TVLine Items: 13 Reasons Castings, Evan Hansen to Will & Grace and More

Days after adding seven new actors for Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, Netflix has doubled down and announced four more names joining the cast in recurring roles.

Desperate Housewives alum/Supergirl villain Brenda Strong will play Nora Walker, the mother of Justin Prentice’s Bryce, while Jake Weber (Medium) will play her husband Barry, a successful hedge fund manager and pillar of the community.

Meredith Monroe (Criminal Minds) will play mother to Alex (Miles Heizer), while RJ Brown (The Carrie Diaries) has been cast as Tony’s (Christian Navarro) boxing trainer.

Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is slated to premiere on Netflix next year.

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

* Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt will guest-star on NBC’s upcoming Will & Grace revival, on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 9/8c.

* Evan “son of Diana” Ross (90210) will recur on Fox’s Star as Jahil Rivera’s DJ nephew, while Mike Epps (Survivor’s Remorse) will appear in the Star/Empire crossover episode as Big Trouble’s record label president.

* Yellowstone, the Kevin Costner-starring Paramount Network (currently known as Spike TV) drama, has added Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) in a recurring role and Jefferson White (Blindspot) as a series regular, our sister site Deadline reports.

* Chris Elliott (Schitt’s Creek) will guest-star on Fox’s The Last Man on Earth as Glenn, a castaway on a deserted island, reports.

* Teachers returns with new episodes on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 pm ET on TV Land.

* FX has released a trailer for Better Things Season 2. Press PLAY on the video below and then drop down to the comments to let us know if you’ll be tuning in when Better Things premieres on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 pm.

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  1. Cate says:

    Brenda Strong has had a good run of memorable guest roles – on The 100, Fear the Walking Dead and a great Lillian Luthor on Supergirl. She’s always reliable good.

  2. Amber says:

    Evan Ross was in the cinematic classic “ATL”. He doesn’t have to be introduced by saying he’s Diana Ross son.

  3. ninergrl6 says:

    YAAASSS Ben Platt!

  4. Hipper says:

    Nora Walker…. she best not have kids named Kitty, Tommy, Justin, Sarah or Kevin.

  5. Yolanda says:

    I just hope Will and Grace isn’t recasting Michael Angarano with Ben Platt. I hate recasting and Angarano was great as Elliott!

  6. fiberlicious says:

    I’ve been missing Jake Weber since Medium was cancelled. It’s almost enough to make me get Netflix.