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We've got a crush on Schmidt from 'New Girl'

5 things to love about TV's comedic leading man

October 15, 2012|By Dana Moran, @redeyedana | RedEye

It's Tuesday, which means two important things: 1) You made it through Monday relatively unscarred, and 2) "New Girl" is on, which hopefully will help you recover if your Monday was truly terrible. And the best part of the whole deal: You get to hang out with Schmidt, who just may be the very best comedic character on TV right now. Coming off Max Greenfield's disappointing supporting actor Emmy loss in September, we decided to boost Schmidt's ego with five reasons we still love him.

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1 -- He's enormously douchey ... yet likable

Schmidt fancies himself very, very refined. He owns things like driving moccasins, a "good pea coat," a sharkskin laptop sleeve, an Irish walking cape and personalized condoms. His roommates mock him endlessly for pronouncing chutney "chut-a-nay." He's basically a huge tool. But then he does things like concocting a personalized perfume for his crush, and BAM! Back in business.

2 -- He works out -- a lot

Step aside, Richard Simmons. Schmidt shot his own spin class exercise video this spring, then taught two L.A. SoulCycle classes for charity. According to Vulture, he was an excellent spinner, and also chose the "Glee" cover of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" as his first song of the class. If that doesn't work you into a sweat, we're not sure what does (and probably don't want to know).

3 -- He loves the ladies

OK, so he's a bit of a misogynist sometimes. But he's got a soft spot. Schmidt wrote a personal letter in Variety ahead of the Emmys to three very special TV characters: Carrie Mathison from "Homeland," the Hot Chick on "Game of Thrones" and the Cook on "Downton Abbey." Sure, it includes lines like, "People told me I'd never find a woman who speaks gibberish and is also kind of a cannibal, but --  never say never," but we know his heart is in the right place.

4 -- He's got a book

Slightly less cool: the fact that Fox wrote it. But "The Douche Journals: The Definitive Account of One Man's Genius" is probably a good companion piece for anyone who owns "The Bro Code" and "The Playbook" that "How I Met Your Mother" released for Barney Stinson. In fact, we'd love to see these two meet.

5 -- He's endlessly quotable

A few choice gems:

"Jess, you can't laugh at a naked man -- especially Nick. Nick is delicate. Like a flower. Like a chubby, damaged flower who hates himself."

"If you're trying to seduce me, don't dress up like my Aunt Frida at seder."

"I'm gonna go take a shower with Nick's bar soap like a common ranch hand."

"I'm like a sexual snowflake. Each night with me is a unique experience."

Trust us, we could easily go on.

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