'New Girl' Recap: 'No Girl'... Now What?

1/27/2016 9:24am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: 'No Girl'... Now What?
Despite the singular noun in its title, “New Girl” is very much an ensemble show. But while Nick, Schmidt, Winston, and Cece have all managed to establish themselves individually and in the group dynamic, the titular Jessica Day has always set the tone. This may not just be a Zooey Deschanel star vehicle anymore, but it retains that DNA. Thus, her extended absence is a risky proposition, both textually and metatextually. Life on the loft must find a different way to be harmonious while the construction of a “New Girl” episode must find a new rhythm to be successful.

“No Girl” wastes no tim...

'The Fosters' Season 3 Midseason Premiere Recap

1/26/2016 2:38pm EST
'The Fosters' Season 3 Midseason Premiere Recap: Right Back Wher
The stress and drama of last season on The Fosters felt very present on last night's episode. As the series eased into the second half of The Fosters season 3, there was a lot of changes to adjust to--not just for the characters but the audience as well.

One of the clearest changes was the introduction of new Jesus, the (not-so) end of Brandon and Callie's romance, and the return of Lexi. In the end, the Fosters started the season with a lot of promise.

Fost and Found

Callie gives a presentation about her app. While doing it, she meets two new characters. A boy named Jack who seems reall...

'SNL' Host Ronda Rousey Fights Through Blizzard With Musical Guest Selena Gomez

1/24/2016 10:30am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Host Ronda Rousey Fights Through Bl
With a few exceptions, athletes tend to be rather limited in their usefulness on “SNL.” Just having the host play him or herself or some variation in every sketch can solve this problem. But Ronda Rousey and/or the writers concede this point and give her very little to do throughout the night. Thus, she does not really affect the overall quality of the episode one way or the other. There are a few great sketches, a few okay ones, and some recurring sketches that seem to be hiding their recurring status.

Trump Rally – With Sarah Palin’s typically loopy endorsement of the Donald dominating...

Here Is The Best Of 'American Idol's' Final Auditions

1/22/2016 3:20pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: The Best Final Auditions
Last night, American Idol held its last set of auditions ever. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. felt a bit of nostalgia, excitement, and pressure as they hit the final cities on the Idol audition tour. San Francisco and Atlanta brought out a bunch of unique and charismatic talents.

By the end of the night, these golden ticket holders would become part of the 190 contestants going to Hollywood week on American Idol 2016. Among the many auditions from Atlanta and San Francisco, 11 of them really stood out to us.

Here are the best auditions from American Idol's last ...

'The Middle' Recap: Family Is Best Appreciated From A Distance

1/21/2016 10:06am EST
'The Middle' Season 7, Episode 13 Recap: Family Is Best Apprecia
Plenty of sitcom episodes climax cathartically with carefully laid out plans blowing up in people’s faces. “The Middle” is usually not that type of show. Not because the Hecks’ plans always end perfectly (they don’t, of course), but because the dissolution of their efforts tend to be more dispiriting than cathartic. Yes, there might be a lot of shouting and crying, but not in a way in which everyone is better off for letting it out. That is not to say they ought to keep it all bottled up, though. It is all to say that a new, emotionally vibrant flavor of “The Middle” has been achieved with ...

Recap: 'American Idol' Gets Closer To Its Last Final Auditions Ever

1/21/2016 9:27am EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Auditions # 5--Once More With Feelin
Last night, American Idol 2016 edged closer to the final auditions ever. On the 5th night of Idol auditions, it was a mixed bag of auditions from Philadelphia, Little Rock, and Atlanta. We saw many new faces and a couple of returning ones.

Judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban continued to search for a star to end the American Idol journey with a bang instead of a whimper. So far, we are not sure Idol will achieve this dream.

Here are the auditions from last night's American Idol 2016 episode.

Miranda 'Poh' Scott

"Fairytale" by Sara Bareilles

Judges' Comments: Jenni...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Jury Duty'

1/20/2016 10:07am EST
'New Girl' Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: 'Jury Duty'
As the maxim goes, when entering into marriage, you are not just marrying your fiancée, but also your fiancée’s family. That advice should be extended to include your fiancée’s friends, especially, as in the case of “New Girl,” friend-roommates constitute a makeshift family. Since the two getting married have been in the cast since the beginning, those extra factors of marriage should be a bonus. But there is also the maxim about the dangers of living with your friends, as their worst habits come to the fore. So while Schmidt’s best friend Nick and his future wife Cece have already spent pl...

'SNL' Season 41, Episode 10 Recap: Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton

1/17/2016 7:01pm EST
Adam Driver SNL
If “SNL” is going to book Adam Driver, then he is going to be called upon to do two things (assuming the writers are not suffering from temporary insanity): reference “Star Wars” and utilize his famous intensity. Surprisingly enough, the former is used sparingly; meanwhile, the latter is taken advantage of throughout the episode (which, depending on your opinion of the “SNL” team’s mental state, is either very much expected or totally shocking). This is the right decision. “Star Wars” is bigger than Driver (or any one person), and reliance upon intergalactic material could have been a distr...

'American Idol': Denver And Little Rock Auditions

1/15/2016 1:26pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Denver And Little Rock Auditions
After a very lackluster start to this week's American Idol 2016 auditions, the series bounced back with an exciting crop of potential Idols. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban had an abundance of talent to pick from last night.

Denver and Little Rock proved to be very strong cities for the American Idol 2016 auditions. This night produced a feast of soul singers, country stars, and emotionally, present singer-songwriters.

Denver Auditions

Amber Lynn

"Unaware" by Allen Stone

Judges' Comments: Amber entered the audition with her friend James VIII. He accompanie...

'American Idol' Philadelphia Auditions-Do You Still Believe?

1/14/2016 1:41pm EST
'American Idol' 2016 Recap: Philadelphia Auditions-Do You Still
Yesterday, American Idol started its second week of auditions. The first stop on this week's road trip took host Ryan Seacrest, and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. to the city of brotherly love. The Idol hopefuls didn't bring too much love to Philadelphia as it felt like a city with more people getting sent home than those getting sent to Hollywood.

This week's American Idol 2016 did have a few standout auditions. We saw a quirky girl named Jenn Blosil blow away the competition, as well as one of the most tragic stories ever shared on Idol. Read our American Idol ...