Why Fox's Decision to Bench New Girl Until November Is a Good Thing
By Josef Adalian, New York Magazine's 'Vulture' Blog - October 11th, 2011
Indeed, the fact that the show won't be on the air for a spell is actually the clearest evidence yet that Fox feels it's found a new long-term comedy player.
But what about the argument that simply not airing New Girl for three weeks might slow down its momentum? Well, it's worth looking at what happened two years ago, when Fox preempted the red hot and new Glee for three weeks in the fall for baseball: After averaging 7.1 million viewers on October 21, it attracted 7.5 million gleeks upon its November 11 return.
After a four week hiatus, Fox's New Girl returned to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, that's down 19% from the 4.3 adults 18-49 rating in its last original on October 4. Total viewers has dropped to 7.53 million.
I thought there were some really good moments on the show. As far as consistency I think this episode worked better than the rest. There were laughs throughout, and the writing seemed to have been tightened up.
The thing that is ruining this show is the guy (don't remember their names) who won't stop acting like a metrosexual douchebag. Replace him and the show might have a chance of finding its legs. I'm actually OK with the black guy now even though initially I thought he fared poorly as compared to Damon Wayans Jr.
The problem with this weeks's episode is that the combination of ZD's deliberately infantile mannerisms and speech patterns, combined with the subject matter (trying to get her to say penis) came off a little bit like something you'd see on those "barely 18" web sites. Granted, the episode had its humorous moments, but it also made my skin crawl in other places.
Of the new comedies (Whitney, New Girl, and Up All Night) I find that Up All Night is the best, but also has the worst ratings. Whitney is just terribly acted and the laugh track is annoying as hell. New Girl is still too cutesy for its own good...almost cloyingly so, and I'm about done with it. Each of the shows I dont like have one thing in common - supporting characters that I quite honestly hate. Up All Night as Maya Rudolph, who steals every scene she's in.
They really need to tone down that Schmidt guy, he is way too over the top. Although I thought the "birdcat" bit was really funny.
Zoey's hot girlfriend is very easy on the eyes, I had a hard time keeping up with the dialogue every time she was on screen.
Originally Posted by vfxproducer
The problem with this weeks's episode is that the combination of ZD's deliberately infantile mannerisms and speech patterns, combined with the subject matter (trying to get her to say penis) came off a little bit like something you'd see on those "barely 18" web sites. ......
....I'm not familiar with those websites....I'm going to have go research them....
Well, we decided to dump this one from the season's pass recording list. I like Zooey, and there certainly a few funny moments, but it is just too inconsistent for me. There are a few too many scenes that just come across as awkward, and not in a funny way.
I was just the opposite (not good). I had left the series a few shows back after initial promise, just like 2 Broke Girls. Bianco on USA Today reviewed this episode as a return to form and really funny/good and Justin Long as being a great guest star, so I decided to give it another chance. Poor decision on my part. I won't be fooled again. Good luck to those of you that like it.
Ray "You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place." -Jonathan Swift