Sorry if you haven’t watched this week’s New Girl yet, but Fox has been promoting this thing all week long, so get out of your cave already! Just halfway into season two of the Fox comedy, Zooey Deschanel’s Jess and Jake Johnson’s Nick shared a super-steamy lip lock at the end of the episode, deceptively called “Cooler.” At first, I screamed, “Noooooo!” — worried that it meant an early resolution to the will-they-or-won’t they tension between the roommates, which can sometimes be the kiss of death for a show. But after reading executive producer Liz Meriweather’s interview with the Hollywood Reporter, my fears are mostly allayed. She felt like a drawn-out tease wouldn’t work in this situation. “I just think it doesn’t correspond to real-life relationships, especially for people the ages of the characters on New Girl, because they are so complicated these days,” she explained. “And I don’t think a kiss means a relationship is going to happen. I don’t think bringing two characters together takes away story possibility; I think it adds a lot of story possibility. Keeping them apart, at this point, felt more fake then bringing them together for me.”
We weren’t the only ones surprised by the kiss. Meriweather said the actors didn’t know until the last minute. And when our own Kate Spencer spoke to Johnson last summer, he revealed why: “[W]e all talk a lot. 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.”
As much as Johnson loves playing up the tension between Nick and Jessica, he seemed to agree that they should eventually take their relationship past friendship. “I really like doing scenes with Zooey, and I really like the Jess and Nick stuff,” he told us. “I would like those two animals to get horizontal.”
For our part, we’re kind of hoping to be teased a little more before that goes down.