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Exclusive: Parenthood Casts Zeek's Mom!

It’s time to meet the matriarch on Parenthood.

Veteran actress and two-time Tony winner Frances Sternhagen has been cast as Zeek’s (Craig T. Nelson) never-before-seen mother, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Sternhagen, whose TV credits include playing mom to John Ratzenberger’s Cliff on Cheers and, more recently, Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda on The Closer, will appear in one episode of the NBC drama to air in early ’12.