New Girl Exclusive: Lucky Acting Vet Cast as Nick's Con-Man Father!

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Look for Nick’s daddy issues to surface on New Girl in early 2013 when his scam artist father shows up played by… Dennis Farina!

TVLine has learned exclusively that the veteran actor (Midnight Run, Law & Order) has been cast on the Fox hit as Walt Miller, Nick’s (Jake Johnson) charming con-man father who suddenly reappears in his life. Nick, naturally, is highly suspicious about his pa’s impromptu visit. Jess and Winston, however, couldn’t be more delighted to meet the elder Miller.

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Coincidentally (or is it ironically?), a handful of the father-son scenes will be shot at a racetrack — which served as the primary setting of Farina’s most recent TV gig, HBO’s short-lived Luck.

In addition to Farina and Johnson sharing an uncanny resemblance to one another, they also hail from the same city: Chicago.

Farina’s episode is slated to air in January.

Comments (16)

  • Could there be a more perfect father-son casting other than the obviously perfect casting of Damon Wayans as Brad’s father on Happy Endings?

    Comment by M – November 21, 2012 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So perfect

    Comment by amandareynolds – November 21, 2012 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That is some pretty epic casting. Good work New Girl! :)

    Comment by Sarahii – November 21, 2012 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brilliant casting! New Girl do stunt casting really well.

    Comment by Karen – November 21, 2012 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!!!!!

    Comment by Katie – November 21, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by avi – November 21, 2012 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That is AWESOMELY AWESOME! Perfect Casting.

    Comment by Dijea (@Dijea) – November 21, 2012 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent choice!

    Comment by Lorie – November 21, 2012 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They’re making Nick too unlikeable this season. What’s up with the drastic change in his character?

    Comment by Christian – November 21, 2012 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I dunno. I’d say it works for his character. All of them have their flaws and Nick being a giant curmudgeon works. He seems to have the best head on his shoulders, thus the sane guy living in an insane world with the rest of his roomies. Sort of a Walter Mathau to the Jack Lemmons he works with.

      Comment by sawyerheppes – November 21, 2012 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think he’s suffering from chronic depression and since Jess is more-or-less part of the family now, the changes Nick is experiencing are forcing him to finally address past issues that were never put to rest. Personally, I think he’s doing an incredible job meeting and overcoming these challenges and that the mood swings are a result of old habits resisting new opportunities.

      Comment by Jacque – November 27, 2012 05:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There’s no drastic change in his character, he’s just grumpy. It seems like he’s worse because the writers are screwing with him! How’s he going to fight them, he doesn’t know they exist.

      Comment by Jay – December 18, 2012 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by bagladyboutique – November 21, 2012 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the Nick character. I’m glad they are doing more with him.

    Comment by baby books – November 30, 2012 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • very nice

    Comment by Packersmoversandheri Joshi – December 1, 2012 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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