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When Earth is destroyed in 2000 years after a fiery collision with another planet, only a few questions will remain for whatever species molds whatever remains into its own new world to destroy: “What was the point of it all?”, “Why did the humans so badly want to destroy each other?”, and “What was the first post-post-9/11 TV show?” In a recent interview with the WGA magazine Written By, New Girl executive producer Brett Baer offers an answer to one of those Big Questions. From Written By:

I was thinking long and hard about it, and I said to Dave [Finkel, fellow executive producer], ‘What we’ve done here is created maybe the first post-post-9/11 show.’ … The comedy in the past 10 years prior to our show had an edge to it. It was satirical. There was a cynicism about the comedy. What our show came along at the right time for — this weird alchemy that happened — is that we were willing for the first time to go, It’s okay to feel again.

Haha. Right! No, I’m sure. I’m at least sure that when you’re so wrapped up in a project like this it’s probably easy to get in over your head about what it all means, and what your contribution is to what it all means, in a way that isn’t myopic and uhhhhhhhh, well, just kind of weird. That is just kind of weird and a weird thing to say about a TV show. (Any TV show.) (EVEN Parks and Recreation.) (EVEN COMMUNITY IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT!) But, who knows. Maybe he’s right. Is Schmidt our first post-post-9/11 TV character? Has Zooey Deschanel taught us that it’s ok to feel again, finally, after all these years, thank goodness we can finally feel again thanks to New Girl? Please, let us know how you weigh in on this Big Question.

Is "New Girl" The First Post-Post 9/11 TV Show?

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Never-never forget. To vote in this poll. (Via AV Club)

Comments (33)
  1. “You’ve got to chase your dreams, New Girl!”

  2. I wanted to cast a vote, but “Um, what?” was not one of the options listed…

  3. I agree. Truly revolutionary.

  4. Sorry Mr. Baer, I want to counterpoint but I have no fucking idea what you’re talking about.

  5. “I was thinking long and hard about it.” – New Girl
    “That’s what she said.” – The Office

  6. Our show who used a douchebag jar as a major framing point is not at all cynical

  7. I tend to think of The New Girl as proof that the terrorists have finally won. So, yeah.

  8. Bush did New Girl.

  9. COUNTERPOINT : I am too lazy to read that article.

  10. all this time I’ve been numbing myself with cynical, edgy sitcoms and heroin, when all I really need to do to really feel again was watch New Girl?

    i will now unplug the servers and take my “9/11 TRUTH” blog offline and confront the long-dormant pain and anxiety caused by the shock of that tragic event, and the constant state of fear and worry we now live in as a result Wednesdays at 9/8 central on the Fox Network.

    • What’s ironic is that Fox News is one of the leading reasons that that constant state of fear and worry persists more than a decade on from the event! Does Rupert Murdoch know that he’s also funding the cure?

  11. That statement is so clearly ridiculous/crafted to be featured on Videogum that it’s hard to parody. No “post-post-atrocity” comment could sound more conceited or tone-deaf.

  12. We should ask Siri.

  13. “Hey girl, whatcha doin’? Hey girl, where ya goin’? Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl? It’s The-first-post-post 9/11 character!”

  14. I actually think Outsourced deserves this title.

  15. That quotation is the most stomach-turning “Fuck, society is going to Hell in a hand basket” thing that I’ve witnessed since seeing New York City draped with American flags by the bloodthirsty pseudopatriots that cropped up in the wake of…

    well… you know.

  16. Pre-Joe Mande Parks and Rec or Post-Joe Mande Parks and Rec?

  17. I voted yes because I seriously have no idea how to qualify or define what is a ‘post-post-9/11′ show. ‘Ok to feel again’ does not pass the smell test, but just because this guy doesn’t know how to articulate how post-post-9/11 his show is doesn’t mean that it is not. Benefit of the doubt, I say.

  18. The New Girl is the post-post Damon Wayans show in that it exists after recasting the character first played by the offspring of the first Damon Wayans.

  19. Last night I just happened to find two folks of the male persuasion (hotcha hotcha!) on my friends list that admitted to liking the show New Girl. One is married but the other is a hot artiste named Salem. I think it’s finally time to make it with him.
    Also I LOVE this show and am unashamed of this fact.
    ALSO also what’s post-post-9/11 even mean?

  20. I’m conflicted about this show. I genuinely enjoy it and think it’s pretty well written. The guy who plays Nick is for realz funny. But, I also feel like I’m being manipulated by having ZD do all her “adorkable” (I HATE that word) shtick but I’m a sucker for it. It’s sorta like when they put Arcade Fire on the Where The Wild Things Are trailers. I know you are pushing my emo/hipster buttons and damn you it’s working!

    I’m guessing what dude is hamfistedly trying to say is that the show presents the idea that we don’t have to be ironic about liking dorky shit? Happy Endings has an episode that acually plays this out with insufferable hipsters that wassherface rejects in favor of unironically loving tap dancing or something.

    • A few things
      1. God I love Penny, and that episode is especially great because I cross-stitch for fun too!

      2. I like New Girl, and especially Nick, but yeah I don’t think it’s harboring secret messages about our lives post-post-anything.

      3. I love your avatar…

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