(L-R) Lamorne Morris, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Damon Wayans in Fox's "New Girl" (Airdate: Nov. 5, 2013)

(L-R) Lamorne Morris, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Damon Wayans in Fox’s “New Girl” (Airdate: Nov. 5, 2013)

*“New Girl” co-star Damon Wayans, Jr., who returned to the show for an arc this fall, will continue on the Fox comedy for the rest of the season, reports Deadline.com.

He is expected to be in every episode but is billed as a special guest star, leaving him available for pilot season. (He is executive producing a comedy project at Fox, which he could potentially star in.)

Wayans Jr. did the “New Girl” pilot in second position to his ABC series “Happy Endings.” But when ABC surprisingly renewed “Happy Endings,” producers at “New Girl” opted not to recast his character, but instead create a new one – played in episode 2 and beyond by Lamorne Morris.

Damon Wayans in Fox's "New Girls"

Damon Wayans in Fox’s “New Girls”

When Wayans Jr. became available following the cancellation of “Happy Endings” in May, he was invited to come back to “New Girl” for a four-episode arc, which began airing last night.

Coincidentally, last night “New Girl” had a 11% ratings spike in adults 18-49 and hit a season high in Men 18-34.