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Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
New Girl says goodbye having shed many identities
When Liz Meriwether's Fox comedy starring Zooey Deschanel ends its seven-season run tonight, it will have lived multiple lives. "Most long-running series evolve in some way, but few have shed identities quite as often, as easily, or as successful creatively as New Girl has through its many lives," says Alan Sepinwall. "First, it was the Zoey Is Adorkable show, as all of the marketing, and much of the writing, were focused on the big-eyed 500 Days of Summer star’s many quirks, her clumsiness, her sloppy and vulnerable emotions, and her penchant for singing her own theme song. In the early days, the show was so Jess-centric that her three new male roommates barely registered as characters." Yet New Girl evolved to allow Schmidt, Nick and Winston to emerge. "Charming and funny as Deschanel was," says Sepinwall, "that version of the series wasn’t sustainable (though the show was a genuine hit back at the start, and for many years now has suffered tiny ratings even by #EndTimes for broadcast TV standards), and the writers quickly fell in love with Max Greenfield’s off-kilter line readings as the loft’s lovable douchebag Schmidt."
- New Girl was "the Trojan horse of chocolate cakes" -- it presented "an easy-to-understand package and hid its secret sauce inside"
- Creator Liz Meriwether plans to write the post-#MeToo playbook now that she has a powerful voice
- What's the best idea for a New Girl spinoff, Schmidt Happens?
- Tonight's “The Curse of the Pirate Bride” episode was inspired by Meriwether's real-life marriage
- Zooey Deschanel doesn't know what to make of Snooki's fan letter
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Katie Holmes' FBI drama, Cagney & Lacey and The Greatest American Hero are among the most surprising rejected pilots
"We just found out that network tv isn't ready for the first brown female superhero on tv," New Girl star Hannah Simone tweeted when she learned that her Indian-American reboot of the 1980s ABC superhero series failed to make next year's ABC schedule. CBS' rejection of the Cagney & Lacey reboot pilot means Grey's Anatomy star Sarah Drew has lost two jobs in as many weeks. Fox's passing on Katie Holmes' FBI drama marks the second time that she has been passed over for her first regular series role since Dawson's Creek. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there's a possibility of reshooting the pilot if Holmes approves. The most surprising rejected pilot is Bad Boys spinoff L.A's Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony wanted to package L.A.'s Finest with Norman Lear's passion project Guess Who Died and bubble shows Timeless and The Blacklist. Now both pilots are being shopped, while a decision hasn't been made on The Blacklist and Timeless.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
New Girl's final season gets to explore how life goes on after a rom-com ending
The Season 6 finale gave Fox's Zooey Deschanel comedy the perfect ending. New Girl didn't need to have another season, says Caroline Framke. Yet Season 7 is worth watching, she says, because it "is an incredibly charming victory lap that manages to keep the characters and their relationships intact even as they enter the next, ostensibly more mature stages of their lives...At first, it’s jarring to see everyone we once knew as lovably chaotic messes living the lives they always dreamed of. But to the credit of both the actors and writers, everyone’s evolutions end up feeling entirely natural." She adds: "What this season proves is that these characters don’t need to be playing drinking games and sleeping with the wrong people to be the people their fans grew to love. Against the odds, New Girl found a way to roll the credits on its own rom-com and show what happens next without overstaying its welcome."
- The cast filmed the final season with a renewed since of excitement, like it was senior year of high school
- Creator Liz Meriwether is still unsure if "Girl" should've been in the title: "It ended up working, I guess!"
- New Girl made a home at the end of one TV era and the beginning of another
- Other shows do what New Girl does better, but it's still a unique show that's needed on TV
- New Girl crew would've liked to see a Schmidt Happens spinoff
- Zooey Deschanel: "It felt like we were ready for it to be the end, in a bittersweet way"
- Lamorne Morris: The cast stuck around on set two hours reminiscing after wrapping the final scene
- New Girl's best recurring characters, from Sadie to Outside Dave
- How New Girl writer Noah Garfinkel ended up in a portrait on The Good Place
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Actors of South Asian descent are all the rage this pilot season
New Girl's Hannah Simone starring as The Greatest American Hero on ABC and CBS' Pandas in New York, which revolves around an Indian-American family, are just two of examples of how actors of South Asian descent are landing key roles this pilot season. "Typically, South Asian-American TV characters tend to be terrorists, funny foreigners, or quirky best friends," says Sulagna Misra. "But while several South Asian-American actors have been cast to play sidekicks on this year’s crop of pilots—and even more of them are playing doctors, another stereotype—other roles are breaking the mold."
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
New Girl is getting a Funko doll set, but where's Cece?
Hannah Simone tweeted out her reaction to being left out: "Rude."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
The Greatest American Hero adds Cheers alum George Wendt
Wendt will star opposite New Girl's Hannah Simone, playing her boss on ABC's remake of its early-80s hit series.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
New Girl's Hannah Simone is ABC's new Greatest American Hero
Simone will play Meera, an Indian-American woman from Cleveland whose only "talents" are drinking tequila and singing karaoke, who is entrusted by aliens with a super suit to protect the planet. Simone, whose father is of Indian descent, takes over the role played originally by William Katt in the early-1980s ABC series. The Greatest American Hero reboot is from Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Kahn and her colleague Rachna Fruchbom.
Posted Thursday 8/31/17 at 2:44AM EDT
New Girl’s Hannah Simone welcomes her first child
Simone became a mom earlier this month, but no details about the baby have been revealed.