Zooey Deschanel’s new show, New Girl, was high on my list of shows to watch this season. The main reason? Zooey Deschanel. I love her. She may or may not be the reason I have bangs and wear head bands and flowers in my hair. She makes me want to learn how to play the ukelele because of this video and come on, she’s married to Ben Gibbard. That’s reason enough to want to be her BFF.
I had high hopes for this show and usually when I’m super excited about something like this, I’m super disappointed. Not so in the case of New Girl. The pilot is cute. That’s usually a good throw-away compliment for a romantic comedy, but in this case it’s true. Zooey (we’re on a first name basis since we’re BFF and all) is “adorkable” as the print ads so aptly label her character, Jess. Why is she adorkable? Because she’s relatable and makes awesome Lord of the Rings references in a casual conversation with one of her new roommates. She’s silly and goofy, but she has good fashion sense and can carry on a fairly normal conversation with another human being. She makes up and sings songs on the spot and doesn’t care who hears her. She’s really bad at picking up guys at bar, but gives it her darndest anyway. All in all, she’s the type of girl you’d want to hang out with on a regular basis.
Schmidt, played by Max Greenfield of Veronica Mars fame, plays the roommate that’s just on the verge of douchebaggery, but still has the best of intentions.
Sample Line: “Listen to me, knowing every year that I’ll be going to the Wild Wild West charity auction for poverty reminds me that no matter what, I’m still a man and I can still motorboat a hot girl who is also a member of the Cherokee Nation which is not racist because it’s for a good cause.”
Coach, played by Damon Wayans Jr. (he’ll be replaced in the second episode by Lamorne Morris since DWJ is a regular on Happy Endings) is the jock roommate who doesn’t know how to speak to women – or anyone for that matter – in a way that’s not yelling at their face in the gym.
Sample Line: “I need to come home, sit on my couch and let my beans out! Let ’em breath!” Side Note: It’s disappointing that DWJ won’t be on this show because I was growing to like him. I have to admit that he’s not my favorite character on Happy Endings and I really liked what he did on New Girl.
Then we have Nick played by Jake Johnson. He’s adorable and clearly the roommate with all the sense and probably the one that Jess will inevitably fall for. I’m ok with that!
Sample Line (listing pros and cons of living with women): “Pro: they smell nice. Cons: every once in a while the mood changes and you’re not sure why. They’ll ruin your life if you let them; they’ll break down your will. Pro: They’re really good at folding.”
Anyway, I’m pretty pumped about New Girl and I think it has great potential. You can download the pilot for free on iTunes or watch a plethora of clips and trailers on Hulu. After you watch, come back and tell us what you think!