Few shows got less respect last season than NBC's "Whitney," a broad laugh-track half-hour on a network known for more upscale comedies like "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation." But "Whitney" averaged more viewers than many of its more acclaimed schedule-mates, and NBC decided to bring it back for season two.

"Whitney" co-star Zoe Lister-Jones is currently promoting the indie comedy "Lola Versus" (which she co-wrote and stars in opposite Greta Gerwig), so I took the opportunity to ask for her thoughts on "Whitney's" critics and how working on a network comedy compares to making an indie film.

"Lola Versus" opens in limited release June 8. "Whitney" returns to NBC this fall Fridays at 8 p.m. ET.

Geoff Berkshire lives in Los Angeles and writes about film and television. His work has appeared in Variety, the L.A. Times, and Premiere, among other publications. He is the former national entertainment editor and film critic for Metromix.com.