Bridges' screen credits include "Jerry Maguire," "My Name is Earl," "Stargate SG-1" and "Desperate Housewives."
TVGuide.com said he is to play character Provenza's former partner, who returns to help close a case turned over on appeal, in an episode to air next season.
G.W. Bailey plays Provenza in the show, which co-stars Kyra Sedgwick and J.K. Simmons and which is slated to begin a run of fresh episodes in December.
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