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TV Tidbits: A '30 Rock' Return, A 'Big Bang Theory' Promotion

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Aug 23, 2012 | 8:58am EDT

Maulik Pancholy, Kevin Sussman30 Rock: After ditching 30 Rock for NBC's other not-quite-as-popular sitcom Whitney, Maulik Pancholy (who has made a name for himself playing gay characters on those two shows, plus Weeds) will return to Rock Center for the seventh and final season of the long-running comedy as Jonathan, Jack's (Alec Baldwin) much put-upon assistant. [Deadline]

The Big Bang Theory: Comic book store owner Stuart will be popping up much more frequently in the sixth season of CBS's brainy sitcom, as Kevin Sussman — who has played the recurring character since Season 2 — has been promoted to a series regular. He won't appear in every episode as other promotees Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, but his promotion should signify a lot more action in the comic store. Not that it isn't commonly visited by the main quartet of geeks already. [Deadline]

The Mentalist: William Forsythe (The Mob Doctor) and Samaire Armstrong (Dirty Sexy Money) are returning to the CBS procedural as Rigsby's gangster father and a hooker-turned-informant, respectively. They're joined by Dove Cameron (Shameless), who is set to play Jane's daughter in a flashback. [TVLine]

Ben and Kate: Funny gal Lindsay Sloane will play Louise, an ex-girlfriend of Ben's (Nat Faxon) who unexpectedly tracks him down, in Fox's new fall sitcom. [TVLine]

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