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Martindale is set to play the mother of Nick (Jake Johnson) in an episode airing in March, in which the New Girl gang heads to Chicago, Nick's hometown. As it turns out, Nick's the most sane in his family - well above the level of his emotional mother who doesn't much care for Jess.
Martindale received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her Broadway debut performance, as Big Mama in a 2004 revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opposite Ashley Judd, Jason Patric and Ned Beatty. In 1987, she starred in the original Off-Broadway New York stage production of Steel Magnolias, in the role of Truvy. Martindale also received a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2011 for her performance in the FX series 'Justified,' and has also booked a recurring role on the network's new period drama, 'The Americans.'
This season, after JESS (Zooey Deschanel) gets laid off from her teaching job, she re-evaluates her life and career and immediately makes some dubious choices along the way - working alongside a jaded cocktail waitress (guest star Parker Posey), jumping into a sex-only relationship with a handsome lothario (recurring guest star David Walton) and attempting to bond with her younger neighbors by using 80's humor. Also this season, NICK (Jake Johnson) is dumbfounded when he gets a visit from his future self, WINSTON (Lamorne Morris) must answer to his disapproving mother and basketball star sister, SCHMIDT (MAX GREENFIELD) panics at the thought of getting old and then becomes jealous when CECE (HANNAH SIMONE) starts dating the anti-Schmidt.
New Girl was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Zooey Deschanel and Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series for MAX GREENFIELD. The series was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award in the category of Outstanding New Program as well as a Critics' Choice Television Award in the category of Best Comedy Series. Deschanel won the Television Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Comedy (tied with Amy Poehler). Last season, New Girl received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical and a Writers Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Television - New Series.