Damon Wayans Jr. was originally a cast member playing the character of Coach. Wayans was expecting his series, Happy Endings (2011), to be canceled. But when that series was renewed, Wayans was unable to continue with this series after the pilot. He was replaced with Lamorne Morris as Winston. After "Happy Endings" was canceled, Wayans was able to return to this series in the third season.
Both Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson have Jake Johnson have portrayed school principles. Johnson played Principle Dadier in "21 Jump Street" while Deschanel became a Vice-Principle in the 3rd season of "New Girl".