New Girl Exclusive: Zooey Deschanel on the Chances of a Musical Episode

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New Girl Zooey DeschanelTV series from Xena: Warrior Princess and Scrubs to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Community have staged musical episodes. And, since New Girl’s leading lady, Zooey Deschanel, is a bona fide pop star, it would make sense for her show to do one, too, right?

Not so fast! “I’m not sure,” the actress — half of the indie duo She & Him — tells TVLine. “You always have to consider how things fit into the world of the show. The comedy is totally different on [for instance] Community. They can get away with making things a bit more surreal.”

More surreal than the broken penis that New Girl gave Schmidt (Max Greenfield)? Yes, actually. “The writers spent a lot of time on Wikipedia making sure that that was at least somewhat possible!” Deschanel says. “It’s definitely silly, and I’m not saying we don’t go with the silliness, but we don’t go with the surreal.”

Nonetheless, the actress is more than open to the idea. “I think it would be really fun, and I’d love to do something like that,” she insists. “They’d just have to find a way to put it into the reality of [our] world.”

What do you think? Doesn’t a musical episode of New Girl make all the sense in the world — theirs and ours?

Comments (21)

  • I once spent an entire Maths class singing, much to the annoyance of my teacher, and then others joined in, they could have a whole episode of Jess singing everything, because thats actually believable, and maybe Schmitt joins in because its annoying Nick and then Winston etc!

    Comment by Kate McKenna (@Katemadeleine) – May 29, 2012 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is fantastic. I should’ve done that in school.

      Comment by Emily – May 29, 2012 12:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • synopsis: Jess has to write/direct/produce the school’s new musical. She gets a little carried away, and so do the rest of the gang who help put the show together.

    Comment by Mita – May 29, 2012 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is a great idea.

      They can also always go with the tried-and-true Jess hits her head and everything becomes musical-ized for the remainder of the episode, either in reality or a concussion dream.

      Comment by DL – May 29, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m not sure about the whole concussion idea, but the school musical and somehow getting the guys involved sounds great.

        Comment by Juan – May 29, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • already was in Scrubs…

        Comment by jjj – May 31, 2012 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Orrrr… Jess uses her staging of a school musical in order to escape some harsh reality and when the guys notice, they each join in to escape their own problems, until they realize they are putting all of their problems on these kids and decide to face their issues.

      Comment by Juan – May 29, 2012 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • that would be a good way to move a multi-episode storyline along

        Comment by Alan – May 29, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • this is the basic plot idea i thought of too when reading this. zooey is right that the show doesn’t venture into the surreal and absurd so they would have to be careful trying to pull this off but I could see it kind of working with a school musical premise.

      Comment by murley – May 29, 2012 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds fun and interesting.

    Comment by Velvet – May 29, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let’s not. Nothing ever really gets accomplished in the story line in those episodes.

    Comment by alex – May 29, 2012 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i beg to differ
      buffy: many secrets are revealed which drive the storylines foreward in the following episodes
      scrubs: elliot moves into her own house, carla decides to go back to work rather than being a stay at home mom

      to say nothing ever gets accomplished in musical episodes is a bit wrong because they usually come with a big moment or two which are the basis for at least the next few episodes

      Comment by Alan – May 29, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not to mention that on Glee every episode is a musical, and advance 5/6ths of the episodes advance the plot. Even the graduation episode, which was conflict-free for the most part had a major plot twist. Granted it was the season finale but still

        Comment by Scott – May 29, 2012 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • glee doesnt really count for this arguement though because every episode has songs, this is more about regular tv shows which have a musical episode

          Comment by Alan – May 29, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Well then didn’t How I Met Your Mother have a plot-advancing musical episode?

            Comment by Scott – May 29, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  
  • No, no, no. A musical number, sure, spontaneous karaoke, definitely, but an entire episode, definitely not.

    Comment by Kristina – May 29, 2012 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A traditional musical episode just doesn’t make sense in the realm of New Girl the way it would in Community or Buffy or even Grey’s Anatomy. They couldn’t go the Glee route and have characters burst into song but it would make sense to have an episode where Jess bursts into song uncontrollably and annoys everyone.

    Comment by guest – May 29, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it would make more sense on New Girl then on Greys. the Greys one was just stupid.

      Comment by Elyse – May 30, 2012 04:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I definately get her point. I agree. I like the realness of the show. Although it would be so fun to see Jake Johnson dance again! lol

    Comment by meggo – May 29, 2012 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You know, back when Buffy did this (and to a somewhat lesser extent Xena Warrior Princess) it was fun and new. Now the whole concept is tired and overdone (hello, Grey’s Anatomy). It’s funny that Jess has her own theme song, but not a whole episode a karaoke-at-best singing.

    Comment by JT – May 29, 2012 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Musical episodes are rarely good.

    Comment by Keith – May 30, 2012 06:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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