If you're seeking a metaphor for acting, you couldn't do much better than the body-jumping premise of Quantum Leap. In the 21 years since that series went off the air, its star, Scott Bakula, has leaped into a striking array of characters, with an initial emphasis on more sci-fi (Star Trek: Enterprise) eventually offset by a turn toward naturalistic dramedy (Men of a Certain Age). But playing a cop on a network procedural? Inexplicably, that seemingly inevitable move had proven a leap too far.
This oversight has finally been rectified with Bakula's role as the lead in NCIS: New Orleans, premiering on CBS Sept. 23 in the coveted Tuesday time slot immediately following the franchise's flagship series...
NCIS: New Orleans has nabbed Scott Bakula for the lead role, TVLinereports.
Bakula will play NCIS Special Agent Pride, who's driven by the need to do what's right.
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After eight years, Scott Bakula was ready to kiss the ladies of Desperate Housewives goodbye — and with them, any dreams he had of guest-starring on the show. But he made it to Wisteria Lane in the nick of time.
"[Series creator] Marc Cherry and I had been bumping into each other. He kept saying, 'I want to have you on the show,' and I kept telling him, 'I love the show. I'd love to be on it,'" Bakula tells TVGuide.com. "I thought that the ship had sailed on this one."
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Bakula, who says he's a Desperate Housewives fanboy, could not have been more wrong. The Emmy-nominated actor is in the middle of a juicy four-episode arc playing Bree's ruthless attorney, Trip Weston. "It's bizarre meeting...
Scott Bakula has been approached for a recurring role on Desperate Housewives, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
As first reported by TVLine, Bakula would play Bree's yet-to-be-named new lawyer. In the original casting call, the character is described as a...
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Zachary Levi doesn't have any regrets that Chuck is ending with only a 13-episode fifth season.
"I don't feel like we were cut short, as difficult as it is to shut this last chapter on this journey," he told reporters at a December set visit for Chuck's two-hour series finale (Friday, 8/7c, NBC). "I think five seasons is actually a really good amount of time. ... For something like this, which is definitely story arcs and serial, how many bad guys and missions can you go on before you feel like you're repeating the same thing? So I feel like we've gotten a really perfect amount of time together and it's been special from Day One."
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After five years of the geek getting the girl, far-flung fantasy spy missions and a cavalcade of nerd-dom's finest guest stars, it's easy to see why Levin isn't exactly complaining. In fact, he and his fellow castmates were only too happy to reminisce.
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Scott Bakula and Melinda McGraw
There was at least one part of Melinda McGraw's Men of a Certain Age role that didn't require much acting.
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On Men, McGraw plays Erin, a former actress who begins dating Scott Bakula's Terry, with whom she'd acted 20 years earlier. Conveniently, McGraw first worked with Bakula more than 20 years ago on his NBC hit, Quantum Leap.
"It was my first job, and I didn't know anything," McGraw tells TVGuide.com with a laugh...
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Cheers to Men of a Certain Age for hiring an actress of a certain range: Melinda McGraw.
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She's been one of TV's most reliable performers ever since making her series debut 20 years ago in an episode of ...
Telling most actors that they look fit enough to play a role younger than their real age would be considered a compliment. Unless you're Scott Bakula. This season, on his TNT series Men of a Certain Age, the 56-year-old's character turns 50. And he's actually rather bummed about the idea. ...
Scott Bakula, David Newsom
Men of a Certain Age's second season will reunite Quantum Leap actors Scott Bakula and David Newsom, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Newsom, who played Bakula's brother, Lt. Tom Beckett, on Quantum Leap, will play Mark, the younger sibling of Terry (Bakula), on the hit TNT drama. Mark is happily married with two children and runs his own successful home systems integration business.
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Terry, who now works as a car salesman with his friend Owen (Andre Braugher), hasn't seen his brother for some time. Terry decides to try to reconnect with him at his nephew's birthday party...