A comedy series from executive producer and writer Liz Meriwether (“No Strings Attached”), NEW GIRL features a young ensemble cast and takes a fresh look at modern relationships.
After a bad break-up, JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel) needs a new place to live. An online search leads her to a great loft…and three single guys she’s never met before. But Jess moves in, and through her upbeat personality, unique sense of self and the unlikely support of her new roommates, she learns to move on.
NICK (Jake Johnson) is the most grounded of her new roommates...and also the most jaded. A law school dropout, he spends most of his time hiding his feelings under his hoodie and tending bar. SCHMIDT (Max Greenfield) is a hustling young professional who’s pretty proud of his own abs. WINSTON (Lamorne Morris) is an intensely competitive former athlete who doesn’t know what to do next – but whatever he does, he wants to win it.
Rounding out the group is Jess’ childhood best friend, CECE (Hannah Simone). A model with a killer deadpan, Cece is extremely protective of Jess and the target of Schmidt’s inept passes. As their relationships progress, these five realize they need each other more than they thought they would and end up forming a charmingly dysfunctional – or strangely functional – family.
Upcoming guest stars include Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), Lizzy Caplan (“Party Down”), Rachael Harris (“The Hangover”), Jeff Kober (“Sons of Anarchy”) and June Diane Raphael (“Bride Wars,” “Year One”).
When the series returns in January with new episodes, Jess takes charge when plans for Schmidt’s 29th birthday party fall apart; Nick dates an attractive lawyer (recurring guest star Caplan) with anger management issues; Jess befriends the gang’s cantankerous landlord; and on Valentine’s Day, Jess is determined to have a no-strings-attached one-night stand with a handsome stranger (guest star Kwanten).
The single-camera comedy recently received a Writers Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Television – New Series and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. As well, NEW GIRL star Deschanel received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
NEW GIRL is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Liz Meriwether. Meriwether, Jake Kasdan (“Bad Teacher”), Peter Chernin (TERRA NOVA, TOUCH), Katherine Pope (TERRA NOVA, TOUCH), Dave Finkel (“United States of Tara,” “30 Rock”) and Brett Baer (“United States of Tara,” “30 Rock”) are executive producers. Kasdan directed the pilot and has continued to direct episodes of the series.
Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess Day, a young woman who, after discovering her long-term boyfriend is cheating on her, moves into a loft apartment with three male roommates â€“ prickly bartender Nick, womanizer Schmidt and intense personal trainer Coach. In the opener, the guys try to help Jess get back on her feet and into the dating world.
Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) convince Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to get her stuff out of her ex-boyfriend Spencer’s (Ian Wolterstorff) apartment; Jess meets new roommate Winston (Lamorne Morris), who has returned from playing basketball in Latvia, and Winston tries to get his old room back from Schmidt.
The guys are invited to a wedding of a mutual friend. Nick (Jake Johnson), fearful he will run into his ex-girlfriend Caroline (guest star Mary Elizabeth Ellis), asks Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to be his date. Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) takes his role as an usher very seriously and gets competitive on the dance floor with a young guest. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) not only catches the eye of a beautiful woman (guest star Katie Cassidy), but also his “frenemy” Gretchen (guest star Natasha Lyonne), with whom he hooks up with at every wedding reception.
Jess (Zoey Deschanel) laughs when she accidentally walks in on a naked Nick (Jake Johnson), sending his self-confidence to an all-time low – just after an attractive co-worker (guest star Lake Bell) agrees to go out on a date with him. Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) becomes obsessed with learning pop-culture references online.
While crashing at the loft, Cece (Hannah Simone) convinces Jess (Zooey Deschanel) that Nick (Jake Johnson) likes her more than just as a roommate, and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tries to seal the deal with Cece.
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) invites Paul (guest star Justin Long), a music teacher at her school on whom she always has had a crush, to the gang’s big Thanksgiving dinner at the loft, which naturally goes horribly awry.
When Jess (Zooey Deschanel) decides to take her relationship with Paul (guest star Justin Long) to the next level, she consults with the guys for some sex advice. Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) worms his way into his boss’ baby shower to compete with his office female counterpart.
The gang attends Schmidt’s (Max Greenfield) holiday office party and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) frets when she receives an expensive gift from Paul (guest star Justin Long).
When Schmidt’s (Max Greenfield) plans for his 29thbirthday fall apart, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) takes charge and enlists the help of her school’s party hungry vice-principal (guest star Rachael Harris). Meanwhile, Nick (Jake Johnson) begrudgingly has his first date at Schmidt’s party with a beautiful lawyer (guest star Lizzy Caplan) who harbors a secret, and the gang wonders who placed a 50-dollar bill in the douchebag jar.
Nick (Jake Johnson) panics when Julia (guest star Lizzy Caplan) doesn’t want to put a label on their relationship. Meanwhile, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) enlists Julia to help her get out of a traffic ticket, Winston (Lamorne Morris) reconnects with a former booty call (guest star Kali Hawk) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is baffled as to why his shower towel is always damp.
Against Nick’s (Jake Johnson) wishes, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) makes it her mission to get the loft’s cantankerous landlord (guest star Jeff Kober) to like her. In doing so, she inadvertently jeopardizes their living situation, and the guys are forced to admit they’ve made some “unofficial” changes to the apartment. Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tries to decipher what he thinks are mixed signals from his boss, Kim (guest star Gillian Vigman).
Single for the first time on Valentine’s Day, Jess convinces Schmidt to be her wingman as she pursues an attachment-free fling with a handsome stranger (guest star Ryan Kwanten). Nick’s romantic plans are foiled when he finds himself spending more time with Julia’s (guest star Lizzy Caplan) law firm assistant (guest star Clark Duke) than with her, and Winston (Lamorne Morris) becomes one of the girls when Shelby (guest star Kali Hawk) invites him over.
When Jess tries to intervene with a classroom bully, she finds herself the target of the bad seed student (guest star Joey King). Schmidt, meanwhile, is thrilled about his post-Valentine’s sexcapades, but hates that his paramour wants to keep it a secret; and Nick goes into a tailspin when Julia (guest star Lizzy Caplan) sends him a cactus.
When Nick (Jake Johnson) is hurt playing a game of touch football and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) discovers he doesn’t have insurance, she brings him to her doctor friend – an OB-GYN. The gang rallies together and Nick evaluates his life when his seemingly innocuous back injury may prove to be more serious than thought.
Schmidt goes on strike.
Jess is asked out by the wealthy—and handsome—father of one of her students. Meanwhile, Schmidt and Winston get ultracompetitive over bar trivia, and Nick sets out to buy a new cell phone.
Jess' first date with Russell doesn't go as planned; Nick's old college pal visits and invokes Nick's inner frat boy; Winston panics when Shelby takes off on a girls' getaway; Schmidt and Cece's secret relationship is found out by one of the roommates.
While training for a marathon, Jess discovers that Cece has been keeping a secret from her, and their friendship is put to the test. Meanwhile, Winston can't handle being the only one who knows about Cece and Schmidt, and Nick reluctantly asks for Schmidt's help as he tries to juggle dating two women at once.
A nervous Jess invites Russell to spend the weekend at the loft, and her fears are amplified when he gets along better with the guys than she hoped. Meanwhile, Winston begins work at a sports radio station, but quickly finds out his boss is more of a shock jock, and Nick tries to make an invention from his "Idea Notebook" into a reality.
Jess babysits Russell's pre-teen daughter for the weekend and meets his ex-wife (guest star Tripplehorn). Then, Schmidt and Cece panic when they think she's pregnant. Also, Nick's new girlfriend may be too young and Winston discovers his new boss is a big baby.
Jess fears she and Russell (guest star Mulroney) don't share the fiery passion he exhibits with his ex-wife Ouli (guest star Tripplehorn). Meanwhile, Cece is not yet willing to admit her true feelings for Schmidt, so she encourages him to go on a date with one of her Russian model roommates. Then, a down-in-the-dumps Nick channels all of his energy into a new vegetable garden.
When Jess and Nick run into their exes Paul (guest star Justin Long) and Caroline (guest star Mary Elizabeth Ellis), the gang fears they both may "backslide" into romantic relationships. Meanwhile, Schmidt desperately tries not to get aroused as he deals with a delicate medical issue, Winston suffers the consequences of a wild night out with his boss (guest star Phil Hendrie) and Cece brings Schmidt to a nursing home to meet her grandmother.
When one of the roommates decides to move out of the loft, the gang makes an unexpected trip to the desert where Winston faces his fear of the dark, Cece and Schmidt's relationship reaches a turning point and Jess and Nick square off with a coyote.