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Guest Star Goodness

It Was So Good To See You (Week of 6/5) 

The last couple of weeks have been a bit sparse on interesting guest stars on my favorite weekly TV shows; but with the end of the 2010-2011 TV season and the gradual build-up of the return of summer programming, the guest stars to choose from have been few and far between – until this past week.

Joaquin de Almeida

Over on the season premiere of The Glades on Sunday, June 5 actor Joaquin de Almeida guest-starred as the leader of one of the top criminal families in the area. Joaquin is best known to TV viewers from his role of Ramon Salazar in Season 3 of the FOX hit series 24; but he has also appeared in movies such as Desperado, Fast Five, Clear and Present Danger and Behind Enemy Lines (among many others).

Photo Credit: Cathy Kanavy/USA Network

That same night over on In Plain Sight, Mary and Marshall waged battle against Julian Conrad, a ruthless gun-runner, who was portrayed by actor D. W. Moffat. He is best known for his recurring role on Friday Night Lights and his current (new) TV show Switched at Birth; but he has appeared in TV shows like For Your Love, Life is Wild, Hidden Palms and The Book of Daniel as well as appearances in episodes of Crossing Jordan, The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy, Numb3rs, Brothers & Sisters and Lie to Me.

Neil Jackson

Then on June 7 on the season premiere of White Collar, actor Neil Jackson appeared as a notorious thief who worked with one of Neil’s aliases back in the day. Neil is best known for his role in the ABC Family Channel series Make It or Break It; but he has also appeared in the new PBS mini-series Upstairs Downstairs as well as the box office films Push, Quantum of Solace and Alexander. He also appeared in episodes of the short-lived TV shows FlashForward and Blade: The Series as well as guest starring in Stargate Atlantis, The Cleaner, CSI and Cold Case.

Lastly, over on the June 8 episode of the new TNT legal drama Franklin & Bash, there were two familiar faces.

Photo Credit: TNT

First, there was actress Natalie Zea, who played a recent widow, accused of killing her older husband with too much sex and there was actor Tom Wilson who was playing a spiritual advisor to Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell). Natalie is best known for her role in the FX series Justified, but she also appeared in the short-lived TV shows Dirty Sexy Money, Eyes. And she played Gwen Winthrop for roughly two years on the now defunct daytime soap Passions. She has guest-starred on The Shield, Hung, Medium, The Defenders and Without a Trace. She also appeared in the box office film The Other Guys.

Tom Wilson

Meanwhile, Tom is best known for playing Biff in all of the Back to the Future feature films as well as the short-lived cult classic TV series Freaks and Geeks. He has lent his voice to numerous animated projects such as Gargoyles, Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants and Batman: The Animated Series as well as Batman: Brave and the Bold. He has also appeared in TV shows such as Ed, Cold Case, House, Boston Legal, Bones, Ghost Whisperer and Big Love.

Now that more summer shows are returning and new summer shows are debuting, it will be interesting to see who shows up next on all my weekly favorites. Who did you recognize in any of your favorite shows this past week?

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