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'Suburgatory' Casts Malin Akerman as Tessa's Mother

August 24, 2012 (8:31 am) GMT
The Constance Sack of 'Rock of Ages' will appear as the free-spirited singer/songwriter Alex, who has never met her daughter, in Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes.

is heading to "" for its sophomore season. The "Childrens Hospital" star has landed a pivotal role as Tessa's free-spirited singer/songwriter mother Alex, after the show went through an "extensive" search to fill the part.

Alex left Tessa shortly after she was born and has never met her daughter since then. She finally feels the need to form a relationship with Tessa and thus attempts to spend the holidays with her, hoping to put the past behind. She will be featured in Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes.

"I'm a huge, nerdy fan [of Akerman's] and this was an extensive search for the right actress to play such a pivotal role in our show," creator Emily Kapnek tells TVLine. "It turned out to be well worth the wait."

She continues gushing about the actress, "She's funny, gorgeous and incredibly charismatic, and I know her chemistry with and 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."

Beside being part of "Childrens Hospital" main cast, Akerman has guest starred on some TV shows, including "" and "". Her latest feature film credit was "", and she will next grace the big screen through "" which also stars and .

The second season of "Suburgatory" will premiere Wednesday, October 17 at 9:30 PP.M. on ABC.


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