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'The Office' Spinoff: Mike Schur Is Heading To 'The Farm' As Cousin Mose

08/30/2012 07:01 pm ET | Updated Oct 30, 2012

Mike Schur's Cousin Mose is heading to the "Office" spinoff.

Schur, the current "Parks and Recreation" showrunner and former executive producer of "The Office," will reprise his fan favorite role on "The Farm," TVLine reports.

Since Cousin Mose is Dwight Schrute's quirky relative and the "Office" spinoff focuses on the Schrute family farm, it seems fitting that Schur would pop up. But the mainly behind-the-scene man told TVLine there's another reason. "[Former 'Office' showrunner/current 'Farm' helmer] Paul Lieberstein is mostly the driving force behind keeping Mose alive because he loves torturing me," Schur said.

Cousin Mose may be the first Schrute family member we met, but he's certainly not the last. "The Farm" will introduce many more relatives, including Dwight's sister Fannie (played by Majandra Delfino), his brother Jeb (Thomas Middleditch) and another cousin Zeke (Matt Jones).

The Farm" will air later this fall.

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Shelley Long is returning to "Modern Family." The actress, who played Jay's ex-wife and the mother of Claire and Mitchell, Dede Pritchett earlier on the ABC comedy, will likely go head-to-head with Gloria again. "We have a very funny story for her," teased "Modern Family" executive producer Steve Levitan. [TV Guide]

Julia Ormond is one of the "Witches Of East End." The actress, who recently appeared in "Mad Men," will star in the hourlong Lifetime pilot, based on Melissa de la Cruz's best-selling novel of the same name. Ormond will play Joanna Beauchamp, who has been concealing the truth from her two daughters ... that they're both witches. [Deadline]

A "True Blood" alum is getting "Beast"-ly. Kelly Overton, who played Alcide's werewolf love interest on HBO's "True Blood," is getting a new potentially dangerous romance. The actress will guest-star on an episode of The CW's "Beauty and the Beast" as Claire, a doctoral student who meets medical examiner Evan (Max Brown) online. Her character will appear in Episode 4 and could become recurring. [TV Guide]

"Smallville" alum is heading to "Haven." Laura Vandervoort has booked a two-episode arc on Season 3 of the Syfy series. The actress will play a beautiful and brilliant woman who has returned for the latest cycle of Trouble. [TVLine]

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