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Kelsey Grammer Returning to '30 Rock,' Megan Mullally Books 'Up All Night' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 7:30PM
Kelsey Grammer 30 RockThe Best Friends Gang is getting back together on '30 Rock.'

According to TV Guide, 'Boss' star Kelsey Grammer will return to '30 Rock' and reunite with Kenneth and Jenna for a scam. Grammer previously guest starred as himself in the Season 5 episode 'Reaganing.' In the Season 5 episode, the trio scammed Carvel.

The Season 6 episode will feature a bigger scam, Grammer told TV Guide. Look for the former 'Frasier' star to pants Pete (Scott Adsit).

In other casting news ...

'Mad Men' actress Kiernan Shipka will guest star on ABC's 'Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23.' Shipka will play herself opposite James Van Der Beek. The 'Dawson's Creek' actor plays himself in the series and in the episode he signs on to a movie co-starring the 'Mad Men' actress. [EW]

'Playboy Club' star Laura Benanti is heading to 'Law & Order: SVU.' Benanti will play the wife of Danny Pino's character Detective Nick Amaro. So far it's only for one episode, but the role could become a multi-episode arc. [TV Guide]

'Will & Grace' star Megan Mullally set to guest star on 'Up All Night.' Mullally will play Shayna Mund, a rival talk show host to Maya Rudolph's character Ava, for one episode. Shayna used to be Ava's protege, but now she'll stop at nothing to beat her, even if that means stealing Ava's show ideas. [E! Online]

'Damages' actor Derek Webster replaces Joseph C. Phillips in 'Castle.' Webster will replace 'General Hospital' star Phillips as Robert Weldon, the show's New York City mayor. The producers will delve into Weldon's backstory and his friendship with Nathan Fillion's character Castle. Webster is set to make his debut in early 2012. [TV Line]

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