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Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
New Girl's Max Greenfield modeled Schmidt after Joey Tribbiani, Dwight Schrute and Barney Stinson
"My feeling was if you were going to have these two grounded characters (Jess and Nick) who were doing incredible work — just really, really good solid single cam acting — there needed to be the big explosive joke hitter," he says. "You needed that. Most shows have had them. Like, if you look at The Office, Rainn Wilson got that in the beginning. You had it with Neil Patrick Harris’ character (on How I Met Your Mother) and Joey (on Friends) and all these other characters like that — that sort of No. 3 that hit the punchlines. I was like, ‘Alright, I’m just gonna go big on this stuff.’ And it’s paid off.”
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
New Girl's series finale was down 33% from last year's season finale
Last night's two-episode finale marked a season finale low for the Zooey Deschanel Fox comedy.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
New Girl creator on series finale twist: "I was nervous about it because we’ve never done anything like that on the show"
Liz Meriwether says her "incredible writers" came up with one of the series finale's biggest reveals, adding: "We wanted to have the finale be emotional but not have it be too emotional, and this felt like the (message) of the show. It’s still a bit silly." As for what Meriwether regrets not including in the show, she says with a laugh: "I really wish that we could have had a Nick and Schmidt kiss in the finale, but I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with Schmidt telling Nick that he loves him."
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 Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Zooey Deschanel recalls T.J. Miller auditioning for New Girl's Schmidt
"He insisted he wanted to read for Schmidt, and Schmidt had this scene where he took off his shirt,” she says of the former Silicon Valley star, whom she had worked with on 2011's Our Idiot Brother. “He was like, ‘Excuse me for a second,’ so he walked out and came back with his shirt off, and he had completely covered himself in an entire bottle of baby oil.”
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
A New Girl writer lobbied for four years to pen this week's episode
“Well it was an easy decision to make, mostly because I think the author, Noah Garfinkel, had been pitching that idea for four years and finally, just to shut him up, we agreed to do it,” says co-showrunner Brett Baer.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
New Girl is the last great "hangout comedy"
Hangout comedies about a group of friends "who genuinely care for one another attempting to solve the impenetrable riddle known as 'emerging adulthood'" are becoming extinct, says Josh Sorokach. New Girl inherited the "hangout" mantle from How I Met Your Mother. But there's no obvious successor to the Fox comedy.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Zooey Deschanel settles legal fight with ex-manager
The New Girl star's previous management company sued claiming it was owed commission from her TV and movie work, as well as her website Hello Giggles. Deschanel responded with a cross-complaint, with a trial was scheduled for July.
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 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 Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
New Girl gives a first look at its final season
A new promo offers the callback of showing Schmidt and Winston engaged in a game of True American
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
A high schooler is using Twitter to try and get the New Girl guys to have dinner before prom
So far Dharma Boreman has received more than 100,000 retweets for her cause.
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
New book argues that female-driven shows have contibuted to TV renaissance
Author and TV critic Joy Press' Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television chronicles 12 shows that revolutionized the way women are seen on TV, from The Mindy Project to Murphy Brown to Roseanne and New Girl. "The offerings by female showrunners and shows focused on the female experience were few and far between when I started out" writing about TV in 2000, says Press, "but around 2011 it felt like something changed and there was a flood of really interesting shows coming down the pipeline that had mostly female creators and an exciting range of female leads and female experience." ALSO: Read an excerpt from the book about "feminist hero" Murphy Brown.
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Damon Wayans Jr., "the most hotly pursued comedy actor this pilot season," lands a big CBS pilot deal
The New Girl and Happy Endings alum has fielded at least a dozen offers this pilot season, according to Deadline, but has decided to pick an untitled multi-camera comedy pilot in which he plays the business manager of a young pop superstar, who moves in with him and his wife. Deadline says Wayans' deal "is believed to be the biggest talent deal so far this pilot season....The rich pact is said to include points on the show and, if the pilot goes to series, a two-year first-look producing deal with CBS TV Studios."
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.