Here are the rest of the highlights from the New Girl panel:
♦ Prepare for some sexual tension…in the future. Deschanel says there’s “so much sexual tension,” while creator Liz Meriwether adds, “We’re going to go there in the future, for sure.” Along with flirting, expect to see some tough love going on between Deschanel’s Jess and her three male roommates.
♦ A jar will be an ever-present member of the show. Yes, a jar. As it turns out, it’s a douchebag jar for Max Greenfield’s character Schmidt. “It helped us to get into Schmidt’s character,” Meriwether says of the jar. “He’s a douchebag who can’t help being a douchebag so he wants to train himself.” If only douchebag training were a real thing…
♦ Forget bromances! Deschanel and Meriwether are harboring major mutual girl crushes. “I just think Liz and I are connected, our souls are connected an when your souls are connected, you’re meant to do a show together,” Deschanel gushes. Later on, Meriwether called her star “the cat’s meow” and Deschanel returned the compliment, calling her boss “the cat’s pajamas.”
♦ Fans of Deschanel’s singing will be pleased with the show as Jess loves, and we mean loves, to sing. In fact, she even makes up her own theme song. “They’re really well-peppered in, the singing moments,” Deschanel says. Meriwether adds, “She sings when she doesn’t know what to say.” Jess’ singing will vary depending on her mood and the moment, so you may hear “a little heavy metal, a little ghoulish.”
♦ Let’s hear it for the dorks! After being asked how they can pass off that the adorable Deschanel is a dork on the show, Meriwether took a stand for dorks everywhere, saying, “There are some attractive dorks out there!” Just look at us here at Watch With Kristin. Thanks for defending our honor, Meriwether.
♦ Things became a little awkward when a reporter asked Deschanel if her sis, Bones’ star Emily Deschanel, prepared her for the “idiocy” of Fox. (Ouch!) “She gave me hints on how to deal with the delightfulness of Fox,” Deschanel demurred. See, adorable! (Sorry, Zooey, but you really just bring it on yourself.)