Staring cancellation in the face, New Girl secured an 11th hour seventh and final season renewal over the weekend, but what caused the tide to turn? Deadline offers their take on the sitcom’s stay of execution:
I hear that was because of various reasons (for instance, star Zooey Deschanel is on maternity leave having just given birth to her second child), and most if not all main cast members would not be able to return to work until the fall. With the logistical challenges, no space on the midseason schedule and a Season 6 finale that tied in a bow so many loose ends, the network leaned heavily toward not going with a seventh season.
That’s when I hear creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether made a last-minute call and pitched a final-season arc that turned the tide. I hear it features a time jump, with Season 7 picking up three years after the Season 6 finale, in which Jess (Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) rekindled their romance, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) became expectant parents, and Winston (Lamorne Morris) called his father.
I hear Season 7 would feature major milestones for all main characters over the period of one year, including a big one in the series finale.
What are your hopes for the final season of New Girl? Would you have followed the show into Season 8?