New Girl Gets the First Full-Season Pickup

Congratulations, New Girl! You just earned the fall's first full-season pickup. And not just for 22 episodes, but for a supersized 24 episodes. With this news, Fox can start compiling an entire album of goofy songs performed by Jessica Day to compete with Glee's dominance of the charts.

The order comes after just two episodes of the Zooey Deschanel comedy, the second of which aired last night. Fox can't be blamed for the hasty decision, as New Girl is easily the season's biggest new hit right out of the gate. Its premiere episode actually improved on its lead-in numbers from Glee (which was supposed to be helping it out), drawing 10.28 million viewers and an impressive 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Last night's second episode saw very little drop-off, pulling 9.26 million and a 4.4 rating in the same demo. So this wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when.

The success could be attributed to Fox's decision to release the pilot early on the internet in an attempt to build word-of-mouth and buzz. That move is now being mimicked by NBC, which has already released the second episode of Whitney, which airs tomorrow (watch it here) and the third episode of Up All Night, which airs tonight (watch it here). But let's be honest here, New Girl is a hit because it's mainstreaming Zooey Deschanel, meaning I now face that much more competition in my lifelong goal to squeeze the adorableness out of her. Just be warned: I'm a pretty great stalker.

Plus, we all know that the real importance of this news is that it sets the first tiebreaker for TV.com's Dead Pool. We're still waiting on the first cancellation, though, so it's anyone's game. But mostly mine, because I got New Girl right. Did you?


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the show is not that funny but still a good show i enjoy watching it but for a comedy it has to get more funny soon.
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Okay i've watched 2 episodes of this show now and there's 44 minutes I'm not getting back. The best character Damon Wayans Jr.'s character but he's off to Happy Endings (which IS really good and I recomend checking out). it's not horrible and I don't hate the acting but the script should be actually humerous if they want to be a comedy.
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Booyah! Like this show alot!
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great new show, really happy about this one
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totally missing the douche bag jar in New Girl!!
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She's cute ... writing poor ... zero chemistry
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But mostly mine, because I got New Girl right. Did you?



How in the hell would we know WHAT your picks are?????
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I thought the first episode was entertaining but a bit too much.. but the second one actually made me laugh a lot and Jess was showing a bit more spine and less goofiness. Go New Girl, I'll be watching!
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Don't get it. It's a cute show. Deschanel is cute. That's about it. I don't get why people like it so much.
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Like ZD she is grate in a lot of stuff. But watching this is like having a GF with hysterical drama without the dirty dirty finish. And who the hell thinks this show is funny, really? Where did all this hype come from?
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Not a funny show, I really like ZD, but she's not funny at all... She tries to be funny, but it doesn't come over as funny. I had to watch The Big Bang Theory to get me laughing again (was it me or was it the show.... Definetly the show!).
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Perfect............ love the show
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I like the show and find the quirkyness of Zooey funny and fun to watch. I think the show can become better, but I'll watch it regardless. I had a few laugh out loud moments during both episodes so far. I look forward to more!
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I REALLY don't get why people like this show.

It's the poor man's Happy Endings. I mean REALLY poor... not just bankrupt poor; homeless poor!

Esthetically, the shows look VERY similar. Almost suspiciously familiar. But Happy Endings is far, far funnier. I didn't laugh out loud once during the pilot of New Girl, and it certainly won't keep me watching. I thought the jokes were simple, predictable and repetitive.

There seem to be two types of sitcoms these days: shows with obvious jokes and shows with more subtle humor. Shows with obvious jokes are all built on a simple premise that continues to be the punchline. Perfect example: The Big Bang Theory. The premise is that "these guys are NERDS!", therefore every single joke in the history of that show was built upon that premise. They'll make a Star Trek analogy while playing video games - because "these guys are NERDS!"... they'll have problems with girls and wear superhero t-shirts - because "these guys are NERDS!" The jokes are always predictable, and after a couple of seasons it got old. Same thing with Two and a Half Men: "this guy's a philanderer, that guy's a loser, and the kid loves to eat!". Every joke was built around THOSE three premises, and after a couple of seasons it got old. Whereas subtle comedies like 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Seinfeld, Arrested Development and even Raising Hope will make jokes that refer to what happened earlier in the episode - or earlier in the series! The jokes are smart and multi-layered, as are the characters.

This is exactly my point in New Girl. The premise is "this girl is quirky", and every single punchline in the show is based around that premise. She sings all the time, has trouble talking to guys and gets caught dancing around naked... because "this girl is quirky"! In fact, I found her kind of obnoxious, and I don't understand why these 3 guys are so nice to an obviously crazy person. Singing for no reason isn't funny.

All the while, Happy Endings is FULL of jokes, both subtle and hilarious! It has a very high joke per minute ratio, probably in part thanks to Joe and Anthony Russo (of Arrested Development and Community), who are involved.

Seriously, people. If you like New Girl, it's probably because you haven't discovered Happy Endings yet. Accept no substitutes!
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why,it's lame at least
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You just solved all of America's economic problems!
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My wife and I both loved the pilot (watched online early)! We both laughed out loud several times. Zooey is awesome and the world just needs more of her on TV. We think the show has great potential.
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Balls!!! I got the right network, but the wrong show. I assumed after spending $20M they would have renewed Terra Nova about ten minutes after the premier ended, even with average ratings.

I'm not suprised by this at all. Personally I don't think it's that good, but with those ratings...
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yay! that's the show i chose for tie-breaker! now to see which show(s) will fall...
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the second episode was even better than the first one, as there was way less singing, and appereance of the new, sceptical guy (which is a less stereotypical character, though I did love the somewhat cartoonish "coach").. even the final moment where schmidt decided to stay to watch a corny movie while the other guys left was so funny, I am not surprised that it got the first full season pick-up..
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Two episodes of New Girl and I haven't even let out a chuckle yet. Watching the clock to see how much time is left is not a good sign of me liking it. Zoey is cute, but where are the funny lines? Where is the funny story? Where is the funny anything? I just don't get it. However, I'm eagerly awaiting episode 2 of Whitney. The first episode was terrific!
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And I can't watch Whitney on yahoo because I live in Canada. Oh well, it airs tomorrow night anyway.
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NOOOOO! The CW has failed me, why start your shows a week earlier if you won't extend The Secret Circle to full season. Shame on you CW. :)
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Dang! Didn't pick as my tie breaker... hope it doesn't matter though. Let the head rolling begin!
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Damn, I had Person of Interest! :(
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I did not, Dang it!! I thought CBS would be first out of the gate with "Person Of Interest". Drat.
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By the way, PAN AM!!!!!!They do 60's way better than anyone, and the filming was a 60's ish style movie type! And love the soundtracK!

This is nothing like MM!

Stay with it, they will develop the characters more and I just enjoyed them taking me back to a bygone era!!!!
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New Girl is just ok, for gods sake, its not the second coming of Jesus!
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no doubt im just sticking around because of zooey..... nothing else... and for the rest of the shows... well get a DVR!!! lmao.... but lets see ill pick up all night.. its funnier over new girl thou.
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This program, like big fish it is just shocking. Casting is terrible, the writing sucks. The characters are different from the pilot. They changed it into friends, it is a sticker. It will plummet to 7 million viewers before you know it. Well it probably will not but I hope it does. Completely predictable!
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This show has some great acting and characters, but I find the writing and dialogues to be somewhat lacking.

Also, I liked the old black guy much more than this new one, that sounds an even bigger douche, than the other guy, he just doesn't "fit" well with the rest of the cast, I liked Wayans much better.
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Damn it. I choose Pan Am...What was I thinking?
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YEAH! I picked New Girl for the tiebreaker. Hopefully this is the first step on my road to winning the Deadpool.
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I PICKED NEW GIRL IN MY TIEBREAKER!!! OHHHHH!
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I picked Person of Interest as my tiebreaker, guess I should've picked New Girl.lol
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Yes, LOVE this show. :)
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I've said it once and I'll say it again. X Factor already has a full-season pick-up. i can't think of one reality singing show that was cancelled mid-way, no matter what its rating were like. So, again, X Factor is the 1st tie-breaker, not New Girl.



But who cares about that? The tie-breaker only comes into play when we find out about the cancellations. Coming on, Whitney. I'm gunning for you(in both senses of the phrase).
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I hope your right, because I picked X Factor as my tie-breaker. At least I was smart enough not to pick this show among my 5. Damn you Zooey Deschanel, and your irresistible cuteness.
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Unless I miss it Tim, you didn't post your guesses on here for us to see. Because of that and your position here at the site...I guess that disqualifies you from the contest. So sad.
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ha! We've collected all the TV.com staff picks and will post them soon. You'll just have to TRUST ME. I know it's a stretch.
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*gasp* Trust..The tv.com Hierarchy! I am sure similar calls for trust were heard from Ramesses The Great, Louis XIV, Dr. Claw and Conrad Siegfried. (a golden star to whomever knows who the last person is)
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"This is KAOS"
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Dummkopf! Lol, not Siegfried would make a great tv.com ranking emblem.
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I don't really understand the show's appeal (way too much random singing), but I'm not surprised it got picked up. Comedies are making a comeback even though most of them have been pretty terrible so far. As for what's first on the chopping block... definitely The Playboy Club.
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I really like the show so far, but I am upset that Damon Wayans Jr. is gone.
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