Wrote up a romance post for Sound on Sight!
These are relatively dark times for romance, particularly since sitcoms—traditionally a destination for romance on TV—have fallen out of favor in the 21st century. Gone are the days of 10-season hits like Frasier and Friends; a sitcom now is lucky to make it past its third season. That’s not to say there aren’t some thoroughly enjoyable romance-focused series. Here are my top picks:
The Mindy Project
Airs Tuesdays at 9:30pm ET on FOX
Mindy Lahiri, the doctor with a retort for everything, returns, and this time she’s in a relationship with gruff, good-hearted co-worker Danny Castellano. Can the bickering, chemistry-laden couple make it work? Fox highlighting funny bits and gags in its Mindy Project promo reels and clips has always been a misstep, because while The Mindy Project is funny, it is the romance that is the show’s standout aspect and what sets it apart from other shows. There are plenty of comedies on the air right now, but there are very few that deliver, or even attempt, an epic love story. Nick and Jess in New Girl are halfway there, but that show is more realistic than The Mindy Project and has consistently refused, to its credit, to force its characters to be compatible.
Needtobreathe has released a new album, Rivers in the Wasteland, and you can hear it in all its glory on Relevant. RT
Fast Company has a great analysis of the contrast between the working lives of Danes and Americans, and the happiness levels thereof. “Some non-Danes wonder if Danes ever work. Not only do Danes tend to leave work at a reasonable hour most days, but they also get five to six weeks of vacation per year, several national holidays and up to a year of paid maternity/paternity leave. While the average American works 1,790 hours per year, the average Dane only works 1,540.” RT
NPR’s Marc Hirsch has an on-point analysis of the writing flaws of New Girl – “It’s not because there wasn’t any narrative juice in a Nick/Jess pairing. Their relationship could have been the story of Jess gradually dragging Nick in the direction of becoming a put-together human being. It could have been the story of the tension between a bright-eyed optimist and a schlumpy underachiever. It was neither, because the writers don’t seem interested in picking a lane and seeing where it leads. Instead, they constantly fidget from one to another, always at the last second and always with almost immediate regret at not having made a different choice.” RT
Dawson’s Creek showrunner Kevin Williamson says that he had no idea how many people liked Joey and Pacey, and that up until the last moment he still planned to have Joey and Dawson get together. (Claire’s note: horror!) RT
Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel. Cutest friendship ever.
Jake tweeted this pic of the the two hanging out with the comment “The view’s better from where I sit”
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