GLEE is expanding its roster with the addition of Becca Tobin and Melissa Benoist as recurring cast members, playing new McKinley students Kitty and Marley, respectively. Tobin is a relative newcomer, while Benoist has appeared in episodes of “Homeland”, “The Good Wife” and “Blue Bloods”. Benoist is repped by Radical Artists Agency.
Melanie Griffith is set for an arc on RAISING HOPE, the single-camera comedy that is going into its third season. Griffith will play the mother of Sabrina (Shannon Woodward). Griffith will be joined by her own mother, Tippi Hedren, who will play her on-screen mother and Sabrina’s grandmother. Griffith most recently starred in “American Housewife”, a drama pilot for Lifetime that was not picked up. Griffith is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment, and Hedren is repped by The Orange Grove Group.
Shiri Appleby will appear in an arc on the Emmy-nominated comedy series GIRLS. She is set to play Natalie, a new love interest of Adam, who broke up with lead character Hannah in the first season finale. Most known for the cult sci-fi show “Roswell”, Appleby most recently starred in “Life Unexpected” for CW. Appleby is repped by Gersh and John Carrabino Management.
PARENTHOOD is adding “Friday Night Lights” alum Matt Lauria to its ranks in a major recurring role as an Afghanistan war veteran who bonds with Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), a fellow vet. This will mark the third appearance of a “Friday Night Lights” star that Jason Katims (who executive produced FNL and created “Parenthood”) has brought on to the show, after Minka Kelly and Michael B. Jordan. Lauria also starred in the NBC drama “Chicago Code” and recently appeared in “CSI” and “Person of Interest”. Lauria is repped by Principal Entertainment.