Not Your Mother’s Grad School
The pilot’s been out for a few weeks, but on Monday, Syfy aired the first and second episodes of what might be its highest-profile series in years: The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s popular book trilogy of the same name. Depression, levitation sex, and gruesome classroom murders all made an appearance, quickly establishing Grossman’s ethos — crudely but efficiently described as self-aware-Hogwarts-for-grownups — to the screen. Book fans should be locked in for the long haul, and hopefully some new recruits as well.
Zooey Flies the Coop
For its first half-hour sans Deschanel (but before Megan Fox!), New Girl aired an episode appropriately titled “No Girl,” bringing in guest stars Fred Armisen and presumably-booked-prior-to-9/11-scandal Steve Rannazzisi, plus extra roommate hijinks like turning the loft into a giant Airbnb to finance Schmidt’s Japanese bachelor party. It all works, proving that this late-season sitcom is a well-oiled machine that can function even without its title character (though thankfully not forever).
Rebecca Got an A in Pole-Dancing
From a plot perspective, the most important thing about Monday night’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend spring premiere was Rebecca’s under-pressure revelation that she didn’t move to West Covina for work after all — she moved there after running into Josh on the street. From every other perspective, the most important thing about the episode was the full-blown pole dance Rebecca performs on a party bus. She learned it from a (feminist) pole class she aced, because they’ll give you grades in pole dancing as long as you specifically ask them to!