By Sandra Kraisirideja
Guests stars for NBC primetime dramas and comedies in February and March will include several veteran film actors including Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, Debra Winger and Jack Black.
Angela Bromstad, president of primetime entertainment for NBC Universal, made the announcement Sunday at the Television Critics Association presentation in Pasadena.
Stone will appear as a former cop-turned prosecutor on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In an upcoming episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” Mischa Barton will guest star as a pregnant prostitute who turns to Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) for help in a life-or-death decision. Winger will guest star on “Law & Order” as a high school principal on Jan. 29.
Bates will appear in a multi-episode arc on “The Office” beginning Feb. 4 as the CEO of Sabre, the mysterious company that buys Dunder Mifflin. Fans of the show will want to mark March 4 and 11 on their calendars as Jim and Pam experience the birth of their baby in the special two-part episode.
On Jan. 14 Black will play a young man in “Community” who wants to join the study group when it reconvenes after winter break. After the Olympics look for “American Idol” finalist Katherine McPhee to guest star as Chevy Chase’s step-daughter and potential love interest for Jeff (Joel McHale).
Jason Franco will appear on “30 Rock” Jan. 14 as himself. Jon Hamm returns to the show as the doctor who arouses Liz’s (Tina Fey) interest on Feb. 11. Elizabeth Banks guest stars in the same episode as a reporter who starts dating Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin).
The new series “Parenthood” will feature Jason Ritter in a multi-arc episode as a cute English teacher who inspires Amber (Mae Whitman) to focus on her studies.
Finally, the medical drama “Mercy” will feature guest appearances by Michael Imperioli on Jan. 13 and James Van Der Beek on Jan. 27. Imperioli plays as a hand transplant patient who asks doctors to remove his hand after discovering it belonged to a pedophile. Van Der Beek’s storyline isn’t nearly as gruesome. In eight episode story arc he’ll star as Dr. Liam West, the new head of the intensive care unit who clashes with nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling).