In the second episode of New Girl, Zooey Deschanel will get to trot out her Donald Trump impression as Jess and Cece (Hannah Simione) try to beat Schmit (Max Greenfield) in a bet to see who can convince the most voters.
Conveniently, the episode is airing on National Voter Registration Day and it’s the first time New Girl has touched on the presidential election. In the episode, we learn that Schmidt is a Republican, but he is supporting Paul Ryan for 2020 instead of Trump for 2016.
“It just felt like a big enough thing that it felt wrong that our characters weren’t commenting on it,” showrunner Liz Meriwether said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “We set up, in the past, the political parties of the characters, so it felt right that Jess would be enthusiastically trying to get out the vote. [The idea] came up on a little retreat [the writers] go away to every year to talk about stories, and everybody thought it would be a fun opportunity to show Jess campaigning.”
Meriwether said that she hopes the episode adds to the political conversation. “Comedy can play a role in these bigger conversations, as long as it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The funniest stuff can be about things that are actually pretty complicated,” she told EW.
DATE: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET.
CHANNEL: Fox (To find your local Fox affiliate, click here.)
EPISODE DESCRIPTION: “Hubbedy Bubby”: Jess and Cece bet Schmidt they can rustle up voters for the Presidential election, while Winston gives Nick pointers about modern phone sex.
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