American Idol might be dropping in the ratings, but the show has been hardcore promoting to cover its tracks, offering extras like the new SuperVote system to keep audiences invested. This week, Fox’s singing competition program will unveil “Still Rolling” a new feature that will give TV viewers access to the moments after an Idol contestant is eliminated but the cameras are still taping.
Taylor Swift is headed to New Girl for a special guest starring role that seems sure to be a ratings bringer, for several reasons. Fox’s comedy has proven quite fond of name-dropping the musician during episodes in the past, but when Swift joins the set, she won’t be joining as herself. Instead, Swift is headed to New Girl to play a character named Elaine.
Merritt Wever is probably best known these days for her role as nurse Zoey Barkow in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, however, for some reason, I always associate her with her brief but amusing role as the over-sharing pharmacy clerk Tracey Abernathy in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs. With her subtle style of humor, Wever leaves an impression, so it's great news to hear she's set to appear in an upcoming episode of New Girl. Spoilers ahead!
The Following isn't the only Fox series to receive an early renewal. Freshman comedy The Mindy Project has also been given the thumbs up for a second season, as has Raising Hope and New Girl, which locks down the three Tuesday night comedies, and leaves room for a fourth, assuming Fox is still planning to continue airing two hours of comedies on Tuesday night (or some other night during the week).
Could Fox be eyeing a Thursday time slot in the future for New Girl and The Mindy Project? It’s hard to guess at whether it means anything, but the network will be giving the two comedies a chance to try out the new night in the near future. The first week of April will see both shows air on Thursday.
The casting of Margo Martindale as Nick's mother should have give us an indication that New Girl was aiming high with the casting for the characters' family. But news on the casting front has gotten even better, as the Fox comedy series has cast two (excellent) stand-up comedians to play more Miller family relatives.
Margo Martindale is headed to Fox to take on a special role in an episode of the sophomore comedy New Girl. Martindale is set to play Mama Miller, a Chicagoan who also happens to be Nick’s mother. Nick's group of roomies will travel all the way to the Windy City to meet Nick’s family, but they will soon learn Nick is the most reasonable and reliable member of his brood.
TV offered plenty of amazing and memorable moments in 2012. Whether they were sad, funny, violent or just plain shocking, we had no trouble piling up a list of some of our favorite moments in television this year. And because we came up with so many, we've broken them down by category, staring with the demises of numerous notable characters and then moving into the other big TV moments from 2012.
Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlend’s top 10 comedies of 2012.
Disney Channel star Brenda Song is set to join the cast of a primetime comedy. The young actress who is best known for The Suite Life of Zack & Cody along with several other Disney Channel projects has landed a recurring role on Fox’s hit New Girl.
Actress and model Brooklyn Decker has spent the last couple of years trying to invigorate her acting career on the big screen in flicks like Battleship and Just Go With It. The actress, who started her career on the small screen with parts in Chuck and Ugly Betty, will now return to television to wreak a little havoc. The lovely celebrity will guest star in a Season 2 episode of Fox’s New Girl where she will play a love interest, but for whom?
2012 has been a big year for Olivia Munn. Not only does she have a starring role in HBO's new drama The Newsroom, but she also appeared in Magic Mike and The Babymakers, and next up, she's set to guest star on New Girl for numerous episodes, which includes tonight's "Bathtub." Fox released a behind-the-scenes video that gives us an early look at Munn in her role as Angie.
Well written sitcoms know how to approach the subject of sex with humor and subtly, some less subtle than others. One of the more memorable moments from Friends was the scene where Monica breaks down women's seven erogenous zones and then proceeds to explain foreplay by numbers. New Girl had a moment reminiscent of that one during this week's episode as Schmidt used a diagram of a woman's reproductive organs and some veiled terms to describe his technique when pleasuring a woman. It may be one of his best moments in the series to date.
Of the too many sitcoms spread across too many networks, New Girl might be the most consistently funny. Obviously that's a testament to the writing but most television comedy success stories are made in the casting and the Fox sophomore hit is no exception. Zooey Deschanel's (lovably) awkward lead and Max Greenfield's supporting bro tend to get most of the recognition but Jake Johnson regularly steals the show. And who they've brought in to guest star as his father is a really casting coup.
Carla Gugino has played her share of tough and sensual characters in the past, but has never played anything like the character she is set to portray in a few upcoming episodes of Fox’s New Girl. This is because Gugino will be going all Fifty Shades of Grey on the Fox comedy’s second season, and she’ll be bringing Schmidt into the fold of her lifestyle.