Thursday, November 03, 2011

New Girl... She's weird but I like her

Okay so is anyone watching this show? This is the Zoey Deschanel show on Fox. When I watched the first episode I thought… I don’t know. I watched the second and wondered… do I like her or is she just weird?

I watched the third show and I thought she’s weird… but I like her.

This isn’t some show where some actress is trying to be quirky and cute but going over the top and failing at either. This is either a) Zoey is weird and she’s playing herself or b) Zoey is doing very well as an actress playing a weird girl.

Now the impact of this is sometimes she’s adorable. But sometimes she’s so weird it’s uncomfortable and I love that. We’re not going for the “semblance” of a character. We’re going for a real person who could be like this. I have a friend who shares many characteristics so maybe that’s why I can see the real through the weird.

But you’ve got a guy who played in Europe League Basketball who is trying to figure out who he is. You have the “player” who thinks he’s great with the ladies but is desperately insecure. You have the lead guy who will eventually be the romantic foil to Zoey and does a great job playing her straight man and you have her with these guys just being herself. Last night she brought out a “feeling stick.” When the main guy broke it (predictable) she pulled out of her purse a smaller similar stick. She called her travel size feeling stick. (Totally cute and funny.)

I think it’s a great show. It’s grown up. It doesn’t always go the way you think it’s going to go and I just love that either the writers or Zoey are not trying to sugar coat her. TV does that so often. They don’t give me real characters they give me –character-lite.

We should always strive in movies, TV and books to go full monty. Will it put some people off – sure. Will everyone watch this show – probably not. But at least they’re going for it and in going for it they might find success.


Eileen said...

I've watched one episode (and not even the full one). She reminds me a little of my niece so I found the character endearing. It's just so hard to get me to watch a sit com these days unless my cousin is a writer for it.

Modern Family and Parks & Rec are my exceptions, but they're not really sit coms, right? They're kinda something else.

Maureen McGowan said...

I've watched it. It's the only new comedy I've stuck with for more than 2 shows and tried it based on some positive reviews/buzz. It definitely has potential.

I think the actress is quirky, but I don't think she's playing herself, exactly. That said, it's hard to imagine another actress pulling off that part.

Maureen McGowan said...

PS. Parks and Rec just getting better and better... But I think I might have missed one... When did Rob Lowe start dating Jerry's daughter? Must go back and see the ones I missed. Sometimes DVR decides not to record something. :( Maybe for my own good. ;)

Eileen said...

Oh . . . Rob Lowe and Jerry's daughter . . . you might want to see if you can find that one. Jerry invites his to lunch and Rob Low says no until he gets an eyeful of Jerry's daughter. Very funny.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I haven't watched it yet, but based on that recommendation, I will.

Parks and Rec is my favourite comedy right now. Hands down, but one I started that I really enjoy is Suborgatory.. it's cute and it makes me chuckle..

Stephanie Doyle said...

See now I'm a Community girl. I like Parks... but sometimes I don't always get the humor which makes me feel stupid. I need to keep it simple.

But in Community I love what they're doing with the romance between the sarcastic lead - and the young virgin. Clearly they like each other - but they're both aware they're not appropriate for each other....Love it!

Best line of the season so far... "Stop it. You're acting like a school girl and not in the hot way! Did I say that outloud?"

Eileen said...

You might be over thinking Parks & Rec.

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