Fox’s ‘New Girl’ goes Zooey kablooey; CBS’s ‘Unforgettable’ seems a tad familiar

● New Girl (9 p.m., Fox) I count myself among the apparently few male TV critics who are completely immune to the so-called “adorable” doe-eyed indie girl charms of Zooey Deschanel. And boy, has she pulled the bangs over everyone’s eyes with this atrociously cutesy sitcom. Playing a part meant for someone about a decade younger, Deschanel is the recently jilted Jess, who answers a Craigslist roommate ad and moves in with three dudes. Zooey promptly infects their world with her zany, kooky-girl misadventures and mournful screenings of “Dirty Dancing.”

Worse still, she sings. “Did you just make up a theme song for yourself?” one of her new roommates asks. Yes, she did; plug your ears.

Grade: F

● Unforgettable (10 p.m., CBS) Poppy Montgomery plays CBS’s latest specially-abled sleuth, Carrie, who has acute powers of memory. Not only can she remember what day of the week a specific date was years ago, she also remembers everything that happened. Such skills made her a top homicide detective, but she couldn’t solve the one tragedy in her life her memory has completely blocked — her sister’s murder. When her upstairs neighbor is killed, Carrie’s old lover and boss (“Nip/Tuck’s” Dylan Walsh) convinces her to get back in the game. You’ll vaguely remember several shows that went pretty much like this one.

Grade: C

In Fox’s “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess, an offbeat girl who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys and essentially sets a bomb off in their lives. (Isabella Vosmikova/Fox)

Hank Stuever

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Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation.
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