Casting Roundup: ‘CSI: NY’, ‘Body of Proof’ and ‘Cougar Town’ Welcome New Guest Stars

Susan Blakely

The casting roundup continues with fervor. Two crime procedurals will be winning guest players, while a beloved (although unfortunately named) sitcom has finally cast a mother for one of its stars.

CSI: NY will be welcoming Jeffrey Nording (24, Desperate Housewives) to play the role of a U.S. senator who is dissatisfied with the way the CSI team handled his daughter’s rape case. Nording will be reuniting with CSI: NY star Sela Ward, with whom he starred in Once & Again. Nording will play the senator character for two episodes that will air this November on CBS. CSI: NY premieres this Friday, September 23, at 10/9c on CBS. –EW via TVLine

Fans of The Wire and Bones will be pleased with the casting choice for Body of Proof‘s newest character. Deirdre Lovejoy, who played Assistant State Attorney Rhonda Pearlman on The Wire and serial killer “The Gravedigger” on Bones, will be appearing on the second season of ABC’s series as Jeannine, the wife of Detective Bud Morris (John Caroll Lynch). Body of Proof airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC. –TVLine

The comedy world will not be deprived of guest stars. Bill Lawrence’s ABC series Cougar Town is finally revealing where the malicious and cold-hearted, but somehow likeable, Ellie (Christa Miller) came from: an equally malicious and cold-hearted, though somewhat less likeable, mother in the form of Susan Blakely. Reportedly, Ellie will spend a great deal of her mother’s visit to Cougar Town, FL, trying to convince her naive friends that her seemingly sweet mother is actually a horrible person. Very Bill Lawrencey stuff. Cougar Town‘s return date to ABC has yet to be set, although we’re hoping for a November Season 3 premiere. –TVLine