Call her the newer girl.
Fox will appear in multiple episodes as Reagan, a gorgeous, straight-shooting pharmaceutical sales rep who comes to town on business and shakes things up in the loft when she rents out Jess’ room while she is sequestered on jury duty. She’ll first appear in Episode 6. (Deschanel pre-taped five Season 5 episodes last spring before taking off on maternity leave; she gave birth to a daughter in early August.)
“It’s insane to me that such a gorgeous person can be so funny, but I guess we just all have to accept it,” noted executive producer Liz Meriwether in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of her comedic skills since This is 40, and I’m so excited to have her on the show. We had Megan in mind when we wrote this part — she’s the perfect person to come in and shake these guys up.”
For Fox, it marks a return to her early TV comedy roots. Long before Transformers catapulted her into the public consciousness, the actress cut her teeth on sitcoms What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men. She went on to land a regular gig on ABC’s Kelly Ripa comedy Hope & Faith.
New Girl is slated to kick off Season 5 in January with what the network is calling an “uninterrupted run of all-new episodes.”