Saturday, September 20, 2014

What I’m Watching: New Girl (Season Premiere)

New Girl: Season 4, Episode 1 “The Last Wedding” (B)

This show didn’t end on a great note last season, but I don’t think it’s worth giving up on it just yet. It’s the first network television show back after the summer hiatus, which is good, and it’s also pretty much the only returning network sitcom I’m planning to watch (“Parks and Recreation” doesn’t return until midseason). I did enjoy the fact that this episode was wedding-themed given I myself just got married last weekend, and it was a fun way to start things off. What this episode did have to offer was a fun slate of guest stars, namely Reid Scott and Jessica Biel. The latter is certainly unexpected casting, but she did do a great job of going head-to-head with Jess and telling her all the ways in which she was a better fit for him. It was entertaining to see the “Veep” actor portray a very flummoxed best man hopeless to decide which woman he should take home. Seeing Coach get reamed out by each of his former lovers was amusing, and it’s nice to know that Schmidt and Cece might happen again. The suggested foursome was hilarious, particularly Nick’s reaction to the situation. Ending the premiere with the triumphant removal of wedding invitations from the fridge was enjoyable, and I hope that kind of camaraderie can be present throughout all this season’s episodes, laced with some more consistent and funny storylines. This show has the characters to be successful, and I think this could well be a rebound season.

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