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In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a pair of current shows in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Halt and Catch Fire, and wanted to shift gears this week to do a completed series. (*) Note: with these picks, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Fox lot is home to many high-powered storytellers: Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Alex Gansa and Chip Johannessen (Homeland), Liz Meriwether, Brett Baer and Dave Finkel (New Girl), Brad Falchuk (Scream Queens), and Howard Gordon (24: Legacy). There are dozens more, of course, but the aforementioned creatives were among the nearly 60 guests seated inside Fox's Zanuck Theater on Wednesday afternoon thanks to an invitation from the former, Levitan, who sent out a studio-wide call to attend a summit-type event about America's gun violence epidemic. To lead the proceedings, Levitan hosted John Feinblatt, co-founder of gun violence prevention group
- Chris Gardner
Fox has renewed “New Girl” for a sixth season, the network announced Tuesday.
The series, starring Zooey Deschanel, becomes the sixth current Fox comedy picked up for the 2016-17 season, joining “Bob’s Burgers,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.” Currently Fox’s longest running live-action comedy, “New Girl” aired its 100th episode in March.
“Every network comedy should aspire to what Liz Meriwether is achieving in ‘New Girl,’ with its bravura dialogue, inventive and witty performances by the talented cast and emotionally engaging storytelling,” said Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden. “The series is as creatively strong today as it ever was, we want to congratulate ‘New Girl’ on reaching its milestone 100th episode, and we can’t wait for the next subversive and hilarious chapter of these characters’ lives.”
This season in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, “New Girl” is averaging a »
- Daniel Holloway
It's a big night for New Girl! Not only does tonight's episode mark the return of Jess after being sequestered on a jury (while Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave Irl), but it's also the series' 100th episode! In honor of that milestone, we're compiling our 100 favorite moments, episodes, quotes, guest stars and more. We even hit up the show's 100th episode party to get input from cast members Deschanel, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, and Max Greenfield, as well as creator Liz Meriwether and executive producers Brett Baer and Dave Finkel. And yes, there are 100, and our brains now entirely consist of Nick Miller rants and Schmidt-approved word pronunciations. »
While meeting new roommates on Craigslist may not be the ideal apartment-hunting tactic, for Jessica Day, it was the best decision she ever made. Since moving into her L.A. loft five years ago, the quirky, sweet lead of Fox’s “New Girl,” played by Zooey Deschanel, has led the show to a landmark 100 episodes.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” says Deschanel, who dropped everything, including developing her own project, to take on the role of Jess. “I loved the script,” she says, “I loved the character and I was like ‘I don’t want anyone else to play her.’ ”
Fresh off success with the 2011 film “No Strings Attached,” “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether never considered that the show could continue for five years. “I always sort of thought (it) was this small, weird show about a bunch of people who aren’t doing a very good job at life, »
- Shelli Weinstein
The cast and creators of Fox’s “New Girl” convened at the W Los Angeles on Wednesday night to celebrate the hit comedy series’ 100th episode milestone.
Zooey Deschanel, who stars as offbeat schoolteacher Jess Day, credits the series’ standout storyline for its five-season-and-counting longevity.
“It’s a good story. We have a lot of fun, and we have great chemistry with the cast and great writers,” Deschanel told Variety before the event. The actress — whose character has been briefly absent from “New Girl” due to Deschanel’s maternity leave — revealed that Jess will eventually be introduced to the character of Megan Fox, who’s starring in a five-episode guest arc during Deschanel’s absence.
“Liz Meriwether has »
- Alyssa Sage
Back in September, Fox announced that their hit sitcom New Girl will be getting a new roommate, with Megan Fox signing on for a multi-episode guest starring arc in the show. We got our first brief glimpse at the actress in a trailer that surfaced in December, but Entertainment Weekly has debuted a new trailer and photos from next week's episode, Reagan, airing Tuesday, February 9, with even more footage of the guest star. This trailer reveals that the actress' character, Reagan, has a history with Cece (Hannah Simone), who both "hooked up" at the MTV Beach House.
The casting move was made after Zooey Deschanel had a baby in real life, causing her to be absent from the show, leading to Megan Fox being cast. Her character Reagan will debut in next week's episode, and is described as a straight-shooting pharmaceutical sales rep, who comes to town on business and rents out Jess' room, »
7 items from 2016
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