A New World With ‘New Girl’s’ Hannah Simone

By Neelanjana Banerjee We’ve come a long way from Apu on “The Simpsons,” who used to be the sole Indian on network television. South Asian actors are more visible than ever these days. From Aziz Ansari’s underachieving government official Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation” — whose ethnic identity doesn’t even come up until the second […]

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‘New Girl’ Showrunner Talks Show’s Big Changes, ‘Nervous’ for Super Bowl Episode

The third season of Fox’s “New Girl” has been, according to executive producer Liz Meriwether, a series of big swings. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) two-timed Cece (Hannah Simone). Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) returned. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) got together. “I think we’re always trying to push what we can do with the characters,” […]

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‘New Girl’ Is All About the Boys as Its First Season Ends

Given that the show was called “New Girl” and its star was Zooey Deschanel, it was easy to predict the direction of this  Fox comedy when it debuted last fall. Each week, she would do something wacky/adorable, and her trio of roommates would be like the Greek chorus reacting to said wackiness/adorableness. But then, something […]

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