One ‘New Girl’ Writer Has Been Lobbying to Do That Furguson Episode for 4 Years

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Tuesday’s episode of “New Girl”)

OK, the only thing sadder than “Where the Road Goes” — the most recent installment of the final season of Liz Meriwether’s “New Girl” — is the fact that one writer on the Fox comedy has been planning that plot for years.

Seriously, showrunner Brett Baer told TheWrap in a recent interview that the man who penned the script for Tuesday’s episode, which centers around a one-year memorial service thrown by Jess (Zooey Deschanel) for Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) beloved cat Furguson, was lobbying to kill off the kitty for a long time.

“Well it was an easy decision to make, mostly because I think the author, Noah Garfinkel, had been pitching that idea for four years and finally, just to shut him up, we agreed to do it,” co-showrunner Brett Baer said, laughing. “Well he just keeps going like, ‘We gotta do that episode, right?’ And we’re like ‘Shut up. No.’ So finally we go, ‘Alright, give Noah one.”

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“No, I think more importantly than all of that, we knew obviously that [Furguson] was a fan favorite and we loved working with him and really he made such a strong contribution to the show and to Winston’s storyline,” Baer added. “He was so important to Winston, we wanted to do an important episode for Furguson. And I think in a cool way, even in his absence, and this is all spoiler alert s—, but in his absence, I think it gave us an opportunity to really invest in the Furguson storyline with the magnitude that it had for the character and for us as writers.”

Baer said the somber episode — which is of course still hilarious, because it’s “New Girl” — also gave them the chance to showcase other fan favorites, who aren’t series regulars, in the show’s final year.

“Being able to bring in all those characters to drop by for the memorial service gave us the opportunity to get Damon [Wayans Jr, who plays Coach] back into the show and the LAPD-So-La-Te-Do singing group,” Baer said. “Those were all things we wanted to get back in. So this was a unique way to tell Furguson’s story and not even have him there.”

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And if you’re hoping to see even more beloved guest stars drop by before the series wraps, you are in luck, cause Baer said that yet another reunion is still to come.

“It was something we’d been looking for in the course of the season to come up with an episode or two that would force us — not force us — that would allow us to bring in a multitude of characters that you had seen over the course of the show. So we have that episode. There’s, in episode seven, something similar, which I won’t get into because we didn’t send that one out yet. Another one of the character’s dies. I’ll just tell you that! [laughs]”

The final season of “New Girl” airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30 c on Fox.

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Tuesday’s episode of “New Girl”)

OK, the only thing sadder than “Where the Road Goes” — the most recent installment of the final season of Liz Meriwether’s “New Girl” — is the fact that one writer on the Fox comedy has been planning that plot for years.

Seriously, showrunner Brett Baer told TheWrap in a recent interview that the man who penned the script for Tuesday’s episode, which centers around a one-year memorial service thrown by Jess (Zooey Deschanel) for Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) beloved cat Furguson, was lobbying to kill off the kitty for a long time.

“Well it was an easy decision to make, mostly because I think the author, Noah Garfinkel, had been pitching that idea for four years and finally, just to shut him up, we agreed to do it,” co-showrunner Brett Baer said, laughing. “Well he just keeps going like, ‘We gotta do that episode, right?’ And we’re like ‘Shut up. No.’ So finally we go, ‘Alright, give Noah one.”

“No, I think more importantly than all of that, we knew obviously that [Furguson] was a fan favorite and we loved working with him and really he made such a strong contribution to the show and to Winston’s storyline,” Baer added. “He was so important to Winston, we wanted to do an important episode for Furguson. And I think in a cool way, even in his absence, and this is all spoiler alert s—, but in his absence, I think it gave us an opportunity to really invest in the Furguson storyline with the magnitude that it had for the character and for us as writers.”

Baer said the somber episode — which is of course still hilarious, because it’s “New Girl” — also gave them the chance to showcase other fan favorites, who aren’t series regulars, in the show’s final year.

“Being able to bring in all those characters to drop by for the memorial service gave us the opportunity to get Damon [Wayans Jr, who plays Coach] back into the show and the LAPD-So-La-Te-Do singing group,” Baer said. “Those were all things we wanted to get back in. So this was a unique way to tell Furguson’s story and not even have him there.”

And if you’re hoping to see even more beloved guest stars drop by before the series wraps, you are in luck, cause Baer said that yet another reunion is still to come.

“It was something we’d been looking for in the course of the season to come up with an episode or two that would force us — not force us — that would allow us to bring in a multitude of characters that you had seen over the course of the show. So we have that episode. There’s, in episode seven, something similar, which I won’t get into because we didn’t send that one out yet. Another one of the character’s dies. I’ll just tell you that! [laughs]”

The final season of “New Girl” airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30 c on Fox.

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‘New Girl’: Here’s Why Schmidt and Cece Named Their Daughter After Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Tuesday’s season seven premiere of “New Girl.”)

“New Girl” returned for its seventh and final season tonight with more than a few new elements, including a new character. A teeny, tiny one who the series’ co-showrunner Brett Baer told TheWrap is going to play a big part in the Zooey Deschanel-led comedy’s final few episodes: Ruth Bader Parekh Schmidt.

When the show picked up Tuesday after about a three-year time jump, fans were introduced to Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece’s (Hannah Simone) three-year-old daughter (played by twins Rhiannon and Danielle Rockoff), who they named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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TheWrap asked Baer about this hilarious decision in a recent interview and found out it had a lot to do with character growth on Schmidt’s part — a guy who was always very conservative and often objectified women at the beginning of the Elizabeth Meriwether-created series.

“I think that that came from wanting for Cece to have had some impact on that and Cece’s relationship with Jess (Deschanel) and their political leanings,” Baer said. “I think she probably went out with Schmidt on that,” Baer said. “And I think Schmidt always — you know, he’s a strict conservative. There was a time where I think he was hoping Paul Ryan would run in 2020?” (Oh, yes, there was.)

“But I think down in his soul though, he is a progressive when it comes to his daughter being a successful woman and wanting to support her being, as I think we talked about in one of the episodes, becoming President of the United States herself,” Baer added. “And I think he respects strong women, and he was always able to get along with Jess, who obviously had a different political leaning than he did.”

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While fans may immediately find Ruth to be adorable and a great addition to the cast (and the series’ stars and writers did too!) Baer said they were apprehensive about their risky decision to bring a kid into the mix with just eight episodes left to wrap up the beloved show.

“We were terrified,” Baer said, laughing. “You’re introducing this really important element and you’ve got a dynamic and chemistry that this cast has and we knew this was a major contribution and change that could shift everything. You needed to have exactly the right person, or I should say people, in that part. And a lot of it came down to getting Max and Hannah to audition with our final prospects for the role. And Max is a father, and Hannah a new mother, and they have this incredible relationship with the actors who played Ruth. And they were really, really lovely together on set. Very, very welcoming.”

“And those kids were really funny,” Baer added. “There were many times we’d see a cut of the episodes and some of the scenes that they’re in we’d say, ‘Can we cut back to Ruth for a thing here? We need a laugh here.’ And we’d scrub through the footage and find an incredible, hilarious take or beat or reaction that would just give us an extra laugh.”

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“They actually became a really important part of the show for us this season and not only from a storytelling standpoint, but just from a production standpoint looking for that great bit to get us out of a scene,” Baer said. “More often than not, we were able to find what we were looking for in their outtakes. And they had a great dynamic with Jake Johnson (who plays Nick) too, who was hilarious with them.”

The final season of “New Girl” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Tuesday’s season seven premiere of “New Girl.”)

“New Girl” returned for its seventh and final season tonight with more than a few new elements, including a new character. A teeny, tiny one who the series’ co-showrunner Brett Baer told TheWrap is going to play a big part in the Zooey Deschanel-led comedy’s final few episodes: Ruth Bader Parekh Schmidt.

When the show picked up Tuesday after about a three-year time jump, fans were introduced to Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece’s (Hannah Simone) three-year-old daughter (played by twins Rhiannon and Danielle Rockoff), who they named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

TheWrap asked Baer about this hilarious decision in a recent interview and found out it had a lot to do with character growth on Schmidt’s part — a guy who was always very conservative and often objectified women at the beginning of the Elizabeth Meriwether-created series.

“I think that that came from wanting for Cece to have had some impact on that and Cece’s relationship with Jess (Deschanel) and their political leanings,” Baer said. “I think she probably went out with Schmidt on that,” Baer said. “And I think Schmidt always — you know, he’s a strict conservative. There was a time where I think he was hoping Paul Ryan would run in 2020?” (Oh, yes, there was.)

“But I think down in his soul though, he is a progressive when it comes to his daughter being a successful woman and wanting to support her being, as I think we talked about in one of the episodes, becoming President of the United States herself,” Baer added. “And I think he respects strong women, and he was always able to get along with Jess, who obviously had a different political leaning than he did.”

While fans may immediately find Ruth to be adorable and a great addition to the cast (and the series’ stars and writers did too!) Baer said they were apprehensive about their risky decision to bring a kid into the mix with just eight episodes left to wrap up the beloved show.

“We were terrified,” Baer said, laughing. “You’re introducing this really important element and you’ve got a dynamic and chemistry that this cast has and we knew this was a major contribution and change that could shift everything. You needed to have exactly the right person, or I should say people, in that part. And a lot of it came down to getting Max and Hannah to audition with our final prospects for the role. And Max is a father, and Hannah a new mother, and they have this incredible relationship with the actors who played Ruth. And they were really, really lovely together on set. Very, very welcoming.”

“And those kids were really funny,” Baer added. “There were many times we’d see a cut of the episodes and some of the scenes that they’re in we’d say, ‘Can we cut back to Ruth for a thing here? We need a laugh here.’ And we’d scrub through the footage and find an incredible, hilarious take or beat or reaction that would just give us an extra laugh.”

“They actually became a really important part of the show for us this season and not only from a storytelling standpoint, but just from a production standpoint looking for that great bit to get us out of a scene,” Baer said. “More often than not, we were able to find what we were looking for in their outtakes. And they had a great dynamic with Jake Johnson (who plays Nick) too, who was hilarious with them.”

The final season of “New Girl” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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‘New Girl’ Showrunner Pitches Us the Show’s Most Sellable Spinoff as the Final Season Begins

“New Girl” launches its final new season on Tuesday with a premiere that picks up approximately three years after last year’s finale. But before the seventh installment’s first episode even airs, we’re already thinking ahead to how we can get one more new thing out of the Zooey Deschanel comedy once it wraps. Yeah, we’re talking a new series.

Because we’re not ready to let go of the Elizabeth Meriwether created-sitcom just yet — and luckily we have eight more episodes until we really need to — TheWrap asked executive producer and co-showrunner Brett Baer what the most sellable idea for a spinoff would be.

“For seven years, we’ve talked about ‘Schmidt Happens,’ so of course there is that show,” Baer said, laughing, referencing a series that would obviously center around Max Greenfield’s lovable jerk Schmidt. “Then there of course is the Winston (Lamorne Morris) one-hour long cop drama with Aly (Nasim Pedrad) as his partner and wife. But you know, you play that real serious and you have actual, really gritty crimes,” he added, again, laughing.

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OK, all jokes aside, Baer thinks with a series that boasts characters like Winston, Schmidt, Jess (Deschanel), Nick (Jake Johnson), and Cece (Hannah Simone) there are endless possibilities to what you could do within the “New Girl”-verse.

“Boy the spinoff on this show — one of the magnificent things about working on a show for seven years with this kind of a cast, all the guest players we’ve had that are incredible regulars, is that you look at any pairing of those characters and go, ‘That’s incredible. They’re funny together. They look terrific together.’ And you say, ‘Anybody on this show could have had their own show,’” Baer said.

“But all these people are so gifted and all these pairings are so great, you know, I think any one of them could have had a spinoff or could have a spinoff,” he added. “And I think that there was something kind of beautiful about everybody at the end of this process looking at each other and saying, ‘I think we did it.’”

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“These characters went from, you know where they started and needing each other in their lives, in each other’s lives, to be able to grow together and become who they are becoming and they did become. And I think by the end of the eighth episode you go, ‘They all kind of got exactly where they were going and they helped each other get there and it’s time to move forward.’”

Of course, even if there isn’t a spinoff, Baer thinks the cast is going places.

“It’s so exciting now that the show is over to see people like Hannah Simone getting a chance to go do her own pilot with ‘Greatest American Hero’ and you’re like, ‘Yeah, you know she deserves that,” he said. “She was so incredible on our show for so long, it’s nice to see her have that opportunity.”

The one-hour seventh and final season premiere of “New Girl” airs Tuesday at 9:30/8:30 c on Fox.

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“New Girl” launches its final new season on Tuesday with a premiere that picks up approximately three years after last year’s finale. But before the seventh installment’s first episode even airs, we’re already thinking ahead to how we can get one more new thing out of the Zooey Deschanel comedy once it wraps. Yeah, we’re talking a new series.

Because we’re not ready to let go of the Elizabeth Meriwether created-sitcom just yet — and luckily we have eight more episodes until we really need to — TheWrap asked executive producer and co-showrunner Brett Baer what the most sellable idea for a spinoff would be.

“For seven years, we’ve talked about ‘Schmidt Happens,’ so of course there is that show,” Baer said, laughing, referencing a series that would obviously center around Max Greenfield’s lovable jerk Schmidt. “Then there of course is the Winston (Lamorne Morris) one-hour long cop drama with Aly (Nasim Pedrad) as his partner and wife. But you know, you play that real serious and you have actual, really gritty crimes,” he added, again, laughing.

OK, all jokes aside, Baer thinks with a series that boasts characters like Winston, Schmidt, Jess (Deschanel), Nick (Jake Johnson), and Cece (Hannah Simone) there are endless possibilities to what you could do within the “New Girl”-verse.

“Boy the spinoff on this show — one of the magnificent things about working on a show for seven years with this kind of a cast, all the guest players we’ve had that are incredible regulars, is that you look at any pairing of those characters and go, ‘That’s incredible. They’re funny together. They look terrific together.’ And you say, ‘Anybody on this show could have had their own show,'” Baer said.

“But all these people are so gifted and all these pairings are so great, you know, I think any one of them could have had a spinoff or could have a spinoff,” he added. “And I think that there was something kind of beautiful about everybody at the end of this process looking at each other and saying, ‘I think we did it.'”

“These characters went from, you know where they started and needing each other in their lives, in each other’s lives, to be able to grow together and become who they are becoming and they did become. And I think by the end of the eighth episode you go, ‘They all kind of got exactly where they were going and they helped each other get there and it’s time to move forward.'”

Of course, even if there isn’t a spinoff, Baer thinks the cast is going places.

“It’s so exciting now that the show is over to see people like Hannah Simone getting a chance to go do her own pilot with ‘Greatest American Hero’ and you’re like, ‘Yeah, you know she deserves that,” he said. “She was so incredible on our show for so long, it’s nice to see her have that opportunity.”

The one-hour seventh and final season premiere of “New Girl” airs Tuesday at 9:30/8:30 c on Fox.

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