It's that time of year when summer movies start to steal the headlines from TV, but boob-tube fans have one last gasp, at least: The May season finales. Due to the evolving TV calendar, it's not as jam-packed of a month as it used to be; "Parenthood," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "Ringer" and "The Walking Dead" had their finales in previous months, while "The Killing" and "The L.A. Complex" will run well into the summer.
The idea of getting a weekly dose of the girl from "(500) Days of Summer" was irresistible when "New Girl" (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays on Fox) debuted last fall, but the public seemed to think a regular blast of the "too cute, too quirky" Zooey Deschanel was too much and the backlash started to arrive.
With Zooey Deschanel in the title role, I expect ""New Girl" (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays starting Sept. 20 on Fox, but the first episode is already on Hulu) to be a notch above a standard sitcom. Her presence puts the stamp of passion-project quality on an endeavor, as seen in "Almost Famous," "(500) Days of Summer" and "Our Idiot Brother."