New Girl Promotes Damon Wayans Jr. to Series Regular for Season 4

Coach is sticking around!

Damon Wayans, Jr. has been promoted to series regular for New Girl's fourth season, TV.com has learned. 

The actor first appeared in the pilot for the Fox comedy, but could not continue on the series because of his commitment to the now-canceled Happy Endings. Coach then moved out of the loft and was replaced by Lamorne Morris's Winston.

Wayans was initially only booked for a four-episode arc earlier this season before the show made him a special guest star for the remainder of Season 3, at which point Coach moved back into the loft. In the upcoming season finale, which airs Tuesday at 9pm, look for the deathly-afraid-of-boats Coach to struggle with joining Nick, Jess, and the gang on a cruise.

New Girl was renewed for a fourth season back in March


Are you glad that Coach is sticking around?


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jun 05, 2014
This week in DUH news...
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May 22, 2014
I'm glad to hear that he is staying in the show! I think the combination betwen Winston and him works out so well that it would have been such a pity if the sriptwriters had let him go away. What a good choice!
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May 06, 2014
At the beginning, i.e. when he came back, I wasn't sure what to think of Coach and his contribution to the show.
But he started to grow on me and I think, I am sure or quite convinced, that the writers will find more and more fitting ways to include him and making him a valuable member of the group.
Damon Wayans Jr. is a talented actor, I liked him on Happy Endings and he fits to the cast of New Girl as well.
So: Good news!
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May 06, 2014
Best news all Day!
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May 06, 2014
I was really enjoying new girls, until coach came back....I think i'm going to stop watching it now that I know he's sticking around, he just ruins it for me.
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May 06, 2014
I'm happy about it, I think he brings a lot to the show. Season 3 had it's problems but they weren't because of Coach, the season struggled even before he showed up, and it took 2 or 3 episodes for him to fit into the group, but now he does and he fits perfectly. Hopefully the writer's figure out the formula that made this show so funny and successful for the second half of Season 1 and all of Season 2.
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May 06, 2014
I thought this season was disappointing but not because of Coach, so I'm glad he'll be around, but I can do without some of the more douchey aspects of his character. they should make him more like Brad from Happy Endings (RIP, NEVER FORGET!) and I'd like him more.
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May 06, 2014
Now they just need to bring in Max, Dave, Penny, Jane and Alex and the conversion to Happy Endings will be complete! (I hope)
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May 06, 2014
Max is chillin' with Mindy Kailing on The Mindy Project. He's essentially the same dude, but straight. I don't even mind, it's hilarious.
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May 06, 2014
Well I'm glad, so fuck everybody beneath this comment.
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May 06, 2014
I no longer watch New Girl and I'm not a fan of the character of Coach but Damon Wayans Jr is a ridiculously talented comedic actor so I'm happy he has a job!
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May 06, 2014
Why?
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May 06, 2014
Coach might not be the best fleshed out character, but at least the actor has a job, for at least one more season, considering New Girl's ratings.
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May 06, 2014
I know this season was a disappointment for this show and I was expecting a third female member, who is like both a Jess and Cece type, to get added in this main cast as sixth member. But it turns out they got coach as fourth male member to be put as sixth member of this show, which is not right.

But it turns out that FOX Network is under a bad recession this season and in order to resume longer, the shows needs to appraise more on men and older people, according to the strict TV critics.

This show is not the only one having problems, this season, Glee and The Mindy Project are also having their own problems, but those two shows are renewed for their next seasons at the same time.

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May 06, 2014
Oh, good. Network tv finally figured out how to have two black dudes in a show that's not exclusively about being black dudes.

That only took 50 years.
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May 06, 2014
Big mistake Coach is the main reason I stopped watching.
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May 06, 2014
Not even Winston could keep you watching? He's pretty much the only reason I still do.
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May 06, 2014
Poor Damon Wayans Jr. He deserves so much better.
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May 06, 2014
I'd actuslly argue that the show was better off without him.
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May 06, 2014
Ha, I'd agree with both of you. I thought Wayans Jr. was the best of a great cast in Happy Endings, and I think he's held back a lot by New Girl. But New Girl was also better off before he re-joined. So basically, I think I'm blaming the writing of New Girl. This second season has been so up-and-down and all-together disappointing for me. Not as funny, not as sweet... just... messy.
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