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'New Girl' Casts More of Nick's Dysfunctional Family

Following news of Margo Martindale's addition as Mrs. Miller, the Fox comedy continues to beef up guests for an upcoming trip to the character's native Chicago.

'New Girl': Emmy-winner Margo Martindale cast as Nick's mother

We have already met Nick's father -- a con man played by Dennis Farina -- on "New Girl." And soon we will be meeting up with the man's mother. As it turns out, Mrs. Miller will be played by Emmy-winner Margo Martindale ("Justified," "The Americans").Who is this lady who begat Nick (Jake Johnson)?Audiences will meet Nick's mother in a March episode when the roommates travel to Chicago (as first reported by There, the friends will be surprised to learn that -- compared to the rest of his family -- Nick is actually a pretty responsible and mature person.Yes, Mom is that nutty.The lady is described as extremely emotional and rather stubborn. Unfortunately for Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Nick's mom isn't such a fan. Whether or not Nick and Jess manage to have a relationship of any sort by this point, at least one member of the Miller fan will not approve.Margo Martindale won the...

'New Girl': The aftermath of a kiss in 'Table 34'

Jess and Nick kissed. It happened. That first kiss is over. So what happens next? If you guessed "Indian marriage convention," then congratulations -- you are far more perceptive than most. That, or you're far more in-tune with the insanity that is "New Girl." Because an Indian marriage convention is exactly what we get in "Table 34."The road to "Table 34"We can guess why procreation-obsessed Cece (Hannah Simone) would be at the convention. After all, she wants to find a good, stable husband to father her children ASAP. She's the easy one. As for the others...Jess: Of course Cece is the first to know about the kiss between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson). And because Jess chooses to obsess about said kiss (and rightly so), Cece brings her friend along to the convention.Schmidt: He finds out that Cece would be there. And where Cece goes, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) follows. In a turban.Nick...

'New Girl' casting: Odette Annable will play Nick's new girlfriend

If you were hoping for a quick happily ever after following the epic kiss between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) on "New Girl," this news is really, really going to disappoint you. The FOX comedy has cast Odette Annable in the recurring role of Nick's girlfriend.Sorry.Annable, best known for her roles on "House," "Breaking In" and "Brothers and Sisters," will play the character of Shane, according to TVLine. Shane comes into Nick's life when she is hired as the new manager at the bar. A graduate of management school, Shane is basically the anti-Nick -- efficient and perky. Of course Nick has to fall for her.Annable is expected to appear in several episodes of "New Girl" this spring, indicating that this particular romance is more than just a one-night stand.Where does this leave Jess and Nick? Without giving too much away, let's just say that the pair will not be going straight...

New Girl Season 2 Episode 16 “Table 34?

New Girl  “Table 34? Season 2 Episode 16  airs Tuesday, Feb 5 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis: The gang attends a marriage convention, where Cece hopes to find a prospective husband – even as Schmidt hopes to win her back. Meanwhile, Winston’s mojo returns, and Jess and Nick get put in a compromising position in front of Dr. Sam (guest star David Walton) in the all-new “Table 34” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 5 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX READ MORE...

New Girl Season 2 Episode 15 “Cooler”

New Girl  “Cooler” Season 2 Episode 15  airs Tuesday, Jan 29 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis: Nick and Schmidt go out on a “bro’s night,” but quickly become infatuated with – and highly competitive over – a beautiful woman (guest star Decker) attracted to sadness. Meanwhile, Winston falls for a girl with absolutely no interest  in him, which only makes him more attracted to her. Then, Jess’ decision to have a night alone in the loft doesn’t go as planned and involves another round of the drinking game  “True American,” and a surprising development in her relationship with  one of the loft mates in the all-new “Cooler” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 29 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. READ MORE...

TV ratings: 'New Girl' rises, 'The Taste' tumbles and CBS dominates another Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013CBS once again ran away from the field in Tuesday's ratings race, as the "NCIS" duo and "Vegas" swept all three hours in viewers and adults 18-49. Elsewhere, "New Girl" scored its best 18-49 rating in some time for FOX. "Go On" and "The New Normal" dipped some more for NBC, and "The Taste" took a hit for ABC in its second week. ABC's prime-time rebroadcast of "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Matt Damon episode drew modest numbers.CBS averaged 16.7 million viewers and a 10.4 rating/16 share in households in primetime, beating the combined total of the other four networks. NBC (4.6 million, 3.1/5) was the best of the rest. FOX (3.75 million, 2.2/3) came in third, beating out ABC (3.6 million, 2.4/4). The CW drew 1.3 million viewers and a 0.9/1.CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic (albeit by not as big a margin) with a 2.9 rating. FOX...

'New Girl' Creator: Jess and Nick's Big Moment Will Complicate Their Relationship

Dishing on what's next for Jess and Nick after the romantic bombshell, Liz Meriwether says, 'Obviously there are a lot of obstacles to them being together.'

'New Girl' Creator Liz Meriwether on Her Comedy's Romantic Bombshell

"It feels like an organic time for it to happen," she tells THR. "It took us by surprise, and we liked that because we felt it would take the audience by surprise a little bit, too."

'New Girl': Does True American lead to true love in 'Cooler'?

So... That happened. Warning: You don't want to read this before watching "Cooler." Trust me.After a season and a half of ridiculous chemistry and apparent obliviousness, something actually happened between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) on "New Girl." And oh, did it happen!Not that it was easy to get to the big kiss that ended "Cooler." It took a woman's coat, a girl (guest star Brooklyn Decker) who only liked sad men, strange noises in the hallway, a Nick effigy made out of a melon... It also took a game of True American: Clinton-Style.Was it all worth it? It's hard to say. The kiss with which Nick surprised Jess at the end of the episode was the kind of momentous event that TV characters often ignore for many episodes, simply ratcheting up the tension in the meantime. There's also that wee issue that Jess is dating Sam (David Walton).We could be in for...