Casting Roundup: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Alum, ‘Weeds’ Castaway and Lake Bell Get Guest Roles

Peter BergMore news from the corner of casting: some very familiar names will be making guest appearances this coming season. But we can also get excited about some of these stars’ involvement behind the camera of their new shows:

Now that Friday Night Lights has been put to rest, executive producer Peter Berg (also recognizeable as a film and television actor) has time to explore other projects. The first of which will be Prime Suspect, NBC’s new law enforcement drama. Berg is slated to be an EP on the new series, but he’ll also be enjoying a guest role as a former lover to star Maria Bello’s character Jane. Berg’s character will also a be a deputy chief and will be married. Prime Suspect premieres on NBC this Thursday, September 22, at 10 p.m. ET. -EW

Fox’s bubbly new sitcom New Girl, starring the you’ve-got-a-sickness-if-you-don’t-love-her Zooey Deschanel will be welcoming two notable guest stars: Lake Bell of Boston Legal and, presently, How to Make it In America and the hilarious Childrens Hospital will play a love interest for the good-hearted character Nick (Jake Johnson). Additionally, Natasha Lyonne (Jess in American Pie, American Pie 2, and the upcoming American Reunion) will enjoy a love-hate relationship with another of Deschanel’s character’s new roommates, Schmidt (Max Greenfield). New Girl premieres tonight on Fox at 9 p.m. ET/PT. -TVLine

Elizabeth Perkins started off Big and worked her way to the scene-stealing Celia in Weeds, and will now be joining The Closer as the troublesome wife of the LAPD commissioner, who stirs up controversy when she involves herself in a scandal. The Closer returns to TNT on Monday, Nov. 28. -AOL TV

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.

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