Damon Wayans, Jr.
American actor
Damon Wayans, Jr.
Damon Kyle Wayans, Jr. is an American actor, writer and stand-up comedian. He is the oldest son of actor-comedian Damon Wayans. Wayans currently stars as Brad Williams on the ABC comedy series Happy Endings.
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Rebel Wilson Knows The Trailer For Her New Movie Is More Important Than One Direction
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The trailer for Rebel Wilson's new movie is here and she wants everyone, including One Direction, to know about it.  The Australian comedian basically took over the boy band's interview on "Ellen" to debut the trailer for "How to Be Single." At first, it seemed Wilson -- decked out in 1D merch -- was just there to express her love for the boys of 1D, but of course, she had an ulterior motive.  "So, why did you really come here?" host Ellen DeGeneres asked.  "Well, I am a massive fan, legit. But you guys were saying before you're all single, and I'm single, and I'm also starring in a new movie that I know these guys are really going to love called 'How to Be Single,'" she responded.  She added, "And so, while these guys are dropping their album, I'm going to drop the new trailer!"  Sorry 1D, clearly her trailer is more important than her love for you and your new album. You can check out the trailer below (it starts at the two-minute mark): "How to Be Sing ...
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'The Mindy Project' vs. 'New Girl': Who Wins?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Have you been watching the third season of "New Girl"? I have. I've been a loyal fan since it debuted in 2011. There was just something so endearing about Zooey Deschanel and her portrayal of Jessica Day (though I get why some would be annoyed by how absolutely precious she can be). I, however, simply thought she was a clumsy breath of fresh air. Fast-forward to now and I have been sorely disappointed, almost from Episode 1 of Season 3. I'm not sure why. Is it because Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) are a couple? Nope. I love them together and the "I love you"/finger guns exchange on Sunday's post-Super Bowl episode only added to that. Is it because Coach is around but Damon Wayans Jr. is only considered a "Special Guest Star" and not a regular cast member? Maybe. Is it because there has been more Winston (Lamorne Morris) and not enough Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and Schmidt and Cece (Hannah Simone)? Kinda-sorta. I'm always cool with more Winston, but I do miss the Schmidt/Cece romance a ...
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Damon Wayans Jr. Extends 'New Girl' Return For All Of Season 3
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Damon Wayans Jr.'s return to "New Girl" was originally a six-episode arc, but now his character "Coach" will stick around for the rest of the season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Viewers will recall Wayans was in the "New Girl" pilot as Coach, but couldn't return when his other sitcom, "Happy Endings," was renewed by ABC. Instead of recasting his role, the producers on "New Girl" introduced a new roommate, Winston (played by Lamorne Morris), who has been with the show since its second episode. Since "Happy Endings" was canceled last season, Wayans is free to reprise his role as "Coach" and will stay on the series for the remainder of the third season. Off-camera, Wayans is developing a series for 20th Century Fox, who also produces "New Girl." "New Girl" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST.
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Coach’s return to “New Girl”: Too little, too late
Salon.com - over 3 years
Last night's episode of "New Girl" marked the return of Coach, played by Damon Wayans Jr. For those who have not watched the Fox series since the beginning, A) don't sweat it, the show got off to a rocky start, and B) Coach was the original third male roommate -- Nick, Schmidt, and Coach -- with whom Jess moved in, thereby setting up the quirky girl-fish out of water premise. Coach was a loud, testosterone-fueled person trainer who unceremoniously disappeared after the pilot. (Wayans, who had already starred in a season of ABC's "Happy Endings" when he shot the pilot, decided to stick with his old show even after "New Girl" went forward.) I lamented Wayans' departure for two whole seasons. While the other characters' personalities cemented and the actors found their comic footing -- Max Greenfield as the irrepressible Schmidt, especially -- Winston, who replaced Coach, could never seem to mark off a clear lane for himself. Frequently, I actually felt sorry for the actor Lamorne Morris ...
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Exclusive First Look: Damon Wayans Jr. Returns To New Girl
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Coach is back! Damon Wayans Jr. returns to "New Girl" in the Nov. 5 episode and TVGuide.com has the exclusive first look. In the episode, a newly single Coach returns to the loft wanting to pick up exactly where he left off when he moved out.
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'New Girl': Which Roommate Is Leaving The Loft In Season 3?
Popeater - over 3 years
Damon Wayans Jr. is coming back to the "New Girl" loft, and that means someone else has got to go. Yes, really! According to E!Online, one of the show's regulars -- Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) or Winston (Lamorne Morris) -- "will pack up and leave the apartment they all share in an upcoming episode." But rest assured, no one's actually leaving the show, just the apartment -- and we're guessing it won't be a permanent move. E! offered this hint about the identity of the exiting roommate: "All we can say is that it's probably not who you think. And the twist is pretty great." Since Wayans' character, Coach, was replaced by Winston after the pilot, it would make sense for Coach to try and reclaim his old room ... which is why we're guessing it'll be Nick or Schmidt who actually ends up leaving. Could a fight or a break-up with Jess chase Nick away, or will Schmidt perhaps end up forcibly evicted after his recent shenanigans? Wayans will be a ...
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Proof That 'Happy Endings' Getting Canceled Was Actually A Good Thing
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As sad as we were to see the ABC comedy go, it may have been for the best. Why? Because the "Happy Endings" cast landed on their feet in an a-mah-zing way. We now get to see Eliza Coupe play Will Arnett's ex-wife on "The Millers." And starting in January, she'll be on "House Of Lies." Now Elisha Cuthbert has time to tweet photos of puppies in pajamas. This picture will make me happy for weeks!! Hope you enjoy! Xx pic.twitter.com/aDQDNkNvsj — Elisha Cuthbert (@HappyElishas) October 9, 2013 She also married that studly hockey player boyfriend of hers. And you know what's still killing it? Zachary Knighton's facial hair. As for Casey Wilson, she got to channel her inner Anne Hathaway with a box of Cheez-Its. And she's already working on a new comedy for ABC. Even better, she got engaged to "Happy Endings" creator David Caspe! Damon Wayans Jr. is slowly developing important life skills. almost knocked myself out trying to kill this moth in my room ...
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Fox Nabs Dads Comedy From Damon Wayans Jr, 'Wilfred' Showrunners & Jason Winer With Production Commitment (Nellie Andreeva/Deadline.com)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com: Fox Nabs Dads Comedy From Damon Wayans Jr, ‘Wilfred’ Showrunners & Jason Winer With Production Commitment  —  Happy Endings alum Damon Wayans Jr, who co-starred in the pilot for New Girl, is back in business with Fox and 20th Century Fox TV as an executive producer and potential star of another high-profile comedy project.
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New Girl Creates A Distraction For Jess With Taye Diggs
Boom Tron - over 3 years
One of the things I’m looking forward to most about New Girl’s third season is the relationship between Jess and Nick. It’s still so new and those two make the most bizarre couple, but I love seeing them together. I’m looking forward to every high and low point and the latest casting for the season teases a potential roadblock for the couple. Taye Diggs will be guest-starring in a role that will truly test Jess’s commitment to Nick. I doubt there will be any lasting effects, but these two always manage to make the most basic rough patches the most hilarious. According to THR, Diggs will be dropping by in Episode 7 as the smooth, confident ladies’ man Artie and he has his sights set on Jess. Can you really blame the man? Zooey Deschanel is super cute in a super hot way. I’m surprised more men aren’t inextricably drawn to her on this show. And Diggs is definitely a guy that women in relationships might find distracting. More than anything, I want to see how Nick reacts to Artie’s pre ...
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Mega Buzz: Breaking Bad's Cancer, a Scandal Breakup and the NCIS Goodbye
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
(Season 5 opened with a flash-forward, but didn't return to it again until Sunday's premiere.) However, as noted by Walt's return to chemotherapy, his health is of supreme interest to Gilligan & Co. "I don't know if lung cancer is ever cured," Gilligan says coyly. Is Ziva's goodbye on NCIS going to be all about Tony, or will she say individual farewells to all her colleagues? - Nancy Executive producer Gary Glasberg says that, given the structure of Ziva's send-off - Tony tries to bring her back to the team - every character may not get a final bit of face time. Picket Fences vet Costas Mandylor will play a key role in the two-part premiere, as a businessman dedicated to fighting terrorism. Any Vampire Diaries scoop on Stefan/Silas? - Andrew After becoming Pelant's target in last season's finale, look for Sweets to take stock of where he is in his professional life. Should he help individuals, or is he someone who, like our plucky team, helps society as a whole by catching ...
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One Last Word On 'Happy Endings'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Happy Endings" is officially canceled, but ABC is still getting heat for it. At his executive session, ABC president Paul Lee discussed the series and the struggles it had on the network. "Happy Endings" got its highest ratings airing after "Modern Family," and according to Lee, the series couldn't find its "sea legs" away from the popular series. Lee said any show "has to sort of earn its right" to stay after the Emmy-winning comedy and has to "attract an audience on its own," something "Happy Endings" didn't do. Paul Lee says #HappyEndings was canceled because "it couldn't find its sea legs away from a strong lead in" #TCAs13 — TV Guide Magazine (@TVGuideMagazine) August 4, 2013 "Obviously we were thrilled with #HappyEndings behind #Modern Family but a show has to earn its right to attract audience on its own," Lee — Danielle Turchiano (@danielletbd) August 4, 2013 Launching the new season in the fall of 2012 in a new timeslot also proved "extremely challenging, ...
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'Happy Endings' Star Joins 'The Mindy Project'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Adam Pally is checking into "The Mindy Project." According to TVLine, Pally will play a new doctor at the OB-GYN clinic where Mindy (Mindy Kaling) practices. James Franco will also appear in Season 2 of "The Mindy Project." For three years, Pally played Max on "Happy Endings," which was canceled by ABC in May. Despite efforts to keep the show going, it did not find a new home. Pally isn't the only "Happy Endings" star to find work on a new show. His co-star Damon Wayans Jr. is returning to "New Girl" for multiple episodes. Wayans Jr. appeared in the first episode of "New Girl," but didn't continue on the series when "Happy Endings" was picked up. Pally's other TV credits include "Californication," "NTSF:SD:SUV" and "Kroll Show." "The Mindy Project" returns to Fox on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
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A 'Happy Endings' Revival? Not So Fast ...
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Losing "Happy Endings" totes sooks. But in the complicated world of television, this may not be the end. When ABC pulled the plug on "Happy Endings" after three seasons and lots of scheduling moves, USA Network emerged as a frontrunner to save the beloved comedy. But when that fell through, Sony tried to find the show a new home. Sadly, that was unsuccessful as well. "We don’t know the specifics; that's all sort of above our pay grade. But there were ongoing talks with a lot of places. It just didn’t work out," "Happy Endings" creator David Caspe told TVLine. "The truth is, how many shows have moved networks ever? It’s very difficult to do, and there’s probably some financial algorithmic reason for that that I don’t even understand." While canceled shows usually don't move networks -- it's only been done a handful of times with shows like "Cougar Town," "Friday Night Lights" and "Damages" -- some do get a revival down the line. Fox brought "Family Guy" back to life, Come ...
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Does Nina Dobrev Foresee Big Changes For Katherine On 'Vampire Diaries'?
MTV News - over 3 years
Nina Dobrev's hiatus from "The Vampire Diaries" is quickly coming to an end. The 24-year-old has spent the better part of her break filming the buddy comedy "Let's Be Cops," with funny guys Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. But during our recent visit to the Atlanta-based set, Nina told us that not only would she wrap production on the film today, but she would start the fifth season of her CW series the very next day. (Like, tomorrow, people!) Of course, one of the biggest developments to come out of last season's gripping finale (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE EPISODE) was Katherine's transformation back into a human. So we just had to ask Nina how she thought her portrayal of the former bloodsucker would change in upcoming episodes. "I don't know that Katherine will change very much," Nina said. "She is who she is at her core. She's a human now, no longer a vampire, but she still has the same personality and the same traits, and she'll still be as conniving and ...
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No 'Happy Endings' For USA
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There won't be any "Happy Endings" for USA Network. A source confirmed to The Huffington Post that "Happy Endings" will not move to USA for a fourth season. Deadline first reported that USA and Sony Pictures Television officially ceased talks to bring "Happy Endings" over after being canceled by ABC. Before ABC axed the cult-hit comedy, talk of USA saving it emerged and Deadline reports USA entered talks immediately after ABC canceled the series. However, while the two parties have confirmed there were talks, no deal was made in the weeks following ABC's official cancellation of the comedy. "Happy Endings" starred Casey Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr., Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe, Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton. The series, which ran for three years on ABC, followed a group of six friends in Chicago. The series bounced around ABC's schedule before finally being exiled to Friday night back-to-back airings. The network aired commercials asking viewers to watch the show to s ...
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'21 Jump Street' villain Rob Riggle joins Fox comedy 'Let's Be Cops'
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - After finding himself on the wrong side of the law in "21 Jump Street," Rob Riggle is joining the police force himself. The actor's set to co-star in Luke Greenfield's comedy "Let's Be Cops," which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Sitcom stars Jake Johnson ("New Girl") and Damon Wayans Jr. ("Happy Endings") play two best friends who decide to impersonate cops for kicks but find themselves in over their heads when they unknowingly mess with a real mobster. ...
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Are Broadcast Networks Killing Comedy -- Is Its Future On Cable?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Happy Endings" is more than just a funny, flailing show on ABC. Its wobbly situation provides an object lesson in what ails broadcast network comedies more generally.  The show is adored by its fans, saddled with a checkered ratings history that earned it an iffy Friday night slot and it may be on its way to a new cable home. It's something of a poster child for the state of half-hour comedies on the Big Four networks. As television transitions to whatever's next with all the grace of the show's resident klutz, Penny (Casey Wilson), it's worth looking at what the ABC program may tell us about where the half-hour show is going -- and whether, as happened with one-hour dramas over the last decade, comedy's center of gravity is shifting to cable.  I recently spoke to the "Happy Endings" team and to other writer/producers about the state of not only this show but of comedies on the broadcast networks more generally. Many hour-long dramas on network TV are clearly struggling ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Damon Wayans, Jr.
    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    In 2012, Wayans was nominated in the "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" category at the NAACP Image Awards and Critic's Choice Television Awards for his work on season two of Happy Endings.
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  • 2011
    Age 28
    On May 16, 2011, the Fox Network announced that it had picked up the Zooey Deschanel anchored comedy New Girl, which featured Wayans in the supporting role of Coach.
    More Details Hide Details However, Happy Endings had already been picked up for a second season on rival network ABC. The producers of New Girl initially planned to recast Wayans' role, but later decided not to recast nor reshoot the pilot episode in which he appeared. Instead, starting with the second episode, Wayans' character was substituted with Lamorne Morris, playing the role of Winston, a former roommate who had been pursuing a professional basketball career in Latvia.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 11
    Wayans made his film debut when he was cast in his father's 1994 feature film Blankman playing Young Kevin.
    More Details Hide Details He later appeared on his father's sitcom My Wife and Kids as John, one of Junior's friends. He later worked as a staff writer on the series. In fact, the character of Junior was loosely based on Wayans Jr. himself. He appeared in and served as a writer on The Underground. Wayans, Jr. also surprised audiences when he garnered a standing ovation during his debut appearance on Def Comedy Jam. He starred in the Wayans comedy Dance Flick as the film's main character, Thomas. Wayans currently stars as Brad Williams, one of the lead characters in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, alongside Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, and Casey Wilson. The series was picked up for a third season, which begins airing on October 23, 2012.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on November 18, 1982.
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