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Casting Roundup: Gary Busey on 'Two and a Half Men' and 'New Girl's' New Romance

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Nov 04, 2011 | 2:05pm EDT

Kali HawkThe Two and a Half Men set is no stranger to the eccentric. But now that Charlie Sheen is gone, it needs to fill the void of not-quite-sane celebrity somehow. There is no defecit in actors who might be short a few, but they really grabbed from the upper echelon of the pool of peculiarity with this new guest casting decision. Gary Busey will appear on an episode of Two and a Half Men, playing himself. Experiencing some latent grief over the loss of his brother, Alan (Jon Cryer) begins to foster delusions that he is Charlie. He goes to a psychiatric hospital to sort this situation out, and meets none other than Busey, who's also a patient at the mental health care institution. Busey's episode of Two and a Half Men will air on Monday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -THR

Fox's unstoppably lovable New Girl will be amping up its unstoppable lovability (be careful watching: you might be transformed into a Care Bear or something). Kali Hawk, who you likely know from films like BridesmaidsGet Him to the Greek and Couples Retreat, will be stopping by the series to play a love interest for Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) most rigid roommate, Winston (Lamorne Morris). Hawk's character, Shelby, is an old love of Winston's who used to be quite obsessed with our most closed-mouth New Guy. Hawk will remain on the show for a multi-episode arc, sparking up some old feelings no doubt. New Girl airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. -TVLine

Megan Mullally is a gift to comedic television. She was the heavy-hitter on Will & Grace, the secret weapon on Party Down, and continues to be one of the highlights of Childrens Hospital (and don't get us started on her recurring Parks & Rec role). She's heading over to Fox to join the cast of the hacker sitcom Breaking In, starring Bret Harrison and Christian Slater. Mullally will play a new head of the security firm, usurping Oz's (Slater) position as top banana. Season 2 of Breaking In will head into production in January, to join Fox's Tuesday night lineup come at midseason. -Deadline

The Showtime drama Shameless, starring William H. Macy as a no-good alcoholic father of six, is on its way back for a second season. Come the twelfth episode of the season, we will meet a guest character played by Jenna Elfman of Dharma & Greg fame. Elfman is known for her comedic chops, but will likely have to channel some drama in the often heavy Showtime series. Showtime describes Elfman's character as "a woman with a dangerous past and an awkward present." Shameless will premiere Sunday, Jan. 8 on Showtime. -AOLTV

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