Schmidt is undoubtedly one of our favourite TV characters of recent years and Zooey Deschanel's New Girl just would not be the same without him.

Now it's emerged that in season five of the hit sitcom we will get to see what tree this Schmidt sized apple came from as the show introduces his father for the first time, played by actor Peter Gallagher, who fans of The OC will know well as none other than Sandy Cohen.

It's all very meta as Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt, had a brief role in The OC as, get this, the young Sandy Cohen. Yep. TV is officially eating itself.

The former OC star, who is currently appearing in The Good Wife, follows in the footsteps of previous pretty damn cool parent guest stars, including Jamie Lee Curtis,  Rob Reiner, Denis Farina and SNL vet Nora Dunn, who played Schmidt's mother.

Via TVLine