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'New Girl' scoop: Damon Wayans Jr. promoted to series regular for Season 4

6/17/2014
'New Girl' scoop: Damon Wayans Jr. promoted to series regular for Season 4 © AP / Damon Wayans Jr. 'New Girl' scoop: Damon Wayans Jr. promoted to series regular for Season 4

By Natalie Abrams
TVGuide.com

Coach is sticking around!

Damon Wayans, Jr. has been promoted to series regular for the fourth season of "New Girl," TVGuide.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' Winston.

Wayans was initially only signed on to return 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. On Tuesday's season finale (9/8c, Fox), look for the deathly-afraid-of-boats Coach to struggle with joining Nick (Jake Johnson), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the gang on a cruise.

"New Girl" was renewed for a fourth season back in March.

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