Moving in with three guys when you’re a newly single girl can be awkward, especially when you’re awkward to begin with. Now imagine being one of those three guys and dealing with the sunshine that comes out of that girl at any given moment, and also with her loud sobs as she watches Dirty Dancing for the sixth time in a night. That’s just the New Girl for you. But the upcoming comedy from Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached) and FOX—premiering September 20th—delightfully shows that roomies can become close in unexpected ways and in spite of their differences.
Zooey Deschanel adorably flaunts her comedic (And singing!) chops in the titular role as Jess, a nerdy and energetic teacher in her late 20s. After finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her, she moves out and finds herself a new place in downtown LA, occupied by three single guys who couldn’t be more different from each other. There’s Nick (Jake Johnson), a witty and down-to-earth bartender. Then there’s Schmidt (Max Greenfield), an ultra-charismatic business professional whose snarks and schemes force him to contribute regularly to the loft’s “Douchebag Jar.” Rounding out the mix is Winston (Lamorne Morris), a former basketball player who must deal with the realization that he’ll never play pro. In the pilot, filling in before Winston’s return from Latvia is Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.), an intimidating but well-meaning personal trainer. The men also meet Cece (Hannah Simone), Jess’ gorgeous supermodel best friend.
The pilot basically introduces all of these characters (Minus Winston, who’ll appear in the second episode as Coach moves out of the room he’s subleasing), distinctive and quirky in their unique ways. Despite the title of the show being New Girl and Deschanel’s endearing portrayal of Jess as a driving force, it’s a show about she and all of the men deal with their day-to-day lives, added with the challenge of living with new people. We find out that Nick just went through a break-up of his own, Schmidt is anticipating going to a huge party, and Coach struggles to not scare his clients. They sometimes watch Jess with confusion when she sings sentences and breaks out into dance randomly, but even if she is a little strange, they take her as she is. They try to make her feel better post-breakup by setting her up on another date and sacrifice a lot when it doesn’t work out for her in a true test of friendship. Throughout the many laugh-out-loud moments comes much warmth in seeing how the characters learn about loyalty and being there for one another.
With its zany yet super likable cast and characters and genuinely humorous dialogue, you’ll want to welcome the homely New Girl into your life this fall too. I’m looking forward to what other shenanigans this unlikely and dysfunctional group of new friends will get themselves into, and also to see how Winston will fit into the mix. You can download the pilot for FREE on iTunes now and you can also watch it on Hulu, FOX.com, Hello Giggles, and Video on Demand when it rolls out on those platforms in the next couple of weeks. Be sure to also tune in for the FOX broadcast series premiere on September 20th at 9/8c.