Money changes people, y’all. Or perhaps love changes people? And yet… Nick got a heapin’ helpin’ of both this week and let’s be honest: Nick is who he is. Getting an $8,000 inheritance from his dearly departed Pop-Pop didn’t change him any more than an inadvertent turn as a Good Samaritan fundamentally shifted Schmidt’s moral fiber. Their actions, catharses, and struggles this week were just a blip — just like this episode. READ FULL STORY
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Tonight’s New Girl was a study in a universe that is — and, frankly, must be – self-correcting. Everyone started the night straight-up certifiable, with Jess in the midst of a sexual awakening, thanks to a month of dating Nick; Schmidt just beginning his disgusted (and deluded) vengeance quest against the couple he was convinced had destroyed his doomed-from-the-start love triangle; and Winston was more devoted to his new cat Ferguson than any person who ever hoped to have a fighting chance at a love life should be. Flash forward some 28 minutes, and the tables had had turned. Would you believe it was Winston who brought them all back from the precipice? No? He didn’t either. That’s just how far off-kilter things in the loft had gone. But what goes up must come down — which, coincidentally, was probably just one of the many moves making up the world’s most horrifying sexual position, The Captain. READ FULL STORY
Creating a funny family out of quirky parents living with their adult children is one thing. Taking that family and making it lovable, well, that’s another thing entirely.
The premiere of Will Arnett’s new CBS comedy The Millers was a lackluster first effort, I’m sad to say. Arnett plays Nathan, a semi-successful broadcast journalist, who accidentally turns his life upside down when his parents come to visit. After he reveals that he and his wife are divorced, his father (Beau Bridges) decides it’s time for him to leave his wife of 43 years. And by leave, I mean go live with his daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays), while mom (Margo Martindale) stays with Nathan. So now we’ve got two grown siblings (one with a family and one recently divorced) who are living with one of their parents.
Nathan is stuck with his newly single mother, who enjoys sleeping pills and (fart joke alert!) can’t tell when she’s passed gas. Meanwhile, Debbie is stuck with her ridiculously stupid father, who accidentally flushes a belt down the toilet, puts metal in the microwave, and can’t figure out how to work any remote in the history of remotes. Even Arnett’s laid-back one-liners can’t save the in-your-face comedic approach of this episode.
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You could do a lot worse than The Goldbergs, the new ’80s-set comedy following ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s got a cute premise, the cast is hilarious, and underneath the flashy fashion throwbacks and ALL THE YELLING, a strong and realistic family dynamic is cropping up.
Sure, I’m a sucker for a solid father-daughter coming-of-age TV moment like the one we got at the end of tonight’s episode 2, but whatever. Sometimes that’s all it takes. My heart has been warmed! Wendi McLendon-Covey’s absurdly hot roller rink moves have inspired me to wear more off-the-shoulder sweaters this fall! They’ve got me. I’m in. This better not get canceled.
Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and McLendon-Covey (Reno 911, Bridesmaids) play gruff tough-lover Murray and overbearing ball-breaker Beverly, who love to raise their voices but only because they so passionately want to “parent the sh*t” out of their three aging-too-quickly kids. Despite the intensity of their antics, I find them both believable as parents, and as a couple. Didn’t we all know obnoxious yet huggable people, growing up? These are just some of them! READ FULL STORY
Fare thee well, Elizabeth? She was barely in tonight’s episode, but — if her pie-mangling hatred of Schmidt is anything indication — it seems our beloved Merritt Wever will no longer be appearing on New Girl. That prospect makes me want to cry almost as much as Schmidt and Cece’s heart-wrenching break-up. In the midst of tonight’s episode, it finally hit me: There’s a reason that Schmidt’s love triangle hasn’t been as funny as most Schmidt-uations — it was too real. I think we secretly knew deep-down that it would end in this kind of a gut-punch confrontation. New Girl‘s pendulum has to swing both ways, is what I’m saying. So, yes, tonight’s installment may not have been as laugh-packed as usual, but it’s also the kind of episode that proves these characters are more than just a collection of tics (well… except for Winston, I’m still somewhat sad to report). It was also obviously a huge set-up episode, ushering in the “Schmidt’s Revenge” story arc we’ve been promised. So how did Schmidt go from two-timer to broken heart to man on a mission? Well…
Putting the “GIF” in TGIF, Fox just launched a “Gettin’ Schmidty Wit It” microsite dedicated to television’s reigning endearing d-bag. You’ll want to check out this gloriously silly tribute to Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who shakes what his mama gave him to a kicky tune that’s guaranteed to be “Shakalak”-ing through your head ’til at least Tuesday at 9 p.m., when New Girl‘s third episode of the season airs.
As you can see from the image above, Schmidt’s having the time of his chut-i-ney-loving life. But he doesn’t have to do it alone, does he? Come on! How can you possibly resist such unbounded exuberance? You can’t, right?
And don’t forget to keep clicking, Newbies! This is the kind of time-suck for which the phrase “the gif that keeps on giving” was created. If only there were about 100 more gifs ready to go. Note to Fox: MORE MORE MORE! (Please.)
*Just a warning for iPhone/iPad watchers: The sound will only auto-play on a desktop.
New Girl is back, y’all. No disrespect to last week’s premiere, but tonight felt like the level of hilarity, heartstring-pulling, and sharp storytelling that spoiled us last season. To wit, Jess and Nick once more earned their couplehood, from the minute he spit-smoothed her bangs to his final words to her (“I would have noticed you”); the mean girls — and boy — on the sidelines reaffirmed why we loved the loftmates so much; Schmidt was up to his usual douchebag jar-worthy antics… but almost redemptively guilty about his behavior, and Winston got the chance to play with an adorable kitteh. Daisy was even featured — and, for whatever reason (probably her association with “Cooler”), I loves me some Daisy. Straight talk: I don’t want to get too excited because there are still 20-odd episodes remaining this season, but it was good, you guys. My optimism last week was not in vain. READ FULL STORY
Ahead of its premiere tonight, Fox’s father-focused comedy Dads has already stirred up a bevy of controversy, as one watchdog group called it racist and Fox followed by saying they wouldn’t reshoot its pilot. TV critic Melissa Maerz already weighed in about the kerfuffle with a sharp essay, but what about a straight-up review and grade from her? She weighed in officially in EW’s Fall TV Preview issue, so check out our official review of Dads below: READ FULL STORY
Comedian Kurt Braunohler doesn’t have the most famous face (if you know him, it’s from his IFC game show Bunk), but you know his voice. He has appeared on several episodes of Bob’s Burgers, and he also hosts his own podcast on the Nerdist network called The K Ohle. His new stand-up album How Do I Land? is fantastically funny, and it contains the best of Braunohler’s extra-absurd dives into everything from misdirected text messages to his epically strange run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen.
Braunohler recently stopped by EW’s SiriusXM studio to talk about the album, his podcast, and his experience riffing with his friends on Bob’s Burgers.
EW: The album is called How Do I Land?, which is based on a Kickstarter campaign.
Kurt Braunohler: We skywrote over L.A. “How do I land?” We could only afford the cheap skywriting, which is only done by one plane. By the time it finishes a letter and starts on the next letter, that first one is kind of blown away. So the album cover is a composite of all the letters coming out. I did see on Twitter the next day that a few people had been watching it, but nobody called the cops or anything. I didn’t know until I tried to do this, but if you have 10,000 dollars, you can get five planes that all fly in a row to do the stuff that stays up longer. I wanted the romantic one guy in a biplane doing a flip, but it turns out that kind of sucks. I guess there’s a reason nobody uses this archaic way to communicate any more.
There’s a great bit on How Do I Land? about getting into an argument with a perfect stranger over a text you received by mistake. Do you find yourself going down those rabbit holes because you think there might be some good material in there, or is that just your personality?
It’s a little bit of both. You end up doing those things because it’s in your personality, but as a comedian you look for anything to mine. I have to write all the time, so I really look for anything to happen to me. It just happened to me again: I got a random text out of the blue from a number I’ve never seen that just said “Who is this?” I assumed it was just a kid who was pranking me. So I went with it. I wrote back, “It’s your future self—we need to talk.” We had a whole conversation where I blew his mind. I told him not to marry Elise, and he was like, “Who’s that?” And I was like, “You haven’t met her that.” I saw “Who is this?” and was annoyed, but then I thought, “I don’t have to be annoyed with this. I can engage with this.”
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