New Girl Season 3: A Look Back And A Look Ahead

By Jesse Carp 2013-09-16 13:58:41 discussion comments
While Jess and Nick might take center stage, we can't forget the other, and perhaps more rewarding, on-again, off-again relationship on New Girl. Schmidt and Cece have been just as compelling a couple as their sloppier, less together counterparts, and were the first to take the friendship to the next level. Just when you thought the womanizing douche(-jar contributor) with a heart would never have a chance with Jess' model best friend, they somehow ended up holding hands in bed together and never looked back. It's a really sweet romance when Schmidt isn't saying the wrong thing or prompting Cece to look elsewhere to fill her urgent child bearing needs. And while she explored other options, so did he. 'It's Complicated'...



Last season saw the pair mostly apart as Cece, in an attempt to get serious, agreed to an arranged marriage with a nice Indian boy and Schmidt, trying to rediscover himself, re-entered a college relationship. To say the wedding didn't go as planned would be an understatement (thanks Taylor Swift) but at least the couple are possibly getting back together. Well, she wants to get back with Schmidt but he's still enjoying the time with Merritt Wever's Elizabeth, someone who allows him to let loose and get in touch with his former (fat and not so smooth) self. When put on the spot, he simply ran away from the two women instead of making a decision. Who will he choose? I bet he sticks it out with Elizabeth for a little while longer, just long enough to keep things complicated. Here are the casts' 'Season 3 Predictions for Schmidt & CeCe.'

And then there's Winston. Oh, Winston. Fox didn't even give you a video recap. Probably because the writers haven't done anything all that significant with the character since he joined the show for the second episode. There have been a few girls (Brenda Song's guest spot was memorable) and a lot of choice moments (Black Santa) but the series still doesn't seem to know exactly what to do with Coach's replacement. Maybe that will be more clear when the man he replaced returns to the show this season. But before getting to how the former roommate coming back will affect New Girl, it's time to make a few 'Season 3 Predictions for Winston.' Yes, this time they did make his character a video. How nice.

Okay. Now that all the speculating over Season 3 has been done, let's finish up by discussing what we know for sure about the new year. As I alluded earlier, one of the biggest off-season developments that's sure to shake things up is Damon Wayans Jr.’s Coach returning for a several episodes. Wayans Jr was amazing on the (cancelled too soon) Happy Endings and I'm stoked to see what he can do with Coach, a much different character than Brad. This is like an amazing do-over, a chance to see how he would have fit into the dynamic with Deschanel, Johnson and Greenfield while also getting to see him interact with his equally talented replacement. Wayans and Lamorne Morris, best of both worlds!

The return of Coach is obviously the biggest development but there were also a couple other returning and new characters cast during the off-season. Eva Amurri will be back to torture Schmidt at his all female office while Angela Kinsey and Dreama Walker have been brought in to torment Jess at her new school. As far as the more immediate future, like tomorrow nights premiere, "All In" will probably continue to explore Jess and Nick's red hot relationship and address Schmidt's big decision all under the warm Mexico sun. That's right, true Americans, this party is south of the border. Here's a promo for "All In” and remember to tune in tomorrow night! How do you say adorkable in Spanish? That's not a thing anymore...



New Girl returns for its third season with “All In” on Tuesday, September 17 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX. Created by Elizabeth Meriwether, the series stars Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone. You can rewatch (catch up) on New Girl by heading to Netflix for Season 1 and Fox.com for a few of the final eps of Season 2. As for the rest of the second season, well, why make that available before the third starts?
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