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'Scandal' Taps 'Friends' Star Lisa Kudrow for Season 3

She'll recur on the third season and join producing partner and Emmy nominee Dan Bucatinsky on ABC's red-hot drama.

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Lisa Kudrow

Scandal is adding a Friends alum to its ranks.

Lisa Kudrow has landed a recurring role on ABC's red-hot drama from showrunner Shonda Rhimes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The Friends alum, in her biggest acting commitment to date since the end of her 10-season run on the NBC comedy, will play a politician on the upcoming third season of the political fixer drama starring Emmy nominee Kerry Washington.

Additional details about her character -- including her name and just whom she would have political ties to -- are being kept under wraps, as is the date of her first episode.

The casting reunites Kudrow with her Emmy-nominated producing partner Dan Bucatinsky, with whom she exec produces Web Therapy and TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?

She marks the latest high-profile recurring player to join Scandal, following Scott Foley -- who was promoted to series regular for season three.

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Kudrow, whose credits include features Easy A and The Other Woman, is repped by CAA and Viewpoint.

Rhimes recently told THR that President Fitzgerald Grant's (Tony Goldwyn) re-election will likely be on the menu for season three."We're going to head in that direction, but I don't know if we're going to get there in the first half of the season," Rhimes said. "But we are heading in that direction. It's a big deal. We're at the timeline where that starts to be an issue."

Scandal returns Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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