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Guest Star Goodness

It Was So Good To See You: Guide to Guest Stars (Week of 2/19) 

It’s still February sweeps, which means more great guest stars showing up on many of the dramas this past week.

Ernie Hudson

Let’s start with actor Ernie Hudson appearing on Monday night’s episode of Hart of Dixie as Lavon’s (Cress Williams) dad. Ernie, of course, is best known for his role in the Ghostbusters franchise, but he has a long TV resume including shows such as Oz, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, and St. Elsewhere.

Autumn Reeser. Photo Credit: ABC Family

Moving over to Tuesday night, actress Autumn Reeser appeared on the ABC Family series Jane By Designas American ‘royalty.’ She was marrying a Danish prince and came to Donovan Decker for her wedding gown. Autumn is recognized for her work on The O.C. as well as the short-lived shows Valentine and No Ordinary Family. She has also appeared in episodes of Entourage, Raising the Bar, Hawaii Five-0, Human Target, and Royal Pains.

Hal Ozsan. Photo Credit: David Giesbrecht/USA

That same night over on White Collar, actor Hal Ozsanappeared as an infamous thief running an operation to rob from Yankee Stadium – an operation involving Neil and Mozzie. Hal got his start on Felicity then moved on to episodes of Providence, Roswell, and then Dawson’s Creek. From there he appeared in the made-for-TV movies Helter Skelter and Fallen. He is probably best known for his recurring roles on Kyle XY and 90210.

Samantha Smith

Also on that same night, actress Samantha Smith had a small role in NCIS: Los Angelesas one of the NCIS agents transferring Kensi (Daniela Ruah) to detention for a crime she was falsely accused of committing. Samantha is probably best known to Supernatural fans as the mother of the Winchester brothers, but she has appeared in TV shows such as The Pretender, Two of a Kind, Profiler, Dark Angel, House, Criminal Minds, Monk, and NYPD Blue. She also starred in the made-for-TV movies Love’s Unending Legacy and Love’s Unfolding Dream (taking over the role originated by Katherine Heigl).

Jamie Bamber
Jason Beghe
Khandi Alexander

Tuesday continued to be a busy night with actors Jamie Bamber, Jason Beghe, and actress Khandi Alexander all guest-starring on the new episode of Body of Proof. Jamie was a landscaper who knew Megan from back when she was still married, while Jason was the President of an architecture firm where the morgue’s latest victim had worked.  Khandi was the City Commissioner who demoted Kate (Jeri Ryan). Jamie is best known for his role on the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, but he starred in the popular U.K. Horatio Hornblower made-for-TV movies as well as Band of Brothers. He also starred in Law & Order: U.K. as well as episodes of House, Dollhouse, CSI: Miami, and Outcasts.  Jason has appeared in episodes of Picket Fences, the original Melrose Place, Chicago Hope, Family Law, American Dreams, Californication, and Everwood as well as the short-lived shows To Have & to Hold and Cane. Khandi is best known for her roles in CSI: Miami and News Radio, and is currently a series regular on Treme. She has also starred in episodes of ER and made guest appearances on Dark Blue, CSI, Third Watch, and NYPD Blue.

Kate Vernon

Over on Saturday night, actress Kate Vernon showed up on a new episode of The Firm, playing a pharmaceutical company President being sued by a client of Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas). Kate, of course, is best known for her recurring role on the Syfy reboot of Battlestar Galactica, but she got her first big break on TV on the soap opera Falcon Crest. She later appeared in episodes of Who’s the Boss, Murder She Wrote, L.A. Law, and Nash Bridges. More recently she has appeared in CSI, The Mentalist, Saving Grace, and Heroes. She also had roles in the made-for-TV movies Last Chance Café, Y2K, and Red Faction: Origins. There are only a few more days of sweeps left so it will be interesting to see who shows up next.  What actors and/or actresses did you see this past week?  Please share.

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