Five buzzworthy season finales

It’s that time of year when summer movies start to steal the headlines from TV, but boob-tube fans have one last gasp, at least: The May season finales. Due to the evolving TV calendar, it’s not as jam-packed of a month as it used to be; “Parenthood,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Ringer” and “The Walking Dead” had their finales in previous months, while “The Killing” and “The L.A. Complex” will run well into the summer.

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Who’s that girl? It’s Jess; and ‘New Girl’ is getting better

The idea of getting a weekly dose of the girl from “(500) Days of Summer” was irresistible when “New Girl” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays on Fox) debuted last fall, but the public seemed to think a regular blast of the “too cute, too quirky” Zooey Deschanel was too much and the backlash started to arrive.

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First episode impressions: ‘New Girl’ (TV review)

With Zooey Deschanel in the title role, I expect “New Girl” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays starting Sept. 20 on Fox, but the first episode is already on Hulu) to be a notch above a standard sitcom. Her presence puts the stamp of passion-project quality on an endeavor, as seen in “Almost Famous,” “(500) Days of Summer” and “Our Idiot Brother.”

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