Niles Crane is heading back to television.
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce, who played the beloved character on the classic sitcom Frasier, has joined the sixth season of The Good Wife in a major recurring role, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who first broke the news. This is will be Pierce’s first television appearance in more than 10 years, since Frasier finished its eleven season run back in 2004.
Pierce will first appear in episode seven of the new season of The Good Wife, playing “a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled and flattered that David’s making The Good Wife his first TV role since Frasier,” said The Good Wife showrunners producers Robert and Michelle King. “We’re tremendous fans of his dramatic skills as well as his comedy.”
While many believe that The Good Wife was snubbed for a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its critically revered fifth season, the CBS drama’s star Julianna Margulies did win her second Emmy on Monday for her role as Alicia Florrick. According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Robert King promises that season six will have “more serialization” and be “more complex in the storytelling.”
Since Frasier ended, Pierce showed up on Sesame Street back in 2012 for a brief cameo and has also voiced characters on The Simpsons over the years. His film credits include Sleepless in Seattle, Nixon, Wet Hot American Summer, and A Bug’s Life, and he has also starred on the stage in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Monty Python’s Spamalot Curtains, for which he won a Tony. He is one of many new additions to the The Good Wife‘s sixth season, which include Taye Diggs, Steven Pasquale and Connie Nielsen.
The Good Wife returns for season six on Sunday, Sept. 21 on CBS.
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