Casting Bits: A 'Freaky Friday' Reunion on 'NCIS', Plus Barbara Hershey Heads to Fairytale Land
Casting Bits: A 'Freaky Friday' Reunion on 'NCIS', Plus Barbara Hershey Heads to Fairytale Land
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
This week's casting roundup includes a Broadway veteran, a Grammy winner, the arrival of a love rival and a reunion of sorts. Read on to find out more.

Stephen Lang heads to In Plain Sight: Fans of the USA drama series will finally meet Mary Shannon's (Mary McCormack)  father after being referenced over the past seasons. According to TV Guide, the Terra Nova actor has been tapped for a three-episode arc to play  James Wiley Shannon. In case you didn't know, Mary's dad is a career criminal who abandoned Mary as a child. You can find out more about him when In Plain Sight returns for its fifth and final season on March 16.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Sean Astin to appear on NCIS: Mark Harmon will be reuniting with his Freaky Friday co-star in an upcoming episode of the CBS procedural set to air in late March. Both Curtis and Astin will be appearing as a psychological operations investigator. "I've been a big fan of Sean's for years and this is a part we literally tailored for him," executive producer Gary Glasberg tells Entertainment Weekly of the Lord of the Rings star. "We couldn't be happier to have Sean join us. Jamie's character, Doctor Ryan, oversees a team of brilliant PsyOps agents and Sean will prove to be her go-to operative. We can't wait to throw him into the mix, watch it develop, and have some fun."

Noah Bean and Barbara Hershey takes a trip to Fairytale Land: Nikita actor Noah Bean will making a guest appearance on Once Upon a Time, TV Line reports. He'll play a stable boy who believes in the power of love. Additionally, Entertainment Weekly reports that Hershey has been cast to appear for at least three episodes as the Evil Queen's mother in season 2. Want more Once Upon a Time scoop? Click here!

Sendhil Ramamurthy hired by The Office: Spoiler alert... The former Heroes actor will be coming in between Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Ryan (B.J. Novak) in an episode set to air in the spring. "We go through a heart-wrenching break-up," Novak reveals to TV Guide. "Ryan and Kelly end up becoming bitter enemies in the office when she falls in love with an Indian doctor. He's very handsome and a much, much better match for Kelly than Ryan is."

Kristen Wigg on Portlandia: The Saturday Night Live star will be gracing this week's episode entitled "Cat Nap" as a crazy stalker. Get a sneak peek here:

Broadway veteran Michael McKean and Grammy Award winner Miranda Lambert on Law & Order: SVU: McKean and Lambert will appear together in an upcoming episode of the NBC procedural. McKean is slated to play a reality show producer accused of sexuality assaulting an actress who comes in the form of Lambert. Check out the preview below:

Boardwalk Empire returns for season 3 without Paz de la Huerta: According to TV Line, the HBO series has decided not to renew the contract of the actress who plays Lucy Danziger. On the other hand, producers will be bringing in new faces, including a rival to Nucky played by Bobby Cannavale. 

Last but not the least, Ryan Murphy says Jessica Lange will return to American Horror Story on Andy Cohen's Plead the Fifth. Check out the video here

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