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Season 2

This season, after Jess (Zooey Deschanel) gets laid off from her teaching job, she re-evaluates her life and career and immediately makes some dubious choices along the way — working alongside a jaded cocktail waitress (guest star Parker Posey), jumping into a sex-only relationship with a handsome lothario (recurring guest star David Walton) and attempting to bond with her younger neighbors by using 80's humor. Also this season, Nick (Jake Johnson) is dumbfounded when he gets a visit from his future self, Winston (Lamorne Morris) must answer to his disapproving mother and basketball star sister, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) panics at the thought of getting old and then becomes jealous when Cece (Hannah Simone) starts dating the anti-Schmidt.
 
The hit ensemble comedy struck a chord with viewers last season when, after a bad break-up, Jess moved into a downtown Los Angeles loft occupied by three single guys. The trio helped Jess move on with her life, as she jumped back into the dating pool, which included a courtship with a fellow teacher, a Valentine's Day one-night-stand and a May-December romance with the father of one of her students. Conversely, the upbeat and unique feminine touch that Jess brought into the loft had just as much impact on her new male roommates and changed their lives in ways they never imagined.
 
Among her new roommates, Jess had an instant connection with Nick, a law school dropout-turned-bartender. Nick knows he's not living up to his potential — both professionally and personally. Like Jess, he also had a tumultuous romantic year, whether it was dealing with the ex-girlfriend who broke his heart or the tough-as-nails attorney who unceremoniously dumped him, leading him to date an endless string of college-age co-eds. The most grounded of the roommates may be Winston, an intensely competitive athlete who returned from playing basketball overseas, not knowing what to do next. As the season progressed, Winston not only found true love with a former booty call, but landed a dream job — albeit with a nightmare boss.
 
Rounding out the loft, but living in his own universe, is Schmidt, whose over-confidence and well-defined physique mask severe insecurities, which manifest themselves in a number of OCD-like mannerisms, false bravado and contributions to the loft's douchebag jar. Against all odds, Schmidt found himself in an adventurous affair with Jess' best friend, Cece, a professional model with a killer deadpan whom all the roommates believed was unattainable. As the group's dynamic evolved, they formed a charmingly dysfunctional — or strangely functional — family.
 
"New Girl" was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Zooey Deschanel and Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series for Max Greenfield. The series was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award in the category of Outstanding New Program as well as a Critics' Choice Television Award in the category of Best Comedy Series. Deschanel won the Television Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Comedy (tied with Amy Poehler). Last season, "New Girl" received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical and a Writers Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Television — New Series.

"New Girl" is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Liz Meriwether. Meriwether, Jake Kasdan ("Bad Teacher"), Peter Chernin ("Touch"), Katherine Pope ("Touch"), Dave Finkel ("United States of Tara," "30 Rock") and Brett Baer ("United States of Tara," "30 Rock") are executive producers.


Season 1

"New Girl" (FOX TV show) is a single-camera comedy from Liz Meriwether ("No Strings Attached") that features a young ensemble cast and takes a fresh and outrageous look at modern male/female relationships.

Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel, "(500) Days of Summer") is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn't. Although she's dorky and awkward, she's comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she's not used to hanging with the boys — especially at home.

Of the three male roommates, Nick (Jake Johnson, "No Strings Attached") is the most grounded. He had big plans for life, but somewhere along the way, he stopped caring and became a bartender. Usually the smartest guy in the room, he has an uncanny knack for reading people and uses humor to deflect everyone and everything.

Schmidt (Max Greenfield, "Ugly Betty") is a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova. Though his heart is usually in the right place, he's always scheming ways to climb the social ladder and is driven by an immature and almost obsessive urge to be on "the scene." Viewing Jess as a gateway into the elusive female mind, as well as a personal project, Schmidt encourages the guys to bring Jess into the apartment.

The third roommate, Coach (Damon Wayans Jr., "The Underground"), is a former high school athlete who currently makes his living as a personal trainer. Set in his ways and with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude to dating, Coach is most comfortable when he's in the gym. Though he'll never admit it, Coach's macho athletic exterior is actually a cover for his shyness around women, and he struggles to translate his personal confidence into conversation, preferring to speak in sports metaphors — or not at all.

Rounding out this group is Jess's childhood best friend, Cece (Hannah Simone, "Beautiful People"), a deadpan, somewhat cynical model who blossomed after outgrowing her promiscuous adolescent years. She has the street smarts Jess lacks and spends a lot of time doling out no-nonsense relationship advice that only a professional model could give. She and Jess balance each other well and accept each other despite their faults, making Cece the perfect complement to Jess.

As their relationships progress, the five friends come to realize they need each other more than they ever thought they would and end up forming a charmingly dysfunctional family.

The cast includes Zooey Deschanel as Jess, Max Greenfield as Schmidt, Jake Johnson as Nick, Hannah Simone as Cece, Damon Wayans Jr. as Coach.





 

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