Casting dad and mom on sitcoms is a positive artwork. The proper selection can find yourself being hilarious whereas the unsuitable one can screw every part up. New Girl excelled at this, casting a number of unbelievable comedians and actors as dad and mom of the primary characters. In the case of Winston, J.B. Smoove as his dad was a swerve, one which labored as a result of he would have been one other piece of good parental casting.
A operating theme all through New Girl was the characters’ relationships with their fathers. Most of them had difficult or troublesome relationships with their dads. Cece misplaced her father when she was younger, which was a key a part of forming a bond with Jess. In Winston’s case, his dad was non-existent, as he ran out on his household. Winston by no means knew his dad and that was one thing he needed to study to cope with when he began having a household of his personal.
These tempestuous relationships made casting fathers on the collection much more essential. Nick’s dad was performed by the late Dennis Farina, an actor who was higher identified for drama however had a present for comedy. The chemistry between Farina and Jake Johnson (Nick) was plain and performed to perfection on display screen.
The identical was true of Jess Day’s dad and mom, who have been performed by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner. Curtis was precisely what viewers would anticipate Jess’s mom to be like — upbeat, inventive and virtually cloying, a lot in the identical means her daughter was. Reiner was seemingly the precise reverse, as he was so downbeat but in addition has the identical ardour and ferocity.
When J.B. Smoove confirmed up in Season 7, Episode 5 as Winston’s long-lost father, followers thought one other good piece of casting had arrived. They have been proper, to an extent. Jess had determined to deliver Winston Bishop’s father to fulfill him. That led to J.B. Smoove’s Van Bishop arriving at his estranged son’s home. The solely drawback was that Jess discovered the unsuitable Van Bishop and introduced a stranger to her good friend’s dwelling, which oddly made sense for Jess. This was an enormous swerve for the collection, as Smoove was the right casting selection for Winston’s father. They had comparable comedic kinds and even seemed sufficient alike to make the daddy and son connection plausible.
Adding to this was the truth that bulletins about Smoove’s casting on the time described him as being Winston’s long-lost father. Naturally, the producers would not need to wreck the twist of his arrival on the collection. If a unique actor had been forged, the joke merely wouldn’t have labored. The greatest a part of the episode might need been Van coming again after the twist was revealed to supply to be Winston’s father. Winston saying no was an ideal comedic second.
In some methods, it was a disgrace that Smoove wasn’t truly taking part in Winston’s dad. Many of the opposite characters acquired the prospect to reconcile with their fathers, at the very least to an extent. Winston by no means acquired that chance, however he additionally did not want it. By the top of the collection, he grew to be an ideal husband and father all on his personal. Plus, the Smoove swerve was utter perfection.