‘New Girl’ is Losing Damon Wayans Jr. Again

By February 5, 2015
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Though this is the first season where Damon Wayans Jr. was made a series regular on the Fox comedy series “New Girl,” it will also be his last.

TV Line has learned that at the end of this current fourth season, Coach will be leaving the series. However, it sounds like that may not be the last we’ll see of Wayans Jr. on the show. Executive producer Liz Meriwether says:

“We love Damon and are so lucky to have had him return for the past season-and-a-half. We are working on crafting an exit for him that will leave the door open for many more returns, especially since Coach is our resolution to the upcoming ‘Who’s Jess’ Baby Daddy?’ storyline.”

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Don’t worry: that last part is certainly a joke, but Meriwether is probably sincere about bringing Coach back sometime down the road. As for Wayans, he had nice things to say about the show, mostly because that’s what you do when giving publicity quote about things like this. Wayans Jr. says:

“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to New Girl in Season 3 to reprise the role of Coach. Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career.”

We’re betting that Wayans Jr. is looking to land a lead role in a new TV series, or maybe he wants to focus more on a film career, and when you have a series regular role on a network comedy, that can be hard. After all, Wayans Jr. has a long, somewhat complicated history with “New Girl.”

The actor picked up the role in the pilot for “New Girl” at a time when it looked like his then-current show “Happy Endings” was going to get canceled. But it ended up getting renewed, so he couldn’t stick with “New Girl,” and he was replaced with Lamorne Morris as Winston, a completely different character. However, when “Happy Endings” did end up getting canceled after the next season, he came back as a special guest star for most of the third season, and became a series regular for this fourth season.

We’ll certainly miss Coach, but the cast has seemed a little crowded lately, and there hasn’t been much for Wayans Jr. to do with his character, so this is probably a smart move, both for the direction of the show and for the actor. Coach will appear in all of the remaining episodes of the fourth season, and we’ll be interested to see how they write him out of the show this time.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.