Guest Star Goodness

It Was So Good To See You: Guide to Guest Stars (Week of April 8)

There were a lot of great guest stars this past week – as is the case every week, I know – but it is still a lot of fun looking out for familiar faces.

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Let’s start with actress Kellie Martin showing up on last week’s new Army Wives. She appeared as a captain, reporting to the commanders about the burgeoning issues in Africa. Kellie, of course, is best known for her role on Life Goes On as well as ER; but she has also appeared in the short-lived shows Christy and Crisis Center as well as the Mystery Woman series of movies. Most recently she has appeared in episodes of Drop Dead Diva, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy as well as the made-for-TV movies Smooch and The Jensen Project.

That same night over on the new episode of Breakout Kings, actresses Ever Carradine and Camille Guaty both appeared as a prison teacher and the latest escapee (respectively).

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Ever got her first big break on Party of Five, which led to roles on Veronica’s Closet and later Once and Again, Women’s Murder Club, 24 and Eureka. She also appeared in episodes of Supernatural, Private Practice, Castle, The Mentalist, Rizzoli & Isles and The Finder.

Camille Guaty (l.) Ever Carradine (r.) -- Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/A&E

Whereas, Camille got noticed for her work on Prison Break and the short-lived series The Nine. She also appeared in Las Vegas, the short-lived remake of Cupid and the short-lived The Chicago Code.

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Over on The CW, actor Gary Cole showed up as Zoe’s (Rachel Bilson) dad on Hart of Dixie. Gary has a long resume of TV and film roles, including the TV shows Midnight Caller, the short-lived shows American Gothic and Wanted, The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, Entourage, The Good Wife and the films Office Space, Pineapple Express and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

The following night on the season finale of Body of Proof, actor Peter Stormare appeared as an imprisoned serial killer who had it out for Dana Delany’s Megan Hunt.

Peter Stormare

Peter has a lengthy career in films, including Chocolat, Windtalkers, Minority Report, and Armageddon as well as the recently released Lockout. On TV, he is best known for his work on Prison Break, but he has also appeared in episodes of Hawaii Five-0, Leverage, NCIS: Los Angeles, Weeds and Entourage.

Over on CBS that same night, actresses Karina Lombard and Suleka Mathew appeared on NCIS as Ziva’s old friend, Monique Lisson, and Navy Chaplain Maria Castro. Meanwhile, actress Brea Grant appeared on NCIS: Los Angeles as a goth waitress who was involved with a suspected bomber.

Karina Lombard (l.) Cote de Pablo (r.) -- Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/CBS

Lombard did some stints on The 4400, The L Word and Rescue Me. She’s guest starred on the original CSI, CSI: NY as well as Dr. Vegas.

Suleka Mathew (l.) Cote de Pablo (r.) -- Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/CBS

Suleka is best known for her work on Men in Trees and HawthoRNe, but she also appeared on Dead Zone, Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven as well as the made-for-TV movie Good Morning, Killer.

Brea Grant

Meanwhile, Brea got her first big break on Friday Night Lights then she got noticed for her recurring role on Heroes and guest-starred on Dexter.  She also appeared in the made-for-TV movie Ice Terror and the box office film Halloween II.

A few nights later over on the new series Scandal, actor Brendan Hines appeared as a DC reporter and actress Megan Gallagher appeared as a former call girl married to a judge who is soon to be appointed to the Supreme Court. John Getz played Gallagher’s husband, who’s the President’s very first Supreme Court nominee. And finally, Mimi Kennedy guest-starred as Sharon Marquette, D.C.’s finest madam.

Brendan Hines

Brendan is best known for his role on Lie to Me, but he has also appeared on episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Middleman as well as episodes of Angel, Without a Trace and Castle.

Megan Gallagher & John Getz on Scandal -- Photo Credit: ABC/COLLEEN HAYES

Megan got her start on Hill Street Blues and The Slap Maxwell Story, but got her big break on China Beach. She then appeared on The Larry Sanders Show, the short-lived Nowhere Man and Millennium. More recently she has appeared in 24, 7th Heaven, Crossing Jordan and CSI.

Getz is one of those actors that has been on just about every TV show. Back in 1985, he was Malcom MacGruder to Kathryn Harrold‘s Jenny Loud in the short-lived cop series MacGruder & Loud; and he’s done guest-star stints on everything from Murphy Brown and Murder She Wrote all the way down to Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. He also appeared in several episodes of Ned and Stacey as well as Joan of Arcadia.

Mimi Kennedy

And Kennedy, our final Scandal guest star, is probably best known for her role as Dharma’s bohemian mom, Abby, in the comedy Dharma & Greg, a show that ran for five seasons. Before Dharma & Greg, she starred in a sitcom called Spencer and a drama called Homefront. More recently, she’s been in the movie Midnight in Paris and has guest starred on ER, Ghost Whisperer and Private Practice.

Lastly on Friday night, actor Josh Hopkins showed up on the new episode of In Plain Sight as a single dad who becomes involved with Mary while actor Stephen Lang appeared as her long-lost dad. And, actress Jessica Tuck appeared in the latest episode of Grimm, as the Hexenbeast mother of Adalind.

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Josh, of course, is best known for his role on the comedy Cougar Town, but he has also appeared on Brothers & Sisters, Swingtown, Private Practice and the short-lived shows Pepper Dennis and Vanished. He also had roles in Cold Case, North Shore and Ally McBeal.

Photo Credit: Michael Lavine/FOX

Stephen, most recently appeared on Terra Nova, but he has a long resume of film and TV roles including Avatar, Conan the Barbarian and The Men Who Stare at Goats as well as episodes of Psych, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Ed.

Photo Credit: Scott Green/NBC

Jessica is no stranger to this column, and viewers will know her from True Blood, Judging Amy and One Live to Life. She has also appeared in episodes of Saving Grace, Days of Our Lives, Cold Case, Murder One and Sunset Beach.

Those are all the familiar faces I saw on my favorite weekly series. Who did you see on your favorite shows? Please share.

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