Followers of the Emmy-nominated TV series, ‘New Girl’, will fan out over the ‘Welcome to our Show’ Podcast. The Podcast uncovers the many easter eggs hidden in the TV show and gives listeners a behind-the-scenes peek into the series. The fact that it is hosted by 3 best friends who starred in the TV series makes for some genuine, fun, and entertaining glimpses into the world of pop culture and celebrities.
Net Influencer spills the tea on this popular Podcast, bringing you all the details about its origins, reach, format, reception, themes, and topics.
All About Welcome To Our Show Podcast: A Fun And Entertaining Look Into The World Of Pop Culture And Celebrities
‘Welcome to our Show’ premiered on the 24th of January 2022. The podcast was launched by iHeart Radio, one of the leading global podcast publishers. It piggybacks off the fanbase and popularity of ‘New Girl’, which was just as relatable as it was funny. Essentially, the podcast is a re-watching of and discussion about the TV show, with a tell-all approach that is more nostalgic than gossipy.
The Hosts of ‘Welcome to our show”
The podcast secures approval and reach, by starring 3 central characters of ‘New Girl’, as the podcast’s hosts. Real-life best friends Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, and Lamorne Morris, are the show’s hosts, and supply listeners with a weekly inside scoop, as they re-watch and reflect on their series.
More about the hosts:
Zooey Deschanel is a 43-year-old American actress, model, singer, and songwriter. Zoey portrayed Jessica Day on ‘New Girl’, from 2011 to 2018. This lead role earned her a nomination for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Zoey won the 2012 Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She was also nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television series- comedy or Musical. She made her directorial debut on New Girl, season six’s premiere episode.
The 42-year-old Canadian actress, Hannah Simone is also a TV host, VJ, and former model. She portrayed Cece Parikh, the gorgeous model in ‘New Girl’. Hannah was born in London but has traveled extensively from a young age. Her sparkling personality and dazzling performances have earned her much success in showbiz since breaking out in 2005. Hannah holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science, proving she has beauty and brains.
Actor, host, comedian, and TV personality Lamorne Morris is best known for his portrayal of Winston Bishop in ‘New Girl’. The 39-year-old American actor has appeared in several TV series and shows and even hosted game shows such as the Cartoon Network series BrainRush. Morris has featured in many award-winning independent films and shorts, including April Fools, and One Word. He has done voiceover work for the animated comedy Urban Group Squirrels. You can also catch Morris in commercials for Taco Bell, Microsoft Windows, McDonald’s, 7 Up, and much more.
Themes and Topics Covered
The Podcast covers the 7 seasons of ‘New Girl’. It provides a behind-the-scenes perspective, analysis of the TV show, and the hosts’ experiences while shooting. The podcast covers every scene- on and off camera. Through casual conversations, inviting podcast guests and even playing the True American game; the hosts uncover the other side of Pop culture and celebrity. The real comedy often occurred off camera, and the friendships between the cast and crew were indeed real. ‘Welcome to our show’ re-creates the funny and warm vibe that ‘New Girl’ successfully delivered.
Here is our review of a few episodes of ‘Welcome to our show’:
This episode discusses the pilot episode of ‘New Girl’. It also covers the auditioning process and playing the podcast’s version of ‘New Girls’ game, True American. The drinking game is a popular feature of the show. Including it in the podcast makes perfect sense. It also dials up the comedic chemistry between the hosts, recreating the ‘New Girl’ vibe.
Dermot Mulroney, Mr. Fancypants, joins Zooey in this episode. 48 minutes are dedicated to discussing Dermot’s work as a cellist, deciphering the True American game, and backstories about the show’s shooting process. The discussion feels less like an interview and more like a catch-up session with an old friend- which is exactly what this is.
This episode spends much time discussing the couples depicted in ‘New Girl’. It is sparked by the show’s episode of CeCe’s choice to work through her issues with Schmidt and forgive him for sleeping with Nadia. In the show, this marks the end of Mr. Fancypants. The actors’ recount of the episode, becomes a critical assessment of the show and the relationships built on-camera and backstage. This episode includes another session of True American, which is robust!
The reach of ‘Welcome to our show’
The ‘Welcome to our Show’ podcast has 47K followers on Instagram and does not seem to have a YouTube channel or TikTok account. Great Pods posted the podcast’s trailer on YouTube and this secured 348 views.
As of January 2023, ‘Welcome to our show’ was ranked #28 on Apple Music and has a 4.7-star rating.
Based on this analysis, we estimated that the ‘Welcome to our show’ receives 50k – 75k listens each time an episode goes out across Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast networks.
The Format of the Podcast
The weekly podcast is a re-watch and discussion-style show that runs anywhere between 20 minutes to 1 and a half hours, per episode. Zooey, Hannah, and Lamorne conduct a short intro. On occasion, only 1 or 2 of the 3 besties will host the show, which adds variation to the show’s structure and format. Every episode includes a session of True American. ‘Welcome to our show’ includes celebrity guests, related to the show.
The guest list includes ‘New Girl’s’ cast members, guest stars, producers, and writers, who share stories about their experiences on the show. And while some parts of the conversation may veer off into their personal lives and other works, the main discussion remains about ‘New Girl’.
In the past year, the hosts have entertained guests such as ‘New Girl’s’ director Jake Kasdan. Actor, writer, and director Justin Long, who played the TV show’s recurring character, Paul Genzlinger. Jake Johnson, who portrayed Nick Miller in the show, is a fan favorite that made his debut on the podcast. Writer and producer Luvh Rakhe, whose writing contributed to the show’s success was also a podcast guest. The list goes on, as fans’ guest requests are honored.
Reception and Impact
Overall, the podcast, although not widely promoted on social media, has tapped into, and attracted ‘New Girl’ fans. The chemistry and friendship displayed by the hosts are authentic enough to create the vibe of the show, which is appealing to fans. The conversational approach makes for relaxed listening. However, the show might be categorized as a niche podcast, targeted at ‘New Girl’ fans only. On the other hand, it may have generated a new fan base, altogether, by re-igniting the show’s appeal and enticing a new audience to start watching the show.
A definite ‘New Girl’ fan favorite, ‘Welcome to our show’ is a comedic and heart-warming review but also provides a new perspective to the TV series. True friendship shines through in the conversations and is reflected in the memories and exchanges. But it is the inside scoop on the world of pop culture and entertainment that keeps fans tuning in.