Moderated by Chief Couch Potato Kylie
Who: “New Girl” airs on network TV, specifically on Fox, (typically) fall to spring Tuesdays at 8:30 PM.
What: “New Girl,” a situation comedy about goofy but lovable teacher (some have described her as ‘adorkable’) Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel), who, after finding out that her boyfriend cheated on her, answers a Craig’s List ad and ends up living in a loft with three others guys, including metrosexual, yuppie womanizer Schmidt (Max Greenfield); grumpy but down-to-earth bartender Nick (Jake Johnson); and eccentric but loyal radio producer Winston (Lamorne Morris). Also interwoven into this mix is Jess’ childhood friend CeCe (Hannah Simone), a deadpan model who has more street smarts than Jess but tends to make poorer choices, such as becoming involved with Schmidt (for a more detailed Synopsis, read here: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/tv/new_girl/summary.html).
When: Season Four aired from September 16, 2014, to May 5, 2015. Season Five aired from January 5, 2016, to May 10, 2016; the fifth season finale aired on May 10, 2016, at 9:00 PM.
Where: The show is set in Los Angeles, California, primarily in the loft itself.
Why: Chief CP Kylie found this show on Netflix, having had some interest in it when it was first advertised because I love Zooey Deschanel, but for some reason, I wasn’t able to catch it when it was on, and I didn’t place priority on it because it seemed like an updated rehashing of Friends for a new generation. Yet, so many people, both trusted friends and critics alike, said it was funny; therefore, once it became available on Netflix, I binge watched the first two seasons before watching it in real – or almost real – time. For this latest CPU! podcast episode, fellow New Girl fans and fan girls of Deschanel joined me around the water cooler to catch CPU! and its followers up on New Girl seasons four and five and to (wo)man the water cooler discussion of future seasons of the show as they air for CPU!
How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)
It’s been a while since CPU! covered New Girl, one of the Chief Couch Potato’s favorite sitcoms (in fact, it’s one of only three I currently watch). As I’ve said before, blame it on starting this whole podcast business. Better yet – rather than assign blame, let’s just agree to play a rousing game of True American and talk all loft shenanigans for said podcast, especially since your main moderator is always playing catch-up, okay?!
Thus, we present to you this new CPU! podcast episode, in which this viewer invited a small but robust panel of familiar voices, namely Kristen and Kelsey, True Americans and Zooey fans in their own right, to play catch up with Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Winston, CeCe, and, to a lesser extent, Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.). We cover notable situations from season four until present, from the era immediately following Nick and Jess’ awkward breakup to the impending nuptials of Schmidt and CeCe. While our panel’s particular level of devotion to this quirky sitcom is, on average, relatively high, there is some waning interest, which we discuss at length in the embedded episode below. Give us a listen, and see if you agree or disagree with our thoughts.
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Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations
Old Questions from Prior Season Three Coverage
1) How will the loft survive in the post Nick/Jess coupling era?
ANSWER: Surprisingly well. Nick and Jess had to work through some issues and some tricky post-breakup dynamics, but these two were friends first and managed to clumsily but successfully move past the breakup for the sake of their loft-mates. Listen to the podcast for our discussion of some season four situations.
2) Will CeCe and Schmidt reconnect?
ANSWER: Not only did they reconnect, they got engaged and then married! How will they fare? What will a married CeCe and Schmidt look like?
3) Will Coach find a lady friend?
ANSWER: And how! By the end of season four, Coach met May, who turned out to be the love of his life. In fact, Coach was willing to make a huge leap for her, of a type that he could never make for other women, and follow her to New York City, just in time for his portraying actor, Damon Wayans Jr., to leave New Girl a second time. Isn’t it romantic?
4) SOMEONE HELP WINSTON.
ANSWER: Over the course of seasons four and five, Winston has fostered feelings for his new police partner, Aly. By the end of season five, their endearingly complimentary relationship blossomed into an actual romantic coupling. The question is: will it last? But, hey, THE MAN FINALLY HAS A NORMAL GIRLFRIEND. Relatively speaking.
1) What will CeCe and Schmidt’s marriage look like?
2) Will Winston and Aly’s romance last? Can they have a spin-off? They’re too cute.
3) Is Megan Fox coming back for season six to play Reagan? (Can she not?) Are we really about to watch a love triangle between Jess, Nick, and Reagan?
4) If Jess and Nick get back together, can it be new and fresh? The panel says: “will they or won’t they, and just move on!”
5) Will CeCe and Schmidt get pregnant?
6) Will Nick and Jess hook up and get pregnant? Or experience a pregnancy scare?
7) What happened to the apartment down the hall? Does Schmidt own it? Are CeCe and Schmidt going to move into it?
8) What is Schmidt’s first name already?!
For this panel of New Girl fans, the “adorkable” Jess and her lofty pals still bring the laughs but not as freshly or as often as they did when this sitcom premiered. Even though this show started as a refreshingly contemporary and relevant situation comedy that mixes a few atypical character archetypes into a wildly flavorful (and crunchy) salad of laughs, the lettuce has been wilting since Nick and Jess’ pairing in season three, as the story toyed with coupling Jess and Nick for such an ultimately short-lived and unsatisfying period. The marriage of CeCe and Schmidt may bring an interesting new dynamic to the group as long as they continue to be present in the loft, but the writers and executive producers still have the uphill task of keeping the show feel new and interesting. In fact, some subtle signs of staleness and boredom from repetitive and routine storytelling are already creeping in; the mission of these writers is to give this talented cast of performers and the characters they portray something more intelligent to do in the coming season(s), or New Girl will be guilty of, more or less, airing the same episode every week, mired in its own admittedly quirky formula, unable to attain the energy it sustained in the beginning seasons, which propelled it to be the successful sitcom that it is. Also, Megan Fox as a stunt cast should stay just that: a (limited time only) stunt cast.
New Girl was renewed for season 6 and is set to premiere on Fox on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. CPU! will henceforth revisit New Girl in podcast format once per season after each season airs (there isn’t as much to digest in a sitcom, after all). Thus, if you enjoyed this conversation, a similar one will occur again but likely not until next year. Stay tuned to CPU! for future New Girl coverage and announcements as they become available.