When Boston Public begins its sophomore year this September, Winslow High's male pupils won't be the only ones ogling former Star Trek: Voyager bombshell Jeri Ryan — who's enrolling as curvaceous corporate-lawyer-turned-teacher Ronnie Brooks. Shall we count honcho Scott Guber — who puts the vice in vice principal — among the grown-ups in line to salivate over her, too?

"She is obviously somebody that would interest Guber," actor Anthony Heald grins to TV Guide Online. "My character is male and he is heterosexual. Of course he's going to be interested!"

Indeed, although rather uptight and socially maladroit, Guber has demonstrated a very frisky side. And what does Heald himself think about creator David E. Kelley's splashy stunt casting? "We all are continually reminded that it's impossible to predict what David's going to do," he shrugs with a smile. "He'll surprise you."

Well, Heald's certainly less charitable in his estimation of Hannibal, the recent blockbuster sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. You may remember him as chilly Dr. Chilton, the psych-ward warden whom Anthony Hopkins's Dr. Lecter seemed destined to dine upon at Lambs's end. Was he perhaps disappointed about not being invited to reprise his role?

"Not after reading the book," Heald says. "I've got a problem with what happened to Clarice's character." (She takes a romantic fancy to her cannibalistic captor.) "I didn't think it was consistent with what I knew of her from the first film, that she'd end up with him. It just didn't compute. To me, that raised a red flag."

Nor did he approve of the sequel's graphically bloody content — which includes the brain-skewering of Ray Liotta. Offers Heald: "That's where [Lambs director] Jonathan Demme was such a genius, because there was very little gore, very little violence that happens in front of our eyes. It's always implied. To go [from that] to what happened in the next one, with all this stuff... Ugh."