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ER Ray Liotta did it last season,...

ERRay Liotta did it last season, and so did Cynthia Nixon: When they guest-starred on ER, the entire hour revolved around their characters. Ray won an Emmy for his brilliant portrayal, and Cynthia should've been at least nominated, but wasn't. James Woods continued this tradition and was just as awesome as ALS patient Dr. Nate Lennox. I loved how the flashbacks kept going further and further back in time, so we could see the gradual deterioration of his character, but what made it even more interesting was seeing the various ER characters as they dealt with him throughout the years. Just because I was naturally curious, I checked my ER records and yes, Goran Visnjic was indeed on the show back in 2001. (He's been on since 1999, my, how time h read more

ER Vet Returns to Direct James Woods

Paul McCrane (inset) directed James Woods in "A Long Goodbye."

Tonight on ER (10 pm/ET on NBC), two-time Oscar nominee James Woods guest-stars in one of those "very special" episodes that promises to get your tears flowing — stat! — and to possibly prove to be Emmy bait come September. Directing the outing was ER alum Paul McCrane, aka the late Dr. Robert Romano, whom TVGuide.com spoke with about handling heavy hitters such as Woods and about his many grisly on-screen demises. TVGuide.com: This is your sixth time behind the cameras for ER. What's the first thing you look for when you're handed the shooting script? Do you check to see if there are any big, complicated helicopter crashes in it?Paul McCrane: read more

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The real-life tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is even having reverberations in the cartoon world of Family Guy. Fox has decided to swap the episode originally scheduled to open the series' new season tonight, which featured hurricane references, for one featuring guest voice James Woods (Nixon, Salvador). "Out of sensitivity to what happened, we're moving back [the original premiere episode] a couple weeks," a Fox rep tells Broadcasting & Cable. read more

James Woods Shows His Poker Face

Warning: The following may be hazardous to what you now consider your free time. James Woods tells TVGuide.com he didn't start playing poker "totally seriously" until "a year and a half ago — Aug. 1, exactly." His enthusiasm for chance and chips has led to his involvement (with his partner, TV poker commentator Vince Van Patten) in HollywoodPoker.com, which offers games for both real and play money. The real-money games often feature celebrity participants. Mimi Rogers and Mena Suvari are among the frequent — and, says Woods, better — celeb players. For those not ready to stare down over real dough, Woods and Van Patten are launching a second site, HollywoodPoker.net, specifically geared to the novice. "No one has ever taken advantage of the idea that a lot of people just never want to play for money," Woods declares. "They just want to learn, have a good time and be a part of the poker explosion without read more

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