'American Idol' Alum Lands 'Parenthood' Gig

Paul McDonald Headshot - P 2012
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Paul McDonald Headshot - P 2012

American Idol grad Paul McDonald is heading to NBC.

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter, who made it to the top eight on the Fox series in season 10, has been cast in returning drama Parenthood for a guest spot, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

McDonald will play a musician who puts up shop in Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Adam's (Peter Krause) recording studio, The Luncheonette, as TVLine first reported. He catches the eye of the Luncheonette's new hire, Amber (Mae Whitman).

This would be McDonald's television acting debut. Fellow Idol vet Adam Lambert snagged a plum guest spot on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars.

Parenthood, which has booked the likes of Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria and Ray Romano for season four, returns Sept. 11.

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