Monday, November 5, 2012

What DanielleTBD is *Still* Watching on FOX for Fall 2012...

Raising Hope (Tuesdays, 8 p.m.) - I love everything about this show from how adorable Baby Hope (Baylie and Rylie Cregut) is, to how Jimmy (Lucas Neff) is trying to mature and better himself but still doing so in dopey ways, to how Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) has actually been lucid for awhile. There's so much love and heart and humor here; I just can't say enough good things about it!

Ben and Kate (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.) - I would so much rather watch a half hour of Lucy Punch and Maggie Elizabeth Jones, talk show style, than what we are actually being given here, it's just not funny. I have a really hard time watching Nat Faxon make his weird faces in an otherwise grounded comedy, and as much as I loved the scavenger hunt concept beyond belief, this show still doesn't make me laugh. Yes, there is a lot of heart, and yes, thankfully, I no longer get incest vibes between Ben (Faxon) and Kate (Dakota Johnson), but I'm just not as charmed overall as I want to be.

New Girl (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.) - As episodes go on, I am annoyed more and more by Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and therefore wishing the show was called something-- anything-- else. It has evolved into more of an ensemble, though the stories of late have been split off in still uneven directions, and thank God for that or I would have stopped watching long ago. Jess, as a character, is my least favorite part of this show by far and having her at the center would be cause for the off button. Admittedly, though, I'm not charmed by any of the characters. Winston's (Lamorne Morris) okay, but even Nick (Jake Johnson) and his weird, curmudgeonly ways and Schmidt (Max Greenfield), with his general douchiness are getting to be too much for me. I laugh on occasion, but an episode based solely around Jess' PMS? I'm out.

The Mindy Project (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.) - This show feels like a chick flick stretched into mini episodes, designed to drag out meet cute and other inane stories for a season when really all the material that's there is a short story. I absolutely love the banter Mindy (Mindy Kaling) has with her ex (Bill Hader), but that is so few and far between-- I literally can only remember one instance (the spoilers one, which admittedly was fantastic), but as a counter, I absolutely cannot stand Ike Barinholtz' weirdness, and I can't fathom why they would pay Anna Camp if they're not going to use her. I don't really get genuine friendship vibes from these people (and that's fine; they work together so they don't have to be friends), but then the show shouldn't force them into non-work, social settings where they're helping each other. Because I don't believe they would). I watch because Tuesdays are light right now, but I'm just not that into it.

Fringe (Fridays, 9 p.m.) - With only a handful of episodes left, this show thrills me and breaks my heart every week. I love that they are going all-out with their storytelling and still calling back to some early moments that seemed to be in passing. I always feel the smartest television is the one that can prove its had a plan, if not from the very beginning, then at least from early enough. I sense tragedy coming, but you know me, I don't mind crying over fake people.

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