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Craig T. Nelson Turned Down 'Modern Family' for Money, 'Lone Star' Alum Lands 'Hawaii Five-0' Role and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 27th 2011 6:30PM
Craig T. NelsonWe know that Craig T. Nelson was the original choice to play Jay on 'Modern Family,' but why did he turn it down? Not for 'Parenthood,' as many have assumed.

It was all about the Benjamins, baby.

"I'm old enough to say it, I guess. [Money] was it," he told Access Hollywood."I really liked the script and I liked the people. I just said, 'You know what? I've been doing this too long.' We're in the middle of a cutback here, ladies and gentlemen, in Hollywood, and salaries have gone way, way down. ... I just felt disrespected to tell you the truth."

In other TV news ...

Kevin McKidd revealed which songs will appear on the musical episode of 'Grey's Anatomy.' The actors will sing tunes made famous by the show, like The Fray's 'How to Save a Life' and Snow Patrol's 'Chasing Cars.' [TV Guide]

'American Idol' lost just 5 percent of its audience from last week during Wednesday's episode. That's good news, actually, because it retained far more of its audience from week to week than last year's edition. [TVLine]

'Lone Star' alums are slowly starting to find work again. The latest? Mark Deklin, who will play the new husband of Scott Caan's ex-wife on 'Hawaii Five-0.' [E! Online]

Beth Riesgraf will guest star on an episode of 'NCIS' as an online gamer with "bad blood" toward her boyfriend. Guess who winds up dead? We'll give you a hint: It's not the 'Leverage' star ... [TV Guide]

Other casting tidbits: 'Arrested Development' alum Tony Hale has found a new project. He'll play the right-hand man of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss' vice president on 'Veep.' Also, Jack McGee has landed one of the leads on USA's 'Common Law.' [Deadline]

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jokes on him, show is a hit.

goes to show to always follow ur instincts it wil lead you to money

January 28 2011 at 2:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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