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New Girl is an American television sitcom that premiered on FOX on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves around offbeat teacher Jess (Zooey Deschanel, Weeds) after her moving into an L.A. loft with three men, played by Jake Johnson (Nick, High School USA!), Max Greenfield (Schmidt, American Horror Story, Veronica Mars, Ugly Betty) and Lamorne Morris (Winston); Jess’s best friend Cece (Hannah Simone, H+: The Digital Series) and old-turned-new loftmate Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr., Happy Endings) also appear regularly. The show combines comedy and drama elements as the characters, who are in their early thirties, deal with maturing relationships and career choices.
Produced in Los Angeles as a single-camera comedy, New Girl is neither performed in front of a studio audience nor has a laugh track. Despite being an ensemble show aimed at viewers of both genders, most episodes are anchored around Jess, who according to Meriwether would have played the side character on other shows. The show’s first marketing push was on Zooey Deschanel and the promotional tagline “Simply Adorkable”, a portmanteau of “adorable” and “dork”. The producers rejected early criticism of Jess’s girlishness as they were neither creating a symbol nor wanted to make Jess emblematic of all women. Instead, they aim to be emotionally real and honest with the characters and approach the show from an emotional angle rather than firing punchlines.