Casting Roundup: A ‘Bridesmaids’ Fav on Fox, New Blood on ‘American Horror Story’ & More

Rachael HarrisAs the rush of the Fall TV season inches closer and closer, we naturally get more news about which actors and actresses we’ll see making appearances on a few new series.Bridesmaids’ Wendi McLendon-Covey is a longtime fixture in television comedy. You might remember her from Reno 911, or the lesser-known Lovespring International, in which she had a starring role. The latest McLendon-Covey news has her guest-starring on the upcoming season of Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The actress will take the role of Principal Diego at the high school of Jamie Pressly’s and Katie Finneran’s loathesome teenage daughters. I Hate My Teenage Daughter premieres November 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

Rachael Harris is memorable as Ed Helms’ horrific live-in girlfriend in the first Hangover movie, but has also had a long line of guest spots on impressive sitcoms, including FriendsModern Family and Party Down. We will be seeing Harris in a guest role on the new NBC comedy Free Agents, starring The Simpsons heavy-lifter Hank Azaria and frequent Will Ferrell-supporter Kathryn Hahn. Free Agents enjoys a soft premiere Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET and will premiere in its regular timeslot on Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Steering away from the comedy, we have news that American Horror Story will be receiving a new guest star: Sarah Paulson. Paulson will enjoy a four-episode arc as a medium named Billie Dean. Paulson’s previous television work has included Studio 60 on the Sunset StripDeadwood and American Gothic. American Horror Story premieres on October 5 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

Source: Laughspin, TVGuide, TVLine

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.