08/23/2012 05:29 pm ET

Malin Akerman Joins 'Suburgatory' And More Casting News

Malin Akerman's heading to Chatswin!

According to TVLine, the actress will play Tessa's (Jane Levy) estranged mother Alex, described as a free-spirited singer/songwriter, on Season 2 of "Suburgatory."

“I’m a huge, nerdy fan [of Malin's] and this was an extensive search for the right actress to play such a pivotal role in our show,” series creator Emily Kapnek said. “It turned out to be well worth the wait. She’s funny, gorgeous and incredibly charismatic, and I know her chemistry with Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy is going to be off the charts. Malin is a comedy writer’s dream, both beautiful and comedically fearless. I’m over the moon about her agreeing to play Alex.”

Known mostly for her films, Akerman's other TV appearances include "Childrens Hospital" and "How I Met Your Mother."

In other casting news...

There's going to be an "ER" reunion on "Falling Skies." "ER" alumna Gloria Reunion will reunite with Noah Wyle for a five-episode arc on Season 3 of the TNT sci-fi series. Robert Sean Leonard, who last appeared on "House," has signed on for a five-episode arc as well. [Deadline]

Lindsay Sloane is "Ben And Kate"-bound. Sloane is set to play Louise, Ben's (Nat Faxton) ex who tracks him down after he moves in with Kate (Dakota Johnson). [THR]

Timothy Busfield is headed to "The Mob Doctor." Busfield will star in one episode of the Fox drama as John Ellis, described as a "a popular, charming career politician ... whose private life isn't nearly as squeaky clean as he'd like the voters to think." [TV Guide]

Brittany Allen has joined the cast of "Defiance." The former "All My Children" star has landed a recurring role a troubled employee of Mia Kirshner’s town madam. [TVLine]

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