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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: Coach returns to 'New Girl' for first time since the pilot

Former roommate Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) returns, and he wants to move back in on New Girl (8 p.m., Fox/Ch.13).

Wayans played Coach in the "New Girl" pilot episode, which aired in September 2011. When he filmed the episode, the thinking was that "Happy Endings" was on the verge of cancellation and he would be available to be a regular on "New Girl."

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But then ABC picked up "Happy Endings," which ran for two more low-rated seasons, and "New Girl" added Lamorne Morris as Winston.

And now Coach is back for the first of a half-dozen episodes.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NBA (5:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Brooklyn Nets

NCIS (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Family matters force Gibbs to duck out in the middle of a case.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Coulson and the team pursue an elusive killer.

The Biggest Loser (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): There's a challenge in a pumpkin patch.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): After emancipation, blacks seek economic, political and civil rights.

The Originals (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Klaus tries to protect Haley.

NCIS: Los Angeles (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The team uncovers a threat to a train.

The Goldbergs (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Barry gets his driver's license.

The Voice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The live playoffs continue.

American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A profile of guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Supernatural (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Sam and Dean try to communicate with a dog - the only witness to a pair of murders.

Trophy Wife (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jackie hooks up with one of Pete's co-workers (Nat Faxon).

The Mindy Project (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch.13): Mindy dates a wild skateboarder.

Person of Interest (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A hypnotherapist is stealing from his clients.

In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Countdown to the CMA Awards (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Shania Twain are among those interviewed.

Ravenswood (9 p.m., ABC Family): The gang holds a séance.

Sons of Anarchy (11 p.m., FX): Jax is rocked when new secrets are revealed.



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