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Craig Kilborn Joins Mark Hamill on the 'Chuck' Season 5 Premiere

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 29th 2011 7:30AM
Craig KilbornAs it gears up for its fifth and final season, spy caper 'Chuck' keeps adding to its impressive guest star roster.

Hot on the heels of signing 'Star Wars' legend Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill to appear as a baddie, it's been announced that Craig Kilborn will also be guest-starring as a villain.

According to TVLine, Kilborn will be feeling the force alongside Hamill in the Season 5 premiere.

He'll play Roger Bale, a charming yet conniving investor who's stolen money from some of the world's most dangerous people. Oh, and it turns out that Roger's rather dangerous himself.

The addition of Hamill and Kilborn continues 'Chuck's fine tradition of attracting cult favorite heavy-hitters each season.

Luke Skywalker enters the 'Chuck' Guest Star Hall of Fame, which so far includes such luminaries as James Bond (Timothy Dalton), Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), Superman (Brandon Routh), Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) and Number Six (Tricia Helfer).

Originally a play-by-play radio announcer for the Savannah Spirits basketball team, Kilborn came to prominence in 1993 as an anchor on ESPN's 'SportsCenter,' where he built a loyal fan following, and is said to have been the inspiration for Casey McCall (played by Peter Krause) in ABC's 'Sports Night.'

In 1996, "Craiggers" left ESPN to host the fledgling 'The Daily Show' on Comedy Central. He handed the reins to Jon Stewart in 1998 when he was hired to replace Tom Snyder as the host of 'The Late Late Show' on CBS in 1998.

During his five years as host, the show was reworked to appeal to a younger audience, and became closer in format to other late night talk shows. Kilborn left the show in 2004 to pursue other projects and was replaced as host by Craig Ferguson.

Apart from supporting roles in 'Old School' and a handful of other movies, Kilborn's largely been out of the public eye since then. However, last summer he started his TV comeback by hosting daily talk show 'The Kilborn File' on Fox and he recently signed a deal with ABC studios to produce and star in a new sitcom.

'Chuck' Season 5 premieres Friday Oct. 21, 8PM ET on NBC.

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The guy that was in the bathroom in that Will Farrel movie?

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