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Guest Stars Coming to NBC Shows in Midseason

January 11, 2010 (7:35 am) GMT
The Peacock announces that Katharine McPhee joins the 'Community' while Kathy Bates delights people in 'The Office'.

In a series of announcements released during Winter TCA Press Tour, NBC unveiled the guest stars who come on board its midseason line-up. Among the newly-heard are going to "" and Oscar-winning actress making a cameo on "".

McPhee will play 's step daughter and potential love interest for Jeff in an episode airing immediately after the Winter Olympics coverage. Back in late 2009, it was already announced that comedian will also visit the show. NBC said he would be a young man who is interested in joining the study group and must convince them to gain admittance. Black's episode is on Thursday, January 14.

Bates meanwhile, portrays the CEO of Sabre, the mysterious company that buys Dunder Mifflin. Her character is described as "charismatic" and "iconoclastic", a person who will be welcomed warmly in the Scranton branch. She is a Southern charmer who has always done it her way. Unlike McPhee, Bates will be featured in a multi-episode arc starting February 4.

On the same occasion, NBC said Jim and Pam of "The Office" will welcome their baby on episodes airing March 4 and 11.

Other highlights from the casting news shared by NBC are the return of as Liz's love interest on "" and visiting "" as an English teacher.

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