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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
Why Single Parents is the natural successor to New Girl
Source: BuzzFeed News
The ABC comedy is from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether and New Girl writer J.J. Philbin, so it would seem like a natural successor to the Fox comedy. But as Alanna Bennett points out, the characters on Single Parents "are a classic ragtag team. Just like on New Girl, everyone gets their shot at absurdity — even the characters who, on most shows, would be relegated to scoffing at the others’ actions from the sidelines."
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Max Greenfield and Damon Wayans Jr. have found a crazy New Girl connection between their CBS Monday night sitcom characters
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Wayans plays Jake Davis on Happy Together, while Greenfield plays Dave Johnson on The Neighborhood. If you take away Davis and Dave, you have Jake Johnson, their former New Girl co-star.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Hannah Simone finally gets a New Girl Funko Pop doll
When the collectibles brand unveiled its New Girl collection in March, Simone's Cece was noticeably missing, prompting the actress to tweet: "Rude." “It’s nice that people saw my character as an integral part of the show and felt that a cast collection of figures without Cece would be incomplete,” the actress says now that she has a Funko Pop doll. “They’ve kept their fingers on the pulse of this and it’s great to see how invested and connected they are to the show.”
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Hannah Simone to reunite with New Girl pals on Single Parents
New Girl's Liz Meriwether and JJ Philbin, who co-created the ABC family comedy, have enlisted Simone to join the series. She'll also reunite with New Girl vet Taran Killam, playing his character's love interest.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Insatiable is yet another TV show that puts thin actors in bizarre-looking fat suits
Source: Paste Magazine
From Fat Monica on Friends to Fat Schmidt on New Girl, TV producers like to use a "bizarre fat suit motif," says Amy Amatangelo. "There’s a segment of writers, producers, and showrunners who think you can just stick an actor in a fat suit and the jokes write themselves. Hilarity ensues," she says. As "Fatty Patty," Debby Ryan's Insatiable character looks especially bizarre. As Amatangelo notes, "Ryan is stuffed into clothes that are too tight for her fat-suited body and her face is distorted. Why do they do that when they decide to make someone overweight? Do they not know that people who aren’t a size zero actually have proportional and not warped faces? That people who are a size 14 can find clothes that fit them?"
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
New Girl creator Liz Meriwether joins the denunciation of Fox News: "I am horrified and disgusted and furious"
Meriwether is still involved with Fox with the ABC comedy Single Parents for a 20th Century and Bless This Mess for Fox TV and 20th Century Fox. "I don’t know what adding my voice ultimately means to the powers that be, but I have to speak out. This must stop," Meriwether tweeted of Fox News' coverage of the immigrant family separation story. She also responded to Corey Lewandowski's "womp womp," calling it "Horrifying." Meanwhile, Westworld actor Jonathan Tucker says he'll donate all earnings from Fox projects to helping separated immigrant families.
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"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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
Source: The Daily Mail
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