NYPD Blue has long had one of the more racially diverse ensembles on television. But the ABC police drama isn't content to rest on its laurels and, with the way that its revolving door of cast members keeps swinging, it couldn't do so for long, anyway. So, this season, the squad room will be growing by one when a badge is issued to an additional member of a minority group.
"We wanted to have another female," co-creator/executive producer Steven Bochco tells TV Guide Online. "She'll be a Puerto Rican detective." Word is, the character will be partnered with Charlotte Ross's Det. McDowell.
Lest the powers that be resort to staking out Charo's home to cast the plum part, we've compiled a list of unusual suspects that we think it would be criminal to overlook. Charlie Mason with Michael Ausiello
Relative newcomer Will McCormack who appears in the new Western throwback American Outlaws (opening Friday) had very little research to do for his recurring role as Dr. Melfi's (Lorraine Bracco) son on The Sopranos. In fact, he hardly had to act at all!
"My mom is a shrink, and lives in New Jersey, and is Italian, and looks alarmingly a lot like Lorraine Bracco," explains McCormack, the brother of actress Mary McCormack (Private Parts). "Plus, the first day I shot for the show was in Verona, N.J., where my father's from. So there's some serendipity around The Sopranos [for me]."
The up-and-comer admits that he's in the dark as to what role if any he'll play in the
When wacky Molly Shannon wrapped her six-year stint on Saturday Night Live this year, she finally got her own "Best of Molly Shannon" clip show. As arguably the funniest talent to come out of the sketch-comedy series in years, was she at all irked that the tribute was so long in coming?
"Mmm..." Shannon visibly hesitates to TV Guide Online, then answers: "You know what? No, it didn't irk me. I felt glad to even have it. Not everybody has a 'Best Of' thing, so I was really happy about it. No, I didn't mind.
"I helped put it together and stuff," she says. "I picked things, and when they [put out] the tapes maybe I'll help with that." Perking up, she adds: "And the stuff that I really wanted to get in there? Jeannie Darcy, the new character that I did, I really wanted to get that in."
You'll recall Jeannie as the mullet-haired comedienne who, in one sketch, told lousy jokes
It's been two years since American Pie was served up to moviegoers, and Jason Biggs continues to be haunted by the now-legendary scene in which his character makes love to an apple pastry. In fact, when filmmaker Kevin Smith asked the 23-year-old New Jersey native to appear in his new comedy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (due Aug. 22), he wanted him to parody his kinky past.
"It's sort of a caricature. I'm trying to deal with being the 'Pie Guy,' which is sort of what my life has been like," Biggs tells TV Guide Online of his cameo, in which he plays himself. "For the last two years I've been known as the 'Pie Guy.' So it's sort of fun to laugh at it."
Well, in the much-ant
More than a decade after Ghost, actor-director Tony Goldwyn can't elude the specter of his role as Patrick Swayze's traitorous best friend in the chick flick. Is it the one fans ask him about most? "No question," he sighs to TV Guide Online. "Every day. I've done a lot of movies movies that made a lot of money, too other than Ghost. It's amazing. I get sick of it.
"I mean, I'm grateful for it," he considers, "but I think it's one of those movies that struck a chord in the consciousness of people and they watch it over and over again. It's like, 'Hey, you were Carl in Ghost. Yeah, I saw that on TV yesterday.' It's weird I haven't seen the movie in 10 years!"
Another sore subject for Goldwyn is his surname
With all the flawless young faces and midriff-baring vixens cluttering TV screens, it's refreshing to watch Lauren Ambrose play Claire Fisher, the shrewd, hearse-driving, acid-tongued teen of HBO's hit black comedy, Six Feet Under. As the youngest and most complex member of the Fisher clan a dysfunctional family running a funeral home in Los Angeles Ambrose nails the confusion and fragility of adolescent angst while struggling with a life surrounded by death.
"I love Claire," Ambrose tells TV Guide Online. "She's not involved in the family business, but she grew up in that very bizarre setting. As a result, she's had to raise herself in a lot of ways. She's got an interesting perspective on the world."
How does Ambrose's upbringing compare to Claire's? "I've lived through a lot of typical teen things, so it's just a matter of pulling them up," says the 24-year-old Connec
Though she's a beloved staple on Will & Grace as Karen's sassy Salvadoran maid, Rosario actress Shelley Morrison isn't on a star trip about it. She doesn't even mind being the only series regular NBC hasn't gifted with a free Porsche! "Oh c'mon," she scoffs to TV Guide Online. "They're not gonna give me a Porsche they're gonna give me a year's supply of Depends."
The Flying Nun alumna insists she doesn't want a fancy roadster, anyway. "My back hurts," she grins. "That car's too hard to get into. I'll be 65 in October. On Monday, I go register for Medicare. Oh god!"
What Morrison does crave more than anything is to see her fave rock star, Sting, guest star on the show. "He's been appearing on several shows lately, so why not?" she points out, giggling. "My husband is fine with it because he knows I would look, I wouldn't touch."
Turning more serious, Morri
ER may be losing original castmembers Anthony Edwards and Eriq La Salle at the end of next season, but Goran Visnjic who has played Dr. Luka Kovac since 1999 insists that the top-rated medical drama will not flatline in their absence.
"Lots of people are going to stay on the show and [producers are] going to probably bring lots of new people in," the 28-year-old actor tells TV Guide Online. "So, it's going to be just the same."
Well, not quite. For starters, the defections will likely mean more screen time for Visnjic not to mention more opportunities for the Croatian-born hunk to stumble over the complex medical jargon. "I have been on the show for two years already and [I've completed] lots of projects in English now, so it's not a concern anymore," he says of the tricky dialogue. "It used to be a big concern, but not anymore."
Visnjic wouldn't reveal what's in s
Lithe and pouty, actress Nastassja Kinski is best known as director Roman Polanski's ingenue in Tess or the feline seductress in Cat People. Unfortunately, her career often has been overshadowed by her personal life. Over the years, Tinseltown has whispered not only of her romantic intrigues among them an alleged underage affair with Polanski and a baby with music mogul Quincy Jones but her estranged father, German actor Klaus Kinski.
Apart from notable roles in Doctor Zhivago and Nosferatu, The Vampire, Klaus who died in 1991 is remembered for publishing an autobiogra
So what if critics are ready to roast TV-chef Emeril Lagasse for his lack of acting finesse? The star of NBC's fall comedy, Emeril, has plans to "kick it up a notch" with a dash of stunt casting! Making a big splash in the second episode will be guest star Vincent Pastore that's portly gangster Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero from The Sopranos, who sleeps with the fishes for ratting to the FBI. Here, the famous snitch gives TV Guide Online a behind-the-scenes look at Emeril's operation.
Previews Pastore, who plays himself in the ep: "What happens is, these wiseguys smuggle in some meat for Emeril's cooking show. They say, 'In return, we want to come over and have dinner with you and watch The Sopranos.' Then, I'm his guest on the cooking show, and the wiseguys ask me to do them a favor... and I'm very uncomfortable."
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