With the new TV season still a few weeks away, shows have been announcing upcoming guest stars for future episodes.
Some of the ones announced over the recent days include what might be my favorite pairing, former "Buffy" stars James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter will appear on "Supernatural's" fifth episode in a hellish version of "Bewitched." I've always viewed "Supernatural" as the natural successor to "Buffy," so it should be a fun pairing, with Marsters playing the normal husband of a witch, whom he manages to tick off, with not so good results.
Other guest actors popping up include:
Stephen Collins will play Andy's father on "The Office." Dee Wallace also turns up on the show.
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"Castle" plays host to William Atherton ("Die Hard").
Loretta Devine ("Eli Stone") returns to "Grey's Anatomy."
Kelli Williams ("The Practice") shows up on "The Mentalist."
Ralph Waite and Robert Wagner reprise their roles as Gibbs' and DiNozo's respective fathers on "NCIS."
In an excess of Tammys, Patricia Clarkson has been cast as Ron Swanson's first wife, Tammy, on "Parks & Recreation," joining his second wife Tammy (Megan Mullaly). Also, Ron's mom Tammy (Paula Pell of "SNL") joins them. This may explain a lot about Ron, actually.
In what should be an interesting appearance, Harvey Fierstein will play a judge on "The Good Wife," joining the likes of David Paymer, Denis O'Hare, Ana Gasteier and others as wacky judges with their own individual quirks. The judges are actually one of my favorite parts of the show.
"24's" Carlos Bernard plays David Caruso's nemesis on the new season of "CSI: Miami." Wouldn't it be awesome if he just grabbed Caruso's sunglasses in one episode and stomped on them?
And, Morgan Fairchild will be showing up on "Bones."
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: As "Expedition Impossible" (ABC, 9 p.m.) winds down, I'm glad to see No Limits survive one more week, thanks the remarkable incompetence of the California Girls finally catching up with them. Blind and hobbled, No Limits continues to amaze. It's followed by "Rookie Blue" at 10 p.m.
On cable, USA has new episodes of "Burn Notice" and "Suits" from 9-11 p.m. FX has two episodes of "Wilfred" from 10-11 p.m., followed by a new "Louie" at 11 p.m.
Finally, those pesky Warner Robins Little Leaguers are back in their second home of Williamsport, Pa. They face the Southwest team at 8 p.m. on ESPN.