UPDATE: The episode featuring Jim Rash has been moved from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9.
The Grinder will be paid a visit by the President of the United States.
Dennis Haysbert, better known as President David Palmer on 24, will pop up on the Fox comedy in the show within the show, also titled The Grinder, EW has learned exclusively. The Unit vet will serve our country once again, but this time he’ll play a commanding special agent who gives Mitch Grinder (played by Dean Sanderson, who is played by Rob Lowe) a new life and identity.
The episode is slated to air in mid-February.
Haysbert — whose credits include Major League, Absolute Power, Waiting to Exhale, last season’s Fox crime drama Backstrom and assorted Allstate Insurance commercials — will appear on the big-screen this year in the Ice Cube-Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight.
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And on the Dean-low, there is more Grinder casting news to report: Jim Rash will guest-star on the Feb. 2 episode. The Community vet, who won an Academy Award for co-writing The Descendents, will play Bill Foosley, a confident owner of 20 car dealerships who is shopping around at the top law firms for a new attorney. He likes what he sees at first in Stewart (Fred Savage), but when Stewart’s brother and actor-turned-wannabe lawyer Dean (Lowe) enters the picture and starts yammering away, he has his doubts.
Rash, whose résumé contains such credits as Reno 911! and That ’70s Show, is a voice cast member of Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson Mysteries. He also will appear on an upcoming episode of The Odd Couple, and just inked a deal to co-write a horror-comedy film for Fox.
Rash and Haysbert join a Grinder guest roster that also features Christina Applegate, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Alexander, Maya Rudolph, and Colton Haynes, who plays Mitch Grinder’s son in the same episode as Rash.