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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 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 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Did Zooey Deschanel say goodbye to her New Girl character via a new haircut?
The actress posted a photo on Instagram yesterday of her “big time hair cut” that looks nothing like Jess.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
New Girl creator and cast talk three-year time jump -- and all the hubbub over a female-led show with a female showrunner
Creator Liz Meriwether recalled the launch of New Girl when asked how her show would be different if it debuted in the #MeToo era. “I remember when we first premiered it was a year where there were a lot of shows with female showrunners – and there were lots of stories written about the show,” she said. At the time, she said she wondered, “‘Wait, why is that a story, that I’m a woman and I’m running a show?’ Seven years later I don’t think that’s the story. That would be an odd story.” Zooey Deschanel recalls how she was asked if her character was too "feminine" -- “Can you be feminine and be a feminist?”
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 4:12PM EST
Dermot Mulroney returning for New Girl’s final season
He’ll reprise his role as Jess’ ex in multiple episodes next season.