The upcoming Fox comedy has snapped up Justin Long to play a recurring love interest for Deschanel’s adorkable Jess. Long’s character, Paul, is a music teacher, which makes him the perfect guy for Jess, who likes to sing aloud to herself.
The actor makes his first appearance in the season’s sixth episode and will stick around for two more. Okay, so maybe it won’t be true love forever.
The guest stint marks a return to TV for Long, who mostly does feature films (Going the Distance, Drag Me to Hell) these days. His big break came in the NBC series Ed, opposite Tom Cavanagh and Julie Bowen.
New Girl stars Deschanel as a quirky gal in her twenties who moves in with three guys following a nasty breakup. The series premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 9/8 c.