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New series in focus: Fox’s ‘New Girl’

Having watched the above sneak preview of Zooey Deschanel’s upcoming fall Fox series “New Girl,” I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a preview for a TV show that looked more like a preview for a romantic comedy feature film. And, despite how awful so many romantic comedy features are, I don’t mean that in a bad way.

Deschanel, unsurprisingly, is completely winning as an offbeat but believable gal starting over with three male roommates after a bad breakup, and the roomates themselves (Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.) seem relatively down-to-earth for this kind of premise.

There are some moments where in the background you hear (or expect to hear) the archaic record-scratching sound that beats you over the head that irony is coming, as well as the seemingly obligatory scene where folks burst into a 25-year-old song in a restaurant. But overall, the show seems like it could be a lot of fun, with the series format giving “New Girl” room to breathe that a 90-minute film couldn’t.

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