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Remote Possibilities: 'New Girl,' 'Grimm' on the move

A few things to watch (or feed your DVR).

Remote Possibilities: 'New Girl,' 'Grimm' on the move

Jess (Zooey Deschanel, right, with guest star Johnny Pemberton) flashes back to her prom night on "New Girl"
Jess (Zooey Deschanel, right, with guest star Johnny Pemberton) flashes back to her prom night on "New Girl" Greg Gayne/Fox

Something fun happens on Fox's "New Girl" Tuesday -- and something not so much fun.

The network, apparently counting on Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" to deliver viewers, has decided to start the Zooey Deschanel comedy two minutes early, at 8:58 p.m., for the next three weeks. That means if you're recording "New Girl," you might run into some conflicts in the previous hour.

It's a nasty move when a network's doing really well in a particular time slot. It's a puzzling one when, well, it's not. Chances are NBC's "The Voice" and CBS' "NCIS" will dominate from 8 to 9  -- why make it harder on people trying to catch more than one show?

Still, for those who can work it out, both "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" (9:30 p.m., Fox 29) have strong episodes. Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love") begins a three-episode arc on "Mindy," which is also marked by the reappearance of the brothers Duplass (Mark and Jay) as the midwives.

You may also want to check out:

-- "Grimm" (10 p.m., NBC10). The latest attempt to shore up the time slot that "Smash" and "Ready for Love" couldn't make it in involves shifting the recently renewed drama about fairy-tale monsters living among us from Fridays (and, not incidentally, giving it "The Voice" as a lead-in).

-- "Awkward" (10 p.m., MTV).  The episode, the fourth of the third season, is titled, "Let's Talk About Sex." Really? What else has this high school series been talking about all this time? Certainly not algebra.

 

 

 

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