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Guest Star Goodness

It Was So Good To See You (Week of June 27th) 

Over the course of the past week, there were some familiar faces who showed up on some of my favorite summer cable shows.
First, on June 27, actors Jason Brooks and Austin Butler showed up on the new ABC Family Channel series Switched at Birth. Austin was the other member of Toby’s (Lucas Grabeel) band while Jason was the ex-husband of one of Kay’s (Lea Thompson) friends.

Austin Butler. Photo Credit: ABC Family

Austin is best known for his role in the CW series Life Unexpected, but his first roles were in Hannah Montana and Zoey 101. He also appeared in the short-lived series Ruby & the Rockits as well as guest appearances in The Defenders, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and in the made-for-TV movie Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure.

Jason Brooks

Meanwhile, Jason first appeared on Days of Our Lives then had a short recurring role on The Pretender and was a regular on Baywatch. He also guest starred in No Ordinary Family, Criminal Minds, CSI, Ghost Whisperer, Castle, Boston Legal, JAG, and Charmed. He also had roles in the box office films Super 8 and Star Trek as well as the made-for-TV movie Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery.

Ernie Hudson

Actor Ernie Hudson showed up on the USA Network series White Collar on June 28 as the man who ran the orphanage for which Mozzie (Willie Garson) grew up in Chicago. Ernie has a long resume of TV and movie roles including the classic film The Crow, Ghost Busters, and Miss Congeniality.  He has also appeared in the TV shows St. Elsewhere, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, and Oz.  His guest appearances include Criminal Minds, Heroes, Private Practice, Psych, Las Vegas, ER, and Without a Trace among many others.

Alicia Coppola. Photo Credit: ABC Family

Over on the new ABC Family Channel The Nine Lives of Chloe King on June 28, actress Alicia Coppola appearing as the mother of Jasmine, one of the other members of the Mai. Alicia is best known for her role in the short-lived series Jericho, but has also appeared in Castle, Drop Dead Diva, NCIS: Los Angeles, Crossing Jordan, Medium, NCIS, American Dreams, JAG, Ally McBeal, and Profiler.  She has also appeared in the box office film National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

Natalie Zea. Photo Credit: USA Network

Then over on the USA Network series Royal Pains on June 29, actress Natalie Zea appeared as a Hampton resident who ended up becoming a new patient for Hank (Mark Feuerstein). Most TV viewers know Natalie from her work on Justified as well as Dirty Sexy Money. She has also appeared in the short-lived series Eyes as well as guest appearances in The Shield, The Defenders, Franklin & Bash, CSI, Hung, Without a Trace, and Medium. She also appeared in the box office film The Other Guys.

Lastly, over on the new USA Network series Suits on June 30, actor Currie Graham appeared as the judge who had a grudge against Harvey (Gabriel Macht) while actor Eric Ladin was Harvey and Mike’s latest client.

Currie Graham

Currie has appeared in episodes of Fairly Legal, Private Practice, Raising the Bar, Castle, Boston Legal, Men in Trees, Desperate Housewives, House, and NYPD Blue.  He has also appeared in the box office film Assault on Precinct 13, the made-for-TV movies Augusta Gone, The Capture of the Green River Killer, and the direct to DVD movie Stargate: The Ark of Truth.

Eric Ladin. Photo Credit: AMC

Meanwhile, Eric was most recently seen in the AMC series The Killing, but he has also appeared in Mad Men and the mini-series Generation Kill.  His guest appearances included Boston Public, CSI: Miami, NCIS, ER, Veronica Mars, The Unit, Big Love, Bones, and The Mentalist.  He also appeared in the box office film Cursed.
Out of all the cable shows that aired this past week, do you recognize any familiar faces?  Please share.

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