The actress, who also recently made her solo Carnegie Hall concert debut, has landed "a major recurring role" on "The West Wing." The Hollywood Reporter says that Chenoweth will play a media consultant on the long-running NBC series. Should the Emmy-winning drama return next season, the Tony winner has the option to return as well.
Chenoweth, who received a Tony nomination for her work as Glinda in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, made her New York theatrical debut opposite Bill Irwin in a production of Molière's Scapin and followed that with a role in Kander and Ebb's Steel Pier. Roles in Off-Broadway's A New Brain, the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and the City Center Encores! productions of Strike Up the Band and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever ensued. Chenoweth won her Tony for her performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway bow of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The actress-singer also starred in the TV adaptations of "Annie" and "The Music Man" as well as in her own short-lived sitcom, "Kristin." Upcoming film projects include "The Pink Panther," "Bewitched" and the movie musical "Asphalt Beach." Chenoweth's solo albums include "Let Yourself Go" and the forthcoming "Songs I Grew Up On."
"The West Wing" begins its new season Oct. 20. The series about the President of the United States and his advisers airs Wednesdays on NBC-TV, 9-10 PM ET. Check local listings.