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Exclusive: New Girl Poised to Introduce Jess’ Parents – Our Picks to Play Them!

Zooey Deschanel New GirlPass the pumpkin ale and fire up the dryer, because New Girl is gonna try and top its Season 1 Thanksgiving instaclassic by using this year’s episode to introduce Jess’ parents. But who will play Mom and Pop Day? Here are our picks:

Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal: Not only do they look like they could be Zooey Deschanel’s folks, but their casting would serve us the Bobby-and-Pam reunion that Dallas left us craving. (Bonus: Duffy’s such a joker, he can even make his former leading lady laugh. Have you seen the old Dallas bloopers on YouTube?)

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Woody Allen and Diane Keaton: It may be hard to imagine big-screen legends like the Annie Hall co-stars downsizing to the small screen, but it’s not impossible (think: Meryl Streep on Web Therapy, Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee). Plus, they say girls always fall for guys who remind them of their dads — and didn’t Jess’ ex, Paul (Justin Long), remind you a lot of Woody Allen? (For that matter, hasn’t Justin Long always reminded you a lot of Woody Allen?

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field: Unlike Allen and Keaton, this former real-life movie-star couple has a long, long history on the tube (he did Gunsmoke and Evening Shade, to name just a couple of shows; she did Gidget and Brothers & Sisters, for starters). And it just isn’t right that their pairing should go down in history as being best remembered for the Smokey and the Bandit flicks.

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David Hyde Pierce: Were New Girl to choose this former Frasier star to play Jess’ dad, the show could forego casting her mom altogether — by leaving her off screen the way his last sitcom did Niles’ wife, Maris. (Or they could just hire Pierce’s missus from The Powers That Be, Valerie Mahaffey — that’s who we always pictured as Maris, anyway!)

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane: How big a hoot would it be if New Girl reteamed the boys from The Bird Cage? Not as big a hoot as it would be if Lane played Mama Day in drag and Jess was the only one who didn’t realize that she actually had two dads. But a hoot any way you slice it.

Your turn. Who do you envision when you picture Jess’ folks. Your suggestions below.



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Comments (92)

  • TIM ALLEN AND TINA FEY. Or Bob Sagat and Joan Collins. Betty White can be grandma. Or Mary Tyler Moore??!

    Comment by Jaime Tollefson – August 17, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lily Tomlin and Alan Alda :)

    Comment by Breezy – August 17, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Carole King and James Taylor!!

    Comment by Blatham – August 17, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like this one too!

      Comment by Breezy – August 17, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • eric and annie from 7thheaven

    Comment by Christina Elizabeth Christofilis – August 17, 2012 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Linda Carter and Kevin Kline! Linda for the looks and Kevin for the sillyness!

    Comment by Hyde – August 17, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Molly Shannon and John Cleese. Just thinking about the two of them in the same room makes me giggle.

    Comment by pizzo5x5@comcast.net – August 17, 2012 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lauren Graham and Stanley Tucci

    Comment by Tams – August 17, 2012 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh my God, I would be soooo happy if Robin Williams and Nathan Lane played Jess’ parents!!! But, Diane Keaton and Woody Allen would be good seconds.

    Comment by EJ – August 17, 2012 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, I really like the idea of Lauren Graham and Stanley Tucci :D Of course it would be amazing to have Meg Ryan paired up with either Tom Hanks or Billy Crystal. I see a lot of the quirkiness being played well by both Lauren and Stanley so well though. Any way that they go I am sure it will be amazing. I can’t wait to see what the final decision will be. Can’t wait for the next season to begin.

    Comment by Erin Grossbach – August 17, 2012 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Keaton and Goldie Hawn

    Comment by HBell – August 17, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Part of the way through reading these, I forgot the story and I thought y’all were casting The Love Boat! ;-)

    Comment by TV Gord – August 17, 2012 10:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So, in that spirit, Charo and Tony Danza.

      Comment by TV Gord – August 17, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeff Goldblum is a perfect Jess Dad!!! Although the twist that she has two Dads and doesn’t know it would be hysterical too!!!

    Comment by Natalie – August 18, 2012 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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