Cast updates: Minds, Jessica Simpson

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The November sweeps period is just around the corner, and a few networks are sweetening their shows with some special guest appearances in an effort to entice more eyeballs.

Prankster and comedian Jamie Kennedy ditches the laughs in favor of suspense, as he makes a guest appearance on CBS's crime drama Criminal Minds. Kennedy will play a character named Floyd Feylinn Ferell and appear on the November 14 episode titled "Lucky."

The description of the episode says the BAU team will be in pursuit of "a serial killer with cannibalistic tendencies." Cross your fingers and hope Kennedy is the one they're hunting, and from the look of the picture (right) CBS handed out, he just may be.

CBS will also welcome Ja'Net DuBois (Good Times), Montae Russell (ER's Zadro), and Cleavant Derricks (Sliders' Rembrant "Crying Man" Brown) to Cold Case on November 11. In the episode, the bodies of four boys that went missing from 1999 to present are found in storage units.

Also from CBS on November 11, Shark will feature ER's Amy Aquino, Desperate Housewives' Brenda Strong, Dawson's Creek's Meredith Monroe, and Deadwood's Titus Welliver.

Speaking of Deadwood, rumor has it that Timothy Olyphant--who played the mustachioed Seth Bullock on HBO's western--will be joining ABC's Samantha Who?. TVGuide.com is reporting that Olyphant will play the boss and possible love interest for lead actress Christina Applegate. Olyphant reportedly starts work this week, meaning he won't debut on the show until late this year or early next.

The most unusual (and potentially most entertaining) guest spot isn't even for a prime-time show. Actress-singer Jessica "Chicken of the Sea" Simpson will be cohosting back-to-back episodes of the girl gabfest The View beginning November 15, according to ETOnline. Set your TiVos.

And while we're here, Bravo has cast the two hosts of its upcoming take on the modeling-reality-show genre due in early 2008. Niki Taylor, one of the mid-to-late-1990s magazine cover superstars, and Tyson Beckford, Ralph Lauren's top man, will emcee the new show Make Me a Supermodel. The reality series will seem similar to America's Next Top Model save for one thing--viewers get to choose who stays and who goes.