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It Was So Good To See You: Guide To Guest Stars (Week of April 1) 

It’s April and that means we are edging even closer to the end of the 2011-2012 TV season. And that means the shows are amping up their guest star wattage, bringing on ever more interesting guest stars to their weekly dramas. This past week was no exception with the following guest appearances:

Alyssa Diaz

First on last Sunday night’s new episode of Army Wives on Lifetime, actress Alyssa Diaz appeared as the wife of a recently married couple, whose husband is a Marine under Trevor’s direct order. Alyssa is best known for her recurring role on the short-lived ABC Family Channel series The Nine Lives of Chloe King and her role in soap opera As the World Turns. She has also appeared in episodes of Southland, CSI: NY, Greek, and The Unit as well as the made-for-TV movie The Jensen Project.

That same night over on a new episode of Once Upon a Time not only did the legendary actress Barbara Hershey appear as the mother of the Evil Queen but actor Noah Bean appeared as Daniel, a stable boy in love with Regina (aka the Evil Queen), and young actress Bailee Madison appeared as young Snow White. Of course, everyone knows Barbara Hershey for her film role in Beaches and Black Swan. She also had major guest-starring roles on Chicago Hope and The Mountain. Noah currently has an arc on Nikita and has also appeared in Damages, Dark Blue, and Ed.

Bailee has quite a list of film and TV roles for someone her age, including the made-for-TV movies Saving Sarah Cain, Merry Christmas Drake & Josh, and A Taste of Romance. She also appeared in episode of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Chase, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: NY, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Later that night on a new episode of GCB, actor Eric Winter appeared as the younger brother of Carleen (Kristin Chenoweth). Eric got his big break on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives, and then appeared in episodes of Wildfire, Brothers & Sisters, Moonlight, and The Mentalist, and the made-for-TV movie Sundays at Tiffany’s.

Over on Monday night’s new episode of Castle, actor Charles Shaughnessy appeared as the Deputy General at the British consulate who was involved in the murder of a beautiful young model. Charles is, of course, best known for his role in the long-running comedy The Nanny but he has also appeared in Days of Our Lives and Mad Men. He has also appeared in the made-for-TV movies Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder, The Wishing Well, and Love’s Christmas Journey.

Over on the Thursday debut of the new series Scandal, actor Wes Brown appeared as a decorated military man who was accused of murdering his fiancée. Actresses Leslie Grossman and Liza Weil guested as a medical examiner and a White House aide claiming she had an affair with the President of the United States respectively. Wes got his big break in the mini-series Beach Girls and then had a recurring role in True Blood. He also appeared in episodes of the short-lived drama Trauma as well as Private Practice and Hart of Dixie. His made-for-TV roles include Love’s Everlasting Courage and Love Begins.

Leslie Grossman
Liza Weil

Leslie is probably best known for her roles in Popular as well as What I Like About You as well as 10 Things I Like About You and Nip/Tuck. She had guest roles in Drop Dead Diva, Dexter, and Hot in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Liza is best known for her role in Gilmore Girls, but before that she appeared in episodes of The West Wing, ER, CSI, In Plain Sight, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice.

Josh Randall. Photo Credit: NBC
Azura Skye. Photo Credit: NBC

Friday night was a big night for guest stars on Grimm as well as Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight. Let’s start with Grimm and the appearance of Josh Randall as the husband who was holding his wife, actress Azura Skye, captive in order for her to give “birth” to a golden egg. Josh is probably best known for his role in Ed as well as his recurring role on Lost. He has also appeared in episodes of Leverage, Scrubs, Raising the Bar, Greek, The Glades, Pushing Daisies, and Grey’s Anatomy. Azura has guested on a number of TV shows including American Horror Story, Cold Case, The Mentalist, and Bones.

Then over on Fairly Legal, actors Tom Amandes, Kevin Weisman, and Rick Peters as well as actress Kelly Hu all appeared in the new episode. Tom was the owner of a huge airplane manufacturer while Kevin was the recently fired employee of that manufacturing company who became a whistleblower. Rick played a big-time ball player client of Reed and Reed while Kelly was the rival attorney on that case.

TV viewers will recognize Tom from his work on the fan favorite series Everwood, but he has also appeared in Eli Stone, Parenthood, Big Love, and Boston Legal.

Kevin is best known for his work on Alias, but he also appeared in episodes of Moonlight, Roswell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Felicity.

Rick has appeared in recurring roles on Veronica Mars, Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Swingtown, The Event, and Dexter. He’s had guest appearances on Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: NY, Bones, Close to Home, and Smallville.

Kelly made guest appearances in a number of TV shows before landing a role on the daytime soap Sunset Beach; she then appeared in Nash Bridges and Martial Law. She also appeared in episodes of CSI: NY, Army Wives, and The Vampire Diaries.

Brady Smith

Lastly, actor Brady Smith appeared on the new episode of In Plain Sight as a bigamist who ended up in the WITSEC program after witnessing a doctor running an organ harvesting ring. Brady has appeared in a number of TV shows such as JAG, Charmed, Judging Amy, CSI: Miami, ER, The Closer, NCIS, Las Vegas, The Mentalist, Castle, Harry’s Law, and White Collar. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movies Ice Dreams and The Jensen Project.

Needless to say, there were a lot of familiar faces this past week. Who did you recognize on your favorite shows last week? Please share.

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