By Dan Snierson
Updated December 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST
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Linda Cardellini is going to play a bad girl on New Girl. The Freaks and Geeks vet — who received an Emmy nomination for her role last season on Mad Men — has taken a recurring role as Abby, the out-of-control sister of Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Fox has confirmed.

Abby is described as “the wild-child sister who brings a real Springer energy to every situation,” and Jess tries to bail her out of jail while keeping her from meeting Nick (Jake Johnson). The first of Cardellini’s episodes is slated to air in February. Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays Jess’ mother, also will resurface in this installment.

Other guest stars on the season 3 roster include Damon Wayans Jr. (who appeared in the show’s pilot and is back for the rest of the season), Taye Diggs, Adam Brody and Prince (who will reportedly pop up in the post-Super Bowl episode).

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