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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:

Lamorne Morris:

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

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

Zooey Deschanel and Lamorne Morris

Hannah Simone

Max Greenfield

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Celebrating a Growing Comedy For Families Everywhere: ABC’s THE MIDDLE

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Showcases, * TV Addict, The Middle on April 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Shows that exemplify the “everyman” do not actually come around that often. But one wonderful and warm exception is ABC’s comedy series THE MIDDLE. Rather than depict a super-human family genetically engineered to accomplish their life’s bliss, THE MIDDLE recognizes and celebrates the kind of family that most of us probably have – one where money is tight, the children are a shade off from “normal,” and yet everyone undeniably loves each other through the thick-and-thin — and more often than not, finds a way to make lemonade when handed a basket of lemons. In fact, THE MIDDLE seeks to cherish and commemorate what makes being a family a special joy in today’s world of everyday stress, pressure and worries.

At a special event in its honor at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the cast and creators of THE MIDDLE stopped to chat about their family-friendly show.






Creators/producers EILEEN HEISLER and DEANNE HELINE:

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Infused with equal parts comedy and love for its characters – and a healthy doses of love spread amongst the characters, THE MIDDLE reminds us that it is okay to be a family struggling through the mundane and normal aspects of our lives. It also highlights how what can been seen as a “normal” day, can be simply extraordinary. With our lives rushing by, it is hard to see how special such days can be and how they will leave imprints in our souls for the rest of our lives.

If you have not yet taken the time to meet The Hecks, you absolutely should take a peek on Wednesday nights. It will give you a chance to meet Frankie Heck, as hilariously portrayed by Patricia Heaton. Frankie gives new meaning to the “super mom” as she tries to balance work, motherhood and a moment for herself in our modern lives. Fortunately, to her three children, Frankie is a super-hero all on her own. They may not always verbalize their appreciation, but the undercurrent of affection is always there.

"The Middle"

Frankie’s kids are Axl, Sue and Brick. Portraying these wildly different, and at times precocious (well, that may just apply to Brick), characters are Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer. Each has the fun task of finding the “heart” in their diverse characters and who bring more than meets-the-eye layers to each. Then adding the final piece to the puzzle is Michael, Frankie’s husband. Deftly and humorously portrayed by Neil Flynn, Michael is not just the dad coming home from work and tuning out his kids. Each one of the characters has a vital role in their family as they balance and conquer their every day lives. Life may not be easy, but they have figured out the secret of how to enjoy their lives and be a content family together. The Hecks may not be picture-perfect, but they are perfectly happy just as they are and we love them for it.

Join in the celebration of life on THE MIDDLE, which airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.


“Fun candid photos of the cast and producers of THE MIDDLE at the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences”

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