New Girl Damon Wayans Jr. Season 5

New Girl: Damon Wayans Jr. Returning as Coach for Season-Ending Arc

We see another major seating-chart tweak in wedding-bound Cece and Schmidt’s future.

On-again/off-again New Girl co-star Damon Wayans Jr. is set to reprise his role as Coach for two episodes, one of which will be show’s nuptial-themed Season 5 finale, TVLine has confirmed. Co-star Jake Johnson broke the news of Wayans’ comeback on Instagram Wednesday, declaring that “the vibe on set is jacked.”

The Happy Endings alum starred in the New Girl pilot back in 2011, but his commitment to the aforementioned ABC sitcom prevented him from continuing with the series. When Happy Endings was axed, Wayans returned to the sitcom for a four-episode arc, eventually becoming a “special guest star” for the remainder of Season 3. In May 2014, ahead of Season 4, he was upped to full-fledged series regular in a one-year deal. He eventually left the show (again) last spring at the conclusion of Season 4.

Thoughts? Are you happy Coach RSVP’d yes Cece and Schmidt’s big day? Weigh in below!

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  1. Dennis says:

    Yes!!!! Love him

  2. Mark says:

    Isnt Megan Fox coming back for the wedding episode as well?

  3. Realistically, with this season’s ratings, it’s probably also a series finale. :-(

  4. Joey Padron says:

    happy news he’s coming back on the show again at the end of this season! Coach is a good character!

  5. Aubrey says:

    Anyway I’m glad that he’s coming back, I hope during next season he’s a regular with Megan guest starring.

  6. cuius says:

    Desperation – it’s been pretty grim since Megan left

  7. Kate says:

    I feel like we already knew this? He is one of the groomsmen in the actual wedding.

  8. Azerty says:

    Good, he brought some fresh air in season 3 but I think he works better as an occasionaly guest star, the writer didn’t handle him very well when they had the chance in season 4 as regular.

  9. Steve says:

    My wife and I really enjoy the boys without Jess and Coach. Love CeeCee and winstons partner, even Megan Fox

  10. lorna says:

    Hope its to get jess and nick back together

  11. Momo says:

    I’m super glad that Coach will be back for “the wEDding!”

  12. Terry says:

    One of the true funny shows on TV. Never miss it.

  13. De says:

    Hooray! I’ll be glad to see Coach return.

  14. ddinmia says:

    Love Coach! Wish he’d stay as a regular.

  15. BrookeBS says:

    YAY!! Can’t wait to see him. He’s hot and funny. Good combo.

  16. Janelle says:

    Megan Fox was horrible, almost ruined the show. Thank goodness Zooey is back…..who’s that girl? It’s Jess!

  17. Audrey WB says:

    So glad he RSVP’d! :D I watch the show for the guys and Cece and Schmece! I cannot wait for the wedding. I hope the focus would be Schmece and not stupid Jess. There I said it.

  18. Lisa says:

    Hated Megan fox, please don’t bring her back

  19. Manohar says:

    They should bring him back for season 6. He is a great addition to the team.

  20. yes . I miss coach a lot.

  21. Dashia says:

    He needs to be a series regular again!