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Was Fox’s “New Girl” Stolen?


Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold are currently alleging that they worked with William Morris Endeavor agents to shop around a proposed television show they called “Square One.” They even pitched Zooey Deschanel in the lead role. They claim that their script eventually because the hit Fox comedy “New Girl” calling it “blatant plagiarism” according to the lawsuit.

Fox has (of course) denied the allegations except for the premise which follows a woman who leaves a bad relationship and moves in with three single mens. Fox claims that the premise is both a general and nonprotectable idea.

However, check out some of these VERY similar plot points between “Square One” and “New One:”

  • late twenties, early thirties woman who moves in with three guys
    • the move is result of break up after her ex – named Spencer – cheats on her
  • the protagonist is awkward and sexually inexperienced
  • the type-B bartender roommate is the one who likes and eventually becomes romantically involved with the protagonist

Fox has moved to have the lawsuit dismissed and understandably so the plaintiffs are, well, livid. 

“This motion to dismiss is fatally flawed and deficient in all respects as it should have never been filed,” plaintiffs’ attorneys tell the judge.

They continue to say,

“The problem arises from the fact that Defendants ask the Court to compare judicially noticed New Girl DVDs to Plaintiffs’ Square One scripts, but shockingly fail to address the actual copyrighted scripts for New Girl, including the pilot named ‘Chick and Dicks,'” say the plaintiffs. “Logically, this Court cannot consider substantial similarity in a motion to dismiss where it cannot even examine the underlying screenplay Plaintiffs allege to be infringing. The Chicks and Dicks script is referenced repeatedly by Plaintiffs in the First Amended Complaint and thus Defendants have no excuse for not including it in their analysis.”

Damon Wayans Jr. Upped to Regular for New Girl Season Four

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“New Girl” season 4 officially adds Damon Wayans Jr. as season regular. He was previously billed as guest star for season 3 despite appearing in 17 consecutive episodes.

Wayans Jr. starred in the pilot episode of “New Girl” before dropping out when the pilot was ordered to series.

“It’s hard to balance six characters, let alone five, but he has worked so well with so many different people,” executive producer Brett Baer told THR on Monday. “We’ve had him do stories with everybody and he just killed it.”

“New Girl” stars Zooey DeschanelMax Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone.

The series has received favorable responses from critics, who named the show one of the best new comedies of the 2011 fall season. The pilot episode drew 10.28 million U.S. viewers and a 4.8 adults 18–49 demo rating, making it the highest-rated fall debut for a Fox scripted show since 2001. Particular praise has been given to the performances of Deschanel, Greenfield, Johnson and Morris. Max Greenfield was considered the show’s breakout star in season 1, before critics named Jake Johnson the breakout star of season 2. The show has been nominated for several awards, including five Golden Globe Awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards.

FOX Renews Sitcoms “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl”


“The Mindy Project,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “New Girl” have been renewed by FOX for the 2014-15 television season. FOX also renewed “The Following” for a third season. The renewals were announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, and Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“The Mindy Project” will be heading into a third season, while “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will go into a second season. “New Girl” has been renewed for a fourth season.

“These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” said Reilly and Earley. “All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our FOX fans for another season.”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stars Golden Globe Award winner Andy Samberg as a talented-but-carefree detective and Andre Braugher as his new precinct captain with a lot to prove. The series is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Fremulon. Created and written by Dan Goor (“Parks and Recreation”) and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”), the series is executive-produced by Goor, Schur and David Miner (“30 Rock”).

Created and written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), “The Mindy Project” stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. The series is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television. “The Mindy Project” is created and written by Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”), Matt Warburton (THE SIMPSONS), Michael Spiller (“Modern Family”) and Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”) are executive producers.

Airing Tuesdays, “New Girl” stars Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Zooey Deschanel as a smart and spirited woman navigating her way through the highs and lows of modern friendship and romance, alongside her male roommates (Jake Johnson, Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Damon Wayans, Jr.) and her beautiful best friend (Hannah Simone). Created by Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached), “New Girl” is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Meriwether, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are executive producers.

“The Following,” from Kevin Williamson (“Vampire Diaries,” Scream franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award winner Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First ClassFrost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (“Rome”), follows a deadly cat-and-mouse chase between a former FBI agent (Bacon) and a devious and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy). The series is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega (“Dexter,” “The Vampire Diaries”) serves as an executive producer and director on the series.

Linda Cardellini Joins “New Girl” in Recurring Role


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Linda Cardellini, my perpetual big sister, is joining the cast of “New Girl” to be someone else’s sister. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Cardellini will play Jess’ (Zooey Deschanel) wild sister, Abby, in a recurring status. The episode count is not yet confirmed, but her first appearance is tentatively slated for February.

Cardellini joins Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner who play their parents. They are also slated to reprise their roles in January.

She recently earned an Emmy nomination for best guest actress in a drama for Sylvia Rosen on Mad Men. 

New Girl returns from its holiday hiatus on Jan. 7.

“New Girl” to Keep Damon Wayans Jr. for the Rest of the Season



Coach is staying! (For the season at least.) Damon Wayans Jr. is reportedly staying on for the rest of this season of “New Girl” on Fox. The series is in its third season and stars Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, and Max Greenfield.

Wayans plays the character of Coach, a former loft mate who only initially appeared on 2011 pilot episode. However, he left the series due to the renewal of his other series, “Happy Endings.” Before the season-three premiere of “New Girl” however, it was announced that Coach was returning as Wayans booked a six-episode arc on the show.

His first episode back, “Coach,” saw his character returning to the fold and moving in with Schmidt. Now, it looks like he will be remaining in the group for the remainder of season 3. Whether or not he leaves again or will be bumped to series regular for season 4 has not been revealed.

One of the Roommates is Leaving The Loft This Season On “New Girl”


It was announced earlier this year that Damon Wayans Jr. was returning to the series, “New Girl” this season but his return to the loft will mean one of the characters has to leave. Wayans Jr. played Coach in the pilot episode but left and was replaced with Winston (Lamorne Morris.) Now, according to E!Online, one of the inhabitants of the loft will be moving out to make room for his return.  Continue reading One of the Roommates is Leaving The Loft This Season On “New Girl”

Merritt Wever to Return to New Girl For Two Episodes


Where you all for the Cece and Schmidt love to be reunited in “New Girl?” Or did you think Schmidt had moved on by moving backwards into the arms of his college girlfriend? Whichever side you were on, it appears that the love triangle isn’t over just because Cece admitted she still loved him. EW has reported that his college girlfriend, Elizabeth, played by Merritt Wever will be returning for at least two episodes of the upcoming third season.  Continue reading Merritt Wever to Return to New Girl For Two Episodes

Netflix Brings New Girl to U.S. Members Starting Today


“New Girl” fans are in luck as Netflix and Twentieth Century Fox Television announced today that the popular series will be available to watch instantly beginning July 1st. The companies have signed a new multi-year exclusive subscription video on demand agreement for one of the most popular primetime comedies on air today. Continue reading Netflix Brings New Girl to U.S. Members Starting Today