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Demi Lovato Gets Serious on 'Grey's Anatomy'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 5th 2010 1:10PM
Demi Lovato will guest star in an upcoming episode of Grey's AnatomyOr maybe the title should be 'Another Disney Star Sees the Writing on the Wall.' Lately, a number of Disney Channel mainstays like Miley Cyrus and Ashley Teasdale are seeing their lucrative teeny bop days ending and they're moving towards different roles. Makes sense, of course. It just seems every time this happens, these actors go in the totally opposite direction (I'm looking at you, Ms. Elizabeth 'Showgirls' Berkley).

Hopefully, Demi Lovato doesn't head down that road. It doesn't seem likely, since she's been acting for years (she was in the cast of 'Barney & Friends' with Selina Gomez). Plus, she already had a taste of dramatic acting with a role in FOX's 'Prison Break' back in 2006.

With that accumulated experience, her guest stint as a schizophrenic patient on an upcoming May episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' should work out. Look for ratings to skyrocket as tweens ask their parents to stay up late on a school night to watch (and ask why everyone is having sex with everyone else at Seattle Grace).

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Alan Cumming to appear on The Good Wife

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 26th 2010 10:00AM
alan_cumming_broadway_worldWhen last seen on TV -- by me -- the super-talented Alan Cumming was singing "That's Life" on the M&M float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Well, in his next TV gig, there's no music on the agenda. Alan Cumming will be guesting on The Good Wife, playing a character by the name of Eli Gold.

Robert Keck interviewed Graham Phillips, who plays Zach Florrick on the show, the teenage son of Chris Noth and Julianna Margulies' characters. Graham revealed that Gold is brought in to rehabilitate his dad's reputation.

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NCIS casts Gena Rowlands for integral guest role

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 16th 2010 4:06PM
gena_rowlands_portraitWhat do Ralph Waite, Robert Wagner and Michael Nouri have in common? They've all turned up on NCIS for guest roles. And not just a quick pop in scene or two. No, they've been integrated into the show and two of them have already recurred. (I'm counting on Robert Wagner to recur in the future, as well).

So, the news today that Gena Rowlands will be on NCIS in March has me feeling very enthusiastic. And it's a multi-episode role.

Michael Ausiello reports in Entertainment Weekly that Gena has been cast as Jethro's former mother-in-law, Joann, an elegant, upscale type. NCIS executive producer Shane Brennan said that her showing up in Jethro's life again will bring with it lots of turmoil and emotional "heartache, anger and blame in the process."

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Alfre Woodard to Guest Star on 'True Blood'

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 15th 2009 12:15PM
The most well-traveled actress in series television is about to visit 'True Blood.'

Fresh off the cancellation of her last gig, CBS' 'Three Rivers,' Alfre Woodard is headed to HBO, where she'll play Lafayette's (actess Nelsan Ellis) mom on Alan Ball's hit vampire series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Woodard, an Oscar nominee for 1982's 'Cross Creek' and an Emmy winner for a guest spot on 'The Practice,' has had no problem finding work over the last few years.

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David Carradine on FOX's Mental this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2009 2:27PM
I'm wondering if David Carradine's guest role on this tomorrow's Mental will be met with controversy. Is it exploitative to air this episode so soon after his death? A tribute? Should they shelve it forever? Here's a sneak peek of the episode.

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Emilio Estevez to visit bro Charlie on Two and a Half Men

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 8th 2008 12:08PM
SheensWhen family members appear on each other's TV shows -- if they're a show biz family, of course -- sometimes the results are great. And sometimes they're not. Jerry Van Dyke appeared twice on The Dick Van Dyke Show as Rob's brother Stacey, and he was terrific. (Much better than he was on My Mother The Car).

Tyne Daly popped up on Wings, playing scenes with her brother Tim, and again, it worked out great. On the other hand, when Martin Sheen guested on Two and a Half Men in 2005, it was a dud. I don't know, maybe comedy really isn't Martin Sheen's forte.

Fortunately, Charlie Sheen isn't above trying again. Charlie's brother Emilio Estevez is going to do a guest turn on Two and a Half Men in an upcoming episode. They won't be playing brothers, but Emilio will be one of Charlie's best buddies from times gone by.

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Forest Whitaker to guest on ER

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 24th 2006 9:06PM
Forest WhitakerSay what you will about ER, but it's still able to attract a pretty good roster of actors to guest star on the show, either in a one-shot deal or in a multi-episode arc. This year, in its 13th season, one of the guest starts will be Forest Whitaker, who has been cast as a carpenter who comes in with an innocuous cough, but ends up being paralyzed by a stroke. His stint will be five episodes. The role was originally going to be played by Andre Braugher, but he had to pull out due to the age-old "scheduling conflict."

Remember that Whitaker played a big role in The Shield last season, and the show left the door open for his character to return. So this year might be a big TV year for Forest.

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Anna Devane coming back to Port Charles

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 12th 2006 2:03PM
finola hughesAs part of May sweeps, actress Finola Hughes will be reprising her role as Anna Devane (or, if you will, Anna Devane Scorpio Lavery Scorpio Hayward) on General Hospital. Hughes was originally on the soap opera in the 1980s, and left the show in 1992 before taking the role to All My Children in the late 90s. She currently hosts How Do I Look? on the Style Network. I don't watch soap operas, but I do remember the character of Anna since my mom watched General Hospital pretty religiously. Hughes won Emmys for her role as Anna on both General Hospital and All My Children, although she also won a Razzie for her role in the movie Staying Alive. I'm not sure if the awards cancel each other out or not.  Hughes has also been in numerous guest roles on shows such as Charmed and Tracey Takes On.... She's set to make her return to Port Charles on May 12.

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