Fox Renews ‘New Girl’ For Fifth Season

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Ahead of the series’ return to the network’s prime-time schedule this evening, Fox has renewed single-camera comedy New Girl for a fifth season, TVWise has learned.

“Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television,” said Fox’s President of Entertainment Davdi Madden. “The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz, Brett, Dave and the entire New Girl team. We absolutely love this show and we’re so excited to bring it back for Season Five.”

Despite the fact that New Girl has been struggling in the ratings of late, it was always expected to swing a fifth season renewal. After all it is the network’s most recognisable live-action half-hour series and has been a strong international seller for the studio’s international distribution division.

With the renewal New Girl has the distinction of being only the second live-action comedy that Fox has renewed for next season, after they previously picked up a third season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as announced at the network’s executive session at the TCA Winter Press Tour. There is no word yet on the fate of fellow Tuesday night comedy The Mindy Project, which wrapped its third season earlier this month.

Now that Fox has pulled the trigger on a fifth season pick up, myriad changes loom for the Zooey Deschanel fronted series. As previously reported, series regular Damon Wayans Jr is exiting his role as Coach (again) at the end of the fourth season. Meanwhile, TVLine reports that production on the fifth season has, in fact, already begun with Star Trek’s John Cho expected to guest star.