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Guest Star Goodness

It Was So Good To See You (Week of July 3rd) 

Summer programming is always entertaining; and what is even more entertaining are the guest stars who show up on the cable shows that dominate the summer months.

On Sunday, July 3 actors William Russ and Steven Flynn showed up on the TNT series Leverage, appearing as a wealthy (but dirty) industrialist and a Boston cop (respectively).

William Russ. Photo Credit: TNT

William has a long resume of film and TV roles, getting his start in the original V (the TV mini-series) and the box office film The Right Stuff. In the 1980’s, he appeared in the TV shows St. Elsewhere, Tour of Duty and Wiseguy.  Over the next two decades, he appeared in the shows Stargate SG-1, was the dad in the long-running sitcom Boy Meets World, Ally McBeal, Crossing Jordan, Deadwood, JAG, Wildfire, Boston Legal, The Young and the Restless as well as the box office film American History X.

Steven Flynn. Photo Credit: Danny Feld/NBC

Flynn also has a long resume of TV work including short recurring roles on Lincoln Heights, Medium, JAG and The Practice as well as guest appearances in episodes of Justified, Lie to Me, Cold Case, Grey’s Anatomy, The Closer, CSI: NY, The Guardian, Firefly, ER and Party of Five (among many others).  He also appeared in the made-for-TV movie Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise.

Then over on Tuesday, July 5, actor Jonathan Silverman and actress Madchen Amick appeared in the USA Network series White Collar. Madchen was a black widow out to catch Peter (Tim DeKay) who was undercover as a wealthy bachelor, hoping to catch her while Jonathan ended up being Madchen’s character’s accomplice.

Jonathan Silverman. Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/USA Network

Jonathan got his start in the TV comedy Gimme A Break then moved on to the movies Weekend at Bernie’s, Death Becomes Her and Brighton Beach Memoirs.  He also appeared in TV shows such as The Single Guy, Friends, CSI: Miami, Close to Home, Psych and Greek (among others).

Madchen Amick. Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/USA Network

Meanwhile, Madchen is best known for her role in the cult series Twin Peaks, but she has also been seen in TV shows such as the remake of Fantasy Island, Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, ER, Californication, Damages and CSI: NY as well as the short-lived shows Joey, Freddie and My Own Worst Enemy.  She also appeared in the box office film Priest and the made-for-TV movie Unanswered Prayers.

Ryan Sypek

That same night over on The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family, actor Ryan Sypek appeared as the stalker-ish ex-boyfriend of Chloe’s boss Lana (Aeriel Miranda).  Ryan is best known for his role on the ABC Family series Wildfire, but he has also appeared in episodes of Greek, How I Met Your Mother and Happy Endings as well as the made-for-TV movie The Christmas Cupid.

Tia Carrere. Photo Credit: ABC/KEN WORONER

Staying with Tuesday, July 5, over on the new ABC medical drama Combat Hospital, actress Tia Carrere appeared as a photographer for Newsweek who was visiting the military hospital.  Tia is best known for her roles in the syndicated series Relic Hunter as well as the box office films Wayne’s World and True Lies.  But she has also appeared in episodes of Tour of Duty, MacGyver, Quantum Leap, Hercules, Nip/Tuck, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Warehouse 13 as well as providing her voice to the animated feature and the TV series Lilo & Stitch and the animated series Duck Dodgers.

Lastly, over on Thursday, July 7, actors Wade Williams and Michael O’Keefe appeared as a loan shark (who was actually an undercover FBI agent) and his duplicitous boss (respectively) on USA Network’s Burn Notice.

Wade Williams

Wade is best known for his work on the FOX drama Prison Break, but he has also appeared on The Bernie Mac Show, Tru Calling, JAG, Boomtown, Crossing Jordan, 24, Six Feet Under, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Becker and Chicago Hope. He has also appeared in the box office films Collateral and Erin Brockovich. In addition, he has provided his voice for the animated features Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and two Batman animated features.

Michael O’Keefe

O’Keefe has appeared in episodes of Brothers & Sisters, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Closer, House, CSI, The West Wing and Roseanne. But his most notable credit will always be the classic big screen comedy, Caddyshack.

As always, it will be very interesting to see who shows up on next week’s summer shows.  Who did you see on your favorite shows this past week?  Please share.

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