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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Tuesday on TV: "New Girl" gets a replacement roommate in Episode 2

I really like New Girl (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), but what's happening with the cast is sort of stupid.

In last week's pilot episode, Damon Wayans Jr. starred as Coach, one of the Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) new roommates. When that pilot was produced, the future of Wayans' ABC sitcom, "Happy Endings," was in doubt. So he was hedging his bets.

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Then ABC picked up "Happy Endings," making Wayans unavailable to "New Girl."

This sort of thing happens all the time during pilot season. What usually happens next is that Wayans' scenes in "New Girl" would be reshot with a different actor, who would continue on with the series.

But not this time. So, we're going to get a different actor (Lamorne Morris) playing a different character (Winston) in Episode 2.

That may have saved money on reshoots, but it seems unnecessarily dumb.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NCIS (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A popular Marine is stabbed to death.

The Biggest Loser (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Contestants learn they will have limited access to the gym.

History Detectives (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): One of the items under investigation is a shotgun that may have been used in the St. Valentine's Day massacre.

Glee (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Mr. Schuester starts a boot camp for some glee club members.

90210 (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Naomi wants revenge against Holly.

24 Hours in the ER (7 & 8 p.m.; 9 &10 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight, BBC America): Back-to-back episodes of this engaging documentary series shot inside a London hospital.

NCIS: Los Angeles (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The team investigates a cyber attack.

Dancing with the Stars (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A pair is eliminated.

Ringer (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Bridget uncovers some disturbing information about Andrew.

Raising Hope (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Chances meet Sabrina's father.

Unforgettable (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Carrie helps a boy who witnessed a murder.

Body of Proof (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A rich older man's much-younger wife is shot during a deer hunt.

Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Zeek gives Drew relationship advice.

Frontline (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A report on the building of a mosque near New York's Ground Zero.

Sons of Anarchy (11 p.m., FX): SAMCRO undertakes a new business venture.



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