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Wow. Now that's a comedy! I can't believe what I just saw. What I mean is, I've never experienced such delayed laughter in my life, having to process the confirmation that I had just seen or heard what I saw and heard. I never would have expected this sort of thing of network TV. Way lot of fun.

"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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Are you talking about the pilot episode? I thought it was a total disappointment. A talented actress surrounded by lame sitcom cliches. Made me wonder why they couldn't find her a better vehicle. Maybe Episode Two is better?

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I have to say, as one who has adored Zooey Deschanel for YEARS, the trailer for this sitcom did nothing for me. I'm not at all surprised to see that Matt Zoller Seitz's article on this show is headlined "Zooey Deschanel wears out her welcome". (I'd love it if it turns out the show is better than that, though.)

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Rich, what about THE NEW GIRL isn't standard "network TV" fare?

There was a bit of the required "guys are dumb and clueless". However, I totally bought into guys advising a girl on breakup/love life. The unreality, I guess, is that she actually listens. In my experience, when women have gotten themselves into such situations, the 'Y' chromosome resists all input from anything male. So, it turned this sort of thing on its head. Further, there are varieties of cluelessness on matters of the heart. Deschannel's character is not unlike women I've hung around with in the past. For me (who finds little in the early hype this season to hang onto), the absurdity of that huge apartment is mitigated by the odd chemistry and the social ugly duckling aspects of the lead.

Question: Are there examples I don't know about of a non-standard network sit-com. At what point do you avoid any number of staple sit-com charateristics at the expense of the thing not being a sit-com?

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"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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