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There’s a new role on the docket for Jane the Virgin alum Yael Grobglas.

The actress will recur in the upcoming Matlock series from creator Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane the Virgin, Charmed reboot) our sister site Deadline reports. She will portray Shae Banfield, aka “the Meerkat,” an insightful jury consultant with a mastery of body language, facial expressions and neurolinguistics which enables her to sniff out the truth. Her skills make her a worthy adversary to senior attorney Olympia Lawrence (played by Skye P. Marshall) and an imminent threat to Kathy Bates’ Madeleine “Matty” Matlock.

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Inspired by the classic show starring TV icon Andy Griffith, the series follows brilliant septuagenarian Madeline Matlock who, after achieving success in her younger years, rejoins the workforce at a prestigious law firm. Assigned to Olympia, she uses her “unassuming demeanor” and “wily tactics” to win cases.

Additional cast includes Beau Bridges as the head of the firm and Jason Ritter as Olympia’s ex-husband Julian, the son of Bridges’ character who is intrigued by Matty’s clever skills.

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* Leo Howard will take over the role of Days of Our Lives’ Tate Black from Jamie Martin Mann, who left the daytime soap to attend college full-time, TV Insider reports. Howard’s first episode will air this Friday, April 5.

* Tulsa King’s Annabella Sciorra and Tatiana Zappardino, who recurred in Season 1 as Joanne and Tina, respectively, have been upgraded to series regulars for Season 2.

* Kevin Alves (Yellowjackets, Locke & Key) will recur in the upcoming Netflix comedy No Good Deed from Dead to Me creator Liz Feldman, according to Deadline. Portraying Mikey’s (Denis Leary) strait-laced son Nate, he joins a star-studded ensemble that also includes Ray Romano, Lisa Kudrow, Linda Cardellini, Luke Wilson, Abbi Jacobson, Poppy Liu and O-T Fagbenle.

* Elsbeth, which returns with two new episodes this Thursday, April 4, has added three new guest stars, per Deadline.

Elizabeth Lail (YOU) will play a tech CEO named Quinn; Arian Moayed (Succession) will take on the role of Joe, the charismatic owner of an NYC bar who goes to “murderous lengths” to punish the bully of one of his patrons; and Laura Benanti (Life & Beth, The Gilded Age) will portray Nadine, a retiring supermodel in the throes of a messy divorce from her fashion designer husband.

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