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10 Things I Did Not Know About NEW GIRL

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Showcases, * TV Addict, New Girl on May 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

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One has to love it when the cast of a new comedy series gets together to celebrate because it allows us to peek behind the curtain and see what is going behind the scenes.  At the recent Academy of Television Arts & Sciences screening of the season finale for NEW GIRL, it was a night of hilarity and funny reveals as the cast good-naturedly poked fun at each other.

This is what I learned about the cast, characters and show:

Fear of Birds

Max Greenfield is terrified of birds.  Seriously.  Co-star Hannah Simone had filmed a scene with a live vulture in the pilot, and Max was petrified.  But in his defense, he asked the audience if there were anything they were afraid of, and as shouts of snakes, spiders and sharks rang out, Max said, “See!  Now I don’t feel so alone anymore.”  As everyone laughed, his point was made.  Everyone is afraid of something.

Cece Does Actually Model

Hannah Simone has done a ton of modeling scenes on NEW GIRL, it is just that most end up on the cutting room floor and remain unseen by the viewers.  That glaring omission falls on the writers who sheepishly admitted that they write more material than can possibly filmed in 22 minutes each week and they would rather have too much to choose from in the editing room.

Nick and Winstone Swapped Roles

When the show first debuted, Nick was intended to be the more mature, got-it-together adult of the group; but as the series progressed, Winstone seemed to fit more naturally into the role, so the writers just began writing Nick as the closeted, immature adult and Winstone as the one who has it together.  So while Winstone began the season as a “lost” man, by the end, he is the one who is moving up in his career and has maintained a stable relationship.  Though Lamorne happily noted that in real life, “I’m a weird individual and they went there with it,” which explains Winstone’s flirtation with his crazier side.

Improv Is a Big Part of the Show’s Success

While the actors are quick to give props to the shows’ writers, producers, directors and fine editing team, it was revealed that frequently they just let the cameras run while the cast is performing a scene just to see how they organically play it – and if they ad lib or improve a bit and it works, then it is left in.  Anyone who has seen the cast together LIVE, knows exactly what they are referring to.  They can riff on each other, in character and out of character, with seamless ease that brings the house down with laughter.

Jake Johnson Can Sing

While the show may be fond of poking fun at Nick, Jake Johnson’s co-stars and producers proclaim that he has the “voice of an angel” and most reluctantly Jake admitted to being a singer/songwriter in his spare time.  He would not, however, demonstrate any of his fine vocal abilities.  The guy is a lot more shy than you would think!

Why Keep the Core Couples Apart

Liz Meriwether was the first to admit that it is her fault that Schmidt and Cece broke up in the season finale and she’s the one who put the brakes on the Jess/Nick romance for the moment.  She thought it was not realistic that these 20-somethings would be so quick to shed their fancy-free lives and commit to long-term relationships so soon when they are still just figuring out who they are.  She also wanted the show to stay true to the journey these characters are on and not rush them into relationships that they are not ready for – yet.  Liz emphasized that the two key ingredients to the show is “truth” and finding the “emotional core” in any given real life situation – then they throw the NEW GIRL twist on it to make it hilarious.

The Coyote Was a Real Diva

Jake Johnson felt compelled to admit that the biggest diva they have ever had on the show was the coyote used in the season finale.  Apparently, no one could make a sound around it or make eye contact with it and it had special diet restrictions that it required between each take before it would perform.  As the audience and panel cracked-up, all fun aside, Zooey shared how that the coyote was actually super scared of humans and all she had to do in her scene was take one step towards it and it quickly ran away terrified.

The Inspiration for “Meep, Meep”

Liz Meriwether also confessed that she was the one responsible for the “meep, meep” scene with the coyote with Jess and Nick.  She had been given that scene to write for the finale and after staring at the blank, white page for awhile, she just went with the one thing that come to mind:  Looney Tunes – the Road Runner.  And that ladies and gentlemen is how great comedy is written, just think of your favorite cartoon and inspiration will strike!

Zooey Read With Each Prospective Actor For the Show

Because she felt so invested in the show, Zooey actually read with each and every actor who came to audition for the roles on the show.  She was looking for actors she found inspiring and “bro’d out.”  While not exactly defined, it was suggested, that she was looking for the right mix of chemistry between the actors who would be Jess’ roommates and fortunately for Max, Jake and Lamorne, they had the secret “bro’d out” quality.

Max & Jake Dress Alike

Over the course of the lengthy audition process of NEW GIRL, Max and Jake got to be such good friends that they would text each other each time they had an audition to make sure that they did not wear the same clothes or colors that day out of fear they would cancel each other out.  As a perfect example, they stood up on stage pointing to their nearly matching blue sweaters, blue jeans and tan loafers.  But that extra precaution must have worked because it is now one year later and they are happily celebrating the end of the show’s first season.

NEW GIRL may be gone for the summer, but returns with all new episodes in Fall 2012 on Fox.  Here’s to looking forward to what we will learn about Jess, Nick, Winstone, Schmidt and Cece next year!

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A Joyful Celebration: Previewing NEW GIRL’s Season Finale (with video interviews with cast)

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Showcases, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, New Girl on May 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

In glorious fashion, Fox’s comedy series NEW GIRL ends its freshman year on a high note and quite memorably for fans and viewers who have fallen in love with it this season. Previewed before the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last night for fans and guild members, the first season finale was met with applause and whistles of appreciation. When asked why the show opted to steer clear of a cliffhanger for its finale, it was explained that NEW GIRL is comedy and not HOMELAND. Thus, the producers and writers felt it was fitting to bookend their season and not leave their fans hanging during the summer hiatus. They also wanted to give back to the fans who have faithfully watched the show this year and made sure to embed a few special homages just for them, such as the return of a favorite dance move and a peek into Cece’s modeling world.

NEW GIRL started the season following a young girl who found out that her boyfriend had cheated on her, prompting her to move in with a trio of men who are also trying to navigate the perils of dating in today’s mercurial world of modern relationships; and so began the adventures of Jess, Nick, Winston, Schmidt, and Jess’ best friend Cece. The season provided glimpses into the zaniness of young adults living together and supporting each other through the trials and tribulations of their varied careers and dating lives. The series sought to showcase the truth of each outrageous situation with finely laced comedy to make it all the more fun.

As most know from personal experience, the big decisions of life are daunting and downright scary: whether it is moving in with a girlfriend, leaving the safe cocoon of a comfortable life with friends, committing to a monogamous relationship, or deciding on a career path. NEW GIRL reminds us that, while terrifying, those pivotal moments are also some of the best moments of our lives. Such moments define us and exemplify who we are in the face of adversity and change. The luxury of being in the NEW GIRL-world is that such moments are captured and celebrated in joyous fashion.

The finale honors these characters’ journeys as it delves deeper into the Schmidt/Cece relationship and the “slow burn” dance between Jess and Nick. It also allows Winston to confront a personal fear and come out victorious on the other side. In exclusive interviews from the red carpet, stars Zooey Deschanel, Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Hannah Simone candidly shared what surprised them about their characters this past year.

Zooey Deschanel:

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Jake Johnson:

Hannah Simone:

Max Greenfield:

NEW GIRL offers a world of hilarious comedy, but at its heart, it is about five friends who stand by each other no matter how real and scary life turns out to be. It is never more evident than in the finale when Nick must face his fear of commitment and how his friends rally around him to support whichever decision he makes. Fortunately for fans, that question is answered tonight and there will be much dancing and celebration as the credits roll on the final seconds of this season.

So do not miss one second of the first season finale of NEW GIRL tonight at 9:00 p.m. on Fox. You will fall in love with NEW GIRL all over again!


“Fun candid photos of the cast of NEW GIRL at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences”

“Lovely candid photos of the cast of NEW GIRL at PaleyFest 2012″

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Fun candid photos of the cast of NEW GIRL at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, New Girl on May 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

A few fun candid photos of the cast of NEW GIRL at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Enjoy!

Zooey Deschanel

Lamorne Morris and Max Greenfield

Zooey Deschanel

Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

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Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

Zooey Deschanel and Lamorne Morris

Hannah Simone

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