Busy Philipps New Girl

TVLine Items: New Girl Gets Busy, Amazon Offers Free Mozart and More

A real cougar soon will prowl the New Girl set.

Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) has booked a guest-starring role on Season 5 of the Fox comedy, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The actress will play Connie, the owner of a new, ultra-popular bar called Presh. Since the establishment is on the same block as Nick and Schmidt’s watering hole, Connie inevitably becomes rivals with the guys.

New Girl airs Tuesdays at 8/7c; Philipps’ episode will air this spring.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* In celebration of Mozart in the Jungle‘s Golden Globe wins, Amazon will make all episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 available for free for a limited time, starting Friday, Jan. 15, at 9 pm PT.

* Broadway actress Patti Murin, wife of Chicago Med star Colin Donnell, will guest-star on the NBC series as a pathologist in Episode 10, TVLine has learned exclusively.

* USA Network has ordered to series Falling Water, a drama from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and the late Henry Bromell (Homeland). The project follows three unrelated people who slowly realize they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream, which just might hold the key to the fate of the world.

* Singer Joe Jonas and his band DNCE will appear on Fox’s Grease: Live (Jan. 31, 7/6c). They’ll show up in the Rydell High prom sequence as fictional band Johnny Casino and the Gamblers.

* Netflix has handed an eight-episode order to Haters Back Off, a half-hour comedy starring YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger-Evans. Per our sister site Deadline, the series will focus on the oddball family life of Miranda Sings — Ballinger-Evans’ most popular character — who is a confident-but-untalented star on the rise who believes she was born famous.