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'New Girl' Recap: Bangsgiving

November 26th, 2014 9:15am EST
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The best sitcom episode concepts are ones that result in stories that seemingly write themselves. A few weeks after “Background Check,” the triumphant high point of Season 4, “New Girl” followed its own lead by keeping the majority of Thanksgiving in the loft (or “Bangsgiving,” as Schmidt insisted). The holidays and being confined to one space are classic situations that lead to people making significant revelations. And Schmidt’s plan to have everyone bring a date for someone else to dinner was a recipe for amplifying that formula many times over.

Schmidt may have wanted the matchmaker...

'New Girl' Recap: Why Are You a Teacher?

November 19th, 2014 11:56am EST
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Those who can’t do, teach, and those who can’t teach, teach gym, and also health apparently. But “New Girl” will have none of the negativity of that aphorism! Coach was assured several times throughout “Teachers” that Health is the most important subject in school. There may have been a bit of exaggeration here, but the sentiment was sincere. Coach’s colleagues really did believe that the students needed someone to yell at them about chlamydia.

This episode was purposeful in its simple title. It was a rejoinder to the words of George Bernard Shaw, Woody Allen, and Jack Black, serving ...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Goldmine'

November 12th, 2014 8:55am EST
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After Winston’s shining moment in last week’s “Background Check,” did his good fortune continue by playing the Long Game with his neighbors? We’ll check back in on our boy Winston later in this review, but first, let’s cover the main storyline, in which Nick and Jess had to deal with the awkwardness of still living together after breaking up as it applied to new relationships.

At the end of this episode, Jess’s new love interest Ian insisted to her about Nick, “clearly he would do anything for you.” Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson have a natural chemistry with each other that has been p...

'New Girl' Recap: Winston Bishop Takes Center Stage In 'Background Check'

November 5th, 2014 10:10am EST
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Winston Bishop, as these reviews have frequently noted, is the odd man out on “New Girl.” But that has been perfectly fine, especially this season, as he has been content to hang out in the background and deliver ridiculous, but strangely insightful, lines, such as how his friends are like rubbing alcohol (“You sting me in the now, but you save me in the later”). However, with “Background Check,” it was Winston’s turn to take center stage.

With Sgt. Tess Dorado of the LAPD making a visit to the loft, it was an all hands on deck situation for his friends to nudge him into the success of m...

Spoilers for "Castle," "Arrow," "New Girl" and more...

November 3rd, 2014 1:48pm EST
For TV fanatics, the only thing that's sweeter than your favorite shows are spoilers about your favorite shows. Consider '5 Scoops' as your weekly dessert doling out delicious spoilers for your favorite shows. Here are scoops for "Castle," "Arrow," "New Girl" and more...

Why so serious? After a string of light-hearted episodes, "Castle" will return to the nail-biting suspense that kickstarted its seventh season. reports that episode 8 will involve a "deadly" case involving a gunman, the subway and a hostage from the 12th precinct. Who you do think will be trapped? Sound off ...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 5 Review: A Bowl of Jelly

October 15th, 2014 10:08am EDT
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The practice of cord cutting has become a recognizably frequent practice of the 21st century, so where does “New Girl” get off thinking that it can make a sitcom episode in 2014 about installing a landline telephone? As convenient as cell phones have become, there are still geographical spots where coverage is spotty. Coverage can even be weirdly arranged such that only one room of an apartment gets decent reception. Such was the case of the “New Girl” episode “Landline,” an example of a sitcom defiantly declaring that it shall have a plotline that made sense 20 years ago.

The idea that...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 4 Recap: An Anteater's Being Born

October 8th, 2014 8:54am EDT
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A micropenis might sound like fake science invented for sitcoms, but it is actually a real phenomenon that occurs in about 0.6% of men. Because there are so few with this condition, Jess’ bar pick-up Matt (Alan Ritchson, late of playing Aquaman on “Smallville”) is in the position of serving as representative of this entire minority. That is not really fair, to Matt or to those with micropenises in general.

Just because Matt is a douche bag does not mean that “New Girl” is saying anyone with a micropenis will inevitably be a douche bag. Nor is it legitimate for Matt to blame his personal...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 3 Review: 'Trashley Berkman'

October 1st, 2014 10:48am EDT
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While it is heartwarming for a sitcom to manage to consistently pull off happy endings, there is always the potential that it can go too far with that consistency and have conflicts wrap up a little too easily in 30 minutes. The first two episodes of “New Girl” Season 4 were praiseworthy for how much everyone was getting along after a rancorous Season 3. “Julie Berkman’s Older Sister,” continues that trend, which is preferable to the alternative of sudden, unwarranted discord, but this outing errs a bit on the side of sitcom-y convenience. That is not meant as a knock on sitcom formula. ...

'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 2: Winston 'Toilet' Bishop

September 24th, 2014 10:01am EDT
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It looks like “New Girl” has decided to go all in with Winston Bishop as the odd man out. In fact, that being the odd man out is clearly in, because Winston is becoming more delightful every episode, and he was already the most delightful part of the show. To wit, nobody is shocked that he is the only cadet in the police academy struggling to socialize, and also the only one without a nickname. Though this does bother him, he is not upset enough to refrain from calling himself “Winnie the Bish” or using a euphemism like “make a caca.”

Typically when TV characters are ostracized from a l...

'New Girl' Season 4 Premiere, Episode 1: Sex First

September 17th, 2014 8:26am EDT
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In anticipation of the new season of “New Girl,” I wrote an article about how Winston Bishop often feels disconnected from the rest of the show. So I couldn’t help but feel that the writers have been reading Starpulse when in the opening scene, with four out of the five roommates gathered in Jess’s room, Schmidt wonders aloud, “I feel like there’s one more of us.” Cut to: Winston stuck on the couch, covered in ice packs (he’s been training at the police academy). Now, I only just wrote that article a few days ago, while this episode was probably written a few months ago, so “New Girl” seem...

10 Ways to Fix 'New Girl's' Winston Bishop Problem

September 16th, 2014 2:30pm EDT
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“New Girl” is a show that I prize for its characterization. For example, Jess Day is much more complicated than the “adorkable” stereotype that Zooey Deschanel is often associated with, and Nick Miller is a bit of a slacker, but mainly because his ambitions do not fit the typical societal definition of success. So it is weird to say that there is a fundamental problem with one of the main characters, especially considering that that character – Winston Bishop – actually is as well-defined as the rest of the main cast. But for whatever reason, his storylines often feel disconnected from t...

Jessica Biel To Play A Hot Scientist On 'New Girl'

July 24th, 2014 11:13am EDT
Jessica Biel To Play A Hot Scientist On 'New Girl'
Jessica Biel is returning to the small screen to play a guest role on FOX's "New Girl."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Biel will play "the hottest scientist in the world" in an episode for the comedy's upcoming fourth season.

Her character will go head-to-head with Zooey Deschanel's character Jess Day as they both set their sights on the same man at a wedding.

The upcoming season of "New Girl" premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Biel's TV resume includes seven seasons on "7th Heaven."

Biel has starred in films including "The A-Team," "Total Recall" and "New Year's Eve."

5 Spoilers You Need To Know: 'New Girl,' 'Scandal,' 'Hawaii Five-0' And More...

February 24th, 2014 2:45pm EST
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Every four years, the Winter Olympics inspires nations through through extreme snowy sports, the human spirit and a centuries' old flame. As much as I enjoyed the tear-jerking interviews and the incredible performances, I'm glad the Olympic torch has been extinguished and the television can resume its regularly scheduled programming. In honor of all of the returning shows, here are five spoilers you need to know on "New Girl", "Hawaii Five-0" and more...

Schmidt Happens. If you are hoping for Schmidt and Cece to reunite on Fox's "New Girl", you might not want to hold your breath. T...

Screenwriters Sue FOX For Stealing The Idea For 'New Girl'

January 22nd, 2014 5:03pm EST
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Two screenwriters have filed suit against FOX and the producers behind New Girl for allegedly stealing the idea for the show.

Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold claim the proposed a series titled "Square One," based on "Stephanie’s real-life experience when she discovered her husband was having an affair, leading her to move into a three-man bachelor pad," the lawsuit obtained by Hollywood Reporter reads.

According to the lawsuit, the pilot script was extensively shopped around and at one point Zooey Deschanel was proposed as the lead.

Counts and Gold then stopped working with a producer, H...

'New Girl' Review Episode 'Coach'

November 6th, 2013 9:25am EST
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Can you imagine what New Girl would be like if Coach has never been replaced by Winston after the pilot? This episode explores the dynamic between the guys with the addition of Damon Wayans Jr.’s Coach. As it turns out, New Girl would have been terrible had this character stuck around. “Coach” is an episode that’s light on humor and heavy on obnoxious behavior.

After his breakup with his girlfriend Malia, Coach returns to the fold for some good old Tuesday night strip club action with his old friends. Apparently he disappears every time he gets a girlfriend, which explains his absence from...

'New Girl' Review: Episode 'Keaton'

October 23rd, 2013 8:55am EDT
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Would you catfish somebody for the greater good? Say you’re the mother of a very depressed boy who has just watched his father walk out of his life and can’t stop eating his feelings. Or you’re watching your college roommate fall into a funk. Would you feel justified in writing reassuring letters and signing them “Michael Keaton?”

The concept of this Halloween episode of New Girl is actually pretty depressing. Schmidt has spent his life in various states of depression and the only thing that has ever really comforted him has been a lie. For the majority of his life, he has gotten letters a...

'New Girl' Recap: Episode 'The Box'

October 16th, 2013 9:24am EDT
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Remember when Nick was a law school drop out who was overeducated but unmotivated? Now he’s barely literate and rarely sober. Of course, he’s funnier than ever, spitting out dozens of amazing one-liners in any given episode. “The Box” is filled with nonsensical Nick rants, mispronouncing words, and snide comments out the side of his mouth that are all hilarious, quote-worthy, and denigrating to the character. Does Nick need to be stupid to be funny?

In season one, Nick’s major characteristic was his curmudgeon personality. Much of “The Box” stays within that character trait. It’s no shock ...

'New Girl' Recap: Episode 'The Captain'

October 9th, 2013 8:59am EDT
The more we get into season three, the more blatant the major problem with the series gets. The show’s writers are brilliant when it comes to funny one-liners, montages, and character moments. However, save for Nick and Jess, the characters barely have a defined direction.

Winston has always been stuck in no man’s land. If you added up the plots where Winston is by himself doing something ridiculous and compared it to the ones where he’s interacting with his roommates, there’d be a huge discrepancy. This week his plot once again surrounded the cat (who is still alive!) and Winston’s inept ...

'New Girl' Season 3 Episode 3 Review: 'Double Date'

October 2nd, 2013 9:22am EDT
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The title of “Double Date” implies that the plot would perhaps surround a double date between Nick, Jess, Schmidt, and CeCe. But it’s all a smokescreen for the real center of the episode and, so far, season three as a whole. It’s the tale of Schmidt and his evolution from loveable douchebag to Bond villain level evil.

When we were introduced to Schmidt, the show never tried to hide how gross he could be. One of the best running jokes included his douchebag jar, which often filled to the brim every time he goes off on one of his womanizer, misogynist tangents. But this season he’s gone too ...

'New Girl' Review Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: 'Nerd'

September 25th, 2013 9:44am EDT
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Jessica Day has always been a dork. It’s basically the premise of the show. The marketers even used the much-maligned phrase “adorkable” in the ad campaign. Jess’s uncoolness has always been a cornerstone of the show. She’s the sort of person who makes up her own theme song and pretends that Urkele’s famous line is something she made up to impress her hipster neighbors.

So it’s no surprise that in a new school the New Girl would have difficulty fitting in with the cool teachers. She’s a spazz who doesn’t realize that she wears her uncoolness on her sleeve like it was a freakishly large hip...

'New Girl' Season 3 Premiere Review: Episode 'All In'

September 18th, 2013 11:19am EDT
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When we last saw our favorite group of thirty-something loft losers, Nick and Jess were running off together to God-knows-where, Schmitt was busy running away from a decision on who to date, and Winston…loved pranks? Now we’re back moments later, with Jess and Nick proclaiming how much they like each other over and over. It’s basically every twelve year old fanfiction writer’s dream.

With the demands of needy-Schmitt and the looming question of what life as roommates will be like now, Jess and Nick decide to run off. Winston has decided to do a puzzle, while Schmitt wants a friend to compl...

'New Girl' Season 3 - 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

September 16th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
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"New Girl," the adorkable, quirky gem of a comedy that gave us The Douchebag Jar, will be returning in a matter of days. When we last saw our favorite loftmates, Nick and Jess (Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel, respectively) had literally driven into their happy ending as a full-fledged couple while Schmit (Max Greenfield)  bolted from the decision between the one that got away, Cece and his old flame, Elizabeth.  Before season 3 kicks off on Sept. 17 at 9pm ESt on Fox, here are five spoilers you need to know...

Schmit Decision.  Our favorite douchebag Schmidt will have to make the the...

2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On FOX

September 7th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
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We've reached the end of the 2013 Fall TV Preview.

BONES returns Monday, September 16 at 8PM

Booth and Bones find a friend in the priesthood. The priest will help counsel the couple. Oh, he's an ex-priest now working as a bartender. A wedding's in the works for Bones and Booth. Apparently, the wedding will happen. I've found absolutely nothing about Bones solving murders. The early going of the season seems focused on romance.

NEW GIRL returns Tuesday, September 17 at 9PM

I've heard a few interviews with New Girl creator, Liz Meriweather. I really dig listening to her talking about wri...

5 Shows That Aren't As Popular As They Could Be Because Of Their Names

May 19th, 2013 10:05am EDT
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A title can make or break a TV show. When scrolling through the interactive guide, a TV viewer may stop at a show they've never seen because the title seems interesting. Likewise, a viewer may skip right over a show they would have loved, because the title doesn't hit their target market. Here's a list of five shows that are missing out on viewers because of their name.

Quick side tangent: let's hope this theory doesn't also apply to blog posts as well, because let's face it the title of this post is a little long winded.

"Cougar Town" - This is an obvious choice, and the show has accepte...

'New Girl' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'Elaine's Big Day'

May 16th, 2013 9:56am EDT
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In the “New Girl” season finale, CeCe’s big day turned out to be an even bigger day for someone else. That, along with a few pranks, a frisky badger and the rise of a new love triangle, made for a satisfying end to a hilarious and upbeat sophomore season.

The day of CeCe’s wedding found Nick and Jess in a happy and joyous mood. The two spent much of their time flirting with one another, to the disproval of Jess’ dad (Rob Reiner) and the annoyance of the other roommates. Winston and Schmidt were particularly annoyed when a more grown-up Nick refused to take part in their silly hijinks, whic...

'New Girl' Recap: Romance Blooms On 'Winston's Birthday'

May 9th, 2013 10:17am EDT
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Despite being titled “Winston’s Birthday,” the penultimate episode of the season had very little to do with the birthday boy. Instead the story focused on the romantic progress of three “New Girl” couples as the gang prepared to send CeCe down the aisle.

Jess and Nick

The morning after Jess and Nick’s special night started out very sweetly. Nick prepared an interesting yet slightly disgusting tray of breakfast goodies to serve to Jess in bed. It didn’t look edible, but it’s the thought that counts, right? Unfortunately the considerate gesture went unnoticed by Jess as the morning after tu...

Taylor Swift Wins Praise From 'New Girl' Cast

May 3rd, 2013 3:41pm EDT
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Taylor Swift has won rave reviews from New Girl's Jake Johnson after she filmed a cameo appearance on the hit TV show.

The perpetually-dating pop star took time off from her latest quixotic conquest to make a guest appearance on Zooey Deschanel's comedy series, playing a woman named Elaine in the show's season two finale.
Johnson, who plays bartender Nick Miller, was impressed by the singer's acting skills and insists she handled last minute changes to her lines with ease.

He tells, "She came in and is really nice. It's not an easy scene. There were probably 70 extras there, t...

'New Girl' Recap: Embarrassing First Times In 'Virgins'

May 1st, 2013 9:45am EDT
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After a long spring hiatus, “New Girl” returned to Fox this week and found Jess and the gang reminiscing about their first times.

The episode began with Jess receiving an unexpected text from Teddy, the man who took her virginity. In the midst of explaining Teddy’s place in her life, Jess bet the others that her first time experience rivaled theirs in terms of embarrassment. The storytelling quickly became competitive, with each roommate illustrating what they believed to be the worst first time.

Jess’ story began at prom night, where she and her date attempted to get freaky to the musica...

5 Season Finale Spoilers You Need To Know On 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Supernatural' And More

April 28th, 2013 3:08pm EDT
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Unfortunately for all tv-aholics April showers bring May cliffhangers.  All of your favorite TV shows are gearing up for their season-ending swan song, and this one looks like it will be a mishmash of deaths, pregnancies, proposals and gasp-worthy shockers.  Here are five season ending spoilers you need to know on “Hawaii Five-0,” “Supernatural,” and more...


Law enforcement's most badass taskforce will have their hands full in the May 20 season finale of “Hawaii Five-0.”  Not only will the team have to thwart a terrorist attack, but Kono will also be framed for a murder...

Taylor Swift To Guest Star On 'New Girl'

March 29th, 2013 9:05am EDT
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Taylor Swift is to make a cameo appearance in New Girl's finale, which will see her play a character called Elaine.

The State of Grace hit-maker - who is known to be a big fan of the series - will make a cameo appearance on the May 14 finale of the comedy show, which stars Zooey Deschanel as adorable-but-awkward teacher Jess.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Taylor will portray a character called Elaine, who is an "important guest" at the wedding of Cece (Hannah Simone) and Shivrang (Satya Bhabha).

The 23-year-old star has been name-checked on several occasions in the series and in ...