The Coach is staying on. Original New Girl co-star Damon Wayans, Jr., who returned to the show for an arc this fall, will continue on the Fox comedy for the rest of the season. He is expected to be in every episode but is billed as a special guest star, leaving him available for pilot (He is executive producing a comedy project at Fox, which he could potentially star in.) Wayans Jr. did the New Girl pilot in second position to his ABC series Happy Endings. But when ABC surprisingly renewed Happy Endings, instead of recasting his role, Coach, New Girl opted to leave him in the pilot and introduce a new character in Episode 2, played by Lamorne Morris. When Wayans Jr. became available following the cancellation of Happy Endings in May, he was invited to come back to New Girl for a four-episode arc, which began airing last night. Coincidentally, last night New Girl had a 11% ratings spike in adults 18-49 and hit a season high in Men 18-34. Wayans Jr. is with WME, Mosaic and P.J. Shapiro.
Fox Nabs Dads Comedy From Damon Wayans Jr, ‘Wilfred’ Showrunners & Jason Winer With Production Commitment
Happy Endings alum Damon Wayans Jr, who co-starred in the pilot for New Girl, is back in business with Fox and 20th Century Fox TV as an executive producer and potential star of another high-profile comedy project. Fox has given a pilot production commitment to Man/Child, a single-camera comedy from 20th TV and Jason Winer’s studio-based Small Dog Picture Co. Written by Wilfred executive producers/showrunners Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne and to be directed by Winer, Man/Child centers on two single dads who move in together and struggle to find the balance between being responsible parents and debaucherous bachelors. The project is being developed as a staring vehicle for Wayans Jr., though he has no talent deal in place at the moment. Wayans Jr, Winer, Agnew and Jorne are executive producing with Mosaic’s Michael Lasker & Christie Smith. WME-repped Wayans Jr is already back in the Fox/20th TV family following the end of Happy Endings, reprising his role as Coach on New Girl in a multi-episode arc.
ABC’s new comedy series Happy Endings revolves around a group of friends who deal with the aftermath of two of them breaking up at their wedding. It starts off with the couple’s church wedding ceremony getting interrupted by the bride-to-be’s other boyfriend who rushes in and brings the proceeding to …