Nick and Jess will have to face a harsh reality during New Girl's season finale (Tuesday, 9/8c, Fox) when they're forced to spend an entire weekend together on a cruise ship — a super romantic trip they planned before their split.
To soften the blow of having to spend the trip together, Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) invite the whole gang along. But, being the frugal spenders that they are, Nick won't pass up the chance to get their money's worth during the trip, even if that means being forced to do romantic activities like couples yoga and massages with Jess. Unfortunately, those events will actually make them realize being just friends is much harder than they thought. What does that mean for the future of the gang and their living situation? TVGuide.com turned to executive producers Dave Finkel and Brett Baer to get the scoop:
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."
New Girl: What happened to the Schmidt we knew and loved?
So how does the legendary music icon come into Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) world?
New Girl's Schmidt needs to get his mojo back.
Ever since Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) breakup with both Cece (Hannah Simone) and Elizabeth (Merritt Wever), he's become a neutered character who lacks the spectacular douche-jar worthiness that we all fell in love with from the beginning of the Fox comedy.
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Zooey Deschanel, Taye Diggs, Hannah Simone
Does New Girl's Jess (Zooey Deschanel) have eyes for another man? After an argument with boyfriend Nick (Jake Johnson), she and BFF Cece (Hannah Simone) hit the town and meet the sexy owner of a nearby coffee shop...
Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone
Schmidt (Max Greenfield) may think himself New Girl's perennial ladies' man, but he took it too far when he decided to date both Elizabeth (Merritt Wever) and Cece (Hannah Simone). It wasn't long before he was discovered, and, of course, lost both girls in one fell swoop.
Will New Girl suffer from the Moonlighting curse?
On Tuesday's episode (9/8c, Fox), Schmidt won't immediately own up to his actions but will instead blame Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson), whom he swore vengeance on at the close of last week's episode. "He goes after Nick and Jess' relationship and tries to play some mental warfare with them," Greenfield tells TVGuide.com. "He attacks...
Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone
Schmidt is in big trouble!
New Girl's consummate ladies' man will find himself struggling to juggle his two women when Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) ask to go on a double date. Will the group discover he's been dating both Cece (Hannah Simone) and Elizabeth (Emmy winner Merritt Wever)? Check out an exclusive first look at Tuesday's episode to find out:
As an object lesson in the extremes of new fall TV, welcome to Fox's new and not entirely improved Tuesday comedy lineup. (Unhappily missing in action, but for how long: Raising Hope, currently designated to return for its fourth season in the Friday swamplands in early November with back-to-back episodes, a scenario few believe will ever occur.)
Angela Kinsey, Eva Amurri, Max Greenfield
Angela Kinsey and Eva Amurri will be stirring up trouble on New Girl this year!
The Office alum and the Californication actress will both pop up in the second episode of Season 3 to spar with Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield), TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Merritt Wever, Max Greenfield
Merritt Wever is returning to New Girl, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Wever plays as Elizabeth, the college ex-girlfriend to Schmidt (Max Greenfield), on the Fox comedy. During the Season 2 finale, Schmidt was forced to choose between Elizabeth and CeCe (Hannah Simone) but instead left them both standing there. Wever will be back for at least two episodes when the show returns, according to The Hollywood Reporter who first reported the news.
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Wever is best known for her Emmy-nominated role on Showtime's Nurse Jackie.
Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday's episode of New Girl. Read at your own risk!]
If you were shocked by Jess and Nick's first kiss earlier this season, you probably...