New Girl Casts Nasim Pedrad as Winston's Training Officer

Things are about to get a little dicey — emphasis on “little” — in Winston’s ongoing journey toward becoming an LAPD officer on New Girl.

Fox’s Tuesday-night comedy has cast Saturday Night Live grad Nasim Pedrad as Aly, the new training officer/partner for Lamorne Morris’s goofball roommate, TVLine has learned exclusively. Aly’s diminutive stature will apparently be a cause of consternation for Nick and Coach, who are already freaking out about Winston’s recent graduation from the police academy and impending entry into the field.

Pedrad’s episode, titled “Shark,” will air Tuesday, Jan. 6 (9/8c) — and we’ve got first-look photos below. (The actress is a series regular on the network’s Sunday night comedy Mulaney, which airs its holiday episode this Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7/6c.)

TVLine’s exclusive gallery of images from the “Shark” episode also feature Zoe Lister Jones (Friends With Better Lives) kicking off a recurring role as Councilwoman Fawn Moscato, who begins using Schmidt as arm candy after the womanizing ad man begins courting her (at Jess’ request) in an effort to “stop the night construction outside the loft.”

Click through the gallery below for a first look, then share your thoughts on the Pedrad + New Girl combo down in the comments!

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  1. Joey Padron says:

    Glad Nasim will be on the show. Can’t wait to see how her character will work with Winston in his new job.

  2. mc says:

    Isn’t she the sister of the show’s writer, Nina Pedrad? Cool!

    • CJ says:

      Yup, Nina is her little sister. I’d love to see Nasim stick around at least in a recurring role, since New Girl’s survival odds are quite a bit better than Mulaney’s, and they could use some more ladies in the cast!

  3. javadude54 says:

    Nasim Pedrad? Looks like I’ll be watching at least one episode of New Girl this year.

  4. Ron says:

    This news makes me happy. However, one thing stuck out to me, and that’s the fact that Mulaney is still airing new episodes. I knew there was no official cancellation, but for some reason I did think it had been pulled from the schedule altogether. Though I think it’s probably a safe bet that its cancellation nigh.

  5. Tran says:

    I enjoy Nasim Pedrad’s amazing run on SNL but I’m sad that she’s leaving the show after five hilarious years. Can’t wait to see her guest starring stint on New Girl.