8:00am PT by Jackie Strause
'Will & Grace' Star Eric McCormack Heads to Netflix's 'Atypical'
It looks like Eric McCormack is about to get a new student.
The Will & Grace star, who is now a law professor on the NBC sitcom revival, will be lending his teaching skills to Netflix's Atypical in a recurring role for the forthcoming third season.
"Really excited to spend a few weeks on one of my fave shows," McCormack wrote on Twitter Friday about the casting.
The critically acclaimed dramedy from Robia Rashid centers around Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, and his family — mom Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), dad Doug (Michael Rapaport) and sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine).
After two seasons of preparing for life after graduation, Sam, an aspiring graphic artist, will be heading off to college. McCormack has been tapped to play Professor Shinerock in season three, an eccentric university arts professor who loves to challenge and inspire his students.
McCormack currently stars in the Will & Grace revival, which will return with its third season in the fall, and previously starred in and produced the Netflix sci-fi drama Travelers, which was canceled earlier this year. He is repped by Gersh.
McCormack's casting follows the news that Sara Gilbert, who recently exited her co-hosting role on CBS' The Talk, will also have a recurring role in season three. Gilbert will play Professor Judd, a university ethics professor who is described as generally irritable and chronically underwhelmed, yet capable of compassion.
Atypical is executive produced by creator-writer Rashid and Mary Rohlich, and produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Weird Brain Inc. for Netflix. The third season has yet to get a release date, but will return with 10 half-hour episodes.