Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Damon Wayans Jr. (Pilot Only), Hannah Simone
Created by Elizabeth Meriwether
Written by Elizabeth Meriwether, Directed by Jake Kasdan
New Girl is FOX's newest live action sitcom starring film star and, according to the press, TV's new "it" girl for the fall season Zooey Deschanel as the nerdy Jessica Day. The show is good but the "it" girl isn't the best part. The best part are the guys she moves in with after a breakup - Nick (Jake Johnson) who is also getting out of a relationship, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) the "douchebag," and Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) who will only be in the pilot since Wayans' sitcom Happy Endings got picked up for a second season. Replacing him in episode 2 will be Lamorne Morris. Rounding out the cast is Jessica's best friend, model CeCe (Hannah Simone).
BOTTOM LINE: Viewers are going to like this, I think. It's more broadly appealing than Raising Hope and should be able to find a broader audience as a result. Plus apparently I'm the only one who doesn't think Zooey Deschanel is just the most adorable thing to hit our TV screen. This show would be getting a much worse review from me for that reason if the guys weren't so strong and the writing wasn't there. But they are strong and the writing has a lot of promise. So I'll give it another chance and maybe Zooey can win me over.