“New Girl’s” first holiday episode, “Thanksgiving” — which star Hannah Simone promises will give us something “that has never happened in any other sitcom Thanksgiving episode ever” — premieres Tuesday (Nov. 15). The episode also marks the debut of Justin Long, who plays a new love interest for Zooey Deschanel‘s Jess.
Creator Liz Meriwether recently spoke to reporters about FOX’s hit new comedy, and she revealed that Long’s music teacher character, Paul Gemslinger, and Jess are incredibly alike. “Whatever the male form of ‘adorkable’ is — I don’t know. As soon as he walks in the door Jake Johnson‘s character, Nick, says,’Oh my God there’s two of them,’ which I think sort of describes his character.”
To give you an example of how that similarity will manifest itself, while Jess carries around a feeling stick, Paul carries around a kazoo. “That’s one detail that I am particularly proud of,” Meriwether says. “I had to fight for the kazoo is all I’m saying. They tell you to pick your battles, and I decided to [battle for the kazoo].”
Since Jess and Paul are so alike, sparks fly immediately. “He’s sort of the male version of Jess, and they just immediately hit it off. But the struggle then becomes Justin Long’s character with the guys and then just Jess dealing with coming out of a really long six-year relationship and walking into a new relationship,” Meriwether says.
Although two high-energy people hanging around the loft could get tiring, Meriwether says the roommates will eventually accept the new couple. “I think they’re excited for her to be in a relationship, but I think a little worried that he’s going to be around all the time. But I think ultimately they’re pretty supportive of it.”