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On paper, Fox’s “New Girl” got off to a rocky start in its fourth season premiere, down 45% from last season’s opener — but when compared to where the show left off (1.2 in adults 18-49 and 2.4 million in total viewers for its third season finale), the Zooey Deschanel comedy posted gains, scoring a 1.6 rating and 3.1 million total viewers. Whether it can improve those numbers once DVR viewing is factored in remains to be seen, but given the show’s audience erosion last season, it’s likely heartening for execs that fans were curious enough to give the laffer a second chance after a creatively uneven year.
Lead-out “The Mindy Project” told a similar story, posting a 1.3 in 18-49 (down from last year’s 1.9 premiere, but even with its season three finale). In total viewers, the Mindy Kaling series was up a tick from its most recent finale, with 2.8 million vs. »
- Laura Prudom
Anyone keeping track of the number of new love interests orbiting suddenly-single Jess’ world in Season 4 of New Girl? Well, it’s time to update the tally!
Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites, Including New Girl
TVLine has learned exclusively that Michael Stahl-David — whose credits include a co-starring role in Jj Abrams’ monster pic Cloverfield as well as stints on CBS’ Person of Interest and ABC’s short-lived My Generation — is the latest hottie to romance Zooey Deschanel’s title character.
He’ll play a handsome and normal new guy Jess dates who she’s »
Oh, happy day—Jessica Day is back! On New Girl’s season 4 premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 16, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the boys decided to go out on a wedding bender, and naturally that meant that the adorkable leading lady needed something fabulous to wear. Enter the perfect matrimonial ensemble: the Eva Franco “Renee” dress (Evafranco.com, $320). The A-line frock, with it’s “Swan Lake” cherry blossom embroidery and matching green skinny belt, not only complemented Jess’ super-feminine wardrobe, but it also made for the perfect formal—without being too formal—ensemble. The [...] »
Not sure what to watch on TV this evening? Don't worry -- we've got you covered. Every day, we here at Moviefone will share our picks for the shows we think are worth watching tonight. Be prepared! Here's what's on TV Tuesday, September 16:
'The Mindy Project' (Fox, 9:30 p.m.)
Everyone's favorite lovable romance-obsessed Ob-gyn returns for a third season. And this time she's got a boyfriend -- Dr. Danny Castellano.
Not caught up? Watch "The Mindy Project" Now
'The New Girl' (Fox, 9 p.m.)
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'Sons of Anarchy' (FX, 10 p.m.)
In the second episode of the final season, Samcro solicits the help of another chapter to get a messy job done.
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- Alana Altmann
When Fox's offbeat, female-centered comedies "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" premiered in 2011 and 2012, respectively, both were hailed as the season's best new comedy. But as the pair returns tonight, it's clear that only one takes full advantage of its star's distinctive persona -- and it's not the one you might expect. As part of a television vanguard of "young women askew," to use James Wolcott's phrase, Zooey Deschanel and Mindy Kaling once seemed poised to disrupt the pop cultural landscape. Neither is anywhere close to universally liked--the former has been called "twee" and the latter "smug," criticisms that often smack of discomfort with successful women. In embracing eccentric leading ladies, Fox implicitly promised two fresh, funny sitcoms with distinct perspectives on modern womanhood. Since then, while both series have weathered rough patches and witnessed moments of grand comic invention -- the hilariously »
- Matt Brennan
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Indie director Gareth Edwards got a crack at one of the biggest monsters there is in this summer's blockbuster. Bryan Cranston plays a scientist obsessed with government secrets since the mysterious death of his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) after a suspicious nuclear reactor meltdown. Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars as his son Ford, a Navy guy who discovers that dear old dad's paranoia might actually be worth checking out. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins co-star as scientists studying the real cause of that nuclear meltdown.
- Jenni Miller
New Girl's fourth season begins tonight! Pictures of the first episode feature an appropriately adorable Jess (Zooey Deschanel) alongside guest star Jessica Biel at "The Last Wedding" of the Summer. Reid Scott (Veep) is also guest-starring as a sexy best man to the groom. Take a look through the pictures to see all the action, and in case you're a fan, The Mindy Project's season premiere pictures are also out! »
On the season premiere of “New Girl,” the name of the wedding game is to score — before it's too late. In a pre-ceremony pep-rally, Max Greenfield has gathered the gang to explain to them how crucial it is that they hook up while attending the last nuptials of the summer. With winter right around the corner, his character explains why none of them can “gamble with the unknown contents of a bulky sweater.” Related: Fox TV Sells ‘New Girl’ Cable Rights to TBS, MTV As TheWrap showed you in a previous exclusive clip, Zooey Deschanel will have some fierce competition: Jessica Biel. »
- Ryan O'Connell
With Jess (Zoey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) back to being just friends, they’ll both be readjusting to single life in the new season. In Season 4, Jessica Biel will guest-star as a rival competing with Jess for the affection of Ted (Reid Scott), Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will play an old high-school nemesis who is engaged to Jess’ father (Rob Reiner), and Damon Wayans Jr. returns full time as a series regular. New Girl Season 4 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 9pm Et/Pt on Fox. Also See: New Fall TV shows 2014: Comedies Zooey Deschanel on … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
Relationships can be tough, especially on sitcoms. So it’s encouraging to find Fox’s “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl” each beginning their season in relatively fine form, with one adjusting to the complications of a new in-show romantic entanglement, and the other seeking to rebound from having indulged in its own. Although neither show has been an unqualified hit, they’ve done well enough to hang on, and scheduled together feel like a compatible little island of 30-ish neuroses, on a network with enough problems elsewhere that – barring a major swoon – it would probably be wise to just leave them alone.
“New Girl” stumbled a bit by succumbing to the risk of having the quirky Jess (Zooey Deschanel) hook up with one of her roommates, Nick (Jake Johnson), even if all the signs had been pointing in that direction. As shows such as “Cheers” and “Friends” learned, bringing »
- Brian Lowry
As the air gets a little colder, our sangria buzz wears off, and tan lines fade, we prepare to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn — and more importantly, to the return of our favorite TV shows. You know you’re excited to have your friends from Homeland, Scandal, and New Girl back in your life. Like there’s anything else this entertaining to look forward to during your week? (We think not.)
Lucky for you, we’re here to help dust off your remotes and refresh your memory on where your favorite shows left off. Kerry Washington notoriously keeps her lips sealed about what we can expect from Scandal, as you can see in the video below, but will Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard return to D.C.? Will Nick and Jess really make it as “just friends”? Only time will tell. Because those cliffhangers are killing us, »
- Taylor Ferber
Wedding bells are ringing on the season premiere of “New Girl.” No, Jess and the boys aren't walking down the aisle, but one of their mutual friends is. Also read: Fox TV Sells ‘New Girl’ Cable Rights to TBS, MTV Also in attendance at the ceremony is guest star Jessica Biel. That could be a problem for Zooey Deschanel, who is trying her hardest to get some lovin’ at the wedding. Can she compete with Biel? Whether she can or can't, Jess gets plenty of terrible advice from the gang, which awkwardly includes her ex-boyfriend, Nick (Jake Johnson). Also read: »
- Ryan O'Connell
Wednesday night’s West Coast premiere of Lionsgate-Roadside’s drama “The Skeleton Twins” at the Arclight evoked multiple memories of sibling strangeness. Director Craig Johnson allowed during the afterparty at the Argyle Club that the onscreen combination of “Saturday Night Live” alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged twins made him think of growing up with his sister in Bellingham, Wash.
'The film isn't autobiographical except that I really do connect with my sister with dark humor' – Craig Johnson of 'Skeleton Twins'
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) September 11, 2014
Johnson said that he and co-writer Mark Heyman first came up with the idea for the movie about a decade ago when both were film students at Nyu.
“We were having coffee at the Starbucks at Union Square so I guess that all good things start at Starbucks,” he mused. “Maybe that’s what I should call my next movie.”
The film »
- Dave McNary
As New Girl kicks off its fourth season, the gang attends a wedding, and everyone is in the mood for lust.
It’ll be no surprise to diehard roomfriends that Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is the loftmates’ best hope in this arena—but she has one major obstacle in the form of sexy genius Kat (guest star Jessica Biel), who’s also vying for the affections of the best man (Reid Scott).
In this exclusive First Look, Jess and Kat exchange rapid-fire barbs as Kat lays out the argument for why she should get first dibs on the only guy within a garter’s throw. »
- Lanford Beard
I imagine that many stars feel the same way about junkets. Sit through a full day of interviews and by the late afternoon, you could pretty much take the mic and conduct the full conversation with yourself. So when I sat down with "Bones" stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel on Monday (September 9) afternoon and they learned they would be sharing a microphone for the interview, Boreanaz decided to do just that. You might hear me at the very beginning announcing that I was out of a job, but I didn't ask a single question in the three-minute interview, in which Boreanaz did an admirably thorough job of touching on many of the points which, I must confess, I was probably going to inquire about. The enthusiastic Boreanaz asks his co-star -- Deschanel deserves some sort of award for being a good sport -- most of the important questions about »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jennifer Lopez was the first person ever to have a No. 1 album and film in the same week, but her first step into entertainment was in a movie. Justin Timberlake distinguished himself in Nsync and as a solo artist, but don't forget he started as a Mousekateer. And Mark Wahlberg was a household name... by a rapper of a totally different name. And Hugh Laurie and Queen Latifah? We've watched them closely either way they've gone with their career, whether music or acting, even as the two worlds combine. Below, HitFix staffers outline the trajectories of musicians that have turned to acting, and actors that have turned to music, from Zooey Deschanel to Madonna, from Mos Def (yasiin bey) to Jared Leto, Ice T to David Bowie. Some have faired better than others. Which musicians do you think make a better go at acting and vice versa? Here are the Best And Worst Actors-Turned-Musicians, »
- Katie Hasty
From the looks of the guest stars coming to Fox this fall, there won't be a single other attractive person left anywhere on the planet. Jessica Biel is hitting up New Girl. Eva Longoria is hitting up Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And in the most shocking news of all time (it totally isn't), their new co-stars had ridiculously nice things to say about them at last night's Fox Fall Eco-Casino party. "She's amazing," Zooey Deschanel said of Jessica, whom she will dance-battle at a wedding in the new season. "I mean talk about like, she's beautiful, she's really funny, she is so nice. She's a hell of a dancer. This girl I mean she could do anything. I would vote for her for president if she »
Prince has shared two new songs from his forthcoming albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, which are both scheduled for global release on Sept. 30 through Warner Bros. Records. The slow jam "U Know" will be featured on Art Official Age, Prince's first solo album in four years. The other new track, "Whitecaps", will appear on Plectrumelectrum, the forthcoming album with the all-female ensemble, 3rd Eye Girl. While Prince has not released a full-length album since 2010, the singer did record a duet with Zooey Deschanel in March and premiered the track on the post-Super Bowl episode of
- Billboard Staff
Fall TV will be back in a flash -- are you caught up on the shows that are about to return? We think it's about time to take the last long weekend of the summer to binge on the series that somehow got bumped from your TV routine or never got the viewing time from you they deserved in the first place.
September is coming. Thankfully, the long weekend has arrived... Here's what you need to catch up on right away:
The end of the HBO period crime drama is approaching -- Season 5 premieres September 7.
Another series approaching its last season -- don't you want to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the biker gang? You have until September 9th to get those six wonderful seasons under your watching belt.
Hey, these episodes are only a half hour. »
- Alana Altmann
Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero | Written by Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas | Directed by Luke Greenfield
There are few things as quietly distressing and disappointing to the film fan as seeing people you like and admire feature in movies that are total turd. Such is the case with Let’s Be Cops. I really like Jake Johnson. If you read my Frightfest review of Creep you’ll probably have noticed that I spent about a third of that gushing about Safety Not Guaranteed, the Johnson-starring offbeat dramedy in which he is really good as a louche journalist. He is also really good in New Girl. So good, in fact, that he pretty much carried the show for the first half season it takes to get used to how annoying Zooey Deschanel is in it. »
- Jack Kirby
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