Like Seinfeld, New Girl has its own first name mystery. After five full seasons and one wedding, we still do not know the first name of Max Greenfield’s character Schmidt. We came very close to learning in season five as he prepared to get married to Cece (Hannah Simone). But in the end, creator Liz Meriwether and her team held it back. Will we ever find out?
Meriwether knows that viewers want to know Schmidt’s name. Before the season five finale, Meriwether told TVLine that her team was “leaning” towards revealing the name.
“Do we do it now? Do we hold it? We realize it’s very difficult to do a wedding and not mention people’s names,” Meriwether told TVLine. Greenfield added that he’s been trying to convince the writers that Brad should be Schmidt’s first name, but they “don’t buy it.”
In February 2013, Meriwether did a Q&A with The New York Times and refused to give up Schmidt’s first name. “Unfortunately, the word is unprintable in The New York Times,” she told the Times.
Even when members of Schmidt’s family have appeared on the show, like his mother Louise (Nora Dunn) and father (Peter Gallagher), the New Girl team has figured out ways to keep Schmidt’s name a mystery.
New Girl‘s sixth season kicks off on September 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Perhaps we’ll finally find out when Schmidt’s first name when he buys a house.
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