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'New Girl' recap: Schmidt Happens

Jess must summon the courage to bring about closure with her old boyfriend, and returning roommate Winston tricks Schmidt out of the best room in the house //

'New Girl' reveals her 'Kryptonite': What's up Winston?

And so the post-Damon-Wayans-Jr. "New Girl" reveals itself...With the pilot star committed to the second season of ABC's "Happy Endings," Lamorne Morris' made his first appearance as Coach replacement Winston. Winston's introduction is a relative non-event, with the episode choosing to focus on Jess (Zooey Deschanel) getting her stuff back from philandering ex-boyfriend Spencer (Ian Wolterstorff), her "Kryptonite", according to the episode title. Upon first meeting, Winston doesn't make as big of a contribution in the plucky humor department as Jess, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Nick (Jake Johnson), but he does serve a vital role on "New Girl": the straight man. With no sign of the series easing up on the quirk, somebody needs to be a tad normal. And that definitely wouldn't be Spencer. The manipulative, scrunchy-wearer was hoarding Jess' belongings while her grieving for their relationship kept her from taking them back -- until she Dennis the Menace'd the boys' flat-screen and... //

NEW GIRL “Kryptonite” Review

NEW GIRL  "Kryptonite" Season 1 Episode 2 – The second episode of the Zooey Deschanel starrer was an interesting one in that it definately did not follow a typical sitcom structure. It carried on with the wacky adventures of Jess, and featured her singing in cars, bouncing basketballs, throwing pots onto lawns. The main plot involved Jess returning to her boyfriend’s  house  to retrieve her stuff. I really liked the style of this episode. There was no discernable beat-by-beat structure to the telling of this story, the script was smart and funny and expanded the roles of the characters, effectively introducing Winston to replace Coach and, though he didn’t get much to do in this episode outside of wake up screaming to Jess’ singing and argue over rooms with Schmidt, he worked well in whatever role he was given. Like I said, I really liked the script and I actually think that this episode was much better than the pilot, which was fine in introducing the characters, but was inconsistent, especially with regards to Jess, in terms of knowing who these characters were: is Jess a nerdy, awkward, unsociable woman or is she geek chic? This episode effectively discarded labels and went further afield of making her her own unique character, and of course the character as built around Zooey Deschanel is inherently charming and quirky, so it didn’t have to strive too far. Read More... //

'New Girl'? Give me 'My Boys'!

An impressive total of 10.1 million people watched Zooey Deschanel’s  New Girl  premiere last night. I was one of them. And an extraordinarily large number of people  enjoyed the show . I was not one of them. Admittedly, I was predisposed to not liking it. Though I enjoyed blonde Deschanel in  Elf , I have disliked mostly everything brunette Deschanel has done in recent years. That is, besides  The Happening , because it’s impossible to dislike a movie  that awesomely awful . So while my love for  The Happening  led me to laugh at the sight of Deschanel falling over a plant in  New Girl  last night ( she’s just there to use the bathroom, guys ), I just couldn’t bring myself to crack a smile during any other hijinx during the premiere. Especially since  New Girl  only made me sad that  My Boys  is no longer on the air. Read More... //

NEW GIRL “Pilot” Review

NEW GIRL  "Pilot" Season 1 Episode 1 – It’s hard to judge the pilot of any show especially one which has so obviously been tweaked to within an inch of its life by the network , one which has found every really good joke thrown into a spoiler filled trailer released months ago so that by the time  the episodeactually  airs and the jokes are put in context, they feel remarkably stale. This is no one’s fault except the marketing team and it’s why I tend to hate promos  and try to avoid them like the plague (and yes, I’ve seen most promos for this fall season, so I’m a raging hypocrite). The adorkable (oh how I hate that portmanteau) Zooey Deschanel is a charismatic, instantly likeable presence. Though I cannot remember what her character’s name is. She might as well be named Zooey, since the it’s the appeal of the actress upon which this show’s charm hinges. Her character, unfortunately, is insanely inconsistent. Sure, she’s filled with broad quirky pop culture references which are deployed with unerring cynicism pretending to be, ahem, "cute". But for someone who is supposed to have no clue in terms of how to dress for a dinner date (overalls? Please) she sure has a nice fashion sense IN EVERY OTHER SCENE (see the cute pink dress in the pic above). Read More... //

Review: FOX's 'New Girl' showcases Zooey Deschanel

Midway through the premiere episode of the new FOX sitcom  "New Girl,"  the show's heroine Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to counsel new roommate Nick (Jake Johnson) about a bad break-up. She tells Nick that living with regret isn't good for anyone, and Nick - who, like his other two roommates, has struggled to adjust to Jess's many quirks since she moved in - retorts, "Or I could pretend to be more like you, Jess, and live on a sparkly rainbow and drive a unicorn around and just sing all the time."  With "New Girl," which debuts tonight at 9, there is no middle ground. You either want to live on a sparkly rainbow and drive a unicorn with Zooey Deschanel, or you find her insufferably twee and cringe every time she starts singing her own theme song or dropping "Lord of the Rings" references.  Me, I've been a Deschanel fan going back to one of her first roles, as the hero's sister in "Almost Famous," and especially since she dueted with Will Ferrell on "Baby It's Cold Outside" in "Elf."  (I discussed her film and music career with her in  an interview back in the summer .)  So I'm all in on "New Girl." It's the best new comedy of the fall season, and the only new show I genuinely enjoyed from start to finish, rather than having to squint real hard and try to picture what it might look like once the producers figure out what to do with their stars.  Read More... //

'New Girl' review: 'Diamonds, daisies, snowflakes'? Maybe.

"New Girl" is the newest buddy comedy, this time from FOX, and whether you enjoy it will hinge largely on whether or not you like Zooey Deschanel, as her patented off-beat stylings are a driving force behind the show.Zooey stars as Jess, a girl who surprises her boyfriend Spencer with some afternoon delight only to find he's having some afternoon delight with someone else. So she answers a Craigslist ad for three guys looking for a roommate - Schmidt (Max Greenfield), the wannabe-player; Nick (Jake Johnson), the recently-dumped bartender; and Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), the trainer who struggles to communicate with women. Don't get too attached to Wayans, however. "Happy Endings" got unexpectedly renewed, so his character has been replaced by Lamorne Morris as the basketball-playing Winston. What's "New Girl's" loss is "Happy Endings" gain, as Wayans is quite funny on both shows.Anyway, so Jess is coming off her break-up and moves in with these... //

NEW GIRL “Pilot” Review

Zooey Deschanel’s much anticipated TV show premieres tonight.  NEW GIRL  is a half hour comedy focusing on Jess (Zooey Deschanel) who gets three new roommates after she discovers her live-in boyfriend is cheating on her. The roommates Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Nick (Jake Johnson) seem to be a perfect match  for Jess’ sensitive, neurotic and emotional persona. Other cast  members include Hannah Simone who plays Cece Meyers, Jess’ best friend and a model, something that totally enthralls the roommates. I was not sure what to expect from  New Girl . All I knew is that it starred Zooey and she is one of my all time favorite actresses. I can still remember the first time I saw her in  Almost Famous . She stole my heart. So Zooey drew me in and kept me in, but I also give credit  to her surrounding cast that managed to add to  the story and humor without detracting from her story. Read More... //

'New Girl' series premiere recap: It's Jess!

SPOILER ALERT:   New Girl 's pilot was released to iTunes Sept. 6 and will be available on Hulu on Sept. 13. For those who want to wait to drink in all of Zooey Deschanel's adorableness until the Sept. 20 network premiere, read on at your own risk. From the second Zooey Deschanel's face appeared on screen in the pilot for  New Girl (which happens to be second 0.000001, in tight close-up), it was clear this show was not meant to be your grandma's sitcom -- despite Jess's fondness for granny panties (more on that later). Telling her humiliating break-up story within the framework of horror clichés, she gave a nod to the hyper-referential hipster characters on which she has made her name. So, the rules were set: If you like Zooey Deschanel, you'd like  New Girl . But did the pilot play out that way? Read More... //