Good and bad news! New Girl has been renewed for season 7, but it will be the final season. The season will consist of eight episodes. Thanks to Fox for giving us fans a chance to say goodbye!
New Girl is not gone, girl. But it will be soon.
Fox has renewed the Zooey Deschanel-fronted comedy for an abbreviated seventh and final season, TVLine has learned.
Although a Fox rep declined to confirm an episode count, sources say that the farewell season will consist of eight installments (something co-star Jake Johnson has since confirmed on Twitter).
Given the series’ bubble status, producers packed last month’s Season 6 finale with closure. “I think it would be really disappointing to have the show go off the air and not give the audience a satisfactory conclusion to a story line that’s been the engine of the show since Season 1,” EP Brett Baer previously told TVLine of the decision to give Deschanel’s Jess and Jake Johnson’s Nick (aka the series’ central couple) a happy ending. “That said, we’re obviously hoping [for a Season 7]. We have ideas for how to propel the show into the future. But we didn’t want to go off the air without answering this question.”
New Girl was a breakout hit when it premiered in 2011, drawing 10.3 million viewers and a 4.8 demo rating; it was Fox’s biggest comedy bow since The Bernie Mac Show launched in 2001. Ratings cooled with each subsequent season, with its sixth season averaging 2.7 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating.
Congratulations to Zooey and Jacob!
Emily Deschanel just found herself a new pregnancy pal: sister Zooey!
The New Girl star is expecting her first child with Jacob Pechenik this summer, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“Jacob and I are over the moon. We are so excited to meet our little one,” Deschanel tells PEOPLE.
No Bones about it: Booth and Brennan are on the move. New Girl‘s Nick and Jess, meanwhile, scored the most coveted timeslot in all of TV.
Fox on Monday announced its official schedule for the 2013-14 TV season, and herewith are the biggest headlines: After launching its ninth season in its regular Monday/8 pm timelsot, Bones will relocate to Fridays at 8 pm in late fall (after the World Series); a special episode of New Girl (in addition to one of Fox’s freshman comedies) will air after the network’s telecast of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014; at midseason Glee will hand over its Thursday-at-9/8c timelost to the Greg Kinnear legal drama Rake (Glee will resume its fifth season in late spring and run through June); and M. Night Shyamalan’s event series Wayward Pines (starring Matt Dillon) will launch in 2014.
Elsewhere, a limited series reboot of 24 is set to launch next May, J.J. Abrams’ new post-apocalyptic cop drama Almost Human will assume Bones‘ Monday perch post-baseball, where it will lead into fellow rookie drama Sleepy Hollow (The Following will reclaim the 9/8c slot at midseason).
On tap for midseason, in addition to American Idol and The Following: New series Gang Related, Surviving Jack, Us & Them and Murder Police.
Fox has not yet decided the fate of The Cleveland Show.
All told, the Fox schedule looks like this; new shows are in CAPS, click for details.
8/7c Bones (fall)/ALMOST HUMAN (late fall)
9 pm SLEEPY HOLLOW (fall)/ The Following (midseason)
8 pm DADS
8:30 pm BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
9 pm New Girl
9:30 pm The Mindy Project
Read more of the schedule over at TVLine
Zooey has two upcoming talk show appearances on May 7: Live With Kelly & Michael and David Letterman.
Live With Kelly & Michael
Tu 5/7: Zooey Deschanel, Zachary Quinto
Tu 5/7: Zooey Deschanel, Jim Gaffigan, Pistol Annies, Todd Rundgren