For three solid years, it was a bubble show, always on the verge of being canceled due to lackluster ratings. To hear co-creator Carter Bays tell it, it might have stayed that way, had it not been for the assistance of one pop star. Britney Spears was a fan of the show, and reached out to producers about a guest-star spot.It was a comeback for Spears, and a transition to ratings safety for the show.
As co-showrunner Dave Finkel later told E!, Prince came to his season-three guest shot on New Girl (in an episode fittingly titled “Prince”) with a storyline in mind. “He said, ‘I want to be involved in the show in a real way and I want to help Nick and Jess with their relationship.’”
Dunham is such a Shondaholic, the writers ofSaturday Night Live even wrote a sketch where Dunham got to basically fangirl out about how beautiful and amazing Olivia Pope and her “Gladiators” are. So the news that Dunham will guest star on the show next month in an unknown role must represent a dream come true for Dunham, who once toldGrantland that appearing on Scandal was her “life’s great passion.”
Various contractual obligations initially prevented Michael Jackson from being identified for his two contributions to the early Simpsonsoeuvre. But when The King Of Pop phoned executive producer James L. Brooks about following up his uncredited songwriting work on the novelty hit “Do The Bartman,” his request came with further stipulations. According to “Stark Raving Dad” co-writer Al Jean, Jackson didn’t commit to the episode until the table read.