The King is alive... at least when a Miller family funeral is concerned.
At the Paley Festival panel for Fox's New Girl, moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Rob Moynihan on Monday, the cast and producers gave some scoop about the upcoming March 26 episode in which Nick (Jake Johnson) travels home to Chicago because of a death in the family. "Nick's father passes away," executive producer Brett Baer explained. "And then Elvis shows up?"
Some say Hollywood only has one idea at a time. This TV season, it seems that idea was introducing character's parents! From dastardly matriarchs (Revenge, Hawaii Five-0) to downright quirky parental units (New Girl), many of our favorite characters got some family time this fall. But that wasn't always a good thing.
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As the holidays approach and you prepare to spend a lengthy amount of time with your own family — or in-laws! — we here at TVGuide.com are taking a look at the TV parents who might make you thankful you're not spending your holiday with them. Then again, there are others that may make you jealous your parents aren't nearly as cool. Who were the best and worst parents of the fall TV season? We grade their parental skills below...
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12. Least Favorite Follow-Up: Knowing how gravely she deprived us of ear-piecing screams and uncontrollable tears last year, Oprah Winfrey resurrects her "Favorite Things" — except it's not the "Favorite Things" we know and love. As part of a making-of documentary — during which O thinks she's getting high from pigs in a blanket — the episode features only 30 handpicked military spouses, who do their best freak-outs, but it's all a little flat. Let's face it, strength is in numbers. At least we'll always have SNL.
11. Best Origin Story: This is the true story...
Look who's coming to Thanksgiving dinner on New Girl: Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner!
The comedy vets will pop up on the holiday-themed episode as Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) divorced parents, and TVGuide.com has the exclusive first look of them on set.
Jess may not be so adorkable this season.
When New Girl returns on Tuesday at 8/7c and 9/8c on Fox, Jess (Emmy-nominated Zooey Deschanel) will be unceremoniously let go from her teaching position, sending her once quirky life into disarray. Jess' firing will provide new comedic avenues for her — she'll work as a shot girl at Schmidt's penis-cast removal party in the premiere (Words we never thought we'd write together in a sentence) — and it will also allow her to test some romantic waters she might not have dipped her toe in before — like only sleeping with someone instead of being in a relationship. To her credit, the fling-worthy David Walton is pretty hard to resist — a sentiment creator Liz Meriwether agrees with.
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In our candid interview below, Meriwether discusses Jess' new journey this season, along with the ultimate casting coup — Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner! — and what's in store for everyone's favorite roommate trio Schmidt (the also Emmy-nominated Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Nick (Jake Johnson). Get the scoop: