Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, hit comedy New Girl breezes into its third season as it follows a group of five friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world.
As the series concludes its second season and looks ahead to its third, Jess (Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) remain caught between friendship and something deeper.
After sharing a passionate kiss, then nervously meandering toward a traditional first date, they ultimately gave into to their mutual attraction and took their relationship to the next level.
Although Schmidt (Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Max Greenfield) broke off his romance with Cece (Hannah Simone), he tried desperately to win her back, despite her recent engagement and arranged marriage.
Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris), seemingly the most grounded of the loftmates, slowly revealed cracks in his calm, cool and collected facade.
In the upcoming third season, Jess and Nick will pursue a romantic relationship together that will be anything but traditional. Meanwhile, Schmidt will have to decide if he can make a commitment to Cece after the fallout of her wedding day.
And Winston will get serious about taking control of his own lovelife.
Premiering in 2011, New Girl was an instant hit, as viewers were introduced to the free-spirited Jess who, after a bad break-up, moved into a downtown Los Angeles loft occupied by three single guys.
Among her new roommates, Jess had an immediate connection with Nick, a law school dropout-turned-bartender who knows he's not living upto his potential - yet.
Winston, a former pro basketball player (in Europe), who returned to the loft not knowing what to do with his life, has done his best to adjust to working the night shift at a sports-radio station.
Rounding out the loft, but living in his own universe, is Schmidt, whose over-confidence and well-defined physique mask severe insecurities, which manifest themselves in a number of OCD-like mannerisms, false bravado and contributions to the loft's douchebag jar.
Providing an outsider's perspective on the loft's dynamics is Jess' childhood best friend, Cece, a model with a killer deadpan, whose on-again-off-again relationship with Schmidt surprised everyone, most of all, herself.
New Girl is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Elizabeth Meriwether.
Meriwether, Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are executive producers, with Meriwether, Baer and Finkel serving as co-showrunners/writers and Kasdan directing multiple episodes of the series.