'New Girl' Zooey Deschanel melts grumpy critics, Damon Wayans Jr. stays in the pilot

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The mood at the Television Critics Association summer press tour is decidedly nonplussed. Perhaps jaded by years of writing about new series, only to see them tank two episodes in, skepticism lingers in the Beverly Hilton ballroom like a snarky fog while most presentations pass by with nary a clap. Most presentations don't have Zooey Deschanel. Promoting her new FOX comedy, "New Girl," Deschanel reduced the hard-nosed crowd into a fawning group of schoolboys and schoolgirls, where actual questions included, "When did you first realize you were adorable?" (She seemed too embarrassed to recall.)Amidst the laughter and collective blushing, we did gather some news from the series about a recently dumped oddball (Deschanel) moving in with three bachelors -- namely about how the series will introduce Lamorne Morris as "Winston," who replaces exiting Damon Wayans Jr. who was committed to Season 2 of "Happy Endings." "We were really happy with the pilot," says executive...


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