Guest Star Goodness

It Was So Good To See You (Week of 10/9)

It’s always fun, at least for me, to discover who is guest starring on my favorite shows each week; and this past week was no disappointment.  There was a great number of fun faces featured this week.

Paul McGillion

Let’s start with Sunday, October 9 when actors Paul McGillion and Demore Barnes appeared on the Lifetime police drama Against the Wall. They both appeared as cops involved in a knock-down brawl at a cop wedding held, oddly enough, during a police officer convention. Paul is best known for his role in Stargate Atlantis, but he has also guest starred in episodes of Supernatural, V, 24, and Sanctuary. He has also appeared in the made-for-TV movies Beyond Loch Ness, Mom, Dad and Her and Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story. He will also be seen in the upcoming TV movie Finding a Family.

Demore Barnes

Demore Barnes is best known for his role on the CBS military drama The Unit, but he has also appeared in episodes of Supernatural and Being Erica. He also had a small role in the made-for-TV movie If You Believe that starred Ally Walker and then child actress Hayden Panettierre.

Michael McKean

That same night over on the new Showtime drama Homeland, actor Michael McKean had a small cameo role as a judge sought out by Saul (Mandy Patinkin) for a surveillance warrant in lieu of Carrie overstepping authority to bug Brody’s house. Of course, Michael is a TV legend, starring as Lenny in the classic TV series Laverne & Shirley. In more recent years, he has appeared as Perry White in Smallville, episodes of The X-Files and countless other TV and film roles.

Ross McCall

On Monday night (October 10), actors Ross McCall and Francois Chau appeared in a Castle episode about a college student found murdered at a construction site which lead back to the Chinese mob. Ross appeared as an undercover narcotics cop while Francois was the head of the Chinese mob. Ross has been seen in the acclaimed mini-series Band of Brothers as well as the TV series Crash and White Collar. He has also guest starred in shows such as Luther, Bones, CSI: NY, and Ghost Whisperer.

Francois Chau

Francois is best known to TV viewers for his recurring role on Lost but has also been seen on Franklin & Bash, Chuck, Medium, and the web series Gemini Division.

Michael B. Silver

Tuesday night (October 11) was a busy night with a lot of great guest stars, starting with actor Michael B. Silver appearing on NCIS as a lobbyist who knew a Naval officer, who was being protected by Gibbs and his team. Michael has appeared in episodes of Veronica Mars, CSI: Miami, NYPD Blue, and the short-lived shows Beautiful People and Day Break.

Tony Amendola

Meanwhile over on NCIS: Los Angeles, actor Tony Amendola appeared as the father of a Libyan man who served as the source for a gunned down news reporter. Tony is another actor with a long resume of TV roles, including the TV series Spawn, Alias, The Practice, Stargate SG-1, Dollhouse, Dexter, and CSI: NY.

Kathleen York

Later that night on Body of Proof, actresses Kathleen York and Justina Machado appeared as a Councilwoman and her Chief of Staff (respectively). Kathleen got her start on the primetime soap opera Dallas and later appeared in the short-lived shows Aaron’s Way and Vengeance Unlimited. More recently, she has appeared in The O.C., The West Wing and Desperate Housewives.

Justina Machado

Whereas, with Justina, she has appeared in the TV shows Three Rivers, 1-800-Missing, Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty, and ER.

Malcolm McDowell and Polly Walker. Photo Credit: USA Network

Then over on the Wednesday (October 12) night season premiere of the popular USA Network dramedy Psych, in addition to the legendary Malcolm McDowell appearing, actress Polly Walker appeared as the assistant to McDowell’s British ambassador role. Polly is probably best known for her role in the short-lived Syfy series Caprica as well as the series Rome.

Linda Cardellini. Photo Credit: CBS

As we move to Thursday night (October 13) and the latest episode of the new CBS series Person of Interest, actress Linda Cardellini starred as a dedicated doctor with intentions of killing the man who raped her sister, but was stopped by Reese (Jim Caviezel) before she could follow-through on her plan. Linda, of course, is best known for her work on the fan-favorite series Freaks and Geeks as well as her time on ER, and the made-for-TV movie Comanche Moon.

Alona Tal and Faran Tahir. Photo Credit: The CW

Lastly, on the Friday night (October 14) episode of Supernatural, actress Alona Tal returned to her supporting role as Jo Harvelle with actor Faran Tahir and actress Emilie Ullerup also appearing. Faran starred as an Egyptian God who put Dean on trial while Emilie starred as the bartender at the local bar visited by Dean.

Emilie Ullerup. Photo Credit: The CW

Faran is best known for his recurring role on Warehouse 13, but he has also guest starred in episodes of 24, In Plain Sight, NCIS: Los Angeles, Chuck, Lost, Sleeper Cell, Charmed, and JAG. And, Emilie is best known for her on Sanctuary, but she also appeared in an episode of Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Blood Ties, and the web series Riese.

As always, it will be fun to see who shows up next week.  What familiar faces did you see this week?  Please share.

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