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Are New Girl's Nick and Jess the New Ross and Rachel?

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel

In the eight years since Friends went off the air, there have been many couples on television that viewers have rooted for to fill the void left by Ross and Rachel, a classic will-they-or-won't-they couple that eventually made good on their undeniable chemistry. So it comes as no surprise that New Girl's Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) have become the focus of yet another hardcore fandom desperately hoping their favorite duo will finally take the plunge.

New Girl Creator Liz Meriwether: Jess goes "off the grid" in Season 2

Many shows have suffered from crossing that line, though, with the Moonlighting curse becoming a turn of phrase in the TV lexicon. The sizzling sexual chemistry between Moonlighting leads Maddie and David (Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis) initially boosted ratings, but after the characters hooked up in Season 3, the show began to falter and viewership began to plummet. Fearful of a similar fallout, showrunners have thrown obstacles in the way of TV couples lest the passion and banter die once they come together. But creator Liz Meriwether says New Girl is about much more than that.

"I don't think the show is built on the will-they-or-won't-they aspect of their relationship," Meriwether tells TVGuide.com. "I think that we can... read more

Olivia Munn to Play Love Interest for Nick on New Girl

Olivia Munn

It looks like fans of New Girl's Nick and Jess will have to wait a while longer for the couple to get together.

Olivia Munn in heading to the Fox comedy as Nick's new love interest, Deadline reports. read more

Ratings: CBS Sweeps Tuesday; Mindy Project, Ben and Kate Open OK

Pauley Perrette

NCIS is still TV's most-watched show — and it's now the top-rated too.

The CBS drama's Season 10 premiere dominated Tuesday with 20.1 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. That's slightly higher than the Season 9 premiere's audience and two-tenths lower than last season's premiere rating.

CBS won every hour of the evening, with NCIS: Los Angeles nabbing 16.7 million viewers and 3.4, down a tad from ...
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Criminal Minds' Jeanne Tripplehorn: I Hope Fans Will Like Alex Blake

Jeanne Tripplehorn

Jeanne Tripplehorn just wants you to like her — or her Criminal Minds character, at least.

The Big Love alum will return to TV Wednesday on the CBS drama (9/8c) as new BAU member Alex Blake, and all she can think about is what will happen after the episode is over.

"The fan base is huge for this show and I am honestly nervous about what they will think of Alex," she tells TVGuide.com. "A show bringing somebody new in on the ...
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Mega Buzz: A Castle Affair, Big Bang's New Love and Homeland Intel

Nathan Fillion, Johnny Galecki, Damian Lewis

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

Loved the Castle premiere, but what was Castle doing with a half-naked woman in the promos for the next episode? —
ADAM:
As creator Andrew W. Marlowe  already teased, that encounter is a consequence of Castle pretending to be single in order to keep his relationship with Beckett a secret from their co-workers. But that doesn't mean infidelity won't be an issue. An upcoming case will implicate Castle in the murder of an ex. "It makes everybody question: How well do we actually know this guy?" Marlowe says. But it gets worse: "Castle may have been having an affair with her at the same time he was dating Beckett," he teases. "That goes to the heart of all of Beckett's insecurities."

Is Leonard actually going to date someone other than Penny on The Big Bang Theory? — Thomas
NATALIE:
Unfortunately... read more

Tuesday TV Review: Fox Comedies (Ben and Kate, Mindy), CBS Bets On Vegas

Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson

In TV comedy, there's a fine line between the delightfully quirky and the annoyingly irksome, and Fox's Tuesday night lineup — now home to four half-hour sitcoms, forcing Glee's move to Thursdays — tap-dances around and over that line with reckless abandon. My advice: surrender and enjoy.

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The Mindy Project Delivers a Different Kind of Heroine

Mindy Kaling

A year ago, most people had no idea who Mindy Kaling was. Now, the actress' face is everywhere — magazine covers, billboards, bus stops — but most importantly, she's starring in a new sitcom The Mindy Project, which premieres Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c on Fox. And though the series airs after New Girl, don't be fooled into thinking Kaling's TV alter ego Mindy Lahiri is anything like the "adorkable" Jess (Zooey Deschanel). Mindy is no sexually innocent, manic pixie dream girl. Instead, she's a grown woman who isn't afraid to go after whatever she wants professionally, romantically or sexually. In short, she's my hero. read more

New Girl Creator Liz Meriwether: Jess Goes "Off the Grid" in Season 2

Zooey Deschanel

Jess may not be so adorkable this season.

When New Girl returns on Tuesday at 8/7c and 9/8c on Fox, Jess (Emmy-nominated Zooey Deschanel) will be unceremoniously let go from her teaching position, sending her once quirky life into disarray. Jess' firing will provide new comedic avenues for her — she'll work as a shot girl at Schmidt's penis-cast removal party in the premiere (Words we never thought we'd write together in a sentence) — and it will also allow her to test some romantic waters she might not have dipped her toe in before — like only sleeping with someone instead of being in a relationship. To her credit, the fling-worthy David Walton is pretty hard to resist — a sentiment creator Liz Meriwether agrees with.

Get the scoop on your favorite returning fall TV shows

In our candid interview below, Meriwether discusses Jess' new journey this season, along with the ultimate casting coup — Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner! — and what's in store for everyone's favorite roommate trio Schmidt (the also Emmy-nominated Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Nick (Jake Johnson). Get the scoop: read more

Parker Posey: How to Give an Emmy Speech 101

Parker Posey

Parker Posey may have yet to win an Emmy award — but if she does, she's got the acceptance speech covered.

In a hilarious new video titled "Emmy Speech Master Class," Posey spoofs the worst clichés of award show speeches -- everything from the tears to the name-dropping.

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Mega Buzz: An Office Death, a Good Wife Rekindling and a Mother of a Twist

John Krasinski, Julianna Margulies, Josh Radnor

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

Can't wait for The Office to return! Please give me some scoop on the final season. —Joan
NATALIE:
An original cast member whose name is not Mindy Kaling might be leaving Dunder Mifflin. But the real question is whether that has anything to do with the death that occurs within the first few minutes of the premiere. (Hey, where's Andy?)

Where do things stand between Alicia and Peter when The Good Wife returns? — Katherine
ADAM:
Not where you might expect. While Alicia... read more

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