Casting Roundup: ‘The Office,’ ‘Suburgatory’ and ‘The Glee Project’ Welcome Newcomers

Maura TierneyEveryone who tuned in last week learned that James Spader has taken a permanent role on The Office. While California has been shown to be nothing if not out there, he clearly must have some foundation in reality, since, as we’ll learn this season, he is married. The Office has managed to nab an impressive comic actress for the role of California’s wife: Maura Tierney. Tierney’s TV impressive resume includes NewsRadio, ER, and Rescue Me: in all of which, she was a big win. The Office airs Thursday nights on NBC at 9 pm. -Vulture

One of the ABC series Cougar Town‘s greatest aspects is Dan Byrd, who plays the brooding, cynical college-aged son of Courtney Cox’s Jules. The stonefaced Byrd will be lending his talents to the new ABC sitcom Suburgatory, which displaces a single father and his teenaged daughter (Jane Levy) from their New York City lives into a “perfect” suburban community. Byrd will play a transfer student to the suburban high school, who provides a romantic interest to Levy’s Tessa. Suburgatory will premiere this Wednesday, September 28, at 8:30 pm. -Hollywood Reporter

The final bit of casting news has not actually yet been cemented, but the first step is in progress: The Glee Project has announced that auditions are now open for the Oxygen network’s musical competition series. Other details regarding The Glee Project‘s second season are still being finalized. -The Glee Project

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.