Although Fox has not announced its decision about New Girl Season 7 yet, we have another reason to worry about the sitcom’s future. The latest casting news for the recently renewed People of the Earth reveals one of New Girl’s cast members has officially boarded TBS’ comedy show as a series regular. Does it hint at the show’s rumored cancellation?
TV Line announced Thursday that Nasim Pedrad is set to recur in People of the Earth Season 2. Pedrad played the role of Aly Nelson, Winston’s LAPD partner and fiancée, for the last three seasons of the Fox sitcom. On her new project, she will portray Special Agent Alex Foster, described as a “smart, dedicated FBI investigator getting a second chance after recently being disgraced … [She is] on the hunt for local newspaper owner Jonathan Walsh (played by Michael Cassidy), who is wanted for white-collar crimes.”
Fans should be excited about Pedrad’s casting in the show as this means she will have more opportunities to make us laugh. But if you’re an avid viewer of New Girl, we understand you may be concerned how this affects the show’s upcoming season. It’s no secret that the sitcom is firmly sitting on a bubble right now and Fox has not given any indications yet that it’s giving the series another go next TV season. Jake Johnson, who plays the role of Nick, already expressed his doubts on the possibility of New Girl Season 7 renewal.
What it means for New Girl Season 7
But Pedrad’s acceptance of other projects is totally understandable since she wasn’t really a regular during her stay in the show. It also makes sense that she wouldn’t commit full-time on the sitcom as it has not offered that same commitment back.
The last time we’ve seen her in New Girl, her character Aly has been engaged to Winston. That should be a good ending, should Fox refuse to pick up another season of the series anymore. But since Season 7 is still possible, it should make fans wonder more how their story could continue if she is not around for all of it.
Perhaps, Aly would go undercover or do something else when she is not available for filming and then turn up for a handful of episodes here and there. Whatever the case is, her new commitment should not hinder New Girl from being renewed. If we hear news of Johnson or Max Greenfield getting lead roles somewhere else, though, that’s when we should be alarmed. Thankfully, they’re all committed to the Fox sitcom for now.
But for the record, Pedrad isn’t the first member of the show to board another project. Series creator Liz Meriwether previously revealed she is also working on a new series for Fox titled Thin Ice.