No sophomore slump here — the deliciously dizzy ensemble comedy is only getting stronger in season 2

By EW Staff
Updated November 30, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST
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Every tuesday night I look forward to turning on the TV and spending time with my sister, Zooey, and her fellow castmates. I laugh out loud several times an episode and find myself rewinding to watch a hilarious moment again and again (like when Nick kept shouting at Schmidt, ”Gave me cookie, got you cookie!”). There have been shows about friends before, and there have been shows about roommates, but for me what makes this show stand out is the chemistry of the cast. Each one of these actors brings life, charm, and humanity to their part, all while delivering jokes! That is no easy task. They each bring such specificity to their performances — the angry furrow of Nick’s brow, Winston’s deadpan look, Jess’ awkward dances, the rapid-fire of Schmidt’s delivery, and the look Cece gives him back. Finding a cast with that kind of chemistry is rare. The set of a television show can be like any other workplace: a group of people, all with different personalities, working long hours together day in and out. But a good cast can become like a second family. I’m glad to see that Zooey’s TV family is Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, and Hannah Simone. —Emily Deschanel

Greenfield on
Why New Girl works
”It’s a group of people who are having fun. You had the same feeling when you watched Friends or Seinfeld or Cheers. You felt like these people are enjoying what they’re doing. They’re not just saying lines.”

Johnson on
Becoming a true ensemble
”They launched it on Zooey, and she did an amazing job. And then they pushed Schmidt to see if somebody else could break through. Then they said, ‘Let’s see if we can get everybody through.’ [It’s like in] basketball, you can’t score if they don’t call your number. Now everybody is getting their number called.”

Zooey Deschanel on
The Nick-Jess relationship
”They sometimes tell us not to hug because they’re so afraid. ‘You guys have too much chemistry!’ Jake and I started being like, ‘This is ridiculous!’ They said, ‘Okay, fine, you can hug, but don’t hug too long.”’

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New Girl

Zooey Deschanel plays lovable Jess, who is plodding through life with a good group of friends.

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