Could a 'New Girl' reunion be happening? Jake Johnson seems to think so

With fans binge watching the series in lockdown, there's an appetite for new 'New Girl'
August 21, 2020 5:51 p.m. EST
August 25, 2020 12:01 a.m. EST
If you’ve spent most of quarantine watching New Girl… well, same. The campy sitcom classic has long-since found a place in our hearts, and has seemingly emerged as the perfect quarantine binge over the last few months. And apparently, Jake Johnson (who plays the ever-loveable, ever sloppy Nick Miller) has taken notice. On Slate’s Thirst Aid Kit podcast released today which, for the record, notes that Johnson is “as great as you’d imagine him to be,” the actor was quickly asked about the undeniable resurgence of the series across streaming platforms. New Girl, which follows Jess, a quirky young woman who moves into a loft apartment with three men who soon become her best friends (or, romantic interest, in Nick’s case) aired its final season in 2018. According to Johnson, the network simply claimed no one was watching at that point."When we were going away, Fox was being pretty cool and saying like, 'We don't want to cancel you, but nobody's watching.’ So when we did our final season… Zooey Deschanel and I literally wrote an email to the heads [of Fox and 20th Century TV] asking for more, for the few OG fans who stayed with us,” Johnson explains. “You can't end the way season six ended where it was rushed. I was like, 'Give [creator] Liz Meriwether the time to finish this right!'"[video_embed id='1948674']WATCH: Jonathan Scott had never seen 'New Girl' — until now[/video_embed]After six heartfelt seasons with no shortage of laugh-out-loud moments and references to Schmidt’s douchebag jar (if you know, you know), surely fans agree that the series deserved a proper final send-off. And yet, Johnson remembers, the cast (which included Zooey Deschanel, Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, and Damon Wayans Jr.) wasn’t even invited to celebrate their finale across the late-night circuit as most shows are. According to Johnson, no one asked them to be on any show. "So now that there's people following [New Girl], I'm like, it's not like you're 10 years too late, you're 18 months,” he explains, “It’s a little bittersweet. We were just working!" Ironically enough, the final season of New Girl was set in 2020. Even more ironic, is the fact that some episodes featured face masks and, notably, references to hand washing. Did the person who came up with the phrase ‘hindsight is 2020’, also watch New Girl? Asking for a friend. So, could a reunion happen? Johnson seems to think it’s possible. "Hannah Simone and I were texting two nights ago… Zooey and I still text,” he says on the podcast. “All the guys and I are on a text chain. Everybody’s still linked up, so I would be surprised if there's not some sort of a thing at some point where everybody comes back."Fortunately for impatient fans, a New Girl reunion (at least in terms of talent) is sort of already happening, in the form of Hoops — an animated comedy on Netflix. In the show, Johnson voices a miserable foul-mouthed basketball couch trying to turn both the team and his life around, and is joined for voice appearances by Simone, Greenfield, and Wayans Jr.In the meantime — yes, we are still watching. Next episode, please. [video_embed id='2019598']WATCH: Batfleck returning in 'The Flash' flick[/video_embed]

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