By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated August 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM EDT
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Malin Akerman has scored a key role on the second season of Suburgatory.

EW has learned that after an “extensive” search, the show has cast the Children’s Hospital actress to play Tessa’s (Jane Levy) free-spirited singer/songwrier mom, Alex, in the upcoming season. She will appear in the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes.

As fans will recall, Tessa’s mom has been out of her life since shortly after Tessa’s birth and in the new season, mum finally works up the courage to reach out to her daughter, hoping to put the past behind them. Creator Emily Kapnek weighs in, saying: “I’m so pleased that Malin Akerman has signed on for an arc on Suburgatory. I’m a huge, nerdy fan and this was an extensive search for the right actress to play such a pivotal role in our show. It turned out to be well worth the wait. She’s funny, gorgeous, and incredibly charismatic and I know her chemistry with Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy is going to be off the charts. Malin is a comedy writer’s dream, both beautiful and comedically fearless. I’m over the moon about her agreeing to play Alex.”

Suburgatory returns to ABC Oct. 17 in a new timeslot following Modern Family, 9:30 ET.



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