Casting Bits: Two Guys Headed for 'New Girl' and Another Two for 'Parks and Recreation'
Casting Bits: Two Guys Headed for 'New Girl' and Another Two for 'Parks and Recreation'
There's a lot happening this week in casting news. A True Blood star is getting close to Zooey Deschanel, a couple of funny ladies will bring life to The Good Wife, and someone's dad is coming back to Gossip Girl. Read on!

More men on New Girl: According to TV Line, Dermot Mulroney will be starring in an upcoming episode of the FOX comedy as a love interest for Jess. Of course. This time though, it's a love-hate relationship. He plays the handsome and intelligent dad of one of her students, and they start out in bad terms until they get closer. He's slated to appear sometime in March or April.

But for February, catch Jess' next catch: Ryan Kwanten. It's the Valentine's Day episode! "I save her from choking on a cherry," he told TV Guide. "But he loves talking about food and turns out to be one of the most boring guys she's ever dated." Hah, maybe she should see him on True Blood.

New faces for Leslie's electoral race: Parks and Recreation has booked two stars to play big roles in Ms. Knope's city council invasion. First off, her opponent. NY Mag reports that a character played by Paul Rudd is in the running. While NBC won't confirm the news, sources claim he already filmed his scenes. Besides, you won't have to wait long to find out. The show returns on Thursday.

Another face you should look out for is that of comedy icon Carl Reiner. TV Guide reports his appearance as a Pawnee elder, whose influence might just be what Leslie needs. 

Rivals return to The Good Wife, among others: TV Guide reports that Parker Posey and Amy Sedaris will be back on the legal drama on February 19. They're not the only guest stars lined up for the episode either. 

As announced by, the others who'll be reprising their roles include: Denis O'Hare as Judge Charles Abernathy, Rita Wilson as Viola Walsh, Edward Herrmann as Lionel Deerfield, John Benjamin Hickey as Neil Gross, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Geneva Pine, Anna Camp as Caitlin D'Arcy, Monica Raymund as Dana Lodge, and Jack Carpenter as Patrick Edelstein. Now that's something to watch out for.

Cameos galore on Jane by Design: The ABC Family show has managed to call in troops from the fashion industry. First there's model Paulina Porizkova, costume designer Patricia Field, designers Betsey Johnson and Nanette Lepore, as well as several fashion magazine editors.

"They're very subtle cameos, so unless you know to look for them you wouldn't notice. We just wanted to give it an authenticity, give the fashion element an insider perspective," series EP April Blair told TV Guide. She didn't dish out details on dates, but that just gives us another reason to tune in.

Baldwin's back on Gossip Girl: As if Serena wasn't in enough trouble already, a crisis brings her dad back in her life. E! Online reports that Billy Baldwin has signed on to appear in episode 17 of the current season, and it won't be all hugs and kisses when father and daughter reunite.

Law & Order: SVU gets Harry Connick Jr. and a singer: The award-winning actor has booked the role of Executive ADA David Haden, who'll tackle a case with Mariska Hargitay's Detective Benson. Will they work well together? Well, just wait and see. NBC has revealed his appearance to be scheduled on January 18. Meanwhile, check out this clip of the two stars on set:

Another guest star slated to appear on the show is country music singer Miranda Lambert. According to TV Guide, she'll actually be making her acting debut as "an actress who claims to have been sexually assaulted by a reality show producer." There's no schedule for her episode yet, but keep an eye out for this Grammy Award winner when Law and Order: SVU returns this month.

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