New Girl, one of Fox’s top comedy shows over the last few seasons, returns tonight as the fall television season continues to ramp up. The quirky show, centered around a group of guys and their friend Jess, will return for a fourth season. It also looks to return to the formula that made it so successful in the first season.
The show took an interesting turn in the third season. The show did a good job laying the groundwork of tension between Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, and Nick, played by Jake Johnson in previous years. The two friends had obvious chemistry and seemed poised to tease the two eventually ending up in a relationship for a long time.
The show jumped the gun, however, and the third season saw Nick and Jess in full relationship mode. The relationship ran it’s course over the season and fans learned that the pair may not be as compatible as they seemed. They seem ready to remain friends and it’s the friendships in the show that keep fans coming back.
The cast brings an interesting dynamic to the show behind Deschanel. New Girl tends to find the quirky in the most mundane situations. Fans are constantly challenged to see just how awkward situations can become when the characters continue to scheme and plan their way through life situations that most of us find simple. The results are hilarious and entertaining and, strangely enough, often poignant as well. Actors Max Greenfield (Schmidt), Hannah Simone (Cece), Lamorne Morris (Winston) and Damon Wayans, Jr. (Coach) round out a great, underrated cast.
The show has dealt with weddings, love, deaths, friendship and dating. The group has consistently found the most awkward way to deal with any of the situations. Occasionally, the writers find a way to remind us just how heavy and real a situation can become. It is a show like that, one that can take a funny situation and hit you right in the feelings, that has the staying power that networks count on.
The fourth season kicks off with the goal in mind of centering around Jess once again. New Girl will go back to the formula it started with, centering around a girl that is trying to figure out who she is in a world that consistently ignores her every effort. This season will see her moving on from her relationship with Nick and trying once again to find herself.
The premier episode brings the star power with guest star Jessica Biel. Jess will find Biel’s character a challenger for a potential love interest. When Jess tries to step up her game, New Girl unleashes the awkward quirkiness that has fans coming back for more quite often.
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