'Earl' Charms Alyssa Milano


Former "Charmed" star Alyssa Milano will bewitch a certain incarcerated, mustachioed do-gooder this fall.

Milano has landed a recurring part on NBC's "My Name Is Earl," playing a woman whose path in life starts to parallel that of the karma-seeking Earl Hickey (Jason Lee). Her first appearance, along with that of fellow guest star Michael Rapaport ("The War at Home"), will come in early October.

"We have two very strong actresses [Jaime Pressly and Nadine Velazquez] on the show, so when we were going to bring in a third for a few episodes, we knew we had to get someone with some real presence," series creator Greg Garcia says. "Alyssa is a popular TV star, and we're delighted to have her join us for what will be a great storyline."

Milano will play Billie, the girlfriend of Earl's old acquaintance and fellow jail inmate Frank (Rapaport). Meeting Earl inspires her to try to set her own life straight, and the two start to become close.

Milano starred as Phoebe Halliwell for eight seasons on The WB's "Charmed." She also did a stint on "Melrose Place" and grew up on TV in the 1980s sitcom "Who's the Boss?" Her time on "Earl" will be her first TV appearance since "Charmed" ended last year; this past development season, she starred in an ABC pilot that wasn't picked up.

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