Last night (March 11, 2013) PaleyFest 2013 honored New Girl at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. I so wish that I could have attended this panel!
All the stars of the show, Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris were in attendance at the event. Fresh off their third season renewal, the panel talked about the future of the characters and some of their favorite moments from the past two years. Here are some of the highlights…
The Kiss: The original version of the script for the episode “Cooler” didn’t include Jess and Nick’s kiss, but creator Elizabeth Meriwether fought to put it in. When asked about the episode, she said, “If we waited any longer it was going to start to feel not true.”
Getting Nick and Jess together: The relationship came out of the chemistry between Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson, which was evident from very early on. However, the writers did try to fight against making them a couple too soon. Executive producer Dave Finkel explained, “It’s a hard balance to make sure that you’re pulling it out at the right time. You never know how much to give.”
Schmidt and Cece: When asked about the Schmidt and Cece’s relationship, Max Greenfield responded, “Both these characters kind of needed to grow up before they can be together.” Everyone agrees that the two characters love and care for each other, but as for what’s to come, Meriwether admitted, “I have no f—ing idea.”
Schmidt’s first name: The writers have a couple ideas they’ve been considering, but haven’t yet included one in an episode. “He’s also named Jess,” Meriwether joked.
Flashback episode: “New Girl” has become known for using flashbacks to develop its characters, and the producers teased an upcoming flashback episode which tells the story of all the characters losing their virginities.
Jess and Nick’s future: The writers don’t want to force any development in Jess and Nick’s relationship. Meriwether said that they only do what feels honest to the characters, “We sort of do what we feel is right for that episode.” She also admitted that many parts of the story get changed as the episode is filmed, so the future is wide open for Nick and Jess.
I cannot wait! How do these teasers sound to you? Sound off in the comments below.
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