katharine mcphee 320 'American Idol's' Katharine McPhee heads to 'Community,' Jon Hamm back to '30 Rock'NBC released a laundry list of upcoming guests stars on Sunday (Jan. 10) that included a mix of names we’ve heard and a couple that we hadn’t.

It will be good to have “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm make another “30 Rock” appearance,” but there is a potential for true comedy having “American Idol’s” Katharine McPhee playing Chevy Chase’s daughter on “Community.” And let’s hope that Kathy Bates guest arc on “The Office” is more funny than Idris Elba’s stretch last season.

Here’s who’s coming over the next couple months:

“30 Rock”

James Franco plays himself and convinces Jenna to have a fake relationship with him [Jan. 14].

Elizabeth Banks is a CNBC reporter who starts dating Jack [Feb. 11].

Jon Hamm returns as the doctor who smells like frosting [Feb. 11].

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Jack Black plays a student to who wants to join the study group [Jan. 14].

Katharine McPhee is Pierce’s daughter and a potential love interest for Jeff [First post-Olympics episode].

“Law & Order”

Debra Winger plays a high school principal [Jan. 29].

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Sharon Stone joins the show for four episodes as a former cop who is now a prosecutor [TBA].

Not just a prostitute, Mischa Barton is a pregnant prostitute who asks Benson for help [TBA].

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Michael Imperioli plays a hand transplant patient who wants to have his hand removed because it used to belong to a pedophile [Jan. 13].

James Van Der Beek is the hospital’s head of I.C.U. for eight episodes [Jan. 27).

“The Office”

Kathy Bates is the steel magnolia CEO of Sabre, the company that buys out Dundler Mifflin [Feb. 4].

Not a guest star, but the two-episode birth of Jim and Pam’s baby will take place on March 4 and 11.


Jason Ritter as an English teacher who gets Amber (Mae Whitman) to study [TBA].

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