Television

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Man Seeking Woman’ no more

Katie Findlay and Jay Baruchel in “Man Seeking Woman.”

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Katie Findlay and Jay Baruchel in “Man Seeking Woman.”

Five takeaways from the week in TV:

1. This critic is sorry to announce that FXX has canceled “Man Seeking Woman” after three seasons. What are you gonna do? The surreal comedy, set in New York, was an extraordinary experiment in TV narrative by creator Simon Rich, but it never managed to spike in the ratings department. On the show, hero Josh (Jay Baruchel) essentially walked into and out of various living metaphors. At least the series ended on a note of completion, as Josh finally got married. And at least there are three classic seasons to rewatch and to recommend to others.

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2. The MTV Movie Awards is getting with it this year by adding TV nominations into the mix for the first time. The MTV Movie and TV Awards airs on May 7, and Adam DeVine, of “Workaholics,” “Pitch Perfect,” and “Modern Family” will be the host. This year, the show will air live, after being taped last year. Among the TV shows nominated in categories including Best Villain, Best American Story, and Best Duo: “Black-ish,” “Stranger Things,” “Mr. Robot,” “Atlanta,” and “This Is Us.”

3. Not only is that ill-advised “Will & Grace” revival coming at us, but this week NBC upped its order from 10 to 12 episodes. It’s due next fall, more than a decade after a series finale that wrapped up the next few decades in the characters’ lives.

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4. Not surprisingly, Alec Baldwin writes about Tina Fey and “30 Rock” in his new memoir, “Nevertheless.” He writes, “When I first met Tina Fey — beautiful and brunette, smart and funny, by turns smug and diffident and completely uninterested in me or anything I had to say — I had the same reaction that I’m sure many men and women have: I fell in love.” About his profound career experience on “30 Rock,” he writes, “When ‘30 Rock’ ended, all of the feelings one associates with the end of something seminal — feelings that I had missed or squandered earlier, that comes from truly investing in an experience — finally came out. That was my graduation.”

5. Recently, Netflix announced the end of its star rating system. This week, the new system, which allows only thumbs up or thumbs down, takes effect. The idea is that the new approach will help Netflix predict which shows and movies you might like.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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