Welcoming the “New Girl”

The start of this fall’s 2011 line-up consists of your usual twelve police/mystery shows that all possess a similar appearance to “CSI.”

On Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m., one of the top ten anticipated shows for this year stars the “adorkable,” Zooey Deschanel, which blew past all ratings projections to open with a big 4.8/12 in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall, and had topped the night for the first time in a decade for FOX.

Deschanel plays Jess in the new comedy, “New Girl,” that premiered its pilot on Sept. 20th, 2011.

As Jess tries to surprise her live-in boyfriend, she discovers a surprise of her own: Rochelle. Shortly thereafter, she answers a craigslist ad for a roommate with three male roommates, eventually becoming a sort of family audiences everywhere can relate to.

The three roommates also possess very contrasting personas from each other, but are also cleverly created for helping Jess understand men and forming good relationships with them. She in turn teaches them how to better relate to women.

Coach is the macho man, Nick is sensitive and understanding, and Schmidt is vain and insecure.

What does seem to be relatively obvious is the sexual tension drawn from Nick and Jess, and what seems to possibly leading to a relationship, most likely two seasons away.

As the show moves on each week, the episodes highlight the best attributes of Jess that seemed to have been cloned by the real-life Deschanel. These include her quirky and refreshing humor, and yes, even her homemade written theme song.

All in all, the pilot was well done with room to grow for a fantastic series.

Kudos to the show’s writer, Liz Meriwether, for the brilliant decision to build a show around Deschanel’s character that will bring the success that FOX is much overdue for.

Meghan Grady

Staff Writer

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