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Damon Wayans Jr. Upped to Regular for New Girl Season Four

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“New Girl” season 4 officially adds Damon Wayans Jr. as season regular. He was previously billed as guest star for season 3 despite appearing in 17 consecutive episodes.

Wayans Jr. starred in the pilot episode of “New Girl” before dropping out when the pilot was ordered to series.

“It’s hard to balance six characters, let alone five, but he has worked so well with so many different people,” executive producer Brett Baer told THR on Monday. “We’ve had him do stories with everybody and he just killed it.”

“New Girl” stars Zooey DeschanelMax Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone.

The series has received favorable responses from critics, who named the show one of the best new comedies of the 2011 fall season. The pilot episode drew 10.28 million U.S. viewers and a 4.8 adults 18–49 demo rating, making it the highest-rated fall debut for a Fox scripted show since 2001. Particular praise has been given to the performances of Deschanel, Greenfield, Johnson and Morris. Max Greenfield was considered the show’s breakout star in season 1, before critics named Jake Johnson the breakout star of season 2. The show has been nominated for several awards, including five Golden Globe Awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards.

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