TVLine Items: New Chicago Fire Chief, Megan Hilty on TV Land and More

Fredric Lehne Chicago Fire

The members of Firehouse 51 might not want to get too comfortable when Chicago Fire returns — at least, not if Fredric Lehne has his way.

The ubiquitous TV actor will recur on Season 4 of the NBC drama as Deputy District Chief Ray Riddle, a gruff, politically savvy fire chief above Boden.

According to EW.com, Riddle is gunning for the Fire Commissioner position — and he doesn’t care if Firehouse 51 becomes collateral damage along the way.

Lehne’s many TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, American Horror Story and Supernatural, as well as the upcoming TNT drama Public Morals.

Chicago Fire returns Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 10/9c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Smash alumna Megan Hilty will co-star in I Shudder, TV Land’s dark comedy pilot starring Hamish Lanklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) as Elyot Vionnet, a meticulous man who gives unsolicited advice to those who lack manners and common decency. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Hilty will play Sara Morelle, the demanding mother of Stella, an 11-year-old girl with whom Elyot teams to rid the world of tactless people.

* Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, Comedy Central’s @midnight will air at 11 pm, serving as the lead-in to The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore until Sept. 21.

* Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) will appear as herself on an upcoming episode of Liv and Maddie that focuses on female empowerment, according to ET Online.

* Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will guest-star on Last Man Standing‘s fifth season, playing a car aficionado who won’t leave Vanessa and Mike alone, EW.com reports.