Are New Girl’s Nick And Jess The Niles And Daphne Of Our Time? Jake Johnson Weighs In

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You should be very excited to watch the Do Something Awards next Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. Besides the fact that it’s a nice chance to see celebrities celebrated for more than just who they’re dating or what they starred in, the show is hosted by three of the most charming men on TV these days, New Girl stars Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris. And when VH1 News’ Kate Spencer had a chance to sit down with the guys on recently, she couldn’t resist to make this very astute observation about the will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Johnson): They are just like Niles and Daphne from Frasier.

David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves as Niles and Daphne on Frasier

“Niles and Daphne is a great reference! Yeah, but I think I’m a little bit more masculine than Niles. No disrespect to Niles,” Johnson responded. Though he was quick to add: “Do not compare Zooey Deschanel to Daphne. You can call me Niles.”

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel on New Girl

New Girl did an excellent job last season of teasing the audience with the unresolved sexual tension between Jess and her roommate, but we wonder if it’s the sort of thing they’ll keep up throughout the show’s run, or will they let them get together eventually? Maybe even this season?

“If you’re asking if we can give anything away for next season, we all talk a lot,” Johnson said, indicating himself and his castmates. “And we would all love to talk about it, but there’s a reason the writers don’t tell us anything, so we can’t give anything away! So I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“I really like doing scenes with Zooey, and I really like the Jess and Nick stuff,” he added. “I would like those two animals to get horizontal.”

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