A look at the 'New Girl' flaky 5 0
The cast of Fox's New Girl (Handout)
The Schmidt Show has its season finale on Tuesday.
And by The Schmidt Show, we of course mean the rookie sitcom New Girl, which airs on Fox and Citytv.
It has been interesting to chart the character development through New Girl's first season, especially as it pertains to lead character Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, and Schmidt, one of Jess' three male roommates, played by Max Greenfield.
Remember when Jess was the quirky one?
Anyway, as we head into the season finale, which sees the core crew make an unexpected trip to the desert, here's a look at the current status of New Girl's flaky five:
JESS (Zooey Deschanel)
It was only last September that I wrote an article about how it was Deschanel vs. Whitney Cummings in competition to be TV's "It Girl" for 2011-12. Turns out it wasn't much of a contest, with the sitcom Whitney being so shockingly mundane. But I also wondered if Deschanel's exaggerated cutesy-pie geekiness would wear thin after a handful of episodes. Notably, the Jess character has become way more "normal," if such a thing exists in sitcom-land. Jess increasingly has turned into a Mary Tyler Moore-ish voice-of-reason as the guys have become more zany. Speaking of which ...
SCHMIDT (Max Greenfield)
Suggested new titles for New Girl: About Schmidt. Schmidt Happens. Schmidt Hits The Fan. Don't Trust the S------ in Apartment 23. OK, enough of that. But the emergence of Schmidt is something I absolutely did not see coming at the very beginning of the season, when I actually felt that a little of this character went a long way. I can't quite figure this guy out, which I guess is the point. He used to be fat, sometimes he acts and dresses as if he might be gay, but for some reason Cece, at least temporarily, fell for him and all his idiosyncrasies. Speaking of which ...
CECE (Hannah Simone)
Why, Cece, why? I never quite bought that this character, who initially was presented as an ice queen, would become physically and/or emotionally attached to Schmidt, even for a brief spell. I get that Cece herself didn't understand it either, which inherently was part of the comedy. But still. Looking back at New Girl a few years from now, I wonder if we all will share the opinion that the characters started hooking up with each other way too early. Speaking of which ...
NICK (Jake Johnson)
Clearly Nick and Jess are soulmates and they just haven't realized it yet, although they've come close on a few occasions. Nick definitely was more subtle and stable at the beginning of the season. He's way more of a lost slob now, and with one episode to go in Season 1, he's on the verge of moving back in with a former girlfriend who previously broke his heart. That might mean a replacement roommate for the gang. Speaking of which ...
WINSTON (Lamorne Morris)
OK, this character was lame enough to start with, but now that they've given him a girlfriend, he is uber-lame. Bring back Coach!