Worlds are colliding on Fox. The network recently announced they will air a special, one-hour event on Oct. 11, that will bring together the worlds of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We still don’t have many details, but, evidently, the cast of New Girl will somehow travel to the jurisdiction of New York’s goofiest police precinct.
The creators of both shows seemed to acknowledge that the whole idea is a little gimmicky, but also seem cool playing along with it. In a statement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor said,
Stay tuned for our two casts to do a soulful R&B number on 'Empire', co-anchor the FOX 10 O’Clock News and connect for a touchdown on NFL Sunday. But in all seriousness. we’re all huge fans of 'New Girl' here at the 'Nine-Nine', and we’re excited to see our characters interact and to work with their incredible writers and producers. And also to see what their craft services are like, compared to ours.”
In her own statement, New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether added,
The crossover episode has historically been the artistic high point of any show that has dared to attempt it. Maybe you remember ‘Blackout Thursday’ on NBC, or even further back the infamous 'Alf'/'Gilligan’s Island' crossover of the late 1980s. [We] will proudly and humbly go where few shows have gone since the 1990s. We know we have big shoes to fill, and we look forward to disappointing everyone. There’s a 50% chance Alf will also be in both episodes. But there’s also a 50% chance that is a lie.
Good news Fox sitcom fans. The network has announced that it will bring back several shows they’ve called “core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content.” Along with Glee, Bones and Sleepy Hollow, Fox issued a statement revealing that they have decided to give four fan-favorites a new season: The Mindy Project, New Girl, The Following and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Though the network didn’t say how many episodes each would receive (insinuating that they might not make it a full season, depending on ratings), the shows—some of which have been the subject of viewership number struggles—will at least be given another shot to capture bigger audiences ... Discuss
Plagiarism is back in the news yetagain. The creators of a failed sitcom project called Square Oneare claiming that the Zooey Deschanel hit New Girl is a rip-off of their concept, and they say they have the evidence to prove the “blatant plagiarism.” In a lawsuit filed last week, two screenwriters claim that after seeking representation from a Hollywood talent agency, another client of the agency soon found success with a concept that was “remarkably similar" to theirs. Though some of the similarities could just be weird coincidences (an awkward, thirtysomething protagonist who discovers she has been the victim of infidelity; a controlling boss at work; a lead character who moves in with three men, each of whom have similar personalities), some seem to suggest that the show was in fact the result of plagiarism (in both shows: the best friend at work has the name CeCe or C.C.; the unfaithful partner was named Spencer; the cynical, bar-tending roommate becomes a love interest; the lead receives a makeover from a friend). While the two young screenwriters behind Square One were initially shopping around their script, they even claimed to have suggested Zooey Deschanel for the lead role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair—who say they wrote their concept based on real-life experiences—are seeking monetary damages from Fox, along with a public apology and credit as the creators of the show ... Discuss
Every fall, a bunch of new network TV shows start, and you have to figure out what’s worth your time and what you can ignore immediately. The sad fact remains that for every Modern Family, there are two Running Wildes, three FlashForwards and at least 34 $h*! My Dad Says. Well, this year, you’re in luck. Because we watched hours of TV—and trust us when we say it wasn’t always good. Below are four of our picks for this fall season. Read More