Fox Renews New Girl for Sixth Season

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"Every network comedy should aspire to what Liz Meriwether is achieving in New Girl," David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, said today as the network announced that the hit series, which celebrated its 100th episode last month, is being renewed for Season 6.

And certainly every network comedy does want to last at least six seasons. But what is New Girl's—and creator/executive producer/showrunner Meriwether's—secret? According to Madden—in an explanation that plenty of fans would agree with—"[New Girl's] bravura dialogue, inventive and witty performances by the talented cast and emotionally engaging storytelling" are some keys to the show's success.

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This season has seen a critical uptick, especially when it weathered star Zooey Deschanel's maternity leave; the episodes with Megan Fox as temporary loftmate Reagan proved that the show is truly an ensemble at this point. And despite audiences that hover around 3 million per week (sometimes closer to 2 million), Fox sees the value of having New Girl continue to anchor their Tuesday night comedy block.

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The keys to the show's success are on display as New Girl heads toward its Season 5 finale (a two-parter airing May 10), and the wedding of Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone). Upcoming guest stars include David Walton (who appears in Tuesday's episode as Jess' former boyfriend); Megan Fox, who returns as Reagan; Damon Wayans Jr., reprising his role as Coach; Kal Penn; Nora Dunn and Rob Riggle.

"We can't wait for the next subversive and hilarious chapter of these characters' lives," Madden added.

New Girl, Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox.