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Casting Roundup: 'Modern Family' Brings in an Apatow Favorite & 'Hot in Cleveland' Gets a Spinoff

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Oct 03, 2011 | 2:23pm EDT

Leslie MannModern Family has done wonders in the world of guest casting. The series has brought in television icons and A-list film stars to play hilarious, touching and all-around memorable roles. This season, we'll be getting two notable visitors to the Modern Family set. The first is Judd Apatow repeat-offender Leslie Mann, who will play, curiously enough, a love interest for Cam...in an effort to prove he can pass for straight, Cam sets out to woo Mann's character (probably to explosive and hysterical results). Also joining the show as a new neighbor to the Dunphys will be standup comedian Kevin Hart. gave Phil and Claire a new neighbor, it was in the form of Philip Baker Hall—he gave a stellar performance as an elderly grouch who forms an unlikely friendship with the youngest Dunphy, Luke. Who knows what kind of effect Hart's character, stated to  be a doctor, will have on the family...or what effect they (especially the incurably wacky Phil) will have on him? Modern Family airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine, EW

The Closer's final season is chock full of welcome guest stars. Weeds alum Elizabeth Perkins and omnipresent funnyman Fred Willard have both been mentioned to play guest roles in the past, but the latest news revolves around Sunset Beach star Jason George. George's character, Marvin Evans, is a wealthy businessman who might have indirect connections to the murder of Terrell Baylor. George also had a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy. The Closer will pick up the second half of its final season on Nov. 28 on TNT. George's episode will air on Monday, Dec. 26. -EW

Cedric the Entertainer is no stranger to television roles. He started his career as a supporting character (or two) on The Steve Harvey Show. He also lent his voice to the animated series The Proud Family. And most recently, he enjoyed a lively guest role on the Betty White-starring TBS series Hot in Cleveland as a musical preacher. It looks like this role was hardly a waste, as Cedric the Entertainer will star in a Hot in Cleveland spinoff series as this character. Cedric's minister's (who is proficient in the musical stylings of R&B) series is in production. -AOLTV

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