Fred Armisen, Stephen Rannazzisi and Ally Maki to Guest Star on FOX's NEW GIRL

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fred Armisen, Stephen Rannazzisi and Ally Maki have been tapped to guest star in the fifth season of FOX's NEW GIRL.

As previously announced, Damon Wayans Jr. is leaving the series, and the loft is on the lookout for a new roommate.

PORTLANDIA's Armisen will play an Airbnb renter, THE LEAGUE's Rannazzisi will appear as "an old college frenemy of Schmidt and Nick's", and Maki will take on the role of a girl who rents Nick's room "as part of the guys' moneymaking scheme".


Premiering in 2011, NEW GIRL was an instant hit, as viewers were introduced to the free-spirited Jess (Zooey Deschanel) who, after a bad break-up, moved into a downtown Los Angeles loft occupied by three single guys. Among her new roommates, Jess had an immediate connection with Nick (Jake Johnson), a law school dropout-turned-bartender who knows he's not living up to his potential - yet. Winston (Lamorne Morris), a former pro basketball player (in Europe), who returned to the loft not knowing what to do with his life, has done his best to adjust to working THE NIGHT SHIFT at a sports-radio station. Rounding out the loft, but living in his own universe, is Schmidt (Max Greenfield), whose over-confidence and well-defined physique mask severe insecurities, which manifest themselves in a number of OCD-like mannerisms, false bravado and contributions to the loft's douchebag jar. Providing an outsider's perspective on the loft's dynamics is Jess' childhood best friend, Cece (Hannah Simone), a model with a killer deadpan, whose on-again-off-again relationship with Schmidt keeps surprising everyone, most of all, herself.

NEW GIRL was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (Deschanel) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Greenfield). The series was nominated in its freshman year for five Emmy Awards, including Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Deschanel and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for 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). In its first 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.

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