TVLine Items: Josh Gad Ogles New Girl, Sons Vet Gets Burn'd, Hospital Hamms It Up and More!

New Girl Josh GadJosh Gad is crushing on a New Girl.

Broadway’s Book of Mormon alum has booked a gig in the quirky Fox comedy’s second season premiere, E! Online reports.

Gad — who also co-stars in NBC’s midseason comedy 1600 Penn — will play a beer-delivery guy named Bearclaw (!) who tries to woo Zooey Deschanel’s leading lady Jess.

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New Girl‘s Season 2 debut bows Sept. 25 at 9/8c, following another new episode airing the same night at 8 pm.

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Explosive Sons of Anarchy alum Kenny Johnson (pun intended) will guest-star in Burn Notice‘s upcoming midseason finale (airing Aug. 23), per The Hollywood Reporter. He’ll play a merciless assassin.

Jon Hamm has booked a bound-to-be-hilarious guest spot on Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, reports. He’ll play the titular institution’s founder, Arthur Childrens, via a series of 1930s flashbacks.

• The Young and the Restless co-head writer Scott Hamner is stepping down, Soap Opera Digest reports. Though his departure is described as a “sabbatical,” the scribe tells the site that he had planned to let his contract expire but current Y&R EP Maria Arena Bell talked him out of it. Additionally, Daytime Confidential reports that ex-General Hospital showrunner Jill Farren Phelps is in talks to take over as exec producer of the CBS soap.

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Jim O’Heir, the man behind Parks and Recreation‘s Pawnee putz Jerry, has been tapped to appear in The Mentalist‘s Season 5 premiere. According to, he’ll guest as a hotel manager who assists in an investigation.

Luke MacFarlane (Brothers & Sisters) will appear in Episode 2 of The CW’s new fall procedural Beauty and the Beast. Per, he’ll guest as an instructor at a ballet company whose prima ballerina has been murdered. Beauty and the Beast premieres Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c.

Vampire Diaries alumna Alice Evans will guest-star in a Season 2 episode of Grimm, reports. She’ll play a Royal who shares a past with Sasha Roiz’s Captain Renard.

ITV’s Jeremy Piven-starring Mr. Selfridge, a 10-episode drama based on the life of the flamboyant founder of London’s Selfridge department store, will debut stateside in early 2013 as part of PBS’ buzzy Masterpiece.

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Comments (8)

  • I remain confused by the New Girl schedule. The premiere for season 2 occurs after another new episode of New Girl that same night?

    Comment by xsikal – July 26, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Correct. The 9 pm episode is the official Season 2 premiere.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – July 26, 2012 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thanks :) I’ll assume Fox knows what they are doing and are not just trying to warp my brain.

        Comment by xsikal – July 26, 2012 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • hahaha I love Josh Gad, that’s perfect casting!

    Comment by Maggie – July 26, 2012 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jon Hamm already played Arthur Childrens’ son Derrick Childrens in 2 episodes

    Comment by Tmac11 – July 26, 2012 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How many love interests is Jess going to have?!

    Comment by Ella – July 26, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Jess would be even more adorkable with a heavier-set cuddly teddy bear-type guy! Gad is interesting, but I would love to see her with Jorge Garcia. That would be fun! Garcia would be better on a sitcom anyways.

      Comment by Eli – July 27, 2012 01:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Any word whether Nadia will be back on New Girl? She absolutely stole the show at the end of the season. She should become a regular. Best line of the season by Schmidt!!! ” I swear NAdia’s Vagina had a right angle!!!

    Comment by JASon – July 26, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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