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New Girl, the new smash hit situation comedy on Fox, has already been recognized with two Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Series and Best Television Actress. The plot of this screwball comedy revolves around three male roommates who are searching for a fourth. The applicant who gets the vacant room is a flighty and unique girl played by Zooey Deschanel.

Zooey Deschanel has gained notoriety in the film and television community for her expert portrayal of the classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl. This character type refers to a girl who lives in her own world and captivates the men in her life with her innocent, dreamy detachment. Jess, the character played by Deschanel, is definitely living in a dream world. Her social awkwardness and confusion about different social expectations make for several humorous moments of exasperation with her male roommates.

Her three roommates, Nick, Schmidt and Winston, are played by three great actors. Each of these male characters as a distinctive personality which, when combined, create endless funny moments. Nick is a ne'er-do-well who struggles constantly with his own poor self-esteem. The romantic tension between he and Jess is probably what is moving the series forward and attracting so many viewers. However, the comedic antics of Schmidt may also be accomplishing this feat. Schmidt is a cocky, self-absorbed, woman-crazy man who is trying desperately to hide his sensitive interior. His obsession with Jess's best friend, the gorgeous CeCe, is fuel enough for hundreds of laughs throughout the series.

The real appeal of New Girl is in the balance between tenderhearted, caring moments and outlandish comical situations. Jess's innocence and propensity for trouble create three heroic saviors out of her formerly selfish roommates. The male characters in New Girl are constantly creating that "aww" moment from viewers as they continue to comfort and care for the easily manipulated Jess.

The series began with an 11-episode run on FOX. After the first two episodes had aired to a surprisingly large audience, FOX ordered another 13 episodes for the show. The 24-episode first season was acclaimed by a wide variety of audience members. On April 9, 2012, FOX renewed New Girl for a second season.

Deschanel, the lead actress in this series, has said that she had no hesitation in accepting the role. She believes the role was created for her, and it seems that her fans and fans of the show agree.

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  • When Jess's father visits, he is accompanied by his new girlfriend - who happens to be Jess and Cece's rival from high school.

  • Jess discovers mobile dating with Schmidt's help. Coach, Cece and Nick crash a party.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Jess and the guys attend a wedding and agree to hook up with somebody by the end of the evening.

  • Jess and Nick booked a cruise when they were a couple, but now want everyone to join them.

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'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 2: 'Dice'

Jess goes on a string of bad dates after joining the dating app "Dice," and Schmidt coaches her through how to escape them; Winston is not well-liked at police academy; Nick, CeCe, and Coach get stoned for the last time.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 4, Episode 1: 'Last Wedding'

Jess and Kat (guest star Jessica Biel) compete for the attention of the best man Ted at the final wedding of the summer.

Jessica Biel, Reid Scott to Join 'New Girl'

Jessica Biel vs. Zooey Deschanel? Which lady would you choose?

What's in Store for 'New Girl?' Will Nick and Jess Reunite?

Show creator Liz Meriwether discusses what's in store for Jess, whether she and Nick will try again, and why it just felt wrong having the two together in season three.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 23: 'Cruise'

Nick and Jess bring everyone along with them on a cruise they booked while they were together, and try their best to keep things from getting weird.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 22: 'Dance'

Jess attempts to put on a school dance, but someone out there is determined to sabotage it.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 21: 'Big News'

In an effort to not detract from Winston's good news, Jess and Nick decide to hide that they have broken up from their roommates.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 20: 'Mars Landing'

After a long night of True American, Jess and Nick discuss the future; The boys help their hot new neighbors move in.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 19: 'Fired Up'

Schmidt gets sued and has to use Nick for legal help; Jess gets Coach a job at her school, and he encourages her to get the promotion she wants.

FOX Renews 'New Girl,' 'Mindy Project,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Following'

Fans of "The Mindy Project" rejoice! The comedy's ratings have been unimpressive this season, and FOX pulled it out of the schedule in January. The series' future looked bleak. But no more. The network announced this week that "Mindy" (and several other shows) will be back next season.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 18: 'Sister III'

Jealous of how close Schmidt and Abby have become, Jess decides that she and Nick need to move into the same room.

'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 17: 'Sister II'

Abby continues to cause problems in the loft as Jess tries to manipulate her into moving out; Winston worries about his score on the LAPD entrance exam.

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'New Girl' Recap: Season 3, Episode 16: 'Sister'

Jess tries to keep Nick from meeting Abby, her train wreck of a sister; Winston and Birdy host an awkward dinner party; Schmidt enlists Nick to help him get to the rabbi's daughter.

What's Next For 'The Mindy Project?' How About an Appearance by 'New Girl' Star Max Greenfield!
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