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First pickup of fall season: 'New Girl'

Zooey Deschanel, a cast member in the television

Zooey Deschanel, a cast member in the television series "New Girl," poses at the 7th Annual FOX Fall Eco-Casino Party in Culver City, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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. 

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