Monday, November 10, 2014

Casting News - Roseanne Barr to Appear on 'Cristela'; 'Community' Adds Paget Brewster & Keith David; Plus 6 More Updates!

Casting News - November 10, 2014

A&E's Bates Motel; ABC's Cristela; CBS' Criminal Minds & The Good Wife; FOX's New Girl; NBC's Chicago Fire; USA's Sirens; and Yahoo Screen's Community.

  • Chris Elliot (Eagleheart) will appear in an early 2015 episode of the hit drama. He will play an English professor who is brought in to help Alicia (Julianna Margulies) prepare for her debate against Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce) by being her opponent's stand-in during rehearsals.
  • Richard Roundtree (Being Mary Jane) has been cast in a recurring role on the drama's third season. He will play Chief Boden's (Eamonn Walker) father who visits Chicago to meet his new grandson, but soon realizes he has stuff to work out with his own son.
  • Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Keith David (Enlisted) have joined the comedy's upcoming sixth season as new series regulars. Brewster will play Francesca "Frankie" Dart, a college consultant hoping to help Greendale. David will play Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist looking to reinvent himself. Coincidentally, both have appeared on the series before - with Brewster popping up in Season 5's "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" and David narrating the events of Season 3's memorable "Pillows and Blankets."
  • Zoe Lister-Jones (Whitney, Friends with Better Lives) has booked a recurring role on the comedy's fourth season. She will play a city councilwoman who Schmidt (Max Greenfield) attempts to charm in order to put a stop to the night construction outside of the loft.
  • Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project, Higher Ground) will appear on the drama's upcoming third season on a recurring basis. He will play James Finnigan, a community college psych professor whose pull towards Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away at his carefully constructed house of cards.
  • Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) will appear in a January episode of the veteran procedural as a young version of Gideon (former series regular Mandy Patinkin). In the episode, a present-day case will force Rossi (Joe Mantegna) to recall a case he and Gideon worked on back in the 1970s. Robert Dunne, who played young Rossi in Season 8, will reprise his role in the flashbacks.
  • Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, The Exes) will guest star in an upcoming episode of the comedy's second season. He will play Richard, a pompous bachelor who is so afraid of hospitals that it takes the desperate pleading of a friend to seek treatment for a stomach-turning leg injury.
  • Roseanne star Roseanne Barr will appear on an upcoming episode of the comedy's first season. She will play Veronica, Trent's (Sam McMurray) estranged wife. Though they still love each other, they just can't seem to get along. A former hippie-turned-lawyer/activist, Veronica does pro bono work, which appeals to Cristela (Cristela Alonzo).