Oh the Things We Have Seen: First Impressions of New Girl, Starring Zooey Deschanel

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Just after fall schedules are determined at networks' upfront presentations in late May, major networks send the pilots of their new programs to the media. These previews are not for in-depth review, because many pilots are retooled, recast, and reshot before they officially debut, and the final product might be much different. But that doesn't mean we can't share some basic ideas of what to expect!


The Show: The Zooey Deschanel Show New Girl on Fox, which will air Tuesdays at 9pm starting on September 20. The series has also been picked up for broadcast by E4 in the UK and Citytv in Canada. Yes, we're finally exporting our most valuable natural resource, Zooey Deschanel.

The Cast: Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer, Elf), Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, Jake M. Johnson, Lamorne Morris

Fox's official logline: "Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late twenties who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable, and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn't. Although she's dorky and awkward, she's comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she's not used to hanging with the boys—especially at home."

Early Intel: New Girl was created by Liz Meriwether, one of Hollywood's most sought-after female screenwriters. Though to be honest, her biggest claim to fame is the bleh film No Strings Attached, so she may be more a product of hype than anything else. The show marks the TV debut of Deschanel, whose legion of obsessed fans is growing faster than the crowd at a Cut Copy concert.

First Thoughts: I think my crush on Zooey Deschanel is OVA. I think.

What the series has going for it: Zooey certainly is a looker, and her gigantic baby blues sure grab the attention of the camera (but will her skinny-jeans-clad following tune in?). Your enjoyment of the pilot will hinge on how much Zooey-being-weird-but-cute you can stomach.

Room for Improvement: Have you ever met someone who was endearingly quirky for the first thirty seconds, but then it was so obvious they were trying too hard to be cutesy goofy that the sight of them made you want to repeatedly crush your head in a car door? That's New Girl for ya. In the version we saw, there was even a scene where she took off her glasses and all of a sudden she was "hot."

The Coolest Part of the Early Version: In the pilot we saw, Damon Wayans Jr. played one of the male roommates Jess moves in with, and he was pretty good—just like he's pretty good on ABC's Happy Endings. But since Happy Endings is returning for a second season, Wayans' New Girl character will be recast. It's a shame, because he was pretty funny in the early version, but unfortunately we won't see him in the network premiere. Wait, what's that? Fox isn't re-shooting the pilot? It's just replacing Wayans with another black guy in the second episode? Oh, never mind then.

Last Word: New Girl is so cute you'll throw up.


Here's Fox's official trailer for the series:


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Not cute; definitely not funny. Pass.
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"Wait, what's that? Fox isn't re-shooting the pilot? It's just replacing Wayans with another black guy in the second episode?"



Seriously?
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"The show marks the TV debut of Deschanel, whose legion of obsessed fans is growing faster than the crowd at a Cut Copy concert."
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the trailer is hilarious!!! i hope d show is outstanding........all d characters look cool especially zooey she is so cute and adorable............looking forward 2 watch d show :)

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I like the Deschanel sister and most definitely anticipating this show just because of that. I also like quirky people. It seems that this show is getting promoted a lot by Fox this summer so I guess they are really trying to reel this one in. I want it to succeed as well but I'm afraid that some people might not get this 'situation' in this comedy.



This show is not really comparable to other comedy shows currently airing like Modern Family, The Office, and The Big Bang Theory, so maybe it will have a greater chance to succeed. I think I'm going to take the 'I don't care if it gets cancelled' approach when watching this show at the start.
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i hope that the new girl isn't like summer in 500 days of summer, a cunt
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Leave it to the vast majority of TV programming out there to make cartoon-characters out of people...I adore Zooey Deschanel, but she should've passed on this one...
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I'll pass on this one
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It still looks great to me.
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I'll watch the first 2-3 episodes because, like many others, Zooey is soooo cute (hehe). But it doesn't look that promising. It could be funny, but based on the preview, it seems to lay on Zooey's cuteness a bit too thick. Also, I really like Happy Endings and am glad he's returning to it, but it's too bad Wayan's Jr. is leaving this show... he seems quite funny.
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OF COURSE!!! ZOOEY IS ABS CUTE OVERLOADED!!
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i saw this clip when it first came out in early spring? this is going to be the show everone wanted to be in..aside from zooey reminding me too much of her sis emily,(bones)everyone must know that???,you kind of can't take you eyes off her. which makes me wonder why it took her until her late 20's (or the execs)to get on tv. it prob won't matter with the ratings,but do we really need 3 more dumb and dumber guy roomies on the tube again. the jokes are so old. again this is going to be so popular it won't matter but had to say it. zooey is one of these actors who can pull off beautiful and doopy at the same time and make both work equally well. if the guys and the writers don't do anything tooo stupid then it is the surest hit on any network...prob will be anyway...there i said it again!
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Lmao at them just replacing Damon Wayans Jr., though I'm glad because I like Happy Endings. I agree, I like Zooey Deschanel but this looks too cute to the point of nausea. I'll pass.
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looks good, and she be soooooooo cute
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Zooey is playing. Period.
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She seems to be in a group with young actresses like Lizzy Caplan, Emma Stone and Ellen Page, who always play the exact same type of character. Snarky, sarcastic, condescending, moody and worst of all, not particularly funny. Other than Caplan, I rarely find myself laughing at their jokes, and I am usually put off by their constant downer attitude.

The best sitcoms are the ones where you really rally behind the character, despite their many flaws (Seinfeld, Arrested Development, Modern Family) because the protagonists are funny and likeable. I have a hard time getting behind the type of characters that Zooey Deschanel usually plays. I often find myself frustrated and annoyed. I really hope I'm wrong and that it's a great show, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Lizzy, Emma and Ellen rock. Yes, they play the roles, or at least their characters have, that embody the adjectives you used. (Personally, I think all three can have an incredible career. One [Ellen] doesn't get an Oscar nomination for nothing.)



Now about Zooey. I've had my eye on her ever since The Good Girl. She has showed much range since.



Including (uh-hmmm. Mr. Surette take notice here) her roles in the TV show Weeds (where I personally wanted to kill her character myself) and the starring role in one of the very, very few good SyFy TV original programming shows (mini-series) called Tin Man.



Zooey, and the other young female actors you mentioned, can (and should) have a very promising career. For me, Zooey reminds me of one of my favorite actors who got a start on a soap, then her first film ended up being a cult classic (Dazed and Confused). I'm referring to the "Indie Queen" herself, Parker Posey. (Parker has been type cast so many times, and usually it is incredible, but has she's showed much range in many other non typecast roles.) It is unfair of you to judge Zooey for now. (YES, Parker's first starring role in a Sit-Com was cancelled after a few episodes aired [I'm feeling this will be the same result with Zooey's new show.] .) So let Zooey be, and hope FOX gets her and the writers and let them create something wonderful. (Yeah, I doubt FOX will ever do that but one can hope.)



I haven't seen the pilot yet, but hopefully FOX will give it time to grow and won't kill it. After all, they are the studio that produces it (and Modern Family - which they were stupid for letting ABC air it instead of them).
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I actually like Zooey, Lizzy, Emma, and Ellen & the roles that they play. I guess to each their own.
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Let's rank 'em:



1.Lizzy Caplan

2. The rest
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For me, its in this order.



1. Lizzy Caplan

2. Zooey Deschanel

3. Ellen Page

4. Emma Stone



I love them all either way.
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I've always thought of Lizzy Caplan as a poor man's Zooey Deschanel...
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Of course I will watch it, why? It's simple... Zooey Deschanel... She's so damn cute...
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I can't wait, but I have feeling all of Jess' weird unfunny noises are going to turn me off.
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Only reason to watch this is 'cause Zooey is "that hot chick from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"!

Although the novelty of that will probably wear off after a few episodes.
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personally i cannot wait for this show... i have watched the preview like 10 times and it looks so funny. plus, max greenfield!!! haven't seen him in anything since veronica mars. i hope that he is ultimately the love interest for her.
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i don't know if it counts, but she guest starred on at least one episode of weeds (we can go to one of the guays, Ura, Para, your choice), so i don't know if it's her tv debut, maybe that counts for recurring/starring/non guest star roles?

i mostly wanted to use the ura or para qoute, it's fun
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She was great in Weeds. Totally crazy.
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No Wayans, that's just wrong man
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Zooey Deschanel is great in a movie every now and then, but she does tend to play the same type a lot. Her cuteness could really wear off if seen too often.
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I agree, she looks really annoying in this, I won't watch.
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Looks really cute and funny, I can't wait to watch it
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i'll give the pilot and the 2nd ep an chance
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I plan to watch it. :)
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I'll watch it. It looks funny. I love Zooey.
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I'll pass.
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