Hi all, another guest blogger here. Want to know another cool perk of being friends with supposedlyceecee? Attending cool showbiz events in Hollywood! Thanks to some prodding by Cindy, I entered a Socialite Life contest and won a ticket to a private advanced screening of the new Fox show "New Girl," starring the always adorable Zooey Deschanel, at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Despite the short notice of tickets (they let me know Wednesday, the event was Thursday night) and the 90 minutes in traffic from my work to the Roosevelt Hotel, we made it to the screening right on time and in one, relatively un-flustered piece. The Roosevelt is a beautiful, old Hollywood-esq hotel, very classy. The only way I can describe it is it looks just like the Tower of Terror hotel at DCA (aka Disney's California Adventure, for those not in the know).
The screening was in a small conference room on the second floor. Once checking in like the VIPs we are (no snickering, please), we assessed the situation and agreed that the best course of action was to get in the (semi-long) line for drinks first, while Karla (Cindy's mom/date) grabbed seats for us in the screening area at the far end of the room. While in line, we noticed several people were holding and looking through these incredibly cute bags. Cindy was bold enough to ask the two girls in line behind us where they got them, and we discovered that if we took a picture with the promotional cut-out we passed when we came in and then posted said picture to Twitter or Facebook, we too could own those bags! Obviously after free drinks, comes the free swag.
Once we got our drinks (a Heineken for me and for Cindy, despite her better judgement, a special, promotional cocktail called Simply Adorkable), we went to take our picture and claim our prizes. Aside: Cindy went for the "I'm adorable and quirky!" Jess pose, while I just tried to blend in with the less-than-impressed guys and model bff.
Then, of course, we proceeded to pass the time by taking funny pictures and discovering all the wonderful things that came in our swag bags (lipstick/gloss, mascara, shampoo/conditioner/face wash samples, notebooks, gum, Vitamin Water, tickets to a movie screening, and other such little goodies). We also tried to assess our fellow screening guests and decided there wasn't anyone famous in attendance (sad, I know) and that most were either contest winners brought in to create buzz for the show or in some way worked with the show or Fox. Finally, the lights were dimmed and it was time for the screening.
Now, let me start off by saying that I had seen most, if not all, of the commercials promoting the show prior to this screening. If you have as well, you've seen most of the funniest moments of the first episode. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as the moments are pretty funny. Zooey is "adorkable" as an awkward girl fresh off a bad break-up that knows little about really being girly and getting a guy's attention. She does, however, know how to sing, making up songs about herself constantly (reminiscent of Marshall from HIMYM). For me, one of the funniest moments of the Pilot is a flashback to a spot-on young Jess singing her heart out to a less than enthused crowd at her bday party. Hilarious perfection.
The guys she moves in with include a personal trainer, Coach (Damon Waynes Jr,), a guy - who's name I've already forgotten - prone to douchey moments (for which he has to put a dollar in the Douche Bag Jar) who only wants her to move in because she is hot and her bff is a model, and a slightly awkward guy who too just got dumped. Though initially put off by her weird ways (including her non-stop watching of Dirty Dancing and nonstop crying), they - led, of course, by the sympathetic roommate who just got dumped - rally around her when stood up by her rebound guy.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Pilot, though, as a big fan of Zooey's, I have some concerns. Most importantly, I hope the show doesn't turn out to consist of just funny moments strung together without a strong plot. I don't want another Glee. If they can put together a strong, funny plot with this crazy yet lovable cast of characters, I think I've found another Fox-Deschanel pairing to love.
The New Girl premieres on September 20th at 9pm on Fox.