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'The Office' Adds New Characters, Lee Majors to Guest on '$#*! My Dad Says' and More

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 18th 2011 8:30AM
Lee MajorsLast week we reported that Steve Carell will be leaving 'The Office' early. Now we hear that execs are looking to add some new characters to the cast later this season. And the search is on for an actress to play Stanley's previously unseen adult daughter.

According to TVLine.com, exec producer Greg Daniels has confirmed that casting is underway for the recurring role, which may be expanded to a regular spot. "We're trying to take Steve's departure as an opportunity to shake things up and add some new characters," said Daniels.

He added that Carell's exit will give the supporting cast a chance to shine. "For Michael not to take up the A story in every episode means that a lot of them are getting the A stories now."

More casting news, including Lee Majors on '$#*! My Dad Says' and 'Lost' alum Michael Emerson on 'Parenthood' after the jump ...

Now for news that will bring a smile to the face of every 'Six Million Dollar Man' fan: William Shatner has announced that the Bionic Man himself, Lee Majors, is to guest star on '$#*! My Dad Says.' Majors will appear in the upcoming February 3 episode, playing an arrogant millionaire who competes with Ed (Shatner) for Rosemary (Jean Smart), who Ed had been seeing non-exclusively.

Shatner tweeted that he is "thrilled to be working with an old friend."

Entertainment Weekly reports that 'Lost' veteran Michael Emerson has landed a guest-starring role on NBC drama 'Parenthood,' playing a bug specialist. In the episode, airing in March, Emerson plays "Amazing Andy (of Amazing Andy's Wonderful World of Bugs), a smart-yet-socially-awkward man who's hired to entertain the children at a birthday party for Max (Max Burkholder). Like Max, the son of Kristina (Monica Potter) and Adam (Peter Krause), Andy has Asperger's syndrome."

And in casting news from across the pond, it's been announced that 'The Wire' star Dominic West has signed on to play real-life serial killer Fred West (no relation). The ITV drama, 'Appropriate Adult,' will follow the story of how West and his wife/accomplice were brought to justice by English police in the mid-1990s. Emily Watson ('Gosford Park') co-stars, and the drama will be directed by Julian Jarrold ('Brideshead Revisited').

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