Talk about terror unleashed. In Sci Fi Channel's Cerberus, premiering Oct. 29 at 9 pm/ET, Greg Evigan plays a slithery sort who, in his greedy quest for a fabled sword, sets loose the titular three-headed hellhound. In the end, will he or good-girl historian Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw II) be the pooch's next snack? TVGuide.com offered the My Two Dads star a fleabag-fighting tip, then dogged him with questions about his TV past.
TVGuide.com: Imagine my surprise when I start watching this movie and see Greg Evigan playing the villain!
Greg Evigan: You know, I've been playing the bad guy in the last seven or eight projects I've done. I like it. It's a lot more interesting! [Laughs] Being the good guy gets a little stale after a while, you know?
TVGuide.com: What's the key to taming a three-headed dog? A three-headed hydrant?
Evigan: Yeah, that's what you need, man — a three-headed hydrant. We should have had that joke in there somehow. We did have "Who let the dogs out?" We got that one in there.
TVGuide.com: So you're enjoying being a baddie?
Evigan: Yeah, I'm ready! I'm going up for something [along those lines] today. I started out doing, as you know, B.J. and the Bear, My Two Dads, all that stuff, and that gives you a certain...
TVGuide.com: You were, like, the poster boy for wholesomeness.
Evigan: Yeah, exactly. So I've loved the chance to play these roles. I've got the opposite look, and I think it's more interesting when you see somebody whom you don't expect.
TVGuide.com: One could say it all started with you playing Matt Fielding's abusive boyfriend on Melrose Place. Do you find yourself looking on longingly at Doug Savant on Desperate Housewives?
Evigan: Yes! Longing [because] I wish I had that job! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: What about B.J. and the Bear: Do you get nostalgic when you take your kids to the monkey cage at the zoo?
Evigan: Oh, yes, my friend the Bear. Unfortunately, he went to that "big highway in the sky."
TVGuide.com: Was Bear just one chimp?
Evigan: Well, there was a backup chimp. Gotta have a backup chimp, because of those heavy stunts in those bar scenes!
TVGuide.com: I wouldn't be surprised if you told me he was better behaved than some of your human costars.
Evigan: Absolutely. One of the best actors I've ever worked with.
TVGuide.com: For 1991's P.S. I Luv You — is it safe to say the too-cute title sealed the series' fate?
Evigan: You know, I've got a feeling it was more than that. I thought it was a pretty good idea, especially at the time. Not too many people back then were talking about the Witness Protection Program.
TVGuide.com: Plus, Connie Sellecca was the fabulous babe of the moment.
Evigan: Oh, man, Connie....
TVGuide.com: TekWar, on which you starred with its cocreator, William Shatner, didn't last long, but I imagine the fans latched on hard?
Evigan: Sci-fi fans are the most loyal fans on the planet — there's no doubt about it. I've done a few of those conventions, and these people will know the lines! "Hey, remember that scene when you...."
TVGuide.com: It's Shatner's Saturday Night Live skit all over again.
Evigan: Exactly, man! What happened to Bill, anyway? He went to the hospital or something?
TVGuide.com: Yeah, he hurt his back the other day. Bones says he'll be fine.
Evigan: Oh, OK. Boy, Bill's had some career. Unbelievable.
TVGuide.com: You two should revive TekWar with a film.
Evigan: That'd be great! But I don't think we can get Bill. He's too expensive!
TVGuide.com: What do people stop you for most of the time?
Evigan: B.J. and the Bear and My Two Dads. It's phenomenal, man. They were just so long ago — especially B.J. and the Bear. But I guess it really struck people's nerves at the time. Kids grew up on it. There were only three networks at the time....
TVGuide.com: It had you for the ladies, the chimp for the kids, and Audrey Landers for us menfolk.
Evigan: That's right!
TVGuide.com: What kind of fun did you and Paul Reiser have on Two Dads?
Evigan: We had a great time. The best time I ever had working was on that show. There were 13 writers, so it was all about who came up with the best joke by tape day. And the egos weren't flying around, which was great.
TVGuide.com: What came of your "daughter," Staci Keanan? Did she go on to hold up banks, like other child stars?
Evigan: [Laughs] I just saw her about a month ago. She's looking good, kinda like Marilyn Monroe. She always wanted to go to school — "I want to be in a regular class... and have locker!" — so she went to school, finished college and now she's beating the streets. She wants to keep the acting up! I'm like, "What the hell are you doing? You went to school to get away from this stuff!"
TVGuide.com: What else do you have going on?
Evigan: I'm actually in my 22-year-old son Jason's band, After Midnight Project. The music is like Coldplay-ish rock.
TVGuide.com: Do you have groupies?
Evigan: Oh, we've got groupies. But I just stay in the background, playing keyboard. Jason has written some great stuff; if you're ever at MySpace, check out After Midnight Project there. On the other side of the spectrum, I recently went over to London and recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a totally different album I have coming out, where I'm playing piano.
TVGuide.com: It's not like John Tesh-type stuff, is it?
Evigan: No, it's not like John's. It's movie theme-ish. I wrote the theme song for My Two Dads, remember.
TVGuide.com: Oh, yeah! Hum it for me, I can't quite place it.
Evigan: "You can count on me/No matter what you do/You can count on me...."
TVGuide.com: Cool. Do I owe you five bucks for that?
Evigan: No. That one's free.