"Can you tell us about the character you play in 'Royal Pins?'" asked Osbourne. She was quickly corrected by her fellow panel members, and simply asked again, "What is the character?" Benz laughed it off. "For those of you who watch the show, I play the mom to Libby, and I'm a lesbian alpaca farmer," she said.
First up is Jamie Ray Newman, who has signed on as the oft-talked about but never seen wife of Gary Sinese's Mac Taylor, who died in the September 11 attacks. The actress will appear in flashbacks in the show's season premiere, which will focus on the tenth anniversary of the event, TV Guide reports.
Also joining the show for an episode is former 'Hellcats' cheerleader Aly Michalka. According to Entertainment Weekly, she'll play a rock star questioned by the team when her boyfriend is found dead.
In other TV news ...
According to TV Guide, Benz will play a lesbian farmer on the hit USA Network show.
Benz will play Elyse, a wife to Anna and mother to Libby, who needs Dr. Hank's (Mark Feuerstein) help after a farming accident.
Benz's 'Royal Pains' episode airs August 3.
Wizard World Comic Con 2011: Julie Benz Sounds Off About 'Dexter,' Billy Dee Williams Jams and Scott Thompson Forays Into Comics
Last weekend was Wizard World Comic Con's sophomore effort in Toronto, and there was a definite increase in attendance this time around (compared to last year). Though attendees were sparse on Friday evening, by Saturday the turnout was much more respectable, thanks to high profile guests like 'Dexter' and 'No Ordinary Family's Julie Benz, 'Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson and Lando Calrissian himself -- Billy Dee Williams.
After all, where else could you hear Williams get his "William Shatner on" as he recited spoken-word poetry to a smooth jazz accompaniment in an exclusive live performance? Or hear Julie Benz reveal that 'Desperate Housewives' co-star Dana Delany was the best kisser she's worked with, topping David Boreanaz, Michael C. Hall and Michael Chiklis? Or maybe you would have liked to shout 'Penis!' in order to get an autographed photo of Scott Thompson. Or you could watch Chewbacca and Boba Fett argue over which ship is faster -- Slave I or The Millennium Falcon. (For the record, the Falcon won out.)
All that and more happened at Wizard World this year and luckily for you, we were there to report back all the geek-tastic highlights.
In CBS's untitled medical drama, Benz will play the sister to Patrick Wilson's Michael. The drama follows Michael, a doctor whose life is changed when his ex-wife dies, but she then begins teaching him life lessons from the beyond the grave.
According to Deadline, Benz's character is an unfocused single mom with a heart of gold.
ABC had no comment on the future of 'No Ordinary Family,' but both its stars, Benz and Michael Chiklis, have new pilot roles. The new shows are in second position to their current series, of course.
In other TV News ...
• 'Celebrity Apprentice' and 'Survivor' star Richard Hatch has reported to prison. He'll serve nine months for failure to pay back taxes on his 'Survivor' winnings. [Hollywood Reporter]
• ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' will premiere Monday, May 30, at 10PM. The series documents the quest of obese people as they set out to drop the pounds. [Entertainment Weekly]
In tomorrow's episode, Anthony Michael Hall "plays a man who's stronger and more invincible than Jim Powell (Michael Chiklis)," she said. And the following week, Tricia Helfer plays "a villain with the power of love."
But will viewers ever know exactly how the Powells' plane crashing in the Amazon led to their unique abilities? "You will find out how it happened and why -- [but] I can't tell you!" Benz said.
The set-up for the show is simple. A family of four is granted amazing powers -- then must learn to use their gifts while carrying on with their lives in the "normal' world. And on the latest episode, real life and heroism most definitely come into conflict.
[Warning: Spoiler alert.]
I caught up with stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz to hear about why they're not too keen on donning lycra bodysuits, what their characters' kryptonite might be and what they'd do with their awesome powers -- his super strength and her super speed -- if they had them in real life.
Obvious choice: Benz would love to sleep in and whiz right through traffic. Fun admission: Chiklis -- also known for playing tough cop Vic Mackey on 'The Shield' -- said he too had childhood bullies. Those guys should be happy this is only TV ...
'No Ordinary Family' debuts on ABC and CTV tonight, and I will be watching it. I'm not sure I would have bothered, but of all the new fall shows it is the only one to have captured the attention of he-who-shares-my-couch. I'm not bitterly opposed to it -- after all, it features two of my favorite TV actors in the leads: Julie Benz, fresh from her dramatic exit from 'Dexter,' and Michael Chiklis of 'The Shield' (and of giant head). In case you've missed the previews, here's the log line: An average -- nay, "ordinary" -- family go on a trip to South America, where a plane crash gives them a dip in a strange river. They survive the crash and return home to find they all have new super powers -- super speed, super strength, super smarts and the ability to read minds among them.
Sound familiar? Boy, does it ever. Call it a live-action version of 'The Incredibles' or a family-oriented 'Heroes,' but whatever you call it, 'original' probably isn't on the list of adjectives. But this description is just the beginning. From the moment this family discovers its powers, there are really a million ways it could go. But of course, they do exactly what we would expect them to -- they keep it a secret, and use their powers for good -- from fighting crime to spending more time together as a family.
They talked about what it's like to have super powers, their first celebrity crushes and what they splurged on after achieving success.
America's favorite serial killer 'Dexter' is back for a fifth season, and now he's a widower in a grief-induced fog. The last time we saw Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), he had returned home from finally killing the Trinity Killer (so awesomely played by Emmy-winner John Lithgow) to find his baby Harrison sitting in a pool of blood, and his wife Rita (Julie Benz) murdered in the bathtub.
But how does a psychopath grieve? Apparently, he randomly and bloodily kills a belligerent scumbag at a boat gas station. Until Dexter unleashed his rage at the idiotic boater (Note to readers: Telling a guy who's just admitted his wife just died "Your dead wife can suck my d--k" is likely to get your head bashed in), he had no idea how to show how upset he was with himself for being responsible for Rita's death.
It's a show about a family who are involved in a plane crash and find out the waters they swam in after ditching gave them super powers. So it's a family show, a sci fi show, and a show with some comic book elements to it.
Why are they emphasizing the show's crossover nature so much? Because, according to both the producers and the stars, to make a mark on broadcast television, a show needs to be big. Hybrid big.
"It's kind of a fun throwback to some of the action adventure series I watched so much as a kid," said Berlanti. "As audiences get more sophisticated you try to blend genres. We wanted to make something the whole family could watch together."
In what could be the most unexpected piece of casting news of the week, it's been announced that Julie Benz is rejoining the cast of 'Dexter' for the season 5 premiere this fall.
According to the Ausiello Files Benz will be back playing Dexter's wife Rita Bennett Morgan, who was killed off in the season 4 finale. However, show insiders are keeping mum over exactly how they'll bring the character back. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is already frequently visited by his dead father, Harry (James Remar), and executive producer Sarah Colleton said they want to avoid using the same plot device for Rita: "If you have too many things like that it becomes gimmicky".
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the veteran actor, who's had a hand in several seminal TV series, including 'The O.C.' (as problem-plagued pop, Jimmy Copper) and 'Friends' (as real-life ex Jennifer Aniston's crush, Josh-u-a), has been tapped to star in an ABC pilot called 'No Ordinary Family.'
Last week's episode set a lot of storylines in motion: Preston and Irina's upcoming wedding, Sam becoming a part of Bree's life, Katherine and Robin potentially becoming a couple, and Patrick eventually finding the Bolens. This week, these four storylines continued to be developed and questions were raised as we fast approach the final episodes of this season of 'Desperate Housewives.'
Before I comment on these four storylines and the fact that Preston still has the worst fake mustache in TV history, I must warn you that the next new episode will air on April 18. That means we will have to wait close to a month before getting new dish on our favorite Wisteria Lane residents!
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