Things aren’t so Ugly for America Ferrera anymore. The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress has landed her first post-Ugly Betty television gig, which will find her headed to the infinitely seductive legal world of CBS’ vaunted drama The Good Wife for three episodes this season. Fererra will join the cast next month on a recurring basis, playing Natalie, a graduate student who romantically catches the eye of campaign manager Eli (Alan Cumming). In the same episode where Ferrera makes her debut, Jerry Stiller joins as the show’s latest judge, joining courtroom overseer alums such as Ana Gasteyer, Denis O’Hare, and David Paymer. The tough-as-nails attorney Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) goes up against Stiller’s justice, who has a penchant for nodding off during the trial. Stiller is only set for one episode currently, but the guest stars who appear as judges on The Good Wife tend to pop up repeatedly.
“It’s thrilling to have two actors who combine such dramatic and comedic ability,” says Robert King, co-creator and executive producer of The Good Wife. “We’ve been watching and loving America for years now on Ugly Betty, and it’ll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role — especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming. And Jerry Stiller is our dream judge. It was great when we got to stop saying ‘We need a Jerry Stiller-type in the role’ and just got Jerry Stiller.”