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PILOT REVIEW: The New Girl


The New Girl
“Pilot”
Fox
By Liz Merriwether (No Strings Attached)
Grade: B-


Family Guy. Fast moving. Very in-tune with pop culture. Very sporadic.

Now imagine that in live action. That’s the general gist of The New Girl, except with less inter-cuts to random celebrity jabs. The New Girl is extremely fast-paced, with little room to breathe. That’s usually not a problem, especially with single-cam sitcoms. The largest issue with The New Girl is its inability to stay on one specific plotline for more than a minute before a random interjection of some other element. In that sense, it’s very much a Fox sitcom, but also a lot less coherent than it should be.

The New Girls stars Zooey Deschanel (Tin Man), a recently single, socially-awkward girl who moves in with three bachelors: bartender Nick (Jake M. Johnson, No Strings Attached), chubby personal trainer Coach (Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings), and model-looking Schmidt (Max Greenfield, Raising the Bar, Veronica Mars). Quick note about the cast: Damon Wayans Jr.’s role is dependent on Happy Endings‘s renewal. If ABC renews Happy Endings, his role will be recast.

For the most part, the comedy works. It’s witty, fun, and very Fox. It’s almost too fast though; if it took a slightly larger breath, it would be able to work its jokes much more efficiently. In that way, it’s not unlike Happy Endings: sometimes too fast for its own good (though the latter has improved considerably since its pilot, especially in such episodes such as “Mein Coming Out”). This type of comedy also tends to be more appealing on screen than on paper, so the final cut could be much more successful (and from some industry accounts, it is). Remember, Modern Family‘s initial script wasn’t nearly as warmly received as its eventual pilot would eventually become.

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2 Responses

  1. saw it… its really bad

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