Jake Johnson believes that fans should not hope for a Jess and Nick reconciliation in New Girl Season 5. In a recent interview with People, he said that the “show works better when they’re not together” because they “kind of dominate so much of the story.”
He also confirmed that filming for New Girl Season 5 was pushed to October mainly because of Zooey Deschanel’s maternity leave. The Let’s Be Cops actor recalled that filming for New Girl Season 4 was challenging because they needed to conceal Zooey’s pregnancy. He joked about Zooey’s character constantly holding a pizza box or a pillow to hide her tummy.
Showrunner Liz Merriweather previously revealed to Hollywood Reporter how New Girl Season 5 would handle the non-appearance of its lead actress.
“Jess gets sequestered on a jury. The idea behind it was to be able to do those pastel courtroom sketches, so you could still see her in the jury. It’s a little weird, but we’re having fun with it.”
As the 500 Days of Summer actress enjoys the perks of being a new mom, New Girl Season 5 will temporarily focus on other characters. The first episode will center on Schmidt and Cece’s upcoming wedding. However, Max Greenfield confirmed to Us Weekly that someone might prevent the couple from tying the knot.
“The first episode back is an engagement party and Cece’s mom comes to town; we’re not quite sure if she approves of Schmidt or not.”
Nonetheless, despite the roadblocks, Hannah Simone feels pleased that New Girl Season 5 gave her character an opportunity to shine. Venture Capital Post reported her excitement.
“I think what’s really great is that so much of Cece’s and Schmidt’s characters on the show have been part of this will they, won’t they. And now that they’re together, we can start exploring their family and their personal history and who they are as individuals.”
Apart from Jessica’s absence, fans will likewise miss the quirkiness of Coach. In February, it was confirmed that Damon Wayans Jr. would exit the show, just a year and a half after his return.
The actor once left the series because his other show, Happy Endings, was unexpectedly renewed. Following the show’s cancellation, he went back to New Girl. However, at the end of New Girl Season 4, the actor ultimately decided to leave in order to take on other projects.
In a TV Line statement, the 32-year-old actor expressed his gratefulness for being a part of the sitcom.
“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to New Girl in Season 3 to reprise the role of Coach. Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career.”
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