Why is an X-Man baring (almost) all for a ‘Family’ sitcom? Who is Penny’s ‘Big Bang’ daddy? What new trouble is ‘Prison Break’s T-Bag stirring up? We’ve got a round-up of TV’s hottest casting news!
‘X’ APPEAL: James Marsden (‘X-Men’s Cyclops) will guest-star on an upcoming episode of ABC’s ‘Modern Family,’ playing a chiseled new neighbor of Cameron and Mitchell’s who throws the boys into a tizzy when he shows up, uninvited, in their hot tub. (TV Guide Magazine)
WHO’S THE MOM?: When Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie‘ returns for its third season, Judith Light (‘Who’s The Boss’) will step in for Blythe Danner in the role of one of Coop’s lesbian mothers; Danner was unavailable. (Deadline)
MIXED-UP MOTHERS: Currently riding the buzz surrounding ‘Back To The Future‘s 25th anniversary, Lea Thompson been cast as one of the moms in ‘Switched At Birth,’ an ABC Family pilot about two teen girls who discover they were [see series title]. As a result, the girls’ families of course decide to move in together. Constance Marie (‘George Lopez’) plays the second mother. (Zap2It)
‘SHAMELESS’ GIG: ‘Prison Break’/'Heroes’ baddie Robert Knepper has booked a short arc on the upcoming Showtime series ‘Shameless,’ playing a (you guessed it!) ne’er-do-well who dogs William H. Macy’s character. (Deadline)