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Lynette Rice
August 10, 2011 AT 05:44 PM EDT

Cupid will strike Mercedes on Glee this fall.

LaMarcus Tinker (Friday Night Lights) will join the dramedy as Marcus, a love interest for Amber Riley’s character. The actor begins work on the Fox drama today.

Tinker was last seen on Cougar Town but also played Dallas on FNL.

Earlier this month, creator Ryan Murphy told the press that he wants to “service more of the kids” on the show. “I don’t think there’s been enough Amber. I don’t think here’s been enough Jenna or Harry.”

Glee returns on Sept. 20.

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