No new drama series would be complete without a steamy love triangle, and Michael Rady and Justin Hartley are up to the challenge as the male leads on Emily Owens, M.D.. Both CW veterans (Hartley played Green Arrow on Smallville, while you may recognize Rady from Melrose Place) will play a role in Emily (Mamie Gummer)'s love life, and when I recently sat down with the guys, they joked that the rivalry just might end up in a dogfight. They also talked getting squeamish around fake blood, and likened their new medical show to Ally McBeal and Scrubs, with a "full-on heavy dose of quirk." Check out the interview, and tune in to Emily Owens when it premieres on Oct. 16.
Audrina Patridge joined Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Felicity Huffman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and more celebs yesterday at a Golden Globes gift suite in LA. The event was more casual than the ladies luncheon with Ashley Greene and Rachel Bilson going on across town, but Audrina and company were more than happy to show off their new acquisitions. Audrina opened up about Heidi Montag's plastic surgery makeover and said, "I think it's a case of, 'To each their own' . . . but 10 procedures in one day is a little much." Seems like a diplomatic response from Audrina, though you guys almost unanimously think Heidi went too far.
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For a little while, it seems like Michael Rady has been everywhere, turning up on the small screen in Greek, Swingtown, and even Grey's Anatomy while also romancing Alexis Bledel in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies. At the CBS/CW party at the TCA Press Tour, I chatted with Rady about playing a nice guy, whether or not his Melrose engagement is doomed, and those Swingtown sideburns. Here are highlights:
How did you end up working on the new Melrose Place?
The first week of casting for Melrose Place, I went in, I didn't know anything about it, I think I had five auditions that day, and I left and they were like, "They want you." And I was like, "Really? No one wants me!" They were like, "Yeah, we like him." And then I booked it a couple of days later. And I was the first one cast. There was no script. It still hasn't quite sunk in yet — it's a little surreal.
When I saw you were cast in Melrose Place, I was of two minds about it — on the one hand, I was excited, and on the other, I was like, "Well, I guess I know what happens to Max on Greek."
Yeah — stumbling off drunk into the night, alone.
But then suddenly resurfacing here, a little more glamorous. Although Jonah seems pretty down-to-earth.
Yeah, he's the transplant from the East Coast and just comes from a grounded family, a good family situation.
Do you think he'll stay that way?
They swear up and down I would turn out good in the end. I think it's just this den of corruptibility, Melrose Place. So I think we'll get swept up here, and then spit out, and then swept up again, and then spit out.
It seems like there might be a chance on this show to play up the evil side.
It happened to Michael Mancini, right? No matter how much they swear I need to remember that: That this is Melrose Place and nothing is safe.
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Starlets were out in force last night to celebrate Nylon's special TV issue. 90210's AnnaLynne McCord and Shenae Grimes posed on the carpet, as did Melrose Place's Jenna Dewan. Anna Paquin is the magazine's cover girl, and she was the center of attention as she chatted with her fiance and True Blood costar Stephen Moyer. While his next project is the vampire movie Priest with Cam Gigandet, Stephen and Anna gave an interview appearing in the upcoming issue about their HBO show and their views on nudity and sex. Here's more:
- Anna on her nude True Blood scenes: "I don’t think a naked body is particularly shocking or interesting. . . . It’s not the culture I was raised in. I was not brought up in the United States. I don’t share the [attitude] that you can have graphic violence, but — God forbid — you see someone’s nipples."
- Anna on going blonde for her role: "I don’t look like a Barbie doll, and probably never will. People are incredibly literal in how they view you. You have dark hair and pale skin? You must be brooding. The second you dye your hair blonde and get a spray tan, people treat you as if you’re a bit stupider and happier. Suddenly, it’s like you’re hot and sexy."
Lindsay Price's new job wasn't the only TV casting news that's caught my eye this week. It's pilot season in Hollywood, and the jobs are coming fast and furious. Here are a few of my other favorites:
- The CW's Melrose Place spinoff has its first cast member, and it's a good one: Michael Rady will play Jonah Miller, described as "a cute and quirky 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker who makes his living as a videographer of weddings and bar mitzvahs for the rich and famous after moving to Los Angeles with his fiancee a year ago." The Hollywood Reporter notes that the character sounds a bit like Andrew Shue's Billy from the original series — which is funny as Shue's brother-in-law, Davis Guggenheim, will be directing the Melrose pilot. Rady also plays Max on Greek and was Laurie's love interest, Doug, on Swingtown.
- Sarah Drew, one of the people I hoped to see more of in '09, will star in the new TV-themed pilot from Shonda Rhimes, as will Eli Stone's Jason George. In Inside the Box, George will play a correspondent at a Washington news bureau, while Drew will play a newcomer at the network.
- Wondering what LL Cool J is up to these days? Well, here's your answer: He's signed on for the proposed spinoff of NCIS, playing a former Navy Seal who now works in the undercover unit. The spinoff will begin later this season with a special episode of NCIS.
- Always good to see the Beeper King getting work: Dean Winters, aka Dennis the Beeper King from 30 Rock, will play the father of an abducted girl in ABC's mystery pilot Happy Town.