It’s fall and that means time for the start of a new television season. In the next few weeks, we will look back to get caught up on your faves. We will also give my opinions on the great new box sets that have recently been released. You can also count on me to be there when the shows return. Another fun thing that we do is we is salute the stars of the new series by looking back on movie and television roles they did before now. So let’s go down memory lane and at the same time get acquainted with the new shows.
Blood and Oil… I am a little leery of this show because it is a show about oil and money. Hey if America wanted to watch oil barons and feuding family members on television, “Dallas” would have survived. Still ABC, home of tragic doctors and horny Presidents wants America to watch. The patriarch of the family is Don Johnson.. yes that Don Johnson.
Don was a fashion icon of the eighties as the dapper Sonny Crockett on “Miami Vice” He also starred with another ABC star in the show “Nash Bridges.” One of his cast members was Jeff Perry aka “Cyrus” on “Scandal cast.
Here is the cast of “Blood and Oil” including Don. The other familiar face in the cast is Jeremy Sisto. He has done many shows including the original “Law and Order’ and also played Jesus. Don plays Hap Bridges the patriarch.
Jeremy is also remembered as Elton in “Clueless.”
ABC is bringing the funny back to Fridays with “Dr Ken.” There are quite a few television vets in the cast, including the good doctor.
Ken Jeong was the King in the hilarious movie “Role Models.”
Dave Foley (hey not to be confused with hunky Scott Foley) played Jack’s boyfriend on “Will and Grace.” In this show , he plays Pat.
Tisha Campbell Martin who plays Desdemona will be remembered as the love of his life in the classic “Martin”
Ever heard of a guardian angel?. Well no one ever had one like Amy( Jane Lynch)in the CBS show “Angel From Hell”
Here is Jane when she was the mean cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee” She is pictured with Matthew Morrison.
Nobody’s family is normal and that is the message of “Life in Pieces.” a CBS comedy which features James Brolin and Dianne Wiest. Brolin plays John Short.
Brolin first was first noticed on the seventies show “Marcus Welby MD.” as the dashing Dr Steven Kiley.
Most recently , he was the CIA absentee father of Richard Castle on “Castle”
Diane Wiest was the political wife in “The Bird Cage.”
It’s a show with the rush of “ER” and the drama of “Grey’s Anatomy” It’s “Code Black” .CBS’s new medical drama. Academy award winner , Marcia Gay Harden leads the cast as Dr. Leanne Rorish
Here she is as Sam’s sister coming to find out about his disappearance on “How to Get Away With Murder.” with Viola Davis.
Cast member Bonnie Summerville will also be remembered as one more woman to come between Ross and Rachel on “Friends.” She played Mona.
Raza Jeffrey last appeared on “Homeland” . Here he is as the diplomatic Dev on the late NBC series “SMASH” He was also man servant to Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City 2”
Luis Guzman starred in the movie “Nothing Like Home for the Holidays.” that was filmed here in Chicago.
An all star cast is on board for the latest comic book entry with “Supergirl.” Supergirl even has a celebrity daughter on their writing staff. Anna Goldwyn, the same daughter to “Scandal” star , Tony Goldwyn.is one of the writers on this show that is bound to be a hit. The girl who plays the heroine herself is Melissa Benoit.
Benoit was the girl with the plus size mom, Gwen on “Glee”.
Others in the cast include
Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant
She will be best remembered as career girl, Ally McBeal
Chyler Leigh returns to television as Alex Danvers
She melted our hearts as Dr. Lexi Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy” . Here she is with her man, Eric Dane of “The Last Ship.”
Helen Slater and Dean Cain as Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers have super roots of their own.
Helen has played the gal from Krypton herself in the movies.
Dean was the heartthrob of the nineties as the man of steel in “Lois and Clark, the new Adventures of Superman”. Here he is with Lois. (pre” Desperate Housewives”) Terry Hatcher
The latest entry to the Chicago trilogy is “Chicago Med” . In this spin- off to the popular Dick Wolf trilogy, Oliver Platt plays Dr. Daniel Charles. His character first appeared on “Chicago Fire.”
He has done numerous roles in shows like “West Wing”, and movies. Here he is in the movie “Ready to Rumble” with David Arquette and “Hawaii Five O’s ” Scott Caan.
What is more traditional than John Stamos with kids? John Stamos is “Grandfathered ” on Fox
Here is John as the adorable Uncle Jessie in “Full House”
Two tv vets play brothers who will make you laugh in “Grinder” Fred Savage is Stewart Sanderson and Rob Lowe is Dean Sanderson, a Hollywood actor who moves home to take over the family law firm. But his brother Stewart and his father don’t think he is qualified since he is only an actor.William Devane returns as their father and head of the law firm.
Rob was Sam Seaborn on “The West Wing” . Here he is with Janel Moloney and Bradley Whitford
Here is Fred as the adorable Kevin Arnold on the classic “The Wonder Years”
William Devane will always be remembered as Gregory Sumner from the tv soap classic “Knots Landing” Remember the naked croquet game with Nicolette Sheridan?
We finish up with “Fargo” . Even though the show is in Season 2, two very important additions were added. Jean Smart as Floyd Gearhart and Ted Danson as Hank Larsson . Danson just wrapped up his stint on the original “CSI” .
He will forever be known as the love em and leave em bartender in the place where “everyone knows your name”, Sam “Mayday ” Malone. Here he is with Diane (Shelley Long) on “Cheers”
We finish our salute with Jean Smart in one of my favorite shows. Smart had previously won an Emmy for her work on “Frasier”. Here she is with her girls on “Designing Women.” as Charlene Frasier Stillfield .