You wouldn’t be the only New Girl fan to have tuned out over the last few seasons, but it seems the once-adorkable Zooey Deschanel comedy will get a bit less quirky in Season 5 (!). Following news that the original manic-pixie-dream-girl would sit out a few episodes for her real-life pregnancy, New Girl Season 5 has made every Schmidt’s dream come true in adding Megan Fox to the loft.

While New Girl actually filmed a bit of Season 5 early to work around Deschanel’s pregnancy (rather than incorporate it into the show), we’ve learned that her character Jess will take a brief absence a few episodes into the season, sequestered by jury duty. In comes Megan Fox’s “Reagan” to fill the role for at least a few installments, starting with episode 6 in January, her character described as a “gorgeous, straight-shooting pharmaceutical sales rep who comes to town on business and shakes things up in the loft.”

Says executive producer Liz Meriwether of the (temporary) swap:

It’s insane to me that such a gorgeous person can be so funny, but I guess we just all have to accept it. I’ve been a fan of her comedic skills since This is 40, and I’m so excited to have her on the show. We had Megan in mind when we wrote this part – she’s the perfect person to come in and shake these guys up.

Not only that, but in addition to celebrating its 100th episode (right?), Season 5 will also feature the likes of SNL alum Fred Armisen and Taran Killam (as well as returning Nasim Pedrad), Rob Riggle, John Cho, Julie Hagerty and Henry Winkler.

Megan Fox has certainly made a post-Transformers comeback between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a TV return, but will New Girl Season 5 really shake things up with a new … well, girl?

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