Casting Roundup: Jennifer Coolidge on ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ‘West Wing’ Star on ‘Once Upon a Time’

Jennifer CoolidgeCBS’ newest hit, 2 Broke Girls, is welcoming a guest star to its not-so-Williamsburgy Williamsburg setting: Jennifer Coolidge, most renowned for her role in the American Pie movies, Stifler’s Mom. Coolidge will play Sophie, a workaholic neighor to the starring pair of Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. No word yet on whether or not she’ll play a friend or nemesis to the mismatched roommies, but we’re going to bank on the latter, as the show seems to be embracing the “Max and Caroline vs. the World” motif. 2 Broke Girls airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -Deadline

The surprise ratings wonder that was Once Upon a Time is attracting some formidable guest appearances, including a prominent West Wing alum. Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler in Aaron Sorkin’s White House drama, has earned a pretty high ranking in ABC’s fairy tale world. He’ll be playing King Leopold of the Enchanted Forest (not too shabby), and father of the show’s heroine, Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). King Leopold will make his appearance on the eleventh episode of the season, complete with a gripping (and sad) backstory involving a few other folk tale favorites. Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -TVLine

Jerry O’Connell has come a long way since his film debut as Vern Tessio in the unforgettable Stand by Me. The actor is now a new father, and was inspired by the humorous bedtime story Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach to create a sitcom chronicling the challenges of new parenthood. CBS has purchased the series, and O’Connell will star as well produce. Mansbach came onboard to help craft the series. From his personal experience came the additional character element of being a newly successful children’s author and balancing career and family. -Deadline

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.