Neal McDonough, Tin Man
Actor Neal McDonough (Traveler) based his decision to take on the lead in Sci Fi's anticipated Oz-take, Tin Man (premiering Dec. 2 at 9 pm/ET), on atypical reasons: "For me, having two babies now and the most beautiful wife in the world — wonderful wife, best friend, everything — I had to think about that," he told TV Guide at the media premiere. "Every decision I make now is 100 percent about my family, for (Tin Man) Wyatt Cain it was the same thing and he had it taken away from him." McDonough and his wife, Ruve Robinson, have two children, 2-year-old Morgan and 6-month-old Catherine.
Tin Man definitely has its roots in L. Frank Baum's classic, but with a decidedly darkly modern take as follows a young girl named D.G., played by Zooey Deschanel, who finds herself in "The O.Z." or the Outer Zone. It was McDon
A warning to all friends of Dorothy—by which I mean all fans of the MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz": Forget the rainbow. Sci Fi Channel's trippy Tin Man goes over the top and over the edge in an audaciously bizarre, altogether curious reimagining of the L. Frank Baum fantasy.
I admire its nerve (to quote the lovable Cowardly Lion, here transformed into a human-wolverine-psychic hybrid named Raw), and there's no question Tin Man is ambitious. But replacing "Oz"'s joyfully timeless charm with perverse irony and nightmarish, hallucinatory imagery makes this three-night miniseries more of a lavishly quirky curiosity than a keeper.
The most refreshing change: updating meek Dorothy Gale into spunky, tomboyish DG, a peevish pixie of a waitress who lives on the family farm (but is that her real family?) while realizing, "There has to be more to life than this." Zooey Deschanel gives the role such a sardonic twist it's almost as if Sarah Silverman had wandered into