By Tom Gliatto David Schlow
November 07, 2011 12:00 PM

New Girl

FOX, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET/PT |


Zooey Deschanel is not only FOX’s New Girl but also TV’s new It Girl. This fall sitcom is a hit entirely because of Deschanel’s performance as Jess, a pretty dunderhead rooming with three dudes after her relationship goes bust. The cute-dumb heroine is nothing new-Anna Faris is currently making a career of it in movies. But Deschanel’s baby-eyed zonkiness is distinctly weird: She’s like a kewpie doll who drifted into indie rock (Jess tends to make up little melodies in moments of panic), had her brain wiped clean by a cult and finally found herself again performing stand-up. Like I said: weird. And Deschanel never hints that Jess is smarter than she looks. Trying to name a part of the male anatomy, she contorts her mouth and spits out syllables before coming up with “pianist.” But Deschanel romps around with so much silly, eager charm, she scores with nearly every joke. She’s adorable.

Man Up!

ABC, Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET/ET |


Man Up! is Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy in triplicate. Not a good thing. Mather Zickel, Christopher Moynihan and Dan Fogler play suburban buds who haven’t really managed to grow up, despite reaching the usual adult benchmarks-marriage, children, careers, breakups. In the premiere episode, they crash a wedding, misbehave at a boy’s birthday party and, at their most happily juvenile, play video games. The only thing that might make them come to their senses would be a violent but salutary shock. Like cancellation.