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EXCLUSIVE: Stockard Channing to Guest Star on Hulu’s ‘Difficult People’ Season 3

by Stacy Lambe 2:15 PM PDT, May 04, 2017
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Stockard Channing is headed to Hulu!

The Emmy-winning actress will guest star on season three of Difficult People as Aunt Bonnie, Marilyn's (Andrea Martin) “trashy” sister, who never met a man or drug she didn’t try. Bonnie's appearance will force Marilyn and her daughter, Julie (creator Julie Klausner), to find common ground in their shared loathing of her.

In addition to Channing, The Night Of star John Turturro will also appear on the series as Marilyn’s former lover, Dusty, from her free-spirited youth as a nude model. (And yes, you read that correctly!) “I’m about to [film] a beautiful, romantic scene with John,” Martin revealed on Wednesday, teasing a return to the road not taken.

The casting of Channing and Turturro follows the recent announcement that John Cho will have a multi-episode arc as advertising executive Todd. According to Hulu, Todd will test the limits of romance for Billy (Billy Eichner), who has yet to have a long-term relationship on the show. Season three will follow the pair as Billy learns to navigate “couple” things.

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“The characters are sharper and funnier,” Martin said of the upcoming season. “The writing now is just so precise and specific because the characters are established.”

And when it comes to Martin’s character in particular, Klausner revealed at the end of last season how much she loves writing for her. “I don't know anybody funnier or more talented than her. She's just so f**king amazing,” Klausner said.

While Difficult People doesn’t return until the summer, Martin can be seen on the NBC comedy Great News, which premiered on April 25. Executive produced by Tina Fey, the show reunites Martin with the former 30 Rock star, who previously guest-starred on season two of the Hulu comedy.

In addition to Difficult People, Hulu’s been making headlines with two new originals, The Handmaid’s Tale, already renewed for a second season, and Harlots. The streaming network also announced on Wednesday that The First, a near-future story about the first human mission to Mars from House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon, and Marvel’s Runaways, will join its growing slate of original programming, which also includes the upcoming series, The Looming Tower starring Jeff Daniels and Alec Baldwin, I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, and J.J. Abrams’ adaptation of Stephen King’s Castle Rock.

--Additional reporting by Rande Iaboni

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