Damon Wayans Jr. returned to New Girl this week, but it looks like he’s going to be sticking around for a while. EW reports that the Happy Endings alum has committed to staying on for the rest of season three. He won’t be billed as a full-time cast member; he’ll be a special guest star instead. Wayans was a cast member in New Girl’s pilot but was unable to appear in additional episodes when Happy Endings was given a surprise second season renewal by ABC. With Happy Endings now canceled, he returned to New Girl this week for what was originally supposed to be a six-episode arc until he was asked to stay all season.
That’s the second Happy Endings cast member Fox has snapped up this season. Pretty much the same thing happened with Adam Pally and The Mindy Project. Pally signed on for a multi-episode arc but was quickly hired on as a full-time cast member. In addition to joining New Girl, Wayans is producing a show called Man/Child that’s in development at Fox for 2014-15 and that he may potentially star in.