The hit sitcom New Girl came to an end back in 2018 after running for seven seasons. Star Jake Johnson, who played the slobbish-but-loveable roommate Nick Miller on the show, has been discussing a potential reunion, with the actor saying that he has been keeping in touch with the rest of the central cast, including the show's lead, Zooey Deschanel, and showrunner Hannah Simone.
"Hannah Simone and I were texting two nights ago... Zooey and I still text. 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."
New Girl was created by Elizabeth Meriwether for the Fox Broadcasting Company and originally aired between 2011 and 2018. The series revolves around a quirky teacher named Jess, who, after a messy breakup, moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston. The show combines comedy and drama elements as the characters, who are in their early thirties, deal with maturing relationships and career difficulties, all while finding themselves in various, increasingly ridiculous social scenarios. Alongside Johnson, Deschanel, and Simone, New Girl starred Max Greenfield as Schmidt, Lamorne Morris as Winston Bishop, and Damon Wayans Jr. as Coach.
The ending of the show was an appropriately dramatic one, with New Girl having been cancelled before being brought back for one final, shorter season. Jake Johnson revealed some interesting details regarding the show coming to an end saying, "When we were going away, Fox was being pretty cool and saying like, 'We don't want to cancel you, but nobody's watching.'"
He went on to explain how he and Zooey Deschanel managed to persuade the network to give them one last hurrah. "So, when we did our final season... Zooey Deschanel and I literally wrote an email to the heads [of the network] asking for more, for the few OG fans who stayed with us. You can't end the way season six ended where it was rushed. I was like, 'Give Liz Meriwether [New Girl writer] the time to finish this right.' So now that there's people following [the show], I'm like, 'it's not like you're 10 years too late, you're 18 months'. It's a little bittersweet. We were just working!"
While the final season of New Girl does jump forward in time to show us what the characters have been up to into adulthood, fans would no doubt love to see the wonderful cast back together again, even if just for another shorter season or feature-length episode.
Another comeback that Johnson is hoping to make is that of his Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse character, Peter B. Parker, though currently the actor is not sure if he will be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel or not. "I would really hope so," Johnson said when asked if Peter B. Parker will return. "I really loved playing Peter B. Parker. I literally recorded that movie for, I think it was over two years. People don't realize, most of with animation you do two or three records and it's over. I lived with that character before anyone knew it was happening for so long. I loved the material. I got to record with Shameik (Moore) a lot who played Miles, and we got to bounce off each other. Shameik and I became buddies and we're still texting and in touch."
Johnson is currently starring in the animated comedy Hoops for Netflix. The show follows a foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who is confident he'll make the big leagues if he can only turn around his terrible team. This comes to us from the Thirst Aid Kit podcast.