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Are New Girl's Nick and Jess the New Ross and Rachel?

In the eight years since Friends went off the air, there have been many couples on television that viewers have rooted for to fill the void left by Ross and Rachel, a classic will-they-or-won't-they couple that eventually made good on their undeniable chemistry. So it comes as no surprise that New Girl 's Jess ( Zooey Deschanel ) and Nick ( Jake Johnson ) have become the focus of yet another hardcore fandom desperately hoping their favorite duo will finally take the plunge. Many shows have suffered from crossing that line, though, with the Moonlighting curse becoming a turn of phrase in the TV lexicon. The sizzling sexual chemistry between Moonlighting leads Maddie and David (Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis) initially boosted ratings, but after the characters hooked up in Season 3, the show began to falter and viewership began to plummet. Fearful of a similar fallout, showrunners have thrown obstacles in the way of TV couples lest the passion and banter die once they come together. But creator Liz Meriwether says New Girl is about much more than that. "I don't think the show is built on the will-they-or-won't-they aspect of their relationship," Meriwether tells "I think that we can...

New Girl Season 2 Episode 2 “Fluffer”

New Girl  “Fluffer” Season 2 Episode 2  airs Tuesday, Oct. 2 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis : Nick and Jess address their relationship-without-benefits. Meanwhile , Winston has a lot on his mind – besides Shelby. Then, hoping to date a beautiful Republican, Schmidt pretends to be one of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s sons in the all-new “Fluffer” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Oct. 2 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More...

New Girl’s Nick to Get With Olivia Munn

Oh, so now we know what Nick will have to apologize for : dating Olivia Munn. She's just signed on for multi-episode arc on New Girl , which is great news for anyone who thought Olivia Munn was the best part of Newsroom and bad news for Jess-Nick shippers (and also for all the people who seem to get so mad about Olivia Munn. Why do you do that? Explain, please.)

TV ratings: 'NCIS' and 'Vegas' open big Tuesday while 'The Mindy Project' starts slowly

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012CBS got big ratings from its pair of "NCIS" shows Tuesday on the way to an across-the-board win for the night. Both "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" were on par with their debuts last season, while new drama "Vegas" topped the premiere of "Unforgettable" last year in viewers (but not adults 18-49).Elsewhere, "The Voice" came down some for NBC but was still a strong player in the 18-49 demographic. "Go On" and "The New Normal" also fell some in the face of the other networks' premieres, but both remained competitive.FOX's comedies had a rougher start. "New Girl" was well off its strong debut last year (although in line with where it ended last season), and newcomers "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" posted only modest numbers. CBS scored a robust 17.2 million viewers and a 10.6 rating/17 share in households in primetime, finishing way ahead of ABC...

NEW GIRL: Hannah Simone Teases the Next Phase in Cece and Schmidt’s Relationship

While some fans may have been bummed out by Cece and Schmidt’s breakup on NEW GIRL, it seems like the duo are headed in a new direction in the show’s second season: they may actually be — gasp! — friends. Of course, being friends with your ex can be complicated (and/or hilarious), and when I [...]

'New Girl' Season 2 premiere re-launches the roommates, what did you think?

Man, it's good to be back in the "New Girl" loft. Well, not necessarily if you're Jess. Or Schmidt. Both roommates struggled during the first two episodes of Season 2, which saw Jess lose her job and Schmidt lose his penis cast. (At least one of those was a good thing.) During "Re-Launch," both Jess and Schmidt went through some major life changes. Jess lost her job at the school, and as she tried to figure out her next move, decided working as a shot girl with Parker Posey at Schmidt's danger-themed penis cast removal party would be a great idea. After a season of this show, you know that was a terrible idea, and Jess failed miserably. Good thing Nick was there to help her through it. PICTURES: "Schmidt Happens" and more of Schmidt's best quotes Schmidt struggled to come to terms with his breakup with Cece, but the two parted on good terms...

New Girl Teasers and Sneak Peeks: Season 2 Premiere

It's time to figure out the rules to True American as  New Girl   returns tonight for a two-episode extravaganza. A lot has changed since Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moved into the loft a year ago and the word 'adorkable' entered the pop culture dictionary.  Spoilers ahead . New Girl launched as a show about the Girl and the other characters served Jess' storylines, but as the season progressed and the characters developed it became more about the group rather than one individual. This isn't to say that some of the earlier episodes aren't good (the chicken dance from episode 3 is still one of my favorite moments), but it became consistently funny as the year progressed. The writing is sharper, quicker and they managed to have a cancer scare episode that was both incredibly touching and humorous at the same time. I am happy to say that season 2 gets off to a strong start; the jokes come quick and fast, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) still pronounces words in interesting ways and there's dancing, lots of dancing. Here are five teasers from the tonight's two episodes: Jess Will Not be Broken.  In the pilotJess discovered that her boyfriend had cheated on her and then spent days watching  Dirty Dancing  and crying, but don't expect the news that she has lost her job to have the same effect. Jess is trying to look at this situation in a positive light and when it does like Jess might succumb to the tears, one of the guys opts for an unusual method to cheer Jess up. Re-Branding.  No,  New Girl  isn't getting a different title, but Schmidt wants the world to know that he is a new man now that his penis cast is off (or oorff is you're talking like Schmidt). Schmidt isn't the only one who is looking for change as Jess' lack of job is giving her an identity crisis, not only does she not know what she can be if she isn't a teacher but she also pretends to be someone else in the second of tonight's episodes. This leads to a wonderfully farcical situation in the men's bathroom at Nick's (Jake Johnson) bar. New Love Interests.  Schmidt and Cece (Hannah Simone) broke up in the season 1 finale and the pair have been out of contact since then; their first post break-up meeting happens at Schmidt's party and is made all the more awkward by the presence of Cece's new boyfriend. Schmidt has his eye on another woman as we get to meet Winston's (Lamorne Morris) sister (does he not know the rules about dating friend's sisters?) and he will be showing off his sports skills (or lack of) to impress.  In the second of tonight's instalments Jess will attempt to juggle the attention of several different guys (including guest stars Josh Gad and David Walton). Singing and Dancing. Last season's finale ended with a the roommates dancing happily to AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" and both new episodes feature some interesting dance moves. You will see why Nick's dancing persona is called "Cricket" (this is in the sneak peeks below), how Jess uses her jazz/tap skills as a shot girl and why Nick doesn't like making fruity drinks for Winston. There are also two different (and entertaining) versions of Deee Lite's "Groove is in the Heart." Nick and Jess .  Fans of this will they/won't they coupling will be happy to know that there are at least 3 moments in the season premiere that will have them squeeing with joy and the chemistry that made them the pair to root for is on fire. While the second episode spends more time with Jess and her new love interests, I think fans will be mostly happy with a scene that involves Don Draper's drink of choice. There are new complications this season and with Jess losing her job it opens up a wide range of storyline possibilities; this will prompt Jess to explore what she wants to do with her life and whether teaching is really her dream profession.  New Girl  captures the feelings of not having it all figured out by the time you're 30 with jokes aplenty and like many sitcoms before it there is a family like bond between the friendship group. Season 2 begins with confidence and even though there is a comfortable familiarity with these characters, they are still evolving. Yes there are still kinks to figure out, particularly with how Cece will fit into the group now after her break up with Schmidt and she is barely used in these opening episodes, but overall this is a really positive and hilarious start to Fox's new Tuesday night comedy block. What would you like to see happen in season 2 of  New Girl ? New Girl  returns tonight to Fox at 8/7c and 9/8c. Watch three sneak peeks for the second episode below and for more videos from both episodes head here and here . If you've forgotten anything that happened last season, then we've put together a handy what happened/what's coming next guide here .

NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel Previews the Changes Jess Goes Through in Season 2

After last year’s breakout season, NEW GIRL will be undergoing a few changes in season 2. I sat down with series star Zooey Deschanel (Jess) to talk about what she feels has changed since last year, what will happen when her characters loses her job, and more. Plus, Deschanel weighs in on whether she wants [...]

New Girl Creator Liz Meriwether: Jess Goes "Off the Grid" in Season 2

Jess may not be so adorkable this season. When New Girl returns on Tuesday at 8/7c and 9/8c on Fox, Jess (Emmy-nominated Zooey Deschanel ) will be unceremoniously let go from her teaching position, sending her once quirky life into disarray. Jess' firing will provide new comedic avenues for her — she'll work as a shot girl at Schmidt's penis-cast removal party in the premiere (Words we never thought we'd write together in a sentence) — and it will also allow her to test some romantic waters she might not have dipped her toe in before — like only sleeping with someone instead of being in a relationship. To her credit, the fling-worthy David Walton is pretty hard to resist — a sentiment creator Liz Meriwether agrees with. Read More...

New Girl 2.02 "Katie" Sneak Peeks: Meet Winston's Family

New Girl   is back tomorrow on Fox with two episodes and we have clips from the second instalment (for sneak peeks of episode 1 head here ) that will see Jess (Zooey Deschanel) attempt to get over her bad news from the premiere. We will also meet some of Winston's (Lamorne Morris) family and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) will set out to impress.  Spoilers ahead . It took the  New Girl  writers some time to carve out Winston's role within the group as his character was a late addition to the cast. Damon Wayans Jr. was of course the other roommate in the pilot as Coach, but when  Happy Endings  received a season 2 pick-up he had to leave  New Girl . Instead of simply recasting the character, a new one was created instead and it understandably took time to develop who Winston is and what his strengths as a character and performer are. Winston is perhaps the most sensible character of the group, he is the voice of reason when chaos ensues and one of last season's highlights is from the episode "Secrets" where Winston unleashes Theodore K. Mullins to get everyone to quieten down (it was a Saturday morning after all). While it took some time to make Winston more than the guy who used to play basketball, he is now a vital part of the group dynamic and I am glad we will be meeting some members of his family. Read More...