Neal McDonough, <EM>Tin Man</EM> 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 McDonough's own family that helped him understand his character, Wyatt Cain, who "has to deal with the loss of his family and what he's going to do with the rest of his life."

At Tuesday's premiere of the miniseries at Hollywood's Cinerama Dome, the buzz on the "yellow carpet" was the potential for the show getting picked up as a series. McDonough says he'll sign on, "in a heartbeat, if it shoots in Los Angeles."

As for Tin Man becoming a multigenerational classic like its predecessor, "The most important thing for me is that I know my son and my daughter are going to look at this and say, 'Dad, that was really cool stuff,'" says McDonough. "If generations of people watch it, that's icing on the cake."

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