William Hurt, Glenn Close

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Welcome to the old-friends edition of the Casting Couch.

First up, a Big Chill reunion is brewing on FX's Damages, as William Hurt has signed on for a plum role in the second season of the legal drama starring Glenn Close.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 58-year-old Oscar winner plays the new client of tough-as-nails attorney Patty Hewes (Close). As it happens, the two have both a professional and personal history together.

Hurt's Damages duty marks his first stint as a regular on a TV series. Production gets under way next week for an early 2009 premiere.

Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas

MGM

Speaking of reunions, go ahead and crack open some strange brew and don your tuque: The hosers at Fox are ready to bring the McKenzie brothers out of the mothballs, eh?

The network is teaming with Canada's Global Television for The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie, a prime-time 'toon featuring SCTV vets Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas reprising their classic roles as the doofus siblings from maple leaf land. Global Television has ordered 13 episodes of Bob & Doug for 2009. No immediate word yet when or if the show will hit the U.S. airwaves.

In the day's other major casting news:

  • Per Variety, Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams are joining forces for the indie drama Shrink. Spacey plays a pot-smoking psychiatrist who, after suffering a recent tragedy, loses faith in his ability to treat his Tinseltown clients, including Williams, Saffron Burrows, Robert Loggia, Griffin Dunne and Gore Vidal. Filming's under way in Los Angeles.
  • D.B. Sweeney, best known for such early-'90s movies as Memphis Belle and The Cutting Edge, joins Nick Tarabay and Michael Fairman in the ensemble cast of Crash, the Starz original drama series based on the Oscar-winning flick.
  • The foursome of Shiri Appleby, Julian Morris, Emily Rose and Victor Rasuk will be reporting for duty for the 15th and final season of NBC's ER, mixing things up as interns at County General.
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