Instead, they aim to portray realistic, emotionally driven characters, and to approach the show from that angle rather than simply firing off punchlines. viewers and a 4.8 adults 18–49 demo rating, making it the highest-rated fall debut for a Fox scripted show since 2001.New Girl has received favorable responses from critics and has been named one of the best new comedies of the 2011 fall season. Particular praise has been given to the performances of Deschanel, Greenfield, Johnson and Morris.
The season 2 episode "Models" came about when Meriwether thought the show "needed a love story between Nick and Schmidt or something.
We wanted to tell it like a classic rom-com story about Nick and Schmidt and their love of each other".
Coach returns to the loft in season 3 after revealing that he had broken up with his girlfriend Malia, who he moved in with after the pilot episode.
20th Century Fox Television first approached playwright Elizabeth Meriwether in 2008 to develop a pilot that was eventually shelved.
After the pilot episode, Winston, who had previously lived in the apartment with Nick and Schmidt, replaces Coach.