09/01/2012 12:09 pm ET

Tricia Helfer Joins 'Community' And More TV Casting News

"Battlestar Galactica" bombshell Tricia Helfer is coming to "Community" in a role that might make Abed pass out. TV Line reports that Helfer has been cast in the eccentric NBC sitcom as a superfan of the fictional sci-fi hit "Inspector Spacetime."

Helfer's character is reportedly named Lauren, and will meet meet Abed at a fan convention in the fourth episode of the show's upcoming fourth season.

"Community" premieres Fri., Oct. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

In other TV casting news ...

Penny is getting a new man to keep her mind off Dave on "Happy Endings." Nick Zano is joining the ABC ensemble comedy for a six-episode arc in the show's third season. Zano has made appearances on "2 Broke Girls," "90210" and "Cougar Town." [THR]

Detective Mike Anderson is leaving the Miami Metro Homicide Unit mid-way through the next season of "Dexter." Actor Billy Brown's reported departure has triggered speculation that he could end up on Dexter's table ... or he could just be getting transfered back to Chicago. [Celebuzz]

"Desperate Housewives" actor Steven Culp is staying at ABC, jumping to "Grey's Anatomy." He'll play Dr. Parker, a hot-shot doctor. [Deadline]

June is getting a new frenemy on "Don't Trust The B." Angelique Cabral, formerly of "Two And A Half Men," has been cast as Fox Paris, a scheming analyst who works at June's firm. The co-workers reportedly start off as fast friends, but the relationship goes south when Fox shows her true colors. [TV Line]

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