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Sandra Gonzalez
October 25, 2012 AT 04:38 PM EDT

From Oogieloves to Blue Bloods? Huge upgrade, Chazz Palminteri!

EW has learned exclusively that actor has scored a plum guest spot on the CBS drama, playing the city’s top mob lawyer in an episode set to air in Jan. 2013. Bonus scoop: We’re told Palminteri’s character has a “long and unusual relationship with Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck).”

Palminteri’s guest spot is one in a few TV appearances he’s made recently. He recently reappeared on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles as Rizzoli’s father Frank, and he’s also become a frequent guest star on Modern Family as an old friend of Jay’s.

Blue Bloods, currently in its third season, airs Fridays on CBS. It’s most recent installment had 10 million viewers.

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