Whoopi Goldberg

Cloris Leachman isn't the only Mary Richards' friend aiming down "The Middle." Ed Asner will join his former "MTM" co-star on an upcoming episode of "The Middle."

"We're playing 'MTM' tic-tac-toe," said co-creator DeAnn Heline. "We're trying to get every person from that show." Also appearing later in the season: Whoopi Goldberg as Sue's guidance counselor.

Over on "Modern Family," look for Ellen Barkin as a rival real-estate agent and Greg Kinnear as someone  who steals a kiss from Julie Bowen's character.

"Happy Endings" welcomes Michael McKean and Ed Begley, Jr. who plays a version of himself and "Suburgatory" has got Wilmer Valderrama and Alicia Silverstone, who will stick around for four episodes.