Kaitlin Olson To Add Comedy Gold To New Girl's Season 4, With Rob Reiner Returning

By Nick Venable 2 years ago discussion comments
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In just three seasons, the doorways within Foxís hit comedy New Girl have certainly had their share of talented people walking through them, from Dennis Farina to Parker Posey. And the showís newest guest star will walk proudly like a bird among them. Itís Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson has joined New Girlís cast in a recurring role for its upcoming Season 4, injecting what will no doubt be uncomfortable hilarity into an already awkward situation.

While the depths of Olsonís character arenít plumbed in the THR announcement, itís a very sitcom kind of character whose arc will probably follow a predictable pattern, albeit in a presumably funny way. Sheíll play Ashley, a former nemesis of Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Cece (Hannah Simone) from their high school days. It would be uncomfortable enough if she popped in as a rebound relationship for Nick (Jake Johnson) or something like that, but itís even worse.

Ashley is getting married to Jessí dad. (flump)

Olson will first appear in New Girl for the third episode, joined in future matrimony by Rob Reiner, who will reprise his role as Bob Day for an unknown number of episodes. Bob was introduced back in Season 2 for the Thanksgiving fiasco, which also featured Jamie Lee Curtis as his ex-wife and Jessí mother. (Rob Riggle also added some laughs to that one.) Jessí state of mind isnít always at its most focused where her dad and her dislikes are concerned, so having the two smash together like this will be pretty excellent.

I really hope Ashley isnít just painted out to be a total bitch, as interesting as that would be. After so many years of watching Olson's heckled existence as Sweet Dee on Itís Always Sunny, I just want to watch her be happy for a while, even if itís because sheís getting schtupped by Rob Reiner. Iíd probably watch an entire series of that before Iíd watch Reinerís latest movie And So It Goes. Whether Ashley is a peach or a devil, I just hope Olson gets to make her ďgag faceĒ at some point, because itís spectacular.


Mostly known for a consistently strong nine seasons on Itís Always Sunny, Olson recently got to show off her skills on the big screen for a role as a French drug pusher in Paul Feigís The Heat. Sheís had recurring roles in The Riches and Curb You Enthusiasm, and voiced characters in the short-lived 2012 animated series Brickleberry and Unsupervised. Her presence on more TV shows is almost vital to audiencesí lives.

New Girl has a few other guest stars coming this season, like Jessica Biel and Veepís Reid Scott. Fans who love repeats will be glad to hear MTV and TBS both acquired the cable rights to the series, though itíll be another year until they actually begin airing them, perhaps waiting until the series hits its 100th installment. For fans of all-new episodes, New Girl returns to Fox for its Season 4 premiere on Wednesday, September 17.
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