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Casting Roundup: 'Buffy' Reunion at CW,' 'Cheers' Reunion and a 'Star Wars' Legend on ABC

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Oct 07, 2011 | 12:43pm EDT

Amber BensonSarah Michelle Gellar's new CW series Ringer brings us back to great memories past when we'd look forward to Buffy the Vampire Slayer every week. For those of us who were fans of the series, Ringer is giving us a treat: visiting the show in a guest role will be Buffy alum Amber Benson. Benson played Tara, Willow Rosenberg's (Alyson Hanigan) true love. In Ringer, Benson will play a stripper who doubles as a police informant for Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell). Benson will appear on the tenth episode of Ringer's first season. The series airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. -TVGuide

Fans of Star Wars will rejoice: an ambassador from Cloud City is coming to ABC. Bill Dee Williams, famous for his Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi roles as Lando Calrissean, and for playing Harvey Dent a.k.a. Two-Face in the 1989 Batman film, has signed on for a guest role, playing himself, on the ABC sitcom Man Up!. The series follows three men (Dan Fogler, Mather Zickel and Christopher Moynihan) on a pursuit for masculinity. Man Up! premieres Tuesday, October 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. -EW

In a miraculous twist of fate, we might be seeing the Cheers reunion that so many of us have long hoped for. ABC is developing The Manzanis, a family sitcom about a stereotypical loud-mouthed Italian-American family moving to (and clashing with the residents of) a quiet, white collar neighborhood. Kirstie Alley will play the lead, Angela Manzani, while her fellow Cheers veteran Rhea Perlman will be playing her mother-in-law. This sort of thing gives hope for cameos from old castmembers. I know Ted Danson is pretty busy, but he can make time, right? -TVLine

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