In her latest role, Megan Fox will be appearing in Fox's New Girl. Filling in for Zooey Deschanel while she's away on maternity leave, the 29 year old actress will play Regan, a pharmaceutical rep in town for business who will temporarily occupy Jess' (Deschanel) room.
When people think of Megan Fox, the word "adorkable" isn't one that comes to mind. Frequently labeled as the foremost sex symbol of the 21st century, Ms. Fox is many things. Controversial, talented, and for lack of a better word, sexy.
She is, however, not adorkable.
...And thank God she isn't.
The Emmy-nominated series has always been marketed as a character-driven comedy as quirky and likable as Deschanel herself. In fact, the show's writing essentially serves to highlight and capitalize on Deschanel's eccentric nature.
This is why casting Fox strikes me as a bold move. There's no denying that the actress has comedic prowess. Her performance in Judd Apatow's This is 40 has been praised by both audiences and critics alike. But her comedic style in the film, which is predominantly satirical, is polar to Deschanel's self deprecation and all around bubblegum goofiness.
The worst thing the show could have done was cast a Deschanel archetype to fill her shoes.
The show, which has experienced a steady decline in both ratings and viewership, could benefit from a much needed shake up in the form of Fox's character.
So, will the show be able to thrive with the absence of it's hyper-quirky female lead? We'll have to wait until Fox makes her debut in episode 6 of season 5 for a verdict.
At least one thing's for sure. Max Greenfield, who plays Jess' roommate "Schmidt" in the series, isn't complaining.