Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Antenna TV's Matchup Madness Marathon; Episodic Reviews: The Mindy Project - "French Me, You Idiot" and "Indian BBW" Airing Tonight on Fox

Antenna TV's Matchup Madness

Today the winners of the Antenna TV Matchup Madness (a play on the NCAA Basketball March Madness) will air from 11am-5am. Fans voted for their favorite match-ups for their favorite Antenna TV shows and now we will see the winners. The sitcoms airing will be the same shows that air in their regularly scheduled time periods but we have different episodes from the normal rotation. Did you pick a perfect bracket? Tune in today for these shows: Hazel, McHale's Navy, The Patty Duke Show, Dennis the Menace, Mister Ed, Green Acres, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Good Times, Diff'rent Strokes, Sanford & Son, All in the Family, Maude, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Burns and Allen Show and The Jack Benny Program. And since I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched air for two-hours each, you'll get four episodes each! Among the winners are Sammy Davis Jr. on All in the Family, Muhammad Ali on Diff'rent Strokes, and the classic "Black Jesus" episode of Good Times. Dyno-mite!

Antenna TV launched on January 1, 2011 and is available as a digital multicast channel on 84 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 70% of TV households, including WPIX-TV (11.2) New York, KTLA-TV (5.2) Los Angeles, and WGN-TV (9.2) Chicago. And don't forget, Three’s Company and Too Close for Comfort Join Antenna TV's schedule beginning next week - Monday, April 7!

The Mindy Project - French Me, You Idiot

On the next...The Mindy Project:
By: Skees

It has been over two months since we last saw a new episode of The Mindy Project, but tonight, the series returns from the extended hiatus with two new episodes: "French Me, You Idiot" (airing at 9:00PM ET/PT) and "Indian BBW" (airing at 9:30 PM ET/PT) When we last saw Mindy, she was on a mission to get Cliff (Glenn Howerton) back into her life, when plans are interrupted with a cliffhanger of a kiss between Mindy and Danny... a cliffhanger that could have a real impact on the series.

In the first episode, "French Me, You Idiot," Mindy is forced to deal with the aftermath of the kiss, which may possibly include leaving Cliff and beginning a relationship with Danny. Everything seems to be heading into that direction without a flaw until tragedy hits Cliff's life, with the death of his grandmother. The death complicates Mindy's plans to the point that she is forced to be there to comfort him, even forced to attend her funeral (along with Danny). Unfortunately, the funeral turns out to be somewhat of a disaster, so much of one that it requires assistance from the fire department.

It's hard to know at this point what the consequences of this episode will be at this point, but part of me enjoys seeing the fact that Mindy could perhaps be settling down with somebody, rather than continuing to play the somewhat tiring dating game. But I don't think we can end that story just yet. The episode itself wasn't particularly great, as it seemed to focus on this one story (with no major subplot) and while there were a few funny moments, it really seemed to drag on without much going on. C+

The Mindy Project - Indian BBW

In "Indian BBW," Mindy begins to get a little more serious with Danny, and is determined to "take it slow," which of course, is not exactly a common trait of Mindy's. That is particularly obvious when Peter discovers a video sex tape (courtesy of her ex-boyfriend Tom, played by Bill Hader) on the internet where she wasn't taking it slow at all. Now Mindy is on a quest to get the video removed from the porn website that has posted it, but that proves to be a challenge as she appears in one of their few "Indian big beautiful women" videos, a type of video in high demand on their website. But getting the video off of the internet is the least of her worries when she has to consider the possibility that it could be seen by the wrong person.

I found this episode to not only be a rather enjoyable episode, but one of the stronger episodes of the series that I've seen in quite a while. The episode stayed focused on the one main plot, but the plot was full enough to fill the entire episode without being too thin. There were plenty of solid moments in the episode, and I think in a sense, some fans are sort of rooting for a relationship between Mindy and Danny. The plot of the episode was a little more absurd than usual, and at times it felt like an episode of 30 Rock, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm hopeful that we'll see more of these episodes that get into a plot that brings us a little more comedy that isn't centered solely on who Mindy is dating in a given episode.  A


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, December 11

Kevin Can Wait - "Trainer Wreck" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Vanessa asks Kevin to help her get a date with a handsome personal trainer, Alejandro (Eduardo Verastegui), she gets frustrated when Kevin starts training with him instead. Also, Chale reluctantly takes advice from Kyle when the health inspector stops by Enzo’s.

Man with a Plan - "Battle of the Sexists" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Adam needs to hire a new project manager, Andi accuses Adam of unconscious bias after he only interviews men for the job. Also, Andi helps Kate fight for a spot on the boys’ soccer team at school. Lilah Richcreek guest stars as Zara, a qualified candidate for the available job in the Burns Brothers construction company.

Superior Donuts - "Homeless for the Holidays" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In the spirit of the season, Franco convinces Arthur and the rest of the gang to help John (guest star Keith David), a homeless man who falls ill at the donut shop, get back on his feet. Also, Tush and Sweatpants compete to be the more popular Santa.

9JKL - "Set Visit" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Harry and Judy visit Josh on the set of his new movie, he is horrified when the director, Walter Michaelson (Michael Showalter), casts them in background roles in Josh’s most important scene. Also, Nick tries to teach Andrew how to dance.

Tarantula - "Macaroni Salad" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Echo must retrieve a melodramatic friend from the edge of oblivion when romantic foibles lead him to the brink.

Tarantula - "The Shade" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Echo ventures to the fabled Weird River to retrieve a man whose life is derailed by Echo's egg-frying antics.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Monday, December 11

  • Zendaya (K.C. Undercover/Shake It Up) - Watch Zendaya on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also talks about The Greatest Showman on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Amanda Seales (Insecure/My Brother and Me) - Amanda is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Chris Meloni (Happy!/Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Chris stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Andrea, Candace and Jodie are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bernadette Peters (Mozart in the Jungle/All's Fair) - Bernadette talks about the Broadway music Hello, Dolly! on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey/Blossom/Brotherly Love/Gimme a Break!) - Joey appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice/Arrested Development) - Henry talks about NBC's Better Late Than Never on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on People Now at 8:30am. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia shares her secret to balancing motherhood and Hollywood on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jodie Foster (Paper Moon/The Courtship of Eddie's Father) - Jodie talks about Black Mirror on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunsine) - Allison will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


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

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
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