Franklin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has been cast as a new love interest for Cece (Hannah Simone), TV Guide reports.
His character Robby - who will appear in the comedy's season two premiere - is half-deaf and a terrible dancer, but is described as "a genuinely nice guy".
Cece previously dated the womanising Schmidt (Max Greenfield), but the pair broke up in New Girl's first season finale.
Guest star Franklin played a recurring role on NBC's The Office and also starred in short-lived Fox sitcom Traffic Light in 2011.
David Walton (Bent) and Niecy Nash (Reno 911!) will also appear in season two of New Girl.
The series returns to Fox on September 25. In the UK, New Girl airs on E4.
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