Ben Kate is pretty okay but I'm not trying to get too attached to it on account of it likely not being long for this world (B&K and Mindy Project have under-performed big time for FOX's much-hyped Tuesday night comedy block). New Girl is great, though, and way better than I ever thought it would be; the writing is surprisingly sharp and the cast have wonderful chemistry together.
I agree that The Mindy Project isn't very good. I know that Kaling is a bit of an It-girl at the moment, but I frankly don't think that she's leading lady material. Her humor is pretty superficial and entirely too reliant on pop-culture references, too, so much of the show's material comes off feeling sophomoric and empty. The whole endeavor feels like an excuse for her to, well, "play doctor" with Caucasian dudes that realistically wouldn't give her the time of day. I'd probably have to say that it's the most vain vanity project currently on the air.
The Wonder Years is a true favorite of mine. Shame that the situation with royalties from the show's (excellent) use of established music will likely prevent it from ever getting a proper home release.
Yeah, the only way that they would be able to release the show would involve butchering it by cutting out all of the licensed tunes. And a Wonder Years without all of the kickass, period-specific music wouldn't quite be The Wonder Years at all. It would almost be as bad as the version of The Big Lebowski that gets aired on Comedy Central, where all of the profanities have been removed and dubbed over with absolute nonsense (for instance: "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass, Larry!" becomes "This is what happens when you fight a stranger in the Alps, Larry!"). This is also why the show can no longer be found in syndication.
There simply isn't a more fascinating character on television at the moment.