Part of the fun of watching KFC commercials is figuring out who's underneath all of the makeup in the Harland Sanders costume. 

Now there's a new colonel in town, the chain announced Friday: Rob Lowe. The 53-year-old Parks and Rec actor will be donning Colonel Sanders' trademark white wig and browline glasses to promote its Zinger chicken sandwich—not "West Wings," as USA Today notes—except he'll also be wearing a spacesuit.

Lowe has a soft spot for the colonel. When he was a kid, his grandfather chaired the Ohio arm of the National Restaurant Association and took Lowe to meet the real Harland Sanders.

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