Carla Gugino, who’s coming off USA’s “Political Animals,” will guest-star in three episodes as Schmidt’s new boss, Emma, EW reports. Emma at first comes off as demure, but soon enough she and Schmidt become entangled in a “Fifty Shades of “Grey”-like relationship (Fifty Shades of Schmidt?). There are contracts involved.
Gugino will first appear in the season’s seventh episode; “New Girl” premieres Sept. 25.
More casting news:
– “Smash” is adding a little “Law & Order” to its Season 2 cast in the form of Jesse L. Martin. The original “Rent” cast member will play the artistic director of a theater company and a possible love interest for Debra Messing‘s Julia. [Deadline]
– Erstwhile Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa will guest-star on “Nikita” this season. Mustafa, who’s also appeared on “Chuck,” will play a former Division agent with an ambiguous agenda. No word if he’ll be on a horse. [TV Guide]
– NBC’s new comedy “Animal Practice” has cast a key character’s mother. No, not the monkey’s. Annie Potts, late of ABC’s “GCB,” will play Justin Kirk‘s mom on the show. We’ll see that the apple didn’t fall tremendously far from the tree. [TVLine]
– “Black Sails,” the Michael Bay-produced pirate series in the works at Starz, has found its lead actor. Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day,” “Robin Hood”) will play Captain Flint in the series, which is a sort of prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” [Starz]