Sad day for Happy Endings fans and a great day for New Girl fans. E! News is reporting that Damon Wayans Jr. will be returning to the FOX sitcom for the third season.
If you remember, Wayans was originally in the pilot episode of New Girl as the character Coach, but left the show when Happy Endings was picked up. Wayans was replaced by actor Lamorne Morris who was brought in as Winston in episode 2. Nothing has been confirmed, but E! News is reporting their sources are saying the Wayans is set to appear in 6 episodes with an option for more.
How will the character Coach will be brought back into the New Girl universe will be an interesting and something fans will be looking forward to.
New Girl returns for its third season on Tuesday, Sept. 17 on Fox
This news was first reported by TVLine.
Today Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment Fox Broadcasting Company, announced several renews for the 2013-14 season at FOX.
The network has picked up the highly buzzed about drama The Following for a second season. After only six airings, The Following is already the No. 2 broadcast drama and the No. 3 drama overall this season with Live+7 ratings. Since it launched, the psychological thriller has also quickly established itself as one of the most buzzed-about series in social media, ranking as the No. 1 new broadcast drama in total social comments.
“From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the audience responding,” said Reilly. “Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the most compelling characters on television and the entire cast is incredible. I’m delighted to have this thrill ride continue on FOX for another season.”
Also being picked up for new seasons are the Tuesday night comedy block of New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope. “We love working with these talented producers and casts who, week after week, create some of the funniest work on television,” said Reilly. “These shows are creatively vibrant, they have established a loyal and passionate audience and they will continue to define and grow the FOX comedy brand next season and beyond.”
Well, this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Deadline.com is reporting that FOX has decided to pull the plug on its series Ben & Kate. Although stopping short of cancelling the series, that pretty much seems to be the fate of the freshman comedy. Starting in early March, FOX will bring back its solid reality series Hell’s Kitchen to take over the 8pm slot with New Girl and The Mindy Project following. Ben & Kate have been struggling lately in the ratings which has led to a decline in ratings for both New Girl and The Mindy Project.