Fall TV Preview: New Girl is Still Fresh and New, Not Old


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There seem to be two factions in the world – those who hate Zooey Deschanel and find her annoying, and those who  love her and her “adorkableness.” I am proud to say I’m in the latter group and couldn’t wait for season two of New Girl.

I wasn’t disappointed. Of course, it’s not only Deschanel as Jess that makes the show. It’s also Max Greenfield, last season’s breakout star whose portrayal of Schmidt, a former fat dork who is now buff and considers himself a ‘playa,’ brings the most laughs.

The season two premiere finds Jess laid off from her job as a teacher from W.E. Hearst Elementary. Meanwhile, Schmidt’s nether-regions are finally cast free, and he decides to throw himself a rebranding party.

Dejected and depressed from her newly unemployed state, Jess invites herself to be the shot girl at Schmidt’s party, but shows up in a rather conservative 20’s-cigarette girl-outfit and finds herself in competition with an over-the-hill shot girl (guest star Parker Posey).

Nick (Jake Johnson) is still Jess’ rock and knight in shining armor, and one hopes the two will finally share a kiss this season, however awkward the situation might be. There’s bound to be more laughs than romance in that scene, and I, for one, can’t wait for it!

The most adorkable of them all isn’t Jess, but Schmidt, whose earnest efforts to impress Cece (Hannah Simone), despite last season’s breakup, bring the night’s biggest laughs.

Writers are still struggling to find a voice for Winston (Lamorne Morris), who  just seems to be the fifth wheel in the group. While they put Winston in some amusing situations, they seem to be scenes originally intended for other characters but then discarded and reused for Winston.

I imagine this season will find Jess trying out new jobs and Schmidt trying out new pick-up lines. I’ll be glued to my seat, waiting for each week’s episode. Look for Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner to guest star as Jess’ parents.

Season two of New Girl premieres with two new episodes, “Relaunch” and “Katie,” on Tues., Sept. 25, beginning at 8/7c on Fox. Follow @NewGirlonFOX, @ZooeyDeschanel and #newgirl on Twitter.

About K.L. Connie Wang

K. L. Connie Wang is a member of the Television Critics Association who's been published in The Orlando Sentinel, Campus Circle and Latina Bride magazine, as well as such websites as Parade Magazine, TV Fodder, and The Travel Channel. An avid reader, Connie is a huge fan of monthly serial romance novels and Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. Other interests include shopping (especially when it comes to finding the best bargain!), food (eating, cooking, watching food shows, and eating again), books, online gaming, and traveling when her income affords it. Follow Connie on Twitter at @BeTheBuddha.

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