Whenever you are trying to cast parents for a popular sitcom character, it’s never a particularly easy thing to do. On one side of the coin, you want to make sure that you have a pair of people who are thoroughly effective in the roles and have great chemistry with the leads; meanwhile, you also want to get a reasonably big name so that you can turn it into an event.
On “New Girl” this November (which is a key time for TV ratings), we are certainly going to have just that. The hit Fox series has confirmed that we will not only meet Jess’ parents for the Thanksgiving episode this year, but that they will also be played by Jamie Lee Curtis and famed director Rob Reiner.
We really don’t know if the show could have managed better casting here had they tried. Both actors are loving and a bit quirky, and we should be able to take them seriously in these roles without much trouble. Curtis is coming over following a recent arc on “NCIS”; meanwhile, this is one of the few acting roles that Reiner has taken in the past ten years. His roots do still lie very much in acting, though, courtesy of his 180+ episodes as Meathead in the classic “All in the Family” during the 1970s.
Season 2 of “New Girl” will start airing on Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time as a part of a comedy block that we find in many ways to be a bit controversial. Why? This didn’t really work out that well when the network tried it in March of last year, and we can’t see it turning out much better now given that “Raising Hope” is not much of an anchor at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
What do you think about this casting? We want to hear from you below, and you can also visit the link here to find out who is going to be playing Schmidt’s cousin.