July 23, 2012 2:41pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'New Girl' Casts Niecy Nash as Thieving Hooker in Season 2 (Exclusive)
If this latest casting news is any indication, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) isn't going to have the best luck when New Girl returns this fall.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that an early episode in the sophomore run features Jess getting her purse swiped, with the assailant being played by Niecy Nash.
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And Nash won't be taking on just any run of the mill purse-snatcher, the Reno 911! star and former Dancing With the Stars competitor will also be playing a lady of the night.
The news comes on the heels of several other casting developments for New Girl. As first reported by EW, sitcom hopper David Walton has landed a recurring role on the Fox series.
He follows in the footsteps of Justin Long and Dermot Mulroney as the third actor to get a multi-episode spot as a love interest for Jess, first appearing in the second of the two Sept. 25 premiere episodes.
Also joining New Girl for its fall return is Leslie Mann. The Knocked Up actress, who most recently lent her voice to Fox's Allen Gregory, is appearing during that Tuesday's 8 p.m. New Girl. Her character will be involved in the celebrations planned for the removal of Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) penis cast he had to start wearing toward the end of last season.
Actress Rachael Harris is also set to reprise her role as Jess' hardline vice principal, Tayna Lamontagne.
Both Deschanel and Greenfield recently nabbed Emmy nominations for their New Girl work.
Nash is repped by WME.