Fred Willard Brings Magic to Pushing Daisies

It's a big week for Fred Willard. Not only does he play a central role in Wednesday's episode of Pushing Daisies (8 pm/ET, ABC), he also popped by CBS' Worst Week on Monday to play Sam's dad, and he'll appear on Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza Friday night (9 pm/ET, CMT).

Willard is known for sprinkling small doses of his comic genius wherever he goes. Think of the inappropriate dog-show commentator he plays in Best in Show, the idiot Hollywood gossip-show host in For Your Consideration, or really anything Christopher Guest has directed dating back to Waiting for Guffmann. On Daisies, Willard plays The Great Herrmann, an old-timey magician and escape artist who acts as surrogate dad to Ned's newly discovered twin half-brothers, Maurice and Ralston. It seems the twins' deadbeat dad -- that is, Ned's deadbeat dad -- abandoned them at the Great Herrmann's show when they were just boys.

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