And just like that, the first pickup of the fall season: "New Girl."
Fox had already ordered 13, and now wants 11, more episodes for a full season order of 24. This is absolutely, positively no surprise. Most critics loved the pilot -- I did not but did warm up to last night's episode. But of far greater importance, so did viewers, or the right kind of viewers.
It got a 4.4 rating among adults 18 to 49 last night, which means this is effectively a possible hit. Possibly ... That's a very good number. Plus, there's Zooey Deschanel, who seems to have put that once mega-hot screen career on hold for a bit for a Fox sitcom.