08/10/2011 at 03:55 PM EDT
Will Mercedes finally find love?
With Chord Overstreet now no longer a regular
, the pickings were starting to get slim at William McKinley High School.
But things appear to be looking up.
On Wednesday, LaMarcus Tinker of Friday Night Lights
began his first day of shooting, and PEOPLE has learned that he'll play the love interest of Mercedes.
– Cynthia Wang and Mike Fleeman