Bella Swan has had the benefit of my doubt for the previous three installments of The Twilight Saga. But in Breaking Dawn — Part 1, this perpetually sad/sullen/wincing young woman — played as if every scene gives her cramps by the otherwise interesting Kristen Stewart — is a big drip. She’s maddeningly inarticulate. She’s distressingly passive. She’s a bad role model for girls. So, I say enough. Enough with Bella’s depressed, ragdoll posture and her eternal gloom. And a pox on Breaking Dawn, the movie, for its contented complicity with Stephenie Meyer’s ultimately awful message to millions of readers. What we learn in this all-pain/no-pleasure episode is that marriage feels like a life sentence, weddings are miserable events, honeymoon sex is dangerous and leaves a bride covered in bruises, and pregnancy is a torment that leads to death in exchange for birth. Also, during pregnancy, families fight like werewolves and vampires. Way to go, YA message. At least Bella’s wedding gown is pretty. Ooh! Cue the fashion blogs.
NBC revealed its midseason schedule today, which includes the return of 30 Rock and the debut of the new dramas Smash and The Firm.
It also revealed new day and time period changes for Whitney, Up All Night, Rock Center with Brian Williams and Harry’s Law. Community will be temporarily benched but is expected to return later this season.
Tuesdays 8-10 p.m. — The Biggest Loser (beginning Jan. 3) 10-11 p.m. – Parenthood (through Feb. 28) 10-11 p.m. – Fashion Star (beginning March 13, 9-11 p.m. with two-hour premiere; one-hour broadcasts resume March 20)
Wednesdays 8-8:30 p.m. – Whitney (beginning Jan. 11) 8:30-9 p.m. – Are you there, Chelsea? (beginning Jan. 11) 9-10 p.m. – Rock Center with Brian Williams (beginning Feb. 8) 10-11 p.m. – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. – 30 Rock (beginning Jan. 12) 8:30-9 p.m. – Parks and Recreation 9-9:30 p.m. – The Office 9:30-10 p.m. – Up All Night (beginning Jan. 12) 10-11 p.m. – The Firm (two-hour premiere Sunday January 8; Thursday time period premiere Jan. 12)
Fridays 8-9 p.m. — Who Do You Think You Are? (beginning Feb. 3) 9-10 p.m. – Grimm 10-11 p.m. – Dateline NBC
Saturdays 8-9 p.m. – Harry’s Law (encore broadcasts) 9-10 — The Firm (encore broadcasts) 10-11 p.m. – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore broadcasts)
Sundays 7-9 p.m. – Dateline NBC (begins Jan. 8) 8-9 p.m. – Harry’s Law (beginning March 4) 9-11 p.m. – The Celebrity Apprentice (beginning Feb. 12)