Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Cole Clay // Film Critic
Tonight, we have a true television sitcom death match between the FOX veteran, NEW GIRL (currently in its 4th season), and NBC’s fresh-faced MARRY ME. Both of these comedies are catered to the 25 to 35-year-old demographic, so it’s a safe bet to think that NEW GIRL will take the match with a TKO, but not so fast, Zooey Deschanel. There is a new kid on the Tuesday night block and her name is Casey Wilson.
In this Fresh Fiction article, we will briefly break down each show to decide which show you should be watching tonight. And on top of that, both are airing new episodes tonight, and in the same time slot no less.
MARRY ME (NBC), 9/8 p.m. CST
What is this show?
Six years ago, Annie (Casey Wilson, HAPPY ENDINGS) and Jake (Ken Marino, EASTBOUND & DOWN) bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they have been inseparable ever since. Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake’s all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. Will they be able to tie the knot?
“Thank Me” – Annie decides to host a Thanksgiving dinner, but clashes with Jake’s mother, who’s always hosted in the past. Gil finds out that he has a skill for fine-cheese tasting.
Why you should watch?
MARRY ME has showed a incredible promising first four episodes thus far by finding its identity quickly. This can be attributed to creator David Caspe, who previously helmed the wildly funny show HAPPY ENDINGS. Caspe blends pop culture references with crude and irreverent humor and turns it into something incredibly sweet.
What to watch for?
Keep an eye on John Gemberling as Gil the “best friend” of leading man Jake. Gemberling definitely sticks out from the rest of the group with his endearing, absurd advice and his wet puppy dog schtick that has some semblance with Zach Galifianakis.
NEW GIRL (FOX), 9/8 p.m. CST
What is this show?
A comedy about the sexual politics of men and women, NEW GIRL features a young ensemble cast that takes a fresh look at modern relationships. Jess Day (Deschanel) is an offbeat and “adorkable” woman in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves into a loft with three single guys.
“Teachers” – Jess, Coach and Ryan attend a teachers’ conference, led by education guru Brenda Brown. Back at the loft, Nick, Schmidt and Winston try to have a wild weekend while Jess is out of town.
Why you should watch?
The stars of NEW GIRL have carved a special niche for themselves on Tuesday nights for three years now. And although the show is based upon the quirkiness of Deschanel, the four leading men (Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Damon Wayans Jr. and Lamorne Norris) have stolen a bit of the spotlight. This ensemble is one of the most fun and relatable gatherings of young comedic actors on television today.
Who to watch for?
Lamorne Norris, this guy is always patiently waiting in the wings ready to pounce on any punchline the writing team throws his way. But, it’s a given that with Jess – aka the voice of reason – away for the weekend the trio left at home for the weekend are going to be involved in hap-hazard misadventures.
It’s a tie! Yeah, well, both shows are great and hopefully you have either a DVR, or HULU plus account because tonight’s episodes are the best of the season so far.