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Guest Star Goodness

It Was So Good To See You (Week of August 28) 

Once again it was great to see some very interesting guest stars on my favorite summer shows this past week.

James McCaffrey
Billy Lush. Photo Credit: A&E

Let’s start with Sunday night (August 28) and the episodes of The Glades, Drop Dead Diva, Against the Wall and Leverage. First, actors James McCaffrey and Billy Lush both appeared on The Glades. James played a small boat charter owner while Billy played a college educated moonshine maker. James got his start on the 90’s TV shows Viper and Swift Justice and then he appeared in New York Undercover and the daytime soap As the World Turns. Later he appeared in the short-lived shows Beautiful People and Canterbury’s Law, but is probably best known for his recurring role on Rescue Me.  Meanwhile, Billy most recently starred in the short-lived FOX drama The Chicago Code, but has also been in The Black Donnellys and the mini-series Generation Kill.  

Raphael Sbarge

Over on Drop Dead Diva, actor Raphael Sbarge appeared as the jumper who Jane (Brooke Elliott) stopped from jumping off a building. Raphael has a long resume dating back to Risky Business with Tom Cruise, guest appearances in 90’s TV fare such as Quantum Leap, Sisters, L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote and Star Trek: Voyager. He later appeared in The Guardian, ER, Numb3rs, The Closer, CSI: Miami, 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones and Prison Break.

Tom Amandes

Meanwhile over on Leverage, actor Tom Amandes appeared as the step-father of a chess champion who turned out to be the biological daughter of Sterling (Mark Sheppard). Tom is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed series Everwood, but he has also appeared in Eli Stone, Big Love, Eastwick, Parenthood, JAG, Private Practice and NYPD Blue.

Jason George. Photo Credit: Lifetime

Then on Against the Wall, actor Jason George appeared as the husband of Abby’s (Rachael Carpani) partner while actress Alona Tal appeared as an undercover IA officer working as an exotic dancer. Jason got his start on Sunset Beach then he appeared in the short-lived series Titans and then he moved on to Off Centre and Eve. He also appeared in What About Brian and Eli Stone. More recently he has appeared in Eastwick, Off the Map and Grey’s Anatomy.

Alona Tal

As for Alona, she has appeared in Veronica Mars and the short-lived series Cane, but she is probably best known for her recurring role on Supernatural. She has also guest starred in Ghost Whisperer, Leverage, The Cleaner, Pretty Little Liars, Lie to Me and The Killing.

Aaron Douglas

Then we move over to Monday, August 29 with actor Aaron Douglas appearing in Eureka. He was the space camp counselor in one of Fargo’s flashback scene to when he was a kid.  Aaron, of course, is best known for his role in Battlestar Galactica, but he has also appeared in Dark Angel, Stargate: SG-1, Jeremiah, Andromeda and Smallville. More recently he appeared in Hellcats and the Canadian series The Bridge. He also had roles in the mini-series Taken, the made-for-TV movie Lucky 7.

Jonathan Cake. Photo Credit: TNT
Brian Hallisay

That same night over on Rizzoli & Isles, actors Jonathan Cake and Brian Hallisay appeared as a third-world country doctor and lover from Maura’s past and a mugging victim who turned out to be a drug smuggler (respectively). Jonathan appeared in a number of British productions, but got his start in the States on the short-lived series The American Embassy and then he appeared in another short-lived series Six Degrees following those up with guest appearances on Chuck, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Off the Map and most recently in Desperate Housewives. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movies Riverworld and Empire.

Meanwhile, Brian is probably best known for his role on the short-lived but fan favorite series Privileged, but he also had guest roles on Eastwick, Cold Case, Without a Trace, CSI: NY, Bones and Medium.

Austin Basis

Lastly on Thursday, August 31, actor Austin Basis guest starred on Necessary Roughness as the cursed former mascot of the football team. Austin is best known for his part in Ghost Facers, the “real” ghost-busting team for which the Winchester brothers occasionally have run-ins with on Supernatural as well as the fan-favorite series Life Unexpected.

Those were the familiar faces that I found on my favorite shows for this past week.  Did you see anyone that you recognized in any of your favorite shows?  Please share.

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