Lamorne Morris to Star in Hulu Comedy Pilot ‘Woke’ as Cartoonist Keith Knight

Lamorne Morris will star as cartoonist Keith Knight in a comedy pilot for Hulu titled “Woke,” an insider with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The project is a mix of live-action and animation, inspired by the life and art of Knight. The series follows Keef (Morris), an African-American cartoonist living in San Francisco, who is on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything.

Knight co-wrote the project with “Barbershop” scribe Marshall Todd, with both set to serve as executive producers. Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz will executive produce via Olive Bridge Entertainment along with Eric Christian Olsen and Katie Schumaecker for Cloud Nine Productions. Sony Pictures TV will produce.

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Knight’s comic strip works includes autobiographical strips like “The K Chronicles,” “The Knight Life,” and “(th)ink.” His cartoons have appeared in several national publications and tackle social, racial and class issues as well as poking fun at the minutiae of urban living.

Hulu declined to comment.

Morris starred for 7 seasons on Fox’s “New Girl,” and also recently starred in the film “Game Night.” He is set to appear in the Nat Geo series “Valley of the Boom.”

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Lamorne Morris will star as cartoonist Keith Knight in a comedy pilot for Hulu titled “Woke,” an insider with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The project is a mix of live-action and animation, inspired by the life and art of Knight. The series follows Keef (Morris), an African-American cartoonist living in San Francisco, who is on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything.

Knight co-wrote the project with “Barbershop” scribe Marshall Todd, with both set to serve as executive producers. Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz will executive produce via Olive Bridge Entertainment along with Eric Christian Olsen and Katie Schumaecker for Cloud Nine Productions. Sony Pictures TV will produce.

Knight’s comic strip works includes autobiographical strips like “The K Chronicles,” “The Knight Life,” and “(th)ink.” His cartoons have appeared in several national publications and tackle social, racial and class issues as well as poking fun at the minutiae of urban living.

Hulu declined to comment.

Morris starred for 7 seasons on Fox’s “New Girl,” and also recently starred in the film “Game Night.” He is set to appear in the Nat Geo series “Valley of the Boom.”

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‘New Girl’ Series Finale: That Final Nick-Schmidt Bromance Flashback Was Totally Improvised

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the series finale of “New Girl”)

The love story at the center of Fox’s “New Girl” was a focal point of the series finale on Tuesday. We’re talking, of course, about the bromance between Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield).

Oh, come on, you always knew Nick and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) were going to get married. But did you ever imagine Nick would finally admit he truly loves his BFF? Yes, in the last few moments of the episode Nick says those three little words Schmidt has been waiting for so long to hear.

And if Johnson and Greenfield had had it there way, you probably would have seen more of a two-sided relationship long before the finale.

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“I love all the flashback stuff,” Johnson told TheWrap, while being interviewed along with stars Greenfield and Hannah Simone at an advanced screening of the final two episodes of the Liz Meriwether sitcom. “[Greenfield] in the fat suit was always really funny. Lamorne with those rows was always funny — those cornrows. It was just really fun to do those. And the one that I saw in this one [the finale] — now I’m trying to brag, but I have seen the last two episodes — we do a bit on the couch –,” Johnson said, before being cut off by Simone, who plays Schmidt’s wife Cece.

“I have not seen that like intense sexual chemistry that happens there,” Simone said, laughing.

“Yeah, well, cause it’s been cut out Hannah! For six years!” Johnson said. “Every scene — all you’ll see, cause [Hannah and I] hadn’t worked together for four years — but all you’ll ever see would be ‘Cool it man!’ [from Nick]. And everybody thinks I’m a bad guy. They always cut out. Every bit for him is he’s got a thing for me and I was really glad they finally put it in!”

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Johnson then broke down the scene he was referencing, which is a flashback in the series closer showing Nick and Schmidt moving into the loft right out of college. As he told the story, Greenfield and Simone stood by and tried (unsuccessfully) not to laugh.

“Cause the bit is — it wasn’t scripted that way, he improvised that,” Johnson said. “It was scripted, ‘What’s gonna happen in this loft?’And he goes, ‘I’m gonna hopefully meet a girl and have a kid.’ ‘Maybe I’ll be a writer and fall in love,’ [I say.] That was all that was in there. He improvises — I think I said to him, ‘What does she look like?’ And he improvises exactly what I look like.”

Oh, he does. Down to the gray beanie.

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“We laughed, the crew laughed. I thought, ‘Another garbage, throwaway moment.’ But finally what I appreciate is they did put that in. Cause that is what it was seven years! Every opportunity to make it a sexual bit between us, he would do, I would fight. We would do for three minutes, somebody would finally yell, ‘Guys stop! We’re never using it.’ But it was fun to do.”

Greenfield expanded on his dynamic with Johnson a bit more, talking about how so much of their on-screen banter was improvised over the years. And how his favorite came about in just the last few episodes.

“There is a moment that really had me crying laughing,” Greenfield said of a scene in Episode 2 in the final season. “Jake walks into the scene and he has some line about like, ‘That’s like a porcupine putting on a tie’ [laughs]. And I remember very vividly — and I don’t remember a lot of things cause my brain dies sometimes [laughs] — and improvising on every take, ‘Wow, wonder what that would look like.’ And I remember Jake saying for the first three takes, ‘Please ,stop improvising that, cause they’re gonna put it in the show.’”

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And of course, they did. “I saw it at home when it was on later. Done. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. That happened and just — tears.

OK, go back and watch that one now, cause you’re gonna need some happy tears after all the feels in the series finale.

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‘New Girl’ Creator Liz Meriwether Tells Us Where the Idea for Winston’s ‘Greatest Prank’ Came From

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the series finale of “New Girl”)

The love story at the center of Fox’s “New Girl” was a focal point of the series finale on Tuesday. We’re talking, of course, about the bromance between Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield).

Oh, come on, you always knew Nick and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) were going to get married. But did you ever imagine Nick would finally admit he truly loves his BFF? Yes, in the last few moments of the episode Nick says those three little words Schmidt has been waiting for so long to hear.

And if Johnson and Greenfield had had it there way, you probably would have seen more of a two-sided relationship long before the finale.

“I love all the flashback stuff,” Johnson told TheWrap, while being interviewed along with stars Greenfield and Hannah Simone at an advanced screening of the final two episodes of the Liz Meriwether sitcom. “[Greenfield] in the fat suit was always really funny. Lamorne with those rows was always funny — those cornrows. It was just really fun to do those. And the one that I saw in this one [the finale] — now I’m trying to brag, but I have seen the last two episodes — we do a bit on the couch –,” Johnson said, before being cut off by Simone, who plays Schmidt’s wife Cece.

“I have not seen that like intense sexual chemistry that happens there,” Simone said, laughing.

“Yeah, well, cause it’s been cut out Hannah! For six years!” Johnson said. “Every scene — all you’ll see, cause [Hannah and I] hadn’t worked together for four years — but all you’ll ever see would be ‘Cool it man!’ [from Nick]. And everybody thinks I’m a bad guy. They always cut out. Every bit for him is he’s got a thing for me and I was really glad they finally put it in!”

Johnson then broke down the scene he was referencing, which is a flashback in the series closer showing Nick and Schmidt moving into the loft right out of college. As he told the story, Greenfield and Simone stood by and tried (unsuccessfully) not to laugh.

“Cause the bit is — it wasn’t scripted that way, he improvised that,” Johnson said. “It was scripted, ‘What’s gonna happen in this loft?’And he goes, ‘I’m gonna hopefully meet a girl and have a kid.’ ‘Maybe I’ll be a writer and fall in love,’ [I say.] That was all that was in there. He improvises — I think I said to him, ‘What does she look like?’ And he improvises exactly what I look like.”

Oh, he does. Down to the gray beanie.

“We laughed, the crew laughed. I thought, ‘Another garbage, throwaway moment.’ But finally what I appreciate is they did put that in. Cause that is what it was seven years! Every opportunity to make it a sexual bit between us, he would do, I would fight. We would do for three minutes, somebody would finally yell, ‘Guys stop! We’re never using it.’ But it was fun to do.”

Greenfield expanded on his dynamic with Johnson a bit more, talking about how so much of their on-screen banter was improvised over the years. And how his favorite came about in just the last few episodes.

“There is a moment that really had me crying laughing,” Greenfield said of a scene in Episode 2 in the final season. “Jake walks into the scene and he has some line about like, ‘That’s like a porcupine putting on a tie’ [laughs]. And I remember very vividly — and I don’t remember a lot of things cause my brain dies sometimes [laughs] — and improvising on every take, ‘Wow, wonder what that would look like.’ And I remember Jake saying for the first three takes, ‘Please ,stop improvising that, cause they’re gonna put it in the show.'”

And of course, they did. “I saw it at home when it was on later. Done. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. That happened and just — tears.

OK, go back and watch that one now, cause you’re gonna need some happy tears after all the feels in the series finale.

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‘New Girl’ Creator Liz Meriwether Tells Us Where the Idea for Winston’s ‘Greatest Prank’ Came From

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the series finale of “New Girl”)

They didn’t have to move?!?

The series finale of “New Girl” aired Tuesday night, ending the whole show with one of the most elaborate pranks Winston (Lamorne Morris) has ever pulled off on the Fox sitcom. Sorry, “Prank Sinatra.”

See, Winston, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) had spent the entire final episode packing up Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick’s (Jake Johnson) belongings, as the newly-married couple were being evicted from the loft that every member of the core group had lived in at one time or another, by a company called Engram Pattersky (which also happened to be the episode’s title). The night was full of laughter and tears and one last game of True American.

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Only just as they were done loading the truck, Winston revealed he had planned the entire ruse, and they didn’t have to move. What, you didn’t realize if you rearrange the letters in Engram Pattersky you get “My Greatest Prank”? Oh, snap.

Now, who would have thought Liz Meriwether’s goofy ensemble comedy would end with a twist that required “The Usual Suspects” like flashbacks to break it down? Oh, the creator said it was the only way to could have closed it once the writers thought of it.

“It was our writer — who’s been with the show since the beginning — Berkley Johnson, who came up with the idea,” Meriwether told TheWrap in an interview last week. “And as soon as he said it in the room, we were all just dying laughing. and it felt really right. And he loves word puzzles, so he came up with the Engram Pattersky; that, that spelled ‘my greatest prank.’”

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“But I think the idea of, we knew that we wanted Winston to have one big final prank,” Meriwether continued. “And he always goes too big or too small. So we were pitching around different ideas. And when Berkeley pitched that, it kind of made sense. I think we all felt like them getting evicted or having to leave the apartment was going to feel a little expected. So there was something great about the prank idea to give it a little bit of a final twist as opposed to, ‘Oh, they have to leave and it’s sad.’ It was great.”

It was the greatest, Liz.

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the series finale of “New Girl”)

They didn’t have to move?!?

The series finale of “New Girl” aired Tuesday night, ending the whole show with one of the most elaborate pranks Winston (Lamorne Morris) has ever pulled off on the Fox sitcom. Sorry, “Prank Sinatra.”

See, Winston, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) had spent the entire final episode packing up Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick’s (Jake Johnson) belongings, as the newly-married couple were being evicted from the loft that every member of the core group had lived in at one time or another, by a company called Engram Pattersky (which also happened to be the episode’s title). The night was full of laughter and tears and one last game of True American.

Only just as they were done loading the truck, Winston revealed he had planned the entire ruse, and they didn’t have to move. What, you didn’t realize if you rearrange the letters in Engram Pattersky you get “My Greatest Prank”? Oh, snap.

Now, who would have thought Liz Meriwether’s goofy ensemble comedy would end with a twist that required “The Usual Suspects” like flashbacks to break it down? Oh, the creator said it was the only way to could have closed it once the writers thought of it.

“It was our writer — who’s been with the show since the beginning — Berkley Johnson, who came up with the idea,” Meriwether told TheWrap in an interview last week. “And as soon as he said it in the room, we were all just dying laughing. and it felt really right. And he loves word puzzles, so he came up with the Engram Pattersky; that, that spelled ‘my greatest prank.'”

“But I think the idea of, we knew that we wanted Winston to have one big final prank,” Meriwether continued. “And he always goes too big or too small. So we were pitching around different ideas. And when Berkeley pitched that, it kind of made sense. I think we all felt like them getting evicted or having to leave the apartment was going to feel a little expected. So there was something great about the prank idea to give it a little bit of a final twist as opposed to, ‘Oh, they have to leave and it’s sad.’ It was great.”

It was the greatest, Liz.

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‘New Girl’ Series Finale: Jess Has ‘Truly Terrible’ – and Underwhelming – News (Exclusive Video)

The last-ever episode of “New Girl” airs tonight, Tuesday, on Fox, and no one is ready for it. Least of all, Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) who is going to be the “bearer of truly terrible news” for the gang in the series closer. News that not everyone finds all that bad, actually.

In the clip above, which is exclusive to TheWrap, Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) gather Cece (Hannah Simone), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) together at the loft to announce that — wait for it — they are being evicted within 24 hours and need to say goodbye to the home they have all (at one time or another) shared.

“Brace yourselves! Nick and I are moving out of the loft,” Jess says.

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*silence*

“That’s it?” Winston says, and it appears Cece and Schmidt are just as underwhelmed. “That’s what you called us here for? Why do you always think like a character in ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’?” Schmidt questions.

OK, it sounds like this is going to be a rough finale — both for those who are and are not upset about the upcoming move.

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Here is Fox’s official logline for the series finale, titled “Engram Pattersky” (we have no idea why): As Nick and Jess find out they are evicted from the loft, the gang takes a tour down memory lane, which includes a final round of “True American.” Story by Dave Finkel & Brett Baer; teleplay by Elizabeth Meriwether; directed by Erin O’Malley.

Watch the clip above.

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The last-ever episode of “New Girl” airs tonight, Tuesday, on Fox, and no one is ready for it. Least of all, Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) who is going to be the “bearer of truly terrible news” for the gang in the series closer. News that not everyone finds all that bad, actually.

In the clip above, which is exclusive to TheWrap, Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) gather Cece (Hannah Simone), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) together at the loft to announce that — wait for it — they are being evicted within 24 hours and need to say goodbye to the home they have all (at one time or another) shared.

“Brace yourselves! Nick and I are moving out of the loft,” Jess says.

*silence*

“That’s it?” Winston says, and it appears Cece and Schmidt are just as underwhelmed. “That’s what you called us here for? Why do you always think like a character in ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’?” Schmidt questions.

OK, it sounds like this is going to be a rough finale — both for those who are and are not upset about the upcoming move.

Here is Fox’s official logline for the series finale, titled “Engram Pattersky” (we have no idea why): As Nick and Jess find out they are evicted from the loft, the gang takes a tour down memory lane, which includes a final round of “True American.” Story by Dave Finkel & Brett Baer; teleplay by Elizabeth Meriwether; directed by Erin O’Malley.

Watch the clip above.

The series finale of “New Girl” will air with an hour of back-to-back episodes tonight, Tuesday, at 9/8c on Fox.

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‘New Girl’ Series Finale: Jess Rocks an Eyepatch on Her Wedding Day (Exclusive Video)

Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) is getting compliment after compliment on the day of her wedding to Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) in Tuesday’s penultimate episode of “New Girl” — too bad everyone is straight up lying to her face. A face partially covered by an eyepatch.

In a clip from the second to last installment of the Fox comedy, which is exclusive to TheWrap, we see Jess’ mother, Joan, (Jamie Lee Curtis) her best friend Cece (Hannah Simone) and Winston’s very pregnant wife Aly (Nasim Pedrad) all complimenting her.

“You’re as beautiful as the day you slid out of me,” Joan tells her. “No one is going to be able to take their eyes off you,” Cece adds.”You’re a vision,” Aly coos. They all deny she looks like a “pirate bride,” before 3-year-old Ruth speaks the truth.

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“Why are we lying to her?” Cece and Schmidt’s daughter questions. From the mouths of babes, right?

Here is Fox’s official logline for the seventh and final season episode, accurately titled “The Curse of the Pirate Bride” (see, Ruth was right!): Jess (Deschanel) & Nick’s (Johnson) wedding day is full of surprises and Winston (Lamorne Morris) & Aly’s (guest star Pedrad) big day arrives. Greenfield and Simone also star. Curtis, Dermot Mulroney, Rob Reiner, June Diane Raphael and Zoe Lister-Jones guest star. It was written by Ann Kim and directed by Josh Greenbaum.

Learn why Jess is wearing the eyepatch — and how they plan to work around it — in the clip above.

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Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) is getting compliment after compliment on the day of her wedding to Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) in Tuesday’s penultimate episode of “New Girl” — too bad everyone is straight up lying to her face. A face partially covered by an eyepatch.

In a clip from the second to last installment of the Fox comedy, which is exclusive to TheWrap, we see Jess’ mother, Joan, (Jamie Lee Curtis) her best friend Cece (Hannah Simone) and Winston’s very pregnant wife Aly (Nasim Pedrad) all complimenting her.

“You’re as beautiful as the day you slid out of me,” Joan tells her. “No one is going to be able to take their eyes off you,” Cece adds.”You’re a vision,” Aly coos. They all deny she looks like a “pirate bride,” before 3-year-old Ruth speaks the truth.

“Why are we lying to her?” Cece and Schmidt’s daughter questions. From the mouths of babes, right?

Here is Fox’s official logline for the seventh and final season episode, accurately titled “The Curse of the Pirate Bride” (see, Ruth was right!): Jess (Deschanel) & Nick’s (Johnson) wedding day is full of surprises and Winston (Lamorne Morris) & Aly’s (guest star Pedrad) big day arrives. Greenfield and Simone also star. Curtis, Dermot Mulroney, Rob Reiner, June Diane Raphael and Zoe Lister-Jones guest star. It was written by Ann Kim and directed by Josh Greenbaum.

Learn why Jess is wearing the eyepatch — and how they plan to work around it — in the clip above.

The series finale of “New Girl” will air with an hour of back-to-back episodes tonight, Tuesday, at 9/8c on Fox.

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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’s Lamorne Morris Joins Universal’s Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Comedy

EXCLUSIVE:  Lamorne Morris is boarding Universal/Working Title’s untitled Danny Boyle-directed-Richard Curtis-scripted comedy. The actor will play the role of Stephen.
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EXCLUSIVE:  Lamorne Morris is boarding Universal/Working Title’s untitled Danny Boyle-directed-Richard Curtis-scripted comedy. The actor will play the role of Stephen. Morris, who has played the part of Winston Bishop for 145 episodes on Fox’s New Girl, joins Lily James, Himesh Patel, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran and Ana de Armas in the new Boyle-Curtis collaboration, the plot of which is being kept under wraps. The movie hits theaters on Sept. 13, 2019. Morris was recently…

New Girl thrives in new situations by drawing on its past

“Ruth’s gonna do what Ruth’s gonna do.”Last week, I described Cece and Schmidt’s daughter as more of an adorable plot device than a full-fledged character, and as charming as Danielle and Rhiannon Rockoff’s performances as Ruth have been, I would have …

“Ruth’s gonna do what Ruth’s gonna do.”

Last week, I described Cece and Schmidt’s daughter as more of an adorable plot device than a full-fledged character, and as charming as Danielle and Rhiannon Rockoff’s performances as Ruth have been, I would have been perfectly happy for her to continue as a li’l cutie pie…

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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” launches its final new season tonight with a premiere that picks up approximately three years after last year’s finale. Of course, before the seventh installment’s first episode even airs, TheWrap tried to get star Lamorne Morris to reveal some new stuff about the Fox sitcom when he sat down with us for a recent interview.

And while the actor, who plays Winston Bishop, didn’t give away any spoilers, he happily offered up some of the best Easter eggs that even superfans of the Zooey Deschanel comedy may have missed over the past six seasons.

Morris said throughout every episode up until about season six there were a set of glass grapes in the group’s Los Angeles apartment “that just sit there.”

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“They have no purpose whatsoever in our loft, but they’re always there,” Morris said. “And if you pay attention, there always there. And I know for a fact that somebody is paying attention because someone sent me a direct message, I forget who the person is, but they said, ‘Hey when you guys are done can I get those glass grapes?’”

“And funny enough, we were allowed to take certain things from set when we wrapped,” Morris continued. “I wanted the glass grapes, but [creator and showrunner] Liz Meriwether wanted the glass grapes. So, obviously, she gets the glass grapes.”

You know what the actor did get to take home, though? A mural from his character’s room, which features the mouth of an alien that looks like “an a–hole.” Oh, and a basketball hoop.

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Watch the rest of Morris’ interview with TheWrap above.

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

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“New Girl” launches its final new season tonight with a premiere that picks up approximately three years after last year’s finale. Of course, before the seventh installment’s first episode even airs, TheWrap tried to get star Lamorne Morris to reveal some new stuff about the Fox sitcom when he sat down with us for a recent interview.

And while the actor, who plays Winston Bishop, didn’t give away any spoilers, he happily offered up some of the best Easter eggs that even superfans of the Zooey Deschanel comedy may have missed over the past six seasons.

Morris said throughout every episode up until about season six there were a set of glass grapes in the group’s Los Angeles apartment “that just sit there.”

“They have no purpose whatsoever in our loft, but they’re always there,” Morris said. “And if you pay attention, there always there. And I know for a fact that somebody is paying attention because someone sent me a direct message, I forget who the person is, but they said, ‘Hey when you guys are done can I get those glass grapes?'”

“And funny enough, we were allowed to take certain things from set when we wrapped,” Morris continued. “I wanted the glass grapes, but [creator and showrunner] Liz Meriwether wanted the glass grapes. So, obviously, she gets the glass grapes.”

You know what the actor did get to take home, though? A mural from his character’s room, which features the mouth of an alien that looks like “an a–hole.” Oh, and a basketball hoop.

Watch the rest of Morris’ interview with TheWrap above.

The final season of “New Girl” premieres tonight 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’ Final Season Mystery: Does Furguson the Cat Die?

“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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Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris, Steve Zahn to Star on Nat Geo’s ‘Valley of the Boom’ Miniseries

Nat Geo has cast Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris and Steve Zahn as the stars of its six-part limited series “Valley of the Boom,” which is set in Silicon Valley during the ’90s tech bubble.

Additionally, John Karna will play Marc Andreessen, a computer engineer who co-created Mosaic, the first internet browser. Plus, Dakota Shapiro and Oliver Cooper play Ivy League undergraduates who launched theglobe.com — one of the very first social networking sites — out of their dorm room.

The 2019 miniseries hails from Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington and STXtv. Other executive producers include Jason Goldberg, Brant Pinvidic and David Walpert. David Newsom, Gary Goldman and Joel Ehninger are set to co-executive produce.

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“Silicon Valley was and is a strange place; a Hollywood for geniuses,” said Carnahan. “The dotcom boom of the ’90s opened the floodgates for not just the amazing makers, but also Wall Street, mass media and a collection of fascinating charlatans. I’m thrilled to have Bradley, Steve, Lamorne and this stellar cast lined up, especially because all of them are disruptors in their own way, just like the real people they’re portraying.”

“Valley of the Boom tells the surprising, provocative and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley’s early pioneers,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president global scripted development and production for National Geographic. “Matthew and his team have figured out an organic and dynamic way to interweave interviews with real-life Silicon Valley icons to amplify and enhance the authenticity and unpredictability of this fascinating true story.”

“Matthew has written an original and riveting series with Valley of the Boom, in an incredibly unique format that is sure to keep audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats,” added Jada Miranda, EVP and head of scripted television at STXtv. “We’re honored to bring these powerful stories to screen with National Geographic, and could not have asked for a better cast to help introduce this unbelievable time in American history to audiences across the globe.”

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Nat Geo has cast Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris and Steve Zahn as the stars of its six-part limited series “Valley of the Boom,” which is set in Silicon Valley during the ’90s tech bubble.

Additionally, John Karna will play Marc Andreessen, a computer engineer who co-created Mosaic, the first internet browser. Plus, Dakota Shapiro and Oliver Cooper play Ivy League undergraduates who launched theglobe.com — one of the very first social networking sites — out of their dorm room.

The 2019 miniseries hails from Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington and STXtv. Other executive producers include Jason Goldberg, Brant Pinvidic and David Walpert. David Newsom, Gary Goldman and Joel Ehninger are set to co-executive produce.

“Silicon Valley was and is a strange place; a Hollywood for geniuses,” said Carnahan. “The dotcom boom of the ’90s opened the floodgates for not just the amazing makers, but also Wall Street, mass media and a collection of fascinating charlatans. I’m thrilled to have Bradley, Steve, Lamorne and this stellar cast lined up, especially because all of them are disruptors in their own way, just like the real people they’re portraying.”

“Valley of the Boom tells the surprising, provocative and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley’s early pioneers,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president global scripted development and production for National Geographic. “Matthew and his team have figured out an organic and dynamic way to interweave interviews with real-life Silicon Valley icons to amplify and enhance the authenticity and unpredictability of this fascinating true story.”

“Matthew has written an original and riveting series with Valley of the Boom, in an incredibly unique format that is sure to keep audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats,” added Jada Miranda, EVP and head of scripted television at STXtv. “We’re honored to bring these powerful stories to screen with National Geographic, and could not have asked for a better cast to help introduce this unbelievable time in American history to audiences across the globe.”

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Lamorne Morris’ Honest Pitch for ‘Game Night’: You’ve Already Seen ‘Black Panther’ (Video)

“New Girl” actor Lamorne Morris has a very good reason for movie lovers to turn out for his new comedy “Game Night” this weekend.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen on screen, and besides, you will already have seen ‘Black Panther’ the week before,” Morris told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “So you may as well go see this one afterwards.”

Morris also hinted that the off-camera high jinks of the cast — which includes Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Michael C. Hall — was almost as wild as what appeared on screen.

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“Billy Magnussen, he’s a wild one,” Morris noted. “It’s almost like we could have filmed our regular game nights and that would have been a movie in itself.”

“Game Night,” directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation”), follows a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night when something goes horribly wrong. Mark Perez wrote the script.

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TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde gave “Game Night” a positive review, writing that the film is “fast and funny, filled with memorable characters, and able to balance slapstick and violence without spilling too far in either direction.”

Watch the video above.

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“New Girl” actor Lamorne Morris has a very good reason for movie lovers to turn out for his new comedy “Game Night” this weekend.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen on screen, and besides, you will already have seen ‘Black Panther’ the week before,” Morris told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “So you may as well go see this one afterwards.”

Morris also hinted that the off-camera high jinks of the cast — which includes Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Michael C. Hall — was almost as wild as what appeared on screen.

“Billy Magnussen, he’s a wild one,” Morris noted. “It’s almost like we could have filmed our regular game nights and that would have been a movie in itself.”

“Game Night,” directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation”), follows a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night when something goes horribly wrong. Mark Perez wrote the script.

TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde gave “Game Night” a positive review, writing that the film is “fast and funny, filled with memorable characters, and able to balance slapstick and violence without spilling too far in either direction.”

Watch the video above.

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Lamorne Morris, star of Fox’s “New Girl” and the new movie “Game Night,” stops by TheWrap for an interview and photo session.

Lamorne Morris, star of Fox’s “New Girl” and the new movie “Game Night,” stops by TheWrap for an interview and photo session.

‘New Girl’ Cast, Producers Asked If Series Could Be Pitched In #MeToo Era

New Girl could have wrapped at the end of Season 6 but producers successfully got the show through its first ever on-the-bubble situation by lobbying for a final season shot forward three years “to throw in new storylines and move things forward,”creator Elizabeth Meriwether told TV critics at TCA. The final eight episodes are “a love letter to the fans.”
So, for instance, the baby Cece (Hannas Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) were expecting at the wrap of Season 6…

New Girl could have wrapped at the end of Season 6 but producers successfully got the show through its first ever on-the-bubble situation by lobbying for a final season shot forward three years “to throw in new storylines and move things forward,”creator Elizabeth Meriwether told TV critics at TCA. The final eight episodes are “a love letter to the fans.” So, for instance, the baby Cece (Hannas Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) were expecting at the wrap of Season 6…

‘New Girl’ Final Season Mystery: Does Furguson the Cat Die?

(Warning: Spoilers from the seventh and final season of Fox’s “New Girl” may or may not exist below. You’ll see what we mean.)

Cat people, you may want to sit down for this one: We don’t think things are looking great for Furguson the cat on the final season of “New Girl.”

About 20 minutes after series creator Elizabeth Meriwether teased a character death coming in Season 7, which takes place three years after Season 6, TheWrap asked if the show’s writers can tell us what Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) fluffy feline will be up to then — “hopefully alive,” added this reporter (and Furguson fan).

“He’s just chillin’,” Morris answered.

“We actually can’t,” Meriwether said, with more than a hint of sincerity in her tone.

“He’s in the witness protection program,” star Zooey Deschanel chimed in, as the cast and producers all seemingly scrambled to not say anything.

Also Read: ‘New Girl’ Star Lamorne Morris Patiently Answers All Our Questions About Furguson the Cat

Though this awkward moment had a real tone of purposeful avoidance, spinning away from questions at the Television Critics Association’s press tour is something of a sport. The twice-annual event puts television’s top talents in front of a room full of reporters — but those talents often go to great lengths to not say anything of note. Like this time, which went on for a little while.

“We can’t,” Meriwether spoke again, appearing more than a little bit mortified by the question.

Morris jumped back in: “He’s out there in the streets,” he said of his on-screen kitty. “He’s always in the streets.”

“There’s a whole episode dedicated to Furguson,” one of the other executive producers on the panel said.

That particular answer didn’t give us any more confidence.

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All of this weirdness led us to follow-up by asking specifically if the caginess meant Furguson was (tragically) the dead character Meriwether teased. This was a news conference, after all.

“Nooooo,” Meriwether said, clearly not wanting to go there.

“That actor — that cat actor — is actually in high demand,” she recovered.

“He’s really expensive,” another producer concurred. We bet.

So, there you have it? We really hope we’re wrong, and if we’re right? Hisssssssss.

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(Warning: Spoilers from the seventh and final season of Fox’s “New Girl” may or may not exist below. You’ll see what we mean.)

Cat people, you may want to sit down for this one: We don’t think things are looking great for Furguson the cat on the final season of “New Girl.”

About 20 minutes after series creator Elizabeth Meriwether teased a character death coming in Season 7, which takes place three years after Season 6, TheWrap asked if the show’s writers can tell us what Winston’s (Lamorne Morris) fluffy feline will be up to then — “hopefully alive,” added this reporter (and Furguson fan).

“He’s just chillin’,” Morris answered.

“We actually can’t,” Meriwether said, with more than a hint of sincerity in her tone.

“He’s in the witness protection program,” star Zooey Deschanel chimed in, as the cast and producers all seemingly scrambled to not say anything.

Though this awkward moment had a real tone of purposeful avoidance, spinning away from questions at the Television Critics Association’s press tour is something of a sport. The twice-annual event puts television’s top talents in front of a room full of reporters — but those talents often go to great lengths to not say anything of note. Like this time, which went on for a little while.

“We can’t,” Meriwether spoke again, appearing more than a little bit mortified by the question.

Morris jumped back in: “He’s out there in the streets,” he said of his on-screen kitty. “He’s always in the streets.”

“There’s a whole episode dedicated to Furguson,” one of the other executive producers on the panel said.

That particular answer didn’t give us any more confidence.

All of this weirdness led us to follow-up by asking specifically if the caginess meant Furguson was (tragically) the dead character Meriwether teased. This was a news conference, after all.

“Nooooo,” Meriwether said, clearly not wanting to go there.

“That actor — that cat actor — is actually in high demand,” she recovered.

“He’s really expensive,” another producer concurred. We bet.

So, there you have it? We really hope we’re wrong, and if we’re right? Hisssssssss.

Related stories from TheWrap:

New Fox Entertainment President on Why He Still Wants Multi-Camera Comedies

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‘New Girl’ Renewed for 7th and Final Season

20th Century Fox Television has renewed its Zooey Deschanel-starring comedy “New Girl” for its seventh and final season, the studio announced Sunday.

The ensemble comedy centers on a free-spirited young woman (Deschanel), her three male roommates — Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) — and her female best friend Cece (Hannah Simone), as they navigate modern relationships and form a charmingly dysfunctional family.

Last season, “New Girl” averaged a 0.9 rating and 2 million viewers — comparable to other Fox comedies like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Last Man on Earth” that already got picked up. The rating grew to 1.6 after a week of on-demand viewing.

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Elizabeth Meriwether, Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Erin O’Malley executive produce.

Series already renewed by the network include “The Exorcist,” Lee Daniels’ “Empire” and “Star,” “Gotham,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Lucifer” and comedies “Last Man on Earth” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Mick.”

The network is also jumping back into live musicals with an adaptation of “A Christmas Story” and “Rent,” which will be Fox’s next live musical.

Also Read: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Renewed by Fox for Season 5

Fox has ordered the medical drama “The Resident,” supernatural comedy “Ghosted” and workplace sitcom “LA to Vegas.”

Cancellations include freshman dramas “Pitch” and “APB” and comedies “Son of Zorn” and “Making History.” “Sleepy Hollow” was also canceled after four seasons, and “Rosewood” got dropped after two.

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20th Century Fox Television has renewed its Zooey Deschanel-starring comedy “New Girl” for its seventh and final season, the studio announced Sunday.

The ensemble comedy centers on a free-spirited young woman (Deschanel), her three male roommates — Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) — and her female best friend Cece (Hannah Simone), as they navigate modern relationships and form a charmingly dysfunctional family.

Last season, “New Girl” averaged a 0.9 rating and 2 million viewers — comparable to other Fox comedies like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Last Man on Earth” that already got picked up. The rating grew to 1.6 after a week of on-demand viewing.

Elizabeth Meriwether, Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Erin O’Malley executive produce.

Series already renewed by the network include “The Exorcist,” Lee Daniels’ “Empire” and “Star,” “Gotham,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Lucifer” and comedies “Last Man on Earth” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Mick.”

The network is also jumping back into live musicals with an adaptation of “A Christmas Story” and “Rent,” which will be Fox’s next live musical.

Fox has ordered the medical drama “The Resident,” supernatural comedy “Ghosted” and workplace sitcom “LA to Vegas.”

Cancellations include freshman dramas “Pitch” and “APB” and comedies “Son of Zorn” and “Making History.” “Sleepy Hollow” was also canceled after four seasons, and “Rosewood” got dropped after two.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'The Exorcist' Renewed at Fox for Season 2

'Rent' Picked as Fox's Next Live Musical

'A Christmas Story' Live Musical Coming to Fox

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Renewed by Fox for Season 5

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