Whoopi Goldberg will guest-star on an upcoming episode of ABC's The Middle, the show's executive producer announced Wednesday at the winter TV previews.
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Goldberg will appear on the 21st episode as the guidance counselor of Sue (Eden Shur), executive producer Eileen Heisler said during a panel that also featured the showrunners of ABC's other Wednesday night comedies, Suburgatory, Modern Family and Happy Endings.
Also coming soon to visit the Heck family is TV veteran Ed Asner. "We're kind of playing Mary Tyler Moore tic-tac-toe," Heisler said, although she didn't elaborate on what role Asner would play.
The other showrunners also touted some of their upcoming guest stars. Steve Levitan confirmed that Kevin Hart would return as one of Phil's friends for at least one more episode. Also coming up on Modern Family: Greg Kinnear will play a business associate of Phil's who kisses Claire (Julie Bowen) on the mouth. Ellen Barkin will play Phil's rival real estate agent and Bobby Cannavale will play Louis, the former clown partner of Cam's Fizbo.
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As previously reported, Wilmer Valderrama and Alicia Silverstone will guest-star on Suburgatory. Upcoming Happy Endings guest stars include Michael McKean, Megan Mullally, Ed Begley Jr. (as himself) and Lone Star's James Wolk as a "serious-ish boyfriend" for Max (Adam Pally), according to Endings executive producer David Caspe.
And what's the biggest spoiler coming up on any of these shows? "Next week, Lily says f---," Levitan said. We kind of hope he's not kidding.