The Emmy winner is joining the CBS drama for a three-episode arc beginning in February. Ferrera will play Natalie, a graduate student in whom Eli (Alan Cumming) develops a romantic interest.
“We’ve been watching and loving America for years now on Ugly Betty,” says exec producer Robert King, “and it’ll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role, especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming.”
This marks Ferrera’s first TV gig since Betty signed off the air last year.
But wait, there’s more: Seinfeld vet Jerry Stiller has also signed on to guest-star as a judge who has been known to doze off during trials. “Jerry is our dream judge,” raves King. “It was great when we got to stop saying ‘We need a Jerry Stiller type in the role’ and just got Jerry Stiller.’”