Susan Sarandon
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The CBS comedy Mike & Molly has lassoed an Oscar winner for a guest-starring role.

EW has learned that Susan Sarandon will play JC Small, a literary icon and idol of Molly (Melissa McCarthy). JC is part JD Salinger with a touch William Faulkner and a sprinkle of Gore Vidal; a beautiful mind and a tortured soul. This novelist gives Molly a lesson in writing she, nor her family, are soon to forget.

Sarandon and McCarthy just worked together on Tammy, a raunchy movie set for release on July 2, 2014 about a woman who hits the road with her hard-drinking grandmother. It’s a Will Ferrell/ Adam McKay production that also stars Kate Bates, Allison Janney and Dan Aykroyd.

Mike & Molly returns midseason on CBS.