Would you have been satisfied if New Girl hadn’t gotten this last season?
We were so lucky for so many seasons. We were never on the bubble, and that’s extremely rare. I know [Parks and Recreation co-creator/showrunner] Mike Schur always felt like Parks and Rec could’ve ended any season. [Season] six was the first time I just wasn’t sure. I just love these characters so much, and I think part of me was so worried that they were going to pull the plug, I felt like we had to end it in a way. The downside of that was that we did sort of end it. (Laughs.) That was the network’s question: “Where do you go from there?” I was just making stuff up, because I honestly didn’t know. I just felt down deep we needed one more season.
What was your pitch to the network?
This is a show that started as four single roommates, sharing an apartment. Now we’re going into a show about three couples. It felt so different — like the original ending was gone. But we just know these people so well, we’re kind of willing to go there. TV has changed in the years we’ve been doing the show. People are willing to take a leap. This show that was about one thing is now about another. Basically, I bullshitted my way through what could happen and was very pleasantly surprised with what we ended up doing. It’s refreshing to tell kinds of stories that we never did.
Are you pleased New Girl has a final season to wrap things up? Should the show have been cancelled after six? Upset there wont be an 8th season? Hoping for a New Girl reboot or spinoff in future years?