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FALL PREVIEW: Nashville

October 10th, 2012

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Nashville is my favorite new show of the fall, and y’all need to watch it. If you like country music, you’ll probably like Nashville. If you don’t like country music, there’s still a very good chance that you’ll like Nashville. It’s that good. It’s soapy and dramatic in all the right ways. There’s a rivalry between two country superstars, politically fueled family drama, and new, undiscovered country music talent.

Rayna Jaymes (played by the always fabulous Mrs. Coach, Connie Britton) is a country star whose stock is fading as she starts to be overshadowed by the Taylor Swift-esque, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). The pilot follows Rayna as she discovers that her new album and tour aren’t selling as well as expected and the head of her label gives her an ultimatum: open for Juliette Barnes’ new tour or the label won’t continue to support her.

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FALL PREVIEW: The Mindy Project

September 25th, 2012

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The Mindy Project is in a word, brilliant. Perhaps not everyone will fall in love with this show and Mindy Kaling’s amazing sense of humor, but I certainly did. Mindy (the character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri) is not perfect. She has flaws like everyone else, which makes this show incredibly grounded. Mindy’s behavior and commentary are things I certainly think of doing and saying all the time. She tells her best friend’s child that she is boring and she spent most of her nights in college watching romantic comedies (for me, it was TV. Holla, TV Chick writer E!). She has a very successful career as an OBGYN but her her dating life is in shambles. She decides to change her love life for the better, and the Mindy Project is born. No pun intended.

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FALL PREVIEW: Partners

September 24th, 2012

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In a lineup full of new, weak comedies, Partners was a very pleasant surprise. It’s one of two comedy pilots (The Mindy Project being the second) that I legitimately liked and that made me laugh out loud. The show, from the creators of Will and Grace, focuses on two polar opposite best friends, Louis and Joe. One is gay, one is straight, and both are incredibly involved in each other’s professional and personal lives. Louis is played by the very funny Michael Urie and Joe is played by the lovely David Krumholtz. As strong as they are as actors, the supporting cast is just as strong. One Tree Hill fans will rejoice at Sophia Bush’s return to TV as Allie (Joe’s fiancee) and adorable Brandon Routh plays Wyatt, Louis’ boyfriend.

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