Queen of quirk Zooey Deschanel stars in formulaic geeky comedy New Girl
The sitcom falls in neatly with The Big Bang Theory, Scrubs et al
Adorkability. ‘Jess Daly’ has this in spades, and it’s the x-factor that led US executives to immediately order up a bunch of extra episodes after New Girl (Channel 4, Fri 6 Jan, 8.35pm) became the Fox network’s highest-rated autumn sitcom debut in a decade. At first glance, this relentlessly kooky affair looks and feels a lot like a messy pile-up involving Scrubs, Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Come the fifth or sixth glance, it looks and feels like those shows even more so, with a sprinkling of Samantha Who? on top.
Zooey Deschanel is the wildly emotional and freshly-dumped Jess, who somehow passes the interview to become a flatmate of three interchangeable single males. Their immediate task is to cure her of a Dirty Dancing fixation (oh, really?) and get her some rebound sex. The trio have a ‘douchebag jar’ which is added to each time one of them says something inadvisable. It fills up really rapidly.
It’s the kind of show where if someone says ‘you will not regret this’ you know the next scene has regret oozing from every pore. You know it will have around six flashbacks per episode and a ‘touching’, quasi-bonding finale each week. America may have lapped it up, but it could be one primary-coloured geekfest too far for us cynical Brits.