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OTRC: Zooey Deschanel's 'New Girl' gets full-season pickup

Zooey Deschanel appears in a promotional photo for 'The New Girl.' (Fox)

Zooey Deschanel might be playing the "New Girl," but the actress has found a home on FOX, now that the network has picked up a full-season of the comedy series.

"We love the charming Zooey Deschanel and the entire cast, we're knocked out with the work that [creator] Liz Meriwether and the whole staff is doing and we are really psyched about the upcoming episodes in the pipeline," Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at FOX said in a statement. "It's great that audiences have responded so positively so far and we're confident that even more people will embrace the show -- and more comedy on Fox -- this season."

The show premiered on Tuesday, September 20 on Fox and the pilot episode was free for download on iTunes and streaming on Hulu. FOX ordered 11 additional episodes of the quirky comedy, for a 24-episode debut season.

The show, which airs after FOX's "Glee," outperformed the hit musical comedy series, earning 10.1 million viewers in its series debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The second episode brought in 9.3 million viewers.

Speaking of her new role, Deschanel told the Associated Press, "I made a career being cast as smart-aleck-type characters, but I'm not sarcastic at all. I'm not ironic. I'm very sincere, generally. So this role played into a part of myself that I hadn't been using on the screen."

Her character, named Jess Day, is an awkward 20-something who finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her and is forced to live on her own. Day moves in to an apartment with three male roommates and largely spends her time in the pilot crying in their living room while watching "Dirty Dancing" and singing to herself.

The pilot was written by "No Strings Attached" writer Liz Meriwether.

"Jess is a person who spent six years with the same guy. She's not a dater. And now she's being put out there in a way she's never been before. She's a little bit guileless and tries to see the best in people," Deschanel told the wire service. "And you know THAT always goes wrong!"

"She's different from me in some ways," the actress said. "But there's a part of myself that really is her: 13-year-old me was very much Jess -- optimistic, excited all the time. A lot of these things that Jess is, I feel like are at my core."

"New Girl" will welcome guest stars Justin Long and Lake Bell and the next two episodes will air at a special time, on Wednesday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 18 at 9:30 p.m. on FOX.

Deschanel has had a role on the television show "Weeds" and appeared on an episode of the Fox drama "Bones" alongside her sister Emily Deschanel, where she played a distant cousin of Emily Deschanel's character.

The actress recently starred alongside Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones and Elizabeth Banks in the comedy "Our Idiot Brother" and has starred in films like "Elf," "(500) Days of Summer" and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

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