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What I Watched Today – New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Brooklyn 99

New Girl – Wow, this show is just so perfect. Almost too many jokes to mention. This show makes me laugh every commercial break, which is so important for a show. Genius move. Also cut on a hilarious joke and this show did that every act out for me.
I love the Nick/Jess moments. I love how much he wants to help her. I love watching Nick trying to juggle Jess’ AND Winston’s crazy. I’m really pleased with the Nick/Jess post hook-up dynamic. This has been a good year for couples I love getting together and getting better as characters/duos rather than falling flat or the writer’s trying to force them apart every moment they get. Let the characters get together and explore where that can take you! Too many shows give them 2 episodes together (this could be New Girl‘s approach, it’s honestly too early to tell, but I have hope) and then split them up and give them loads of angst. In this episode, you get the moments where they were together, but they also have the same dynamic as before which only makes watching their interactions even better. Great job to the writers.
I’m definitely Team CeCe. And I am so nervous for her and Schmidt’s dynamic when she finds out. She seems so pleased he picked her and happy to see him, her heart is going to be so broken. She really opened up her heart to him. Yikes, the angst will hurt. Hopefully they will keep Nick/Jess the way they are to keep me sane.
Poor Winston. But his “cat killer” crazy was hilarious and well-played. A broken heart made him a little psycho. Still thinking about how uncomfortable the licking sound the cat makes on Schmidt made me.
The Mindy Project –  One piece whipped cream suit was an amusing sight gag. Though I’m still having trouble seeing Mindy and the Rev together. I don’t know if it’s because I approve of Mindy/Danny or if they just feel forced together.
Also, as I tweeted last week, I am super over James Franco. So I don’t care about him on this episode. And I maintain that Mindy is always less funny after the brilliance of New Girl. If they switched the times, Mindy might be funnier in comparison. Or perhaps it’s Sophomore Slump? One day I will stop saying this, sorry.
The theme song remains the best thing about this show.
Brooklyn 99 – I enjoy the theme song for this too. They feel similar, so I wonder if they were done by the same person? Or one inspired by the other.  I liked the locker vs dumpster joke. Really good joke construction and delivery. Before the first act out, I laughed or smiled more than when I watched Mindy, but found myself not really caring about the plot. It was on in the background as I wrote these posts, but didn’t grab me to distraction from this task as trying to blog through New Girl did.

ConStar Studies Television (a sort of general thought, but a bit about Community too)

I kind of suck at blogging. But I love TV so much, that I will continue to pursue blogging here even if it means what I am about to do, which is post a quote I saw today about TV and leave you with that. The quote says what I think a lot of us feel about our love of TV and speaks from experiences we have had as avid fans of television as we watch our favorite shows grow and change before our eyes.

“To love a TV show is to know one of two things: Either it will eventually leave you, or you will eventually leave it. There’s no middle ground for the committed. Once you’re in, you’re in, and you’re going to be in until the thing is canceled or until you lose interest because you’ve either figured out all of the show’s tricks or it’s just not the same anymore. That show you loved more than anything? It will eventually feel sort of old and pointless to you after a while, and you’ll have moved on to some new thing that feels fresher but will inevitably disappoint you somewhere down the line. And so it goes. You’ll someday remember that show you loved with such intensity—it will probably be off the air by this point—and you’ll wonder idly why they don’t make ’em like that anymore. The answer is because you’re not who you were anymore, and you can’t fall for a show like that because you’re no longer the same person.”
Todd VanDerWerff (The A.V. Club)

The quote is from the AV Club article (which you can find by clicking on the source name), regarding the return of Community. I think a lot of what is said in the article is true about Community’s return, minus creator Dan Harmon, though I might have given the episode a higher “grade” for the effort–it wasn’t terrible and it wasn’t absurdly different from the show we’ve grown to love. Read the quote above and if you feel up to it, respond with your Community thoughts in the comments (which will make me reply to them which is already being a better blogger, yay!)
Though I will say that it was pointed out to me that some shows you feel like you can watch forever and never be tired of them. This can be true. For me, most of my favorite shows that I can watch the whole thing of have that one arc I never cared much for or those dumb filler episodes you always skip or the weaker episodes in the beginning (Doctor Who‘s Fear Her. Most of Angel season 4. Parks pre-Ben’s arrival Parks). But then they hit their stride (or find it again) and it’s something you’ll never stop watching.
Man, I just really love TV.