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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Girl, New Fall TV Shows, and (We Hope!) No Charlie Sheen

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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Unless you don't have a television, or are actively boycotting the Fox network (we know we should, based on its heinous news channel, but we just like Family Guy and The Simpsons too much ... Damn you, Rupert Murdoch!), you have probably been seeing the heavily rotated trailers for the upcoming fall series, New Girl.

The first time we saw one, we automatically thought it was a movie trailer, starring, as it does, Zooey Deschanel -- who, incidentally, we now like again based on the previews alone. (It's not that she's a terrible person -- she was just too good at playing one in (500) Days of Summer, and that made us, for a while there at least, associate her face with the thought "selfish bitch." Vastly unfair, we know).

This is, in fact, the most excited we've been about a TV show -- that wasn't on HBO or Showtime, at least -- ever. This thing looks genuinely funny and charming, and we'd be lying if we said Deschanel wasn't making us 10 times more interested in this show than if, say, an unknown were playing the part of Jess.

Read on to find out what else has our motor purring with anticipation.

Similarly, we're also all revved up over NBC's Up All Night, also coming this fall, probably because it stars the consistently hilarious Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph (comedy triple whammy!).

With Ashton Kutcher signing on for Two and a Half Men (who would've predicted that shipwreck staying afloat?), it definitely feels like more and more big movie actors are hitting the small screen this year. Sure, Kutcher and Applegate started out in beloved sitcoms, but to return to the small screen at this stage in their careers feels like an unusual leap.

Big-name actors have been flocking to HBO and Showtime series for some time (Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce, Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire, Laura Linney in The Big C, to name a few), but the move to regular old TV networks for big stars is a new and interesting development -- and one we applaud whole-heartedly, since it ups the entertainment ante across the board without us having to pay extra.

The days of movie actors hitting TV screens only when their movie options had been exhausted (we're looking at you, Charlie Sheen) are clearly over. Let's just hope this doesn't mean he will be making a return to movie theaters anytime soon.

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