'Family Ties' star Meredith Baxter joins 'Young and the Restless'

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (L- R) Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox, Michael Weithorn, Meredith Baxter, Gary David Goldberg, Tina Yothers and Michael Gross of the cast and crew of 'Family Ties' accept the Fan Favorite Award onstage at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Aug 05 (TheWrap.com) - Meredith Baxter is coming to Genoa City — and hopefully she's bringing a designated driver along. 

“Family Ties” alum Baxter has signed on for the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. 

Baxter will play Maureen, the new drinking buddy of socialite Nikki Newman (played by Melody Thomas Scott). Described as charming, intelligent and middle-class, Maureen aspires to a more privileged life and, despite appearing to be kind and sympathetic, she manipulates people by getting them to do what she wants by making them think it's their idea.

Baxter will debut on “Young and the Restless” Sept. 8.

In addition to Baxter, the soap also recently cast daytime veteran Gina Tognoni, who's taking up the pivotal role of Phyllis Summers, a role previously played by Michelle Stafford, who's moved on to ABC's “General Hospital.” 

The series is also bringing back Shemar Moore, who'll reprise his role as Malcolm Winters for a two-day run in September.