Jenna Kim Jones: What are you watching on television tonight, tomorrow and beyond?
“Ben and Kate” — FOX, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. This show is a delight! I’m excited to have a sitcom to look forward to every week. Ben and Kate are goofy siblings who, as adults, are trying to get it together. Kate is a single mom and Ben is supposed to be an inventor, but he’s pretty terrible at it and lives in Kate’s garage. Nat Faxon, who plays Ben, reminds me of Will Ferrell, Chris Farley and a slew of other cast members from “Saturday Night Live” all put together. There’s no need to catch up on past episodes in order to understand the show. Just sit back, relax and laugh.
“The Mindy Project” — FOX, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. This is a show for women, which both frustrates and confuses my husband. In it, Mindy Kaling plays a character struggling to balance her life as a doctor and her simultaneously exciting and depressing dating life. I like Mindy because she says what girls feel, but do we really want all our secrets out there?
“Go On” — NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. In this show, a group of misfits including Matthew Perry meet in a therapy group to try and move past tragedies in their lives. This show reminds me of another NBC sitcom, “Community,” except this time the band of misfits is enrolled in a therapy group instead of a community college. It’s funny until you remember they are all mourning some kind of loss. Then it’s sad for a minute until it’s funny again.
“Revolution” — NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. Every time my husband and I watch an episode of “Revolution,” I fall asleep — every time. I have heard from a reliable source it is a great show and is getting better ratings than any other drama on TV. Don’t panic when “Revolution” disappears in December. The show goes on hiatus at the end of November and comes back to NBC on March 25.
“Guys with Kids” — NBC, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. If viewers can get past the laugh track and the fact that these guys hang out with their babies in a bar (during the day), they’ll enjoy “Guys with Kids.” At times the show can be corny, but I’m always looking for good, clean fun. It’s nice to have a show that doesn’t put me on the edge of my seat. Instead I can sit back and laugh at the ridiculous things guys do. Now that’s fun! (No offense, men.)
“Nashville” — ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. After a few episodes of “Nashville,” I understand why country music is so emotional. These characters are complicated and have so many feelings. I was quick to judge “Nashville” based on the previews as petty and trashy. While each character has secrets and flaws, the show isn’t just about love and lust but presents some insights on the ups and downs of fame. Country music lovers will enjoy “Nashville” but this isn’t a show that viewers can jump into mid-season. They will have to go back and catch up on previous episodes to make it worthwhile.
“666 Park Avenue” — ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. An unmarried and broke but happy couple moves to New York City to pursue their dreams and ends up applying for a job managing 999 Park Avenue (cue dramatic music). The numbers invert to make 666 Park Avenue, where the previous manager had suddenly moved some place “warmer” like Arizona (read: hell). If you watched “Lost” you’ll have no problem seeing Terry O’Quinn (John Locke) as the devil. The show is straight-up scary. However, it’s about making deals with the devil, so count me out.
“Arrow” — CW, Wednesday, 7 p.m. The CW has seen recent success with “The Vampire Diaries” and, in “Arrow,” the network seems to be using the same tricks: dark shadows, dramatic music and attractive characters. Just to be clear, there are no vampires in "Arrow" ... yet.
In for the long haul:
“New Girl” — FOX, Tuesday, 8 p.m. In this season of “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess loses her job as a teacher, tries to casually date and gets teased by a bunch of super models. “New Girl” can be adorable at times and painfully awkward at others. The best episode of the season involved a group of hipsters that moved next door, making Jess and her almost 30-year-old roommates feel old. I watch “New Girl” but only enjoy maybe one out of three episodes.
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