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Fred Willard Books 'The Closer' 100th Episode, 'Game of Thrones' Grows and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 29th 2011 3:00PM
Fred WillardFred Willard is stopping by 'The Closer' just in time to celebrate the TNT drama's 100th episode.

According to EW, Willard will play Santa. Sort of.

Willard's character is the owner of a Christmas village and he has delusions he's the real Santa Claus. Look for a serious casualty to happen -- via a zip line -- at the character's village.

The veteran actor was last seen on TV making a cameo on 'Franklin & Bash.'

In other casting news ...

'General Hospital' star Lisa LoCicero will guest on 'Rizzoli & Isles.' LoCicero will play a suspect in a dance mom murder. [TVLine]

Lucian Msamati and Nonso Anozie and Laura Pradelska have joined 'Game of Thrones.' Msamati will play pirate Salladhor Saan, Anozie will play Xaro Xhoan Daxo and Pradelska has been cast as Quaithe. [THR]

Stephen Root and Romy Rosemont will guest star on 'Fringe.' The real-life married couple will play a couple in the sixth episode. [TVLine]

Will Forte is stopping by 'Up All Night.' Forte joins fellow 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Maya Rudolph on the NBC series. He'll play a father who connects with Will Arnett's stay-at-home dad character. [Vulture]

'Heroes' veteran Zachary Quinto has booked a scary role on 'American Horror Story.' Quinto will appear in at least four episodes as Chad, the gay former owner of the house Viven and Ben Harmon buy. [Deadline]

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