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Carrie Preston Returning To 'The Good Wife' And More Casting News

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Carrie Preston is returning to "The Good Wife."

According to CBS, the "True Blood" actress will reprise her "Good Wife" role as the quirky Elsbeth Tascioni.

The details of her appearance are still a mystery, but TVLine is reporting that she'll have a multi-episode arc on the upcoming season.

Preston's other TV credits include "Royal Pains," "Person Of Interest" and more.

In other casting news...

"Rent" alum Jesse L. Martin is headed to "Smash." Jesse L. Martin will play Scott Welker, a new artistic director who will potentially get involved with Julia (Debra Messing). [THR]

Annie Potts has joined the cast of "Animal Practice." The "Designing Woman" alum has joined the cast of the new NBC comedy as Virginia, George's (Justin Kirk) mother. [TVLine]

Maria Thayer has been cast as Nick's ex-girlfriend on "New Girl." Thayer will appear in the Halloween episode of the Fox comedy as Nick's (Jake Johnson) ex-girlfriend who broke his heart in college. [TV Guide]

Rachel Ticotin is swinging by "NCIS: Los Angeles." The "Total Recall" actress will appear on the CBS procedural as politician Monica Tenez, described by the showrunner as “the sort of candidate that everyone would love to vote for this year -- and by that I mean, if you looked at the Occupy movement and the general mood towards politicians and their dysfunctionality, here’s a candidate that you would love to vote for." [TVLine]

Aunjanue Ellis is headed to an untitled AMC legal drama. The "Help" actress had landed a co-starring role opposite Damon Grupton in a still-untitled legal series from Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn centering on a "district attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. [THR]

Leslie Grossman is starring in "Paging Dr. Freed."
Grossman will appear alongside Kyle Howard and Joel David Moore in the USA comedy pilot. [Deadline]

"Fresh Prince" alum is "Young And The Restless"-bound.
James Avery will guest star on the CBS soap in a multi-episode arc, with details kept under wraps. [EW]

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