat year to year in both adults and women 18-34. With DVR usage and digital viewing continuing to rise, 31% of The CW's total broadcast audience now comes from time-shifted viewing after the original airdate. 40% of The CW's total overall audience for its season premieres this fall came from digital viewing. The CW's digital streaming of full episodes is up 50% season to date versus last season, and the three new series picked up today see 84% more digital viewing than The CW's new series last fall.




On the next...Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 8:30pm):
By: Vincent

Fox's new Tuesday police comedy starring an ensemble cast airs Tuesdays at 8:30pm and we have just watched the next episode that airs tonight (Nov. 12). In the episode airing tonight, "Old School," Jake’s (Andy Samberg) dream comes true when he gets to spend the day with his hero, Jimmy Brogan (guest star Stacy Keach), an old crime reporter. But the dream becomes a nightmare when Jake's comments about Holt (Andre Braugher) and the precinct are considered "on the record." Meanwhile, Terry (Terry Crews) and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) try to teach Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) how to be less terrifying to jurors while on the witness stand.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is, in my opinion, the best new comedy of the fall season. It's not even a competition – the show is the most confident freshman comedy series in quite a while (arguably since Community's first season in 2009). In just eight episodes, it's crafted one of the most likable ensembles on TV, and has already given us great, three-dimensional characters like Captain Holt, Terry Jeffords and Amy Santiago. The only real character the show has had a problem with was its lead – Andy Samberg's Jake Peralta. Jake is always given plenty of great lines and Samberg always nails them, but the show has struggled a bit in figuring out how to make a great cop who's also kind of a jerk into a lead character we're determined to root for. Last weeks' episode was especially problematic in this regard, having Peralta make an extremely stupid move and then never quite holding him responsible for his actions.



"Old School" succeeds because it adds another layer to Peralta and ups his likability quite a bit. Without spoiling anything, the episode contains with Peralta contributing to what very well might be the shows' sweetest moment yet, allowing the show to find the actual human being behind the "too-cool cop" persona that's been crafted for him thus far. But even before this moment, "Old School" adds a dimension we've never seen on Jake before – one that's a little awkward, nervous and desperately trying to impress someone he admires. Add a very funny sub-plot with Rosa, Terry and Boyle and a handful of great jokes, and you have a very entertaining Brooklyn Nine-Nine, complete with the series' already trademark humor and with some impressively effective character work, as well. A-






On the next...The Mindy Project (Fox, 9:30pm):
By: Skees

In "You've Got Sext," we start off with Mindy having a minor problem. She has lost her purse somewhere in the hospital, which leaves her without two of her important possessions: her keys and her cell phone. She has to find somewhere to stay for the evening, for which Danny suggests that she stay at a hotel for the night.... but since she has no credit cards, that leaves her with the second best option, to stay with Danny. Events throughout the evening lead Mindy to explaining to Danny how she has a crush on somebody at work, and as the episode progresses, Danny begins to misinterpret exactly who that person is.

Meanwhile, Mindy's purse is found. Unfortunately, Morgan and Peter are the ones who find the purse, and Mindy receives a text message from Cliff (guest star Glenn Howerton), whom Mindy has a crush on. Morgan and Peter decide to reply to the message, pretending to be Mindy. It is seemingly innocent at first, but it quickly leads to texts that are incredibly inappropriate. In the end, things don't exactly go as planned, at all.



I'm constantly wondering when I'll be able to do a review of an episode of this series that isn't about... you guessed it, another "boyfriend of the week" episode. It seems that each and every week, Mindy is in (or on the verge of getting into) a relationship with another person, at a seemingly unnatural pace, and then, of course, something goes wrong (if not by the end of the episode, it will certainly happen within a few episodes). What is worse is that, typically, these characters who play her "boyfriend of the week" aren't really that exciting. I perfectly understand that a big part of the formula of the series is about relationships, but perhaps they could do something a bit more dynamic with that, like giving her a long-term relationship that lasts an entire season (assuming the show will last another season, and the chances aren't looking too good right now). I have a feeling that the predictability of the episodes is what is leading this series off the cliff when it comes to ratings, and it is a shame because it is otherwise a rather solid series. With that being said, I can't say that I am a huge fan of the character Cliff, but the episode itself wasn't bad. I liked the whole plot about Mindy spending the night with Danny, and the misunderstandings that he had about certain things. And the sexting plot between Morgan and Peter with Cliff was rather humorous. But it could have been a much better episode if the ending couldn't have been completely predicted before I even started watching the episode. C


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, February 23

Andi Mack - "Cyrus' Bash-Mitzvah!" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Andi and her friends and family join in the celebration of Cyrus' bar mitzvah, which is full of landmark events for more than just Cyrus.

The Paynes - "A Payneful Night" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Nyla's disrespectful behavior is wearing out her welcome at the Payne's house.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 19)

Friday, February 23

  • Kyle Chandler (What About Joan?) - Watch Kyle on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Maz Jobrani (Superior Donuts/Better Off Ted/The Knights of Prosperity) - Maz appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) - Mae visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori stops by Harry, so check your local listings. She also talks about her Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Heather Graham (Californication/Emily's Reasons Why Not) - Heather will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am, on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET and on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Constance Zimmer (Entourage/Good Morning, Miami) and Shiri Appleby (Girls/Sunday Dinner) - Constance, Shiri and the cast of UnREAL on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today at 9am. Shiri will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers/Kenan & Kel) - Kel drops by E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia chats about her debut cookbook on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Joshua Rush (Andi Mack) - Joshua talks about Andi Mack on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about the Hallmark Channel original movie Royal Hearts on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Double Rush/Parenthood) - David joins The Chew crew to whip up a winning dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains/Kirk) - Kirk talks about his documentary Kirk Cameron: Connect on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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