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Essay: Where are all the female friendships on TV?

Maybe it was when Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) split up on New Girl, and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) didn’t spend any time comforting her with smiley-face cupcakes or tearful screenings of Bambi.

Or maybe it was when Mindy (Mindy Kaling) broke off her engagement to Pastor Casey (Anders Holm), and no one was there to help her fill that sad-single-girl-shaped hole in her heart with extra helpings of glass noodle salad.

At some point, I started to wonder: Do any women on TV have female friends anymore? READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': Nick in a Box

Money changes people, y’all. Or perhaps love changes people? And yet… Nick got a heapin’ helpin’ of both this week and let’s be honest: Nick is who he is. Getting an $8,000 inheritance from his dearly departed Pop-Pop didn’t change him any more than an inadvertent turn as a Good Samaritan fundamentally shifted Schmidt’s moral fiber. Their actions, catharses, and struggles this week were just a blip — just like this episode.  READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': A Groundhog Day Situation in the Cathouse

Tonight’s New Girl was a study in a universe that is — and, frankly, must be — self-correcting. Everyone started the night straight-up certifiable, with Jess in the midst of a sexual awakening, thanks to a month of dating Nick; Schmidt just beginning his disgusted (and deluded) vengeance quest against the couple he was convinced had destroyed his doomed-from-the-start love triangle; and Winston was more devoted to his new cat Ferguson than any person who ever hoped to have a fighting chance at a love life should be. Flash forward some 28 minutes, and the tables had had turned. Would you believe it was Winston who brought them all back from the precipice? No? He didn’t either. That’s just how far off-kilter things in the loft had gone. But what goes up must come down — which, coincidentally, was probably just one of the many moves making up the world’s most horrifying sexual position, The Captain. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Matchmaker: Winston Bishop and Det. Amy Santiago

Some of our favorite TV characters are often unlucky in love. They just can’t seem to find The One — but what if The One is on another show altogether?

New Girl‘s Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris) has had a rough go of it this season. After his beloved puzzles made a mockery of him and his booty call cuckolded him, Winston was relegated — as of last week — to “jokingly” suggest inviting his cat Ferguson on group dates with his roommates. Put more simply, Winnie needs a woman!

He doesn’t have to look far. Bumping right up against New Girl, Fox’s freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine boasts a similarly pitiful singleton in Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). The no-nonsense NYPD officer is demonstrable successful, but it’s unfortunately in the vein of FBI agent-turned-Miss Congeniality Gracie Lou Freebush (née Gracie Hart). While Santiago doesn’t need a man to define or complete her, think how much more relaxed and well-rounded she’d be with one.

I have to admit, I’m springboarding off the coupling of Morris and Fumero in a Fox promo video (click through and scroll down to watch the segment). As they rapid-fire quiz each other, the two actors show they have amazing chemistry. Then, when I gave it deeper thought, I realized their characters might, too. Below, five reasons why Winston and Santiago are a match made in sitcom heaven. READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': Three Cheats to the Wind (a.k.a. A Tough Time in Schmidtsburg)

Fare thee well, Elizabeth? She was barely in tonight’s episode, but — if her pie-mangling hatred of Schmidt is anything indication — it seems our beloved Merritt Wever will no longer be appearing on New Girl. That prospect makes me want to cry almost as much as Schmidt and Cece’s heart-wrenching break-up. In the midst of tonight’s episode, it finally hit me: There’s a reason that Schmidt’s love triangle hasn’t been as funny as most Schmidt-uations — it was too real. I think we secretly knew deep-down that it would end in this kind of a gut-punch confrontation. New Girl‘s pendulum has to swing both ways, is what I’m saying. So, yes, tonight’s installment may not have been as laugh-packed as usual, but it’s also the kind of episode that proves these characters are more than just a collection of tics (well… except for Winston, I’m still somewhat sad to report). It was also obviously a huge set-up episode, ushering in the “Schmidt’s Revenge” story arc we’ve been promised. So how did Schmidt go from two-timer to broken heart to man on a mission? Well…


Schmidt shakes his groove thang in weekend-starting 'New Girl' Gifgasm -- EXCLUSIVE

Putting the “GIF” in TGIF, Fox just launched a “Gettin’ Schmidty Wit It” microsite dedicated to television’s reigning endearing d-bag. You’ll want to check out this gloriously silly tribute to Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who shakes what his mama gave him to a kicky tune that’s guaranteed to be “Shakalak”-ing through your head ’til at least Tuesday at 9 p.m., when New Girl‘s third episode of the season airs.

As you can see from the image above, Schmidt’s having the time of his chut-i-ney-loving life. But he doesn’t have to do it alone, does he? Come on! How can you possibly resist such unbounded exuberance? You can’t, right?

So click here to get your weekend started right!*

And don’t forget to keep clicking, Newbies! This is the kind of time-suck for which the phrase “the gif that keeps on giving” was created. If only there were about 100 more gifs ready to go. Note to Fox: MORE MORE MORE! (Please.)

*Just a warning for iPhone/iPad watchers: The sound will only auto-play on a desktop.

'New Girl': Jacuzz'!

New Girl is back, y’all. No disrespect to last week’s premiere, but tonight felt like the level of hilarity, heartstring-pulling, and sharp storytelling that spoiled us last season. To wit, Jess and Nick once more earned their couplehood, from the minute he spit-smoothed her bangs to his final words to her (“I would have noticed you”); the mean girls — and boy — on the sidelines reaffirmed why we loved the loftmates so much; Schmidt was up to his usual douchebag jar-worthy antics… but almost redemptively guilty about his behavior, and Winston got the chance to play with an adorable kitteh. Daisy was even featured — and, for whatever reason (probably her association with “Cooler”), I loves me some Daisy. Straight talk: I don’t want to get too excited because there are still 20-odd episodes remaining this season, but it was good, you guys. My optimism last week was not in vain. READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' Winston Watch: The 12 Winstons we've met so far

New Girl returned last night, and with the season 3 premiere came an all-new Winston (Lamorne Morris): colorblind and puzzles-obsessed.

Sigh. It looks like Winston’s still getting a quirky trait each episode instead of a proper, character-building arc, but we’ve aired our grievances about that before. At this point, the regularly sidelined loftmate has accumulated too many strange characteristics to keep count, so why not try tallying them all up?

May we present to you, PopWatchers, the “Winston Watch,” an ultimate (though probably not definitive) showcase of every version we’ve seen of our favorite fruity-drink-loving, darkness-fearing, pranks- and puzzles-obsessed supporting character:

Is '40 Days of Dating' just a big-screen version of 'New Girl'?

When it was announced that the people behind viral website 40 Days of Dating — which featured his and hers daily blogs between two long-term friends as they tried dating each other for 40 days — had gotten a movie agent, the rollout seemed inevitable, and now it’s official: The story of Jessica Walsh and Tim Goodman will be a movie, written by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist) and directed by The Vow‘s Michael Sucsy.

Ugh. I’ll be happy to be wrong, but right now, even reading that news seems exhausting — I just can’t imagine a not-insufferable two hours full of will-they-or-won’t-they between two twee adults caught up in the cuteness of their own story. Perhaps 15 years ago it would be intriguing, but the girl who just can’t help but fall in love and the guy with commitment issues are such well-worn tropes that I’m already checking my watch years before I get to the theater. And then I realized the real issue: I’m already watching this story unfold on a weekly basis, and it’s called New Girl.

'New Girl' season 3 premiere: Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Life-changing revelations, rampant bribery, vehicular sex, addiction, international intrigue, threats of violence (nay, murder!), a valiant act of self-sacrifice, an unsolvable love triangle, and even a bit of original music. It may not have seemed like it, but New Girl‘s season 3 premiere had all the elements of a classic high drama. Admittedly, it didn’t all fit together perfectly. But, New Girl, you’ve never let me down before. Like Nick, Jess, and one of Winston’s puzzles, there are good, solid foundations there. I’m confident that over the course of the next 20-odd episodes, everything will fall into place (maybe with the help of an almond or two). READ FULL STORY

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