I just finished watching the pilot for the new FOX sitcom, New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel. I still have a smile on my face and every once in a while a giggle escapes me. This is the funniest new show I’ve seen in years! I mean like Friends funny. Zooey plays Jess, a kooky little sweetheart that you want to hug and squeeze, who catches her boyfriend with another woman and of course the result is a miserable breakup. Jess moves into an apartment with three bachelors, Schmidt, Coach and Nick, who all have their individual issues with women.
Schmidt (Max Greenfield) can’t form two sentences together without sounding like a complete moron and often has to feed the “Douchebag Jar” the boys have. One dollar for every idiotic thing they do or say.
Nick (Jake Johnson) has recently been dumped by his girlfriend, so he and Jess have some common ground. Nick is the over-analyzer in the group. Everything must have an explanation, which makes for some great comedy when dealing with Jess.
Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) doesn’t know how to talk to women without screaming at them. Jess tries to ‘coach’ him but it’s like the blind leading the blind with those two.
Jess’s ex-roomie and BFF, Cece (Hannah Simone), is a gorgeous model who is on hand to give Jess advice that sounds good on paper, but when Jess acts on it, who knows what will happen.
Jess has a quirky habit of turning everything into a song, so we’ll get a lot of Zooey’s musical talent on this show. By the end of the pilot, a bond has formed among the foursome and the boys become Jess’s knights in shining armor, in an odd and very dysfunctional way. New Girl is a must see for your fall season. In today’s world we all need a good laugh, and Jess & Co. is just what the doctor ordered, and so do the Nice Girls.