September 20, 2011 7:16pm PT by THR staff
'New Girl,' 'Unforgettable': Tim Goodman's TV Reviews
Two new broadcast shows debut tonight: Fox's comedy New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, and CBS' procedural Unforgettable, with Poppy Montgomery.
New Girl centers on Jess (Deschanel), who moves in with three guys after her boyfriend cheats on her.
"Viewers will want Jess to make it in life because, well, you'd have to be pretty jaded not to," he writes. "This might seem like a thin premise, but creator Elizabeth Meriwether manages to make the situations funny and lets Deschanel channel her charm -- a winning combination. Although the pilot is centered on Jess watching Dirty Dancing multiple times to get over her split and the guys suffering her existence, there are more than enough laughs and enough potential to wager that future episodes will build on this little world."
Unforgettable, meanwhile, centers on a former cop (Montgomery) who has a medically rare but true ability to remember every detail of every day (except how her sister died in the woods when they were younger, an event that haunts her).
Goodman calls the show "particularly tedious."
"Once called upon to remember every single important detail of a day or scene, Montgomery's character basically goes mute and looks around in slow motion while the camera replays what we've already seen," he writes. "It's a new kind of plodding -- so slow, you are almost begging her to stay retired so you don't have to witness her gifts in action again."
New Girl premieres at 9 p.m., while Unforgettable debuts at 10 p.m.