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Oh THAT Guy! Issue: 2

Alrighty, welcome to the new format and official debut of Oh THAT Guy (slightly new title!) as an on-going project. Here are five more guest actor types for you all to get to know and start being able to recognize as not just “Oh them” but as actual people. Yes!

(Remember: pictures link to imdb…even though it is sort of gross now…)

Henri Lubatti

Selected Appearances:
The Good Guys “Vacation” as Nikolai (2010)
Chuck “Chuck vs. The Mask” as Vassilis (2010)
Bones “The Devil in the Details” as Phillip Womack (2010)
NCIS: Los Angeles “Breach” as Safar Jaddalah (2010)
Dark Blue “Purity” as Reuben Pike (2009)
Life “Not For Nothing” as Professor Halliday (2008)
The O.C. [multiple episodes] as Henri-Michel de Momourant (2007)
24 [multiple episodes] as Jovan Myovic (2002)
Felicity [multiple episodes] as David Sherman (1999)
The X-Files “Mind’s Eye” as Dr. Wilkenson (1998)

Hey, apparently this guy’s from Seattle! Win! …more importantly, he is an incredibly unappreciated actor. The number of foreign nationalities he’s portrayed alone is impressive. To be clearly identifiable as “The Russian Guy” and “The French Guy” and “The Middle Eastern Guy” and godknowswhatelse takes a good amount of flexibility. To do that and also somehow find the time to do some acting? Wacky crazy awesome stuff.

Clea DuVall

Selected Appearances:
Bones “The Bones On A Blue Line” as McKenna Grant (2010)
Lie to Me “Blinded” as Michelle Russell (2009)
Grey’s Anatomy [multiple episodes] as Jennifer Robinson (2008)
Heroes [multiple episodes] as FBI Agent Audrey Hanson (2006-2007)
Carnivale [regular cast] as Sofie (2003-2005)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Out of Mind, Out of Sight” as Marcie Ross (1997)

Recently, she’s been taking on the role of Tough Girl, but she actually has an enormous amount of flexibility. Her characters, ass-kicking or otherwise, and regardless of the number of episodes they have to develop, have a consistent quality of honest human vulnerability. DuVall (whose name appears in most credits without the semi-inane capitalization) has actually done more movie work than TV, but she frequents both mediums on a regular basis.

Kathleen Munroe

Selected Appearances:
NCIS: Los Angeles “Killshot” as Aimee Su (2009)
CSI: NY [multiple episodes] as Samantha Flack (2008)
Moonlight “Fleur de Lis” as Tina Haggans (2007)
Supernatural “The Kids are Alright” as Katie’s Mom (2007)
Beautiful People [series cast] as Annabelle Banks (2005-2006)

Just compare the top two roles on this list and you can see exactly what kind of range this lady has. I’ve been a bit of a fan ever since she played basically the only not-totally-obnoxious character on Beautiful People, but its really the variety of guest work that shows what a solid talent she is. She looks like a few other actresses, so sometimes I think I see her when I don’t, but she’s worth keeping an eye on in years to come.

Fredric Lehne

Selected Appearances:
Supernatural [multiple episodes] as Azazel (the Yellow-Eyed Demon) (2006-2010)
Lost [multiple episodes] as Marshal Edward Mars (2004-2010)
Lie to Me “Life is Priceless” as Company Owner Kevin Warren (2009)
CSI “Burked” (2001) and “Turn, Turn, Turn” (2009) [different characters]
The Closer “Til Death Do Us Part, Parts I & II” as Eugene “Topper” Barnes (2007)
Bones “The Man with the Bone” as Giles Hardewicke (2006)
CSI: NY “Tanglewood” as Ross Lee (2005)
JAG “Odd Man Out” (2002) and “There Goes the Neighborhood” (2004) [different characters]
NCIS “Dead Man Talking” as Captain Graves (2004)
Firefly “Heart of Gold” as Ranse Burgess (2003)
The X-Files [multiple episodes] as Young Arthur Dale (1998-1999)
Wiseguy [multiple episodes] as Winston Chambers III (1990)
Mancuso, FBI [series cast] as Eddie McMasters (1989-1990)

At least in all the roles I’ve seen him in, this guy usually plays some sort of sumbitch or other. Really really well. He’s got an air of authority that is immediately recognizeable, and a gravelly vocality that lends itself well to drawling and to general assholery. His resume is a healthy mix of the standard guest work (my favorite discovery is that he played three different roles on three different episodes of JAG and its spin-off NCIS) and semi-regular, recognizeable roles on cult favorites like the first two items on the list. FYI: He is usually credited as Fredric Lane, which’ll tell you how to pronounce his last name properly.

Tom Virtue

Selected Appearances:
The Secret Life of the American Teenager [multiple episodes] as…multiple roles?* (2008-2010)
CSI “Random Acts of Violence” (2003) and “Working Stiffs” (2009) [different characters]
Bones “The Intern in the Incinerator” as Dr. Ted Reardon (2007)
Life “Let Her Go” as Fire Chief (2007)
Arrested Development “Queen for a Day” as Car Salesman (2005)
Even Stevens [series cast] as Steve Stevens (1999-2003)
JAG “All Ye Faithful” as Warrant Officer Scoggins (2002)
Firefly “Ariel” as Pompous Doctor (2002)
Star Trek Voyager [multiple episodes] as Lieutenant Walter Baxter (1995) and “Workforce Parts I & II” as Supervisor (2001)
Freaks and Geeks [multiple episodes] as Mr. Sampson/Mr. Simpson** (2000)

For me, Tom Virtue will always be the dad from Even Stevens before anything else. But the truth is, he has been in pretty much everything ever. Seriously. It is somewhat disturbing how many of his roles are called “doctor” or “voice on the phone” or whathaveyou as opposed to actual names. But let it not be said that he doesn’t stay busy. Generally, his characters tend toward the professional, the irate, the impatient, and occasionally the incompetent. He is almost always some form of comic relief.
*I do not watch this show so I am very confused by his being credited as “Reverend Stone” and “Minister” and “Jack’s Step Dad” all in multiple different episodes, intermixed
**Also have not seen F&G so I can’t say for sure whether or not this is an imdb flub or not

This Week 9/5 to 9/12

Guys, guys, FALL TV STARTS THIS WEEK. GET EXCITED.

Tonight:
9pm – Rubicon on AMC
9pm – Leverage on TNT (season finale!)

Please note, the exclamation point after the ‘season finale’ after Leverage actually indicates despair, not excitement.

MONDAY:
8:30pm – CBS Fall Preview on CBS (special)
9pm – Friday Night Lights on ABC Family (network premiere!/pilot!)
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

I have never watched Friday Night Lights. I don’t know that I would like it. But ABC Family is airing the whole series starting anew, so here’s an opportunity.

TUESDAY:
9pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Covert Affairs on USA

WEDNESDAY:
9pm – Dark Blue on TNT (2 hours!)
10pm – Terriers on FX

I neglected to mention Terriers in my Fall TV preview post (reason: I didn’t know slash forgot it existed). Terriers is, to the best of my opinion, a sort of unconventional cop show of the general FX variety – so, a wacky mix of hicks and major criminals. That part falls pretty well under the take-it-or-leave it umbrella. The reason you should watch Terriers is, it stars Donal Logue (lately of Life)! He’s a funny man. Still confused? Understandable. See a preview here.

THURSDAY:
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on the CW (season premiere!)
9pm – Nikita on the CW (pilot!)
9pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

I guess my foray into actually watching the CW is going to have to wait; I’ve signed away all my Thursday nights for September to Doing Real Things. But I will still make sure to watch these in a timely fashion! (And also finally get around to seeing The Vampire Diaries‘ S1 finale…)

FRIDAY:
9pm – Eureka on SyFy
10pm – Haven on SyFy

SATURDAY:

Nothing new is airing.

SUNDAY:
9pm – Rubicon on AMC
9pm – 2010 Video Music Awards on MTV/MTV2


What you can expect from me this week:

  • Review of Leverage season finale/season as a whole
  • Review of Nikita
  • Review of Terriers
  • special post of some variety

This Week 8/9 to 8/15

Tonight:
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

Where did the rest of Monday night go? The Teen Choice Awards ate it. Way to be, FOX.

TUESDAY:
8pm – Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family
9pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Covert Affairs on USA
10pm – Memphis Beat on TNT

I should really get around to actually seeing if I like Pretty Little Liars or Memphis Beat one of these days.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance on FOX
9pm – Dark Blue on TNT

Okay, so I kinda screwed up on the whole Oh I’m Def Going To Review Dark Blue thing last week. But this week for sure!

THURSDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance (2-hour finale!) on FOX
9pm – Moonlight on the CW
9pm – Project Runway on Lifetime
9pm – Burn Notice on USA

FRIDAY:
9pm – Eureka on SyFy
10pm – Haven on SyFy

And you could also watch Night At the Museum on ABC at 8. Because it is awesome.

SATURDAY:

Nothing new is airing tonight. Watch Spike’s Star Wars marathon. Or USA’s House marathon (which includes the pilot at 8pm!). Or, you know, go out and do something. Whatever.

SUNDAY:
9pm – Leverage on TNT
9pm – Scoundrels on ABC
10pm – The Gates on ABC

Did I miss something? Whoops. This was done in kind of a hurry.

Enjoy your week!

This Week 8/2 to 8/8

So there’s this thing called “Shark Week” you may have heard of…

Tonight:
8pm – Lie to Me on FOX
9pm – The Good Guys on FOX
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

TUESDAY:
8pm – Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family
9pm – Warehouse 13 on SyFy
9pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Covert Affairs on USA
10pm – Memphis Beat on TNT

I do not watch Warehouse 13. But I mentioned it just so that I could share with y’all the whispered plan for a W13Eureka crossover.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance (Top 4) on FOX
9pm – Dark Blue (2-hour season premiere!) on TNT

Is it just me, or is there something inherently silly about airing the movie Next twice in a row? Way to go, FX.

THURSDAY:
9pm – So You Think You Can Dance (results) on FOX
9pm – Moonlight on the CW
9pm – Project Runway on Lifetime
9pm – Burn Notice on USA

Wait, when did a new season of Project Runway start? (And, I ask as I do every week, why does everything air at 9pm on Thursday?)

FRIDAY:
9pm – Eureka on SyFy
10pm – Haven on SyFy

SATURDAY:
8pm – Persons Unknown on NBC

SUNDAY:
9pm – Rubicon on AMC
9pm – Leverage on TNT
9pm – Scoundrels on ABC
10pm – The Gates on ABC

I’m actually going to do stuff this week, I promise! And by “things” I mean I will, at the very least, be watching and reviewing Dark Blue. So excited for that show! I was terrified it was going to get cancelled after the first season but NO! SAVED! And now Tricia Helfer has joined the cast! Looking forward to the increased sexy awesome? Oh yes.

Also, going to look into Rubicon and catch up on Persons Unknown, Eureka, and Haven. That last one just because I want to give it another chance before giving up entirely. (Speaking of giving up entirely, folks may notice the absence of Rookie Blue from this week’s schedule. I watched five minutes of the pilot and wanted to die so that was the end of that.)

Enjoy your week.

The Glades: the crimes are boring, the lead is irritating, the secondary characters are boring, and the non-procedural part of the plot is like a Harlequin novel but without any sexiness. Sorry A&E but the truth is, this is just a big unhot mess of epic fail

Yay for Teamwork

The title of this post is the only attempt I am going to make to tie together the two things I watched tonight. Because, seriously, Glee and Dark Blue? Not so much with the connectability.

“Acafellas”

(Personally, I liked Testostertones more, and Crescendudes was my absolute favorite.)

Maybe I was just being kind of a moron, but I didn’t expect that EVERYONE on this show was going to sing. Apparently I was WRONG with a capital W-R-O-N-G. I never in a million years would have expected Patrick Gallagher (Ken Tanaka) to break out into song, nevermind have such an excellent voice. But after tonight’s revelation that he and the mowhawked cougar-hunter jock are both going to be singing, as well as info reaped from this article hinting that Jane Lynch is also going to be joining in, I will be surprised at nothing from here on out. (Well, you know what I mean…) But back to the singing on tonight‘s episode. The Acafellas destroyed my soul a little bit, in a good way, but they at least helped confirm one thing: there will never be anything else on Glee as awkward as last week’s “Push It,” not even the unnecessary gyrating from the mowhawked cougar-hunter jock. Thank goodness for small favors.

More good things from this episode, Victor Garber and Stephen Tobolowsky.  They are two of my absolute favorites ever, and having them on Glee is sort of like having a dream I never knew I had come true. Now that they ARE on Glee though, there had better be a lot more of them. Because gay-creeper Stephen Tobolowsky is actually my favorite thing about this show so far, and because I would really enjoy it if Victor Garber sang. There just isn’t enough of that.

To touch on the actual content of Glee for a moment, Kurt, Mercedes, Finn, Quinn. Kurt: May I just say, DAWWWWWWW. He’s the cutest little gay boy ever. And Mercedes is growing on me now that they’ve actually written her a personality (a gratingly overearnest and soulful personality, but still). As for Finn, DAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. He’s just so earnest, it’s incredible. Cory Monteith has endearing down pat. And Quinn? That last line? Wtf. Is that part of the storyline over with now? Has she just happily switched to the Glee Club side of life without waiting for any actual story or character development to occur? I’m so confused. Thankfully it looks like that should be somewhat sorted out next week, if the Sue-centric preview is anything to judge by. I’m also hoping there’s some more exciting music next week, because I didn’t enjoy this week’s numbers quite as much as those in previous episodes. “Mercy” and “Bust the Windows” were both good, but the former was short and the latter was previewed on Hulu, so I’d already seen it. New music please!

Final note, “Throngs of screaming teenagers don’t do it for Josh Groban.” That man is hilarious, who knew?

“Shot in the Dark”

I don’t know what it is with TNT and season finales, but they really need to step it up. This was a good episode, don’t get me wrong. But it wasn’t AMAZING, and I was kind of expecting that. Oh well.

What worked was the way the truth was concealed until the very end of the episode but nobody made a huge roaring deal out of it. Without calling attention to the fact that no-one knows anything, it’s easy to be lulled into the impression that Carter might actually have done the unspeakable. The script for this episode was pretty exceptional – doubletalk, careful balancing of conceal and reveal, touching on multiple storylines without forcing it or detracting from the main plot. But when you get right down to it, I honestly thought the whole thing was a little dull. There was intrigue, there was mystery, but at no point did I get a rush of adrenaline. Even the Surprise! gunshots at the very beginning weren’t a shock, because I already knew they were going to happen. The upside to a somewhat less than riveting storyline? I actually noticed the instrumental soundtrack for the first time. It’s surprisingly good.

The real strengths of this season finale were an excellent guest performance by Sasha Alexander, formerly of NCIS, who plays a wonderful scary Fed-type (and who is much more attractive as a redhead), and the sans-Carter team dynamic. Putting Jaimie, Ty, and Dean in a room and forcing them to think and act without the final word of Carter being barked in their ear was actually the most effective thing I’ve seen so far on this show to really provide insight into their personalities – especially Dean, since he hasn’t been the central focus of an episode yet and we actually don’t know a damn thing about him other than a few tidbits from Ty or Carter here and there.

I don’t know if Dark Blue is going to be back for more episodes or not yet, but I’m hoping so. The finale was a bit of a let down, but it is an intriguing and well-structured show, and I’d be disappointed if it was already over.

Coming Up Tomorrow: BONES AND FRINGE! (And Project Runway, with a challenge I could probably win.) I’m pretty excited.

Happy Wednesday

Tonight belongs to TNT. Two excellent episodes of two of my favorite youngling shows tonight – the half-season finale of Leverage and this week’s installment of Dark Blue. Where these shows are concerned, I’m pretty easily pleased, but tonight was definitely a good night.

First off, “The Lost Heir Job.”

Not the most mindblowingly exciting Leverage episode ever, unfortunately. Part of the problem was that there was too much story for a forty minute episode. There was barely time to tie all of the con elements together, nevermind punctuate them with this show’s trademark tongue-in-cheek hilarity. A five minute check-in with Sophie at the vey beginning didn’t help. Most of the hour suffered from a distinct lack of hijinks. Sure, there was a little hair flipping from Eliot and some key tapping from Hardison and Nathan’s citrus fruit suit was definitely worth some chuckles, but for every moment of passable humor was a complementary bit that fell short, like Parker’s moment of failing to act like a methhead – not awkwardly hilarious, just boring. By the end of the episode I was SO ready for one of the blue-and-white revelation flashbacks to swoop in and redeem everything. No luck. Alas.

The good news? Jeri Ryan. My god I love that woman. And not just because she was Seven of Nine and I have an unfortunate addiction to Star Trek Voyager. I don’t really watch legal dramas, so it’s been awhile since I’ve seen her on television – she’s been on Law & Order: SVU, Shark, and Boston Legal in the past few years, so she’s got the lawyer schtick down at this point. And that’s why I didn’t blink twice when she showed up to guest star on Leverage as a lawyer, sweetly and awkwardly giving this off-kilter episode a bright spot. And then it got even better. I am not good at anticipating plot twists, even (possibly especially) the obvious ones. I probably shouldn’t have been quite as suprised as I was that Jeri Ryan is going to be sticking around as Tara, a grifter friend of Sophie’s, for at least a few more episodes. But I am absolutely delighted.

If the last couple of episodes haven’t been warning enough, I think it is definitely time to start worrying about Gina Bellman (Sophie)’s future on Leverage. There have been some whispers circulating the interweb about her failure to absolutely delight in comparison to the other characters since the beginning of the series. She doesn’t make me laugh quite as much as everyone else, maybe, but I am a fan of the character. Despite what other folks have been saying about Bellman’s acting abilities (just swoop around the Leverage page on SideReel and you should see what I mean) I think she is just as talented as the rest of the cast and she has a much more difficult role – the grifter spends so much time in character for the con that the character for the show has incredibly limited opportunity to forge a personality. So, while I think that the future is looking a bit grim for this character, especially since I’m sure Jeri Ryan will in no way disappoint, I am hoping that we’ll see Sophie back before long.

Now, “Betsy.”

It was, as advertised, the OMG-DELVE-INTO-JAIMIE’S-PAST-AND-EMOTIONAL-BAGGAGE episode. Bring on the angst. The police action definitely took a backseat to character drama this episode. The trailers that have been running all week and half a brain were more than sufficient to piece together most of what happened this episode: Jaimie has to encounter her past for the bust to work. Issues are brought to life. Angry words are exchanged. A revelation takes place at the end. Ta-da.

All that would have been a standard character drama episode on its own. But, Dark Blue plays for keeps. So instead of leaving the episode with just a fuller understanding of the emotionally charged past and somewhat overemphasized angst of the sole female character, a lot of things have changed over the course of an episode. First of all, no more Scott. Sure, we don’t see the inevitable break-up. But it’s going to happen. Of course it is. She said “I love you” and then she lied and everything went to shit. Scott is through. I’m thrilled, personally. On his own, Scott represented a lame side-plot about Jaimie trying to lead a normal life and having issues. Put that together with the believable but manufactured sexual tension between Dean and Jaimie, and what you get is one sorry love triangle that I am happy to be done with. The second major development: Carter and Jaimie are having Issues with capital I. Not shocking, perhaps, but definitely intriguing. And also hilarious considering they had to pull off one of the most awkward embraces of all time while undercover.

The best part about this episode was that it gave full attention to the emotional/dramatic angle without falling short on other elements. The smuggling bust was constructed just as neatly as busts from other episodes, less developed though it was. There was a lot of excellent guest work from Channon Roe (Billy), who has more talent than his spotty and one-dimensional resume suggest. And that twist at the end where ‘Sanchez,’ the guy they’re after from the beginning is actually dead and his right-hand man is the real brains? Brilliant. And if a fantastic undercover plotline AND in-depth Jaimie drama weren’t enough, there were also hints of things to come. Ty doesn’t want kids? Jaimie thought she was pregnant five years ago? Dean is doing his awkward emotional thing? These are good signs of better things to come.

There’s no more Leverage until January, and next week is also the half-season (but hopefully not permanent) end for Dark Blue.  If the network fall season wasn’t starting, I’d have to be distraught. But, there are good things on the way. Starting with said-same finale of Dark Blue, which of course features the long-awaited topic of Carter’s Dark And Mysterious Past. Last week I might have scoffed, but with the brilliant handling of this week’s episode in mind, I’m definitely looking forward to see how it goes.