When Chicago Fire returns for its second season next Tuesday (10/9c, NBC), Captain Boden (Eamonn Walker) has some startling news to share: Firehouse 51 is on the short list to get shut down by the state.
"To be certain that it doesn't happen here, we are going to...
Talk about outsourcing! An increasing number of TV's all-American cops, firefighters and doctors are being played by actors not from the U.S. of A.
Of course, foreign actors have been hiding their accents to play Americans for years. House's Hugh Laurie was so skilled at trading in his upper-crust Cambridge lilt to play the titular grumpy doctor that many viewers were shocked to find out he was British when he spoke with his real voice on an awards show or during interviews...
Felicity as Mata Hari? The mind reels. And yet there's Keri Russell, once America's sweetheart on The WB, bewigged and brazenly seducing classified secrets out of a Department of Justice stooge in the opening minutes of FX's engrossing spies-among-us drama The Americans (Wednesday, 10/9c).
"I love playing a fireman!" says Eamonn Walker, who costars as Wallace Boden, the stoic fire battalion chief on Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire. The British actor, best known for his role as spiritual inmate Kareem Said on HBO's Oz, is especially thrilled now that Boden is out from behind his desk and going on calls. "How can you play a firefighter and not fight fires?" he asks with a laugh.
Warning: Jesse Spencer may play a firefighter on TV, but in case of an emergency, it's probably best to call in the real guys.
"I failed. I killed the [dummy] baby," Spencer tells TVGuide.com of one of his recent practice runs at the Chicago Fire Academy. "I didn't find the dummy baby on the top bunk because I didn't know there was a top bunk and I led all my firefighters into a broom closet instead of an exit."
The run-through is just one of several types of training Spencer has had to go through to gear up for the part of Chicago firefighter Lt. Matthew Casey on Dick Wolf's new drama, Chicago Fire, which premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC. The hour-long ensemble series follows...