Casting Bits: 'Modern Family' and 'Suburgatory' Get Their Own Nemeses
Casting Bits: 'Modern Family' and 'Suburgatory' Get Their Own Nemeses
More casting news for Wednesday night, including a Dancing with the Stars pro headed to sitcom-quality New York, and Neve Campbell scoring a new Lifetime pilot. But first, two ABC comedies get all evil (depends on who you're talking to, of course) and stuff.

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Is Phil Dunphy getting feisty? Looks like it, with news that Emmy winner Ellen Barkin is headed to Modern Family as a real estate broker who gets in Phil's nerves. In fact, she becomes his nemesis, according to TVLine. This comes in the heels of Greg Kinnear joining the show as Phil's business partner. I know that's awesome, but my money's still on Barkin's character winning it all.

More arch-nemeses! Robin Givens is headed to Suburgatorythe breakout star of 80s sitcom Head of the Class will appear in an episode of the ABC freshman comedy, Entertainment Weekly reports. Givens plays Tulsa, an old nemesis of Dallas (Cheryl Hines) from way back when. By nemesis, I mean someone who'd do Dallas wrong at every given chance -- think of stolen boyfriends and leg warmers. I assume she returns for more of the same, which is never good news for Dallas. Also, those names.

Elsewhere, expect to see more of Jake on The Secret CircleChris Zylka has been promoted to series regular on the CW drama, according to Entertainment Weekly. This should make choosing more difficult for Cassie (Britt Robertson), but a love triangle on the CW is always a good thing, right?

Karina Smirnoff is headed to Apartment 23: the recently-unengaged (or recently-resingled, whatever) Dancing with the Stars pro is headed to the ABC comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. The dancer's Twitter feed doesn't suggest much, although her talk of "a one-liner and a tango" suggests it's a cameo. But hey, not complaining: this season's winner deserves the spotlight. Now, where's J.R. Martinez when you need him?

Also, a behind-the-scenes pic! Why Dean Cain is here, I'm not exactly sure...

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And finally, a Lifetime pilot for Neve Campbell: the network has given the go-signal to produce the two-hour movie (and backdoor pilot) Sworn to Secrecy, based on the book by Linda Castillo and co-executive produced by Campbell and Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery. Deadline reports that the pilot revolves around Kate Burkholder, a survivor of a series of murders in her Amish-dominated hometown -- where she returns as the chief of police. Cue long-repressed emotions when she begins investigating a new string of murders. 

More casting news? We talked about a bunch of familiar faces returning to Grey's Anatomy, if that's your thing...

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