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.
A few episodes of season 5 were filmed along with the 22 episodes of the fourth season because Zooey Deschanel was pregnant, so with the show moving to mid season, the network will order more episodes to have a complete season to air.
In episode 2 of season 2, the actress who plays Winston's sister (Keenyah Hill) was previously on cycle four of America's Next Top Model. Schmidt makes a reference to Tyra Banks (the host of ANTM) when he is hitting on her.