Marc Hirsh en No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing? <strong>[<em>Ahoy, there be </em>New Girl<em> spoilers ahead, through the most recently aired episode, "Mars Landing."</em>]</strong><p><strong></strong>A few weeks ago, <em>New Girl</em> neared the end of its third season the way it began it: by admitting that it doesn't know what it's doing.<p>In "Mars Landing," the last episode that aired before the show returns Tuesday night, weirdo roommate couple Nick and Jess put together a toy for the infant son of Jess's friend Sadie (a literally phoned-in June Diane Raphael) while hung over, and they broke up in the process. Twice, maybe. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:18:20 +0000 Marc Hirsh 58567 at Last Chance: 'Raising Hope' Ends Its Run At The Right Time Fox said goodbye to <em>Raising Hope</em> in March when it announced that the series wouldn't be renewed for a fifth season, and the rest of us get to say goodbye Friday night, when the final episode airs. But even though the gleefully goofy <a href="">spiritual successor</a> of <em>My Name Is Earl</em> (both were created by Greg Garcia) was technically canceled against its will, its end doesn't feel premature. Nor is it way overdue. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:53:40 +0000 Marc Hirsh 57779 at 'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America <p></p><p></p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:15:06 +0000 Marc Hirsh 51911 at About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold! This is a big week for <em>Mystery Science Theater 3000</em>, or as big a week as can be had for a show that's been off the air since the waning days of the 20th century. The show first aired a quarter of a century ago this past Sunday, and the 25th-anniversary volume (XXVIII, if you're keeping Roman score of the ongoing DVD releases and not the anniversaries) hit shelves on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Thursday marks the return of an MST3K Thanksgiving tradition, the <a href="">Turkey Day marathon</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:16:23 +0000 Marc Hirsh 49013 at Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis The closer we get to the end of <em>Breaking Bad</em>, the less I want to read about it.<p>I'm not calling for a moratorium on <em>Breaking Bad</em> content from now until the finale (and not only because of ... you know, futility.) From now until then, I expect an avalanche of recaps, interviews, think pieces, retrospectives, speculations and so forth. That's exactly as it should be with any show coming to a close, let alone a show as great as this one.<p>And I'm not even sick of the coverage that's taken place and the coverage to come. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:15:20 +0000 Marc Hirsh 43797 at The Beach Boys' Perfect Imperfect Box Set <p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:24:19 +0000 Marc Hirsh 42871 at Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows As <em>The Voice</em> returns to NBC this week for its fourth season, viewers are seeing two new, if quite familiar, faces as Shakira and Usher occupy the coaches' seats vacated by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Its talent-show rival over on Fox, <em>The X Factor</em>, will also see two new judges when (if? Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:25:20 +0000 Marc Hirsh 32079 at A Farewell Salute To 'Ben & Kate,' A Show About Friends Who Are Actually Friends Whether this week's announcements that both ABC's <em>Don't Trust The B- In </em><em>Apt.</em><em> 23</em> and Fox's <em>Ben & Kate</em> are being yanked from the schedules mark the beginning of the Great Sitcom Massacre of 2013 remains to be seen. It almost certainly means the end of two strong shows whose casts were clearly having a blast making them.<p>In the case of <em>Ben & Kate</em>, it also means that television's current comedy slate is losing one of its rare shows where everyone likes everyone else. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:21:25 +0000 Marc Hirsh 27941 at Eliza Rickman: A Cockeyed Pop Song Eliza Rickman's "Pretty Little Head" is simple yet intricate, a contradiction which helps give it the feel of a nursery rhyme that's just starting to teeter off the rails. Except for the bridge, it's built entirely around two chords, a minor/relative-major pair that trade off inexorably in two-bar cycles without regard to differentiating between the verse and the chorus.<p>There's little mistaking the latter, though. Wed, 23 May 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 11814 at Long-Term Investments On Shaky Stocks: 'New Girl' And 'Smash' End Their Seasons As the networks are currently rolling out their plans for the future courtesy of their upfronts, it just so happens that they're also winding down the current season of shows, the ones that they touted last year at this very time. It's a good time for television viewers to reevaluate the investments we've made in the shows we bought into at the beginning of the season.<p>Television watching is ultimately an act of faith. Mon, 14 May 2012 20:06:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 11053 at