Let’s get everyone caught up: New Girl use to be one of the best sitcoms around. Now it’s shit. Which happens. Shows, particularly comedies, can easily run out of creative steam. It’s why I think a shorter series is usually better.
But it looks like Fox isn’t willing to just rip the band-aid off. Instead they’re going for the long con fade away. It’s a standard and terrible strategy used to end long term relationships.
— You say wonderful things about your partner and how in love you still are:
“Every network comedy should aspire to what Liz Meriwether is achieving in ‘New Girl,’ with its bravura dialogue, inventive and witty performances by the talented cast and emotionally engaging storytelling,” said Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden. “The series is as creatively strong today as it ever was, we want to congratulate ‘New Girl’ on reaching its milestone 100th episode, and we can’t wait for the next subversive and hilarious chapter of these characters’ lives.”
— You haven’t officially pulled the plug (by moving them to Friday night), but you aren’t making long term future plans by burning off episodes back-to-back.
Yeah, that’s a terrible sign. And sure, Fox says it’s just a “scheduling” issue. Deschanel’s pregnancy pushed the premiere date to January, and forced the doubling down on episodes. That’s the “It’s not you, it’s me” of network TV, and no one should buy it.
This has the makings of the perfect shitstorm of a break-up. Sides will be drawn, the friends will be divvied up (winner gets Winston, clearly), and we can get ready to hear them talking shit about each other for the next 6 months, at least. Basically New Girl needs to start preparing itself for the end. You don’t want to be blindsided when you come home to find Fox has packed up his shit and has the divorce papers ready. Don’t let it make you crazy, NG. But maybe start hitting the gym a couple times a week.