‘Agent Carter’ Adds Kurtwood Smith; Joe Manganiello to Guest on ‘Mom’

“That ’70s Show’s” Kurtwood Smith is adding another period piece to his resume.

The character actor, who has a history of playing strong-minded types in projects like the first “Robocop” movie and Fox’s “24,” has joined ABC’s “Marvel’s Agent Carter” as Vernon Masters, a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to manipulate the system.

“We had the pleasure of working with Kurtwood on both ‘Resurrection’ and ‘Chaos,’ and were well aware of what a commanding presence he is,” said “Agent Carter” executive producers Tara Butters, Chris Dingess and Michele Fazekas. “So when we were developing the character of Vernon Masters, we wrote it with him in mind. We just never thought we could actually get him. Thankfully, we were wrong.”

Set in 1947, the second season of the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” spinoff series sends Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter to Hollywood on a special mission for her bosses at the Strategic Scientific Reserve as she vows to the fight against new atomic-age threats in the wake of World War II. Other cast members for the new season include “The Newsroom’s” Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost, a character better known in the Marvel Comics universe as the not-to-be-trusted Madame Masque.

In other casting news:

* “True Blood” alum Joe Manganiello will guest star as a very attractive new addition to Christy’s (Anna Faris) Alcoholics Anonymous group, according to Entertainment Weekly.

* Phil McGraw will be taking a break from his recently renewed daytime talk show to guest star on Fox’s “Grandfathered.” He’ll play Dr. Bateman, the first doctor John Stamos’ lovable bachelor Jimmy has seen in more than 20 years.

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