New Girl Scoop: Look Who's Playing Jess' Folks!

If you’ve ever wondered just what blend of genes created New Girls quirky Jess, you’re about to find out.

Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis have been cast as Bob and Joan, parents of Zooey Deschanel‘s Jess, TVLine has learned.

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We’ll meet Mom and Dad Day in the Thanksgiving episode, when Jess attempts to get her divorced folks to reunite, Parent Trap-style. (Though the show apparently chose to go a different route from TVLine’s suggestions, we have to say: We approve.)

As previously reported, Rob Riggle will also show up for Turkey Day.

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Reiner, who in recent years has spent more time directing and producing projects than starring in them, had his last TV role in 2010 on NBC’s 30 Rock. Curtis, who played a dorky-but-lovable lady rebounding from a breakup on ABC’s early-’90s Anything But Love, was Gibbs’ love interest Samantha last season on NCIS.

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  1. Tracy says:

    Aww, they are great, but they should have gotten Caled & Mary Jo Deschanel! :)

  2. Manny says:

    Yay for Jamie Lee Curtis !!

  3. Sarah says:

    I don’t really like this casting…I have a hard time taking Jamie Lee Curtis seriously acting anymore since she does all of those joke yogurt commercials.

  4. Laurie Mann says:

    Excellent casting. Just because a person makes commercials doesn’t mean they can’t act.

  5. Kissane says:


  6. Pearl says:

    Oh this is going to be exciting :3

  7. Stormy says:

    Whatever keeps JLC off of NCIS works for me.

    • Annalise says:

      This comment made my night. So true she was not a well cast love interest especially when my mind always went to freaky Friday.

    • Cottage101 says:

      AGREED!! Just can’t figure out how they ever thought she’d be a good love interest for Gibbs. Had a hard time liking him while she was around. She is SO annoying >.<

  8. tommu says:

    rob reiner. Love the show but hes a joke and it is ashame that anyone would give him work.

  9. J says:

    So Marlo Thomas can still play Jess’s quirky grandma someday, right?

  10. João Amaral says:

    Jess’s mom is White Abed!!!

  11. Beth says:

    I love this SO much!

  12. Rain says:

    I don’t know, I like both actors, but they just don’t seem like they’d create the quirky girl Jess is.

  13. Tathi says:

    oh I was hoping for Woody Alllen and Diane Keaton ever since TV line released their “picks” to play Jess’ parents. (I’m delirious but I actually believed that could happen)

  14. C'mon, that's right. says:

    I’m still sad Leslie Mann won’t be guest starring. But yay for JLC.

  15. Tootz says:

    Oh my goodness, so thrilled it’s Rob, That news actually made me smile broadly. Love Jamie too and hopefully they’ll make her really funny. I was anticipating terrible actors so very pleased to be wrong!

  16. Patti says:

    cool casting

  17. i luv New girl but the new casting not so much