Zooey Deschanel, Prince, Jake Johnson
New Girl isn't taking the post-Super Bowl episode lightly.
Upon learning that the Fox comedy would air in TV's plum timeslot, executive producer Liz Meriwether said they immediately started planning with an eye toward making a spectacular episode both new viewers and old fans alike would enjoy. "Luckily, Prince reached out to us around the same time, so we started out ahead," Meriwether tells TVGuide.com. "With Prince wanting to do an episode, that was exactly what we needed to do for the post-Super Bowl episode."
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So how does the legendary music icon come into Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) world? "Legend had it that Prince had these house parties where he performed for a small group of people," Meriwether explains. "When Prince said he was interested in being on the show, we thought we'll actually re-create one of these parties where Prince performs and they're at his house."
When Cece (Hannah Simone) and Jess are nearly run over by Prince's manager, they're invited to an exclusive house party, where Prince will actually perform one of his new songs. Jess will even sing with him at one point as Prince tries to bestow relationship advice on Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) — who, along with the rest of the guys, has crashed Prince's party.
"A big moment happens for Nick and Jess in their relationship," she says. "They're trying to deal with this big relationship moment at the Prince party, which is an unlikely place to deal with your relationship. Prince ends up helping Jess through this moment by giving her a full mind and body makeover to bring out her most Prince-like qualities."
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Joking that this is "just one of those classic episodes," Meriwether insists they tried to make the story line as plausible as possible. "We were so excited to have Prince on the show, but we really wanted to make it feel organic and not such a step out from the world of the show. The fact that these characters aren't the kind of people who rub shoulders with celebrities ever, we're trying to make sure that still feels real for these characters."
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