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The New Hunks of Fall TV 2008

The New Hunks of Fall TV 2008

Check out the new cover for TV Guide featuring the new guys for Fall TV 2008.

Pictured (left to right): Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Christian Slater (My Own Worst Enemy), Joshua Jackson (Fringe) and Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars).

I saw the premiere episode of Fringe and my feelings echo those of Variety‘s. Solid casting except for Jackson, who may forever be puppy-dog Pacey of Dawson’s Creek. But viewers shouldn’t be dissuaded to watch to show because of him. I really am dying to know what happens in the next episode, as I usually am with any show from J.J. Abrams (Felicity, Alias, Lost) . The Fringe premiere airs next Tuesday, Sept. 9 @ 8PM ET/PT on FOX.

The Sept. 8th issue of TV Guide hits newsstands this Thursday, Sept. 4th.

Click inside for the scoop of the hunks’ new shows…

With cameras clicking at a studio in L.A., Rufus Sewell and Simon Baker are the first to arrive for TV Guide’s Men of Fall cover photo shoot. The competition is fierce heading into the Fall TV season, and these two gents are on the same network. Sewell, an Englishman best known for his stage and movie roles, stars this fall in Eleventh Hour, a CBS science drama about a biophysicist who tracks down evil cloners and such.

“This character’s so much smarter than I am,” Sewell tells TV Guide. “But who’s the bigger badass?” chimes in Baker. A native of Tasmania, Baker has his own new CBS crime drama, The Mentalist. He plays a recovering phony psychic who uses his powers of observation to solve police mysteries. “The Mentalist reminds me of the crime shows before DNA became the main character,” he says. “Guys like Colombo cared about talking to people. They didn’t care whether there was a hair on the carpet.”

As Jason O’Mara arrives, a theme emerges. An Irish-born actor, he, too, is playing a Yank this fall, which requires “thinking in American,” as he puts it. Life on Mars is his new ABC show about an NYPD cop who gets hit by a car and wakes up – zoinks! – in 1973. O’Mara explains, “Back then there was no DNA, no Internet, no political correctness, lots of sexism …” His character, Sam Tyler, “learns if you make do with what you’ve got, you can actually be happy no matter where you are.” He adds, “Even though none of this may be happening, it all may be a dream, it could be better than the life he had.”

Speaking of flashes from the past, along comes Christian Slater, who somehow manages to look exactly as he did back in early ‘90s movies like True Romance. This fall, he plays a suburban dad with an alternate personality who’s a spy in NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy. What’s his age-defying secret? “I wish I could tell you tofu and clean living,” he laughs. (Slater has a well-publicized history as a Hollywood bad boy). “I guess I’ve been like the lion stalking my prey, waiting for the right moment to strike.” Much of the action is filmed with a camera that shows everything as he experiences it. “I call it the narcissist-cam,” he jokes.

Back inside the studio, a mysterious mist is rolling in, which means it’s time for the Fringe portion of our shoot. The creepy Fox drama, produced by Lost mastermind J.J. Abrams, is billed as The X-Files meets CSI. Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek) plays a high school dropout with a 190 IQ who can’t escape the shadow of his brilliant scientist dad. Abrams says, “We should be so lucky to have the success that show [X-Files] had.” He swears that Fringe won’t require the “insane dedication” of his other series. “But I do think that a government agent investigating weird stuff is kind of where the similarities end.”

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  • Locust

    Joshua Jackson is excellent in Fringe. He is one of the best reasons to watch. Check out some real reviews from real TV critics.

    Poor Jared, obsessing daily over Katie Holmes’ Joey…why am I not surprised you don’t like Pacey! lmao…

  • Original jpf

    It’s the anglo brigade!

  • LORILAI

    LOVE Josh! So happy to have him back on TV!!!

  • http://www.justjared.com/ Just Jared

    I love Joshua Jackson! He just seems a bit miscast in this role.

  • newport beach, 92660

    Huh… i wonder who else is in that magazine… BTW anyone know when “Grey’s Anatomy” starts again?

  • alie

    i love zanessa put zanessa please
    also can you write or investigate about vanessa`s pregnet
    my inglish is not so good because i speaks spanish

  • LOcust

    In that case, you might not be aware that Josh Jackson was always JJ Abrams first choice for the role of Peter Bishop (to the point he jokingly refers to the character as ‘Pacey”).

  • sHEEMA

    I heard Joshua Jackson is one of the reasons to watch Fringe!

  • http://www.justjared.com/ Just Jared

    Maybe I’ll rewatch it. He just doesn’t seem like the high school drop-out type!

  • victoria

    Joshua jackson is handsome, but let’s not forget Christian Slater !!!! The older he gets, the more handsome he becomes…

  • sue

    I thought Josh was excellent, and perfectly cast. Give it another try, Jared.

  • Amara

    RUFUS SEWELL!!! He’s such a great actor… and those eyes! :) Gotta love him! :D

  • ashley

    I saw the pilot of “The Mentalist” and it is sooooooooooooo good!! Everyone should definitely watch it. Plus, the main character is really hot!

  • Roberta

    Jason O’Mara smart, sexy and one of the nicest guys around. Can’t wait to see his new show “Life on Mars”. RT:)

  • brutally honest

    think i will check out my own worst enemy see if it holds water.

  • Ilurkthereforeiam

    They’re all White. WTF? It would be nice to see a Latin and an Asian in the mix.

  • sfthrtd74

    Hey don’t forget Bones’s David Boreanaz!!! Yummy!

  • sfthrtd74

    Hey don’t forget Bones’s David Boreanaz!!! Yummy!

  • levett

    joshua jackson is hot.

  • levett

    joshua jackson is hot.

  • just me

    In that case, you might not be aware that Josh Jackson was always JJ Abrams first choice for the role of Peter Bishop (to the point he jokingly refers to the character as ‘Pacey”).
    ——————————

    That’s not what I heard. It was someone else who turned down the role.

  • WTf

    where are the men of color? One? Not even one? Wow…

  • LOcust

    That’s not what I heard. It was someone else who turned down the role.

    _______________

    Shrugs. I don’t know what you heard, but that’s what JJ Abrams is saying in interviews and at Comic Con.

    Josh almost turned it down, or did. Maybe then they went to other people? Don;t know, but they they somehow convinced him back and got him to take the role.
    It’s almost the same story in every interview Josh Jackson has given and matches to what JJ abrams said.

  • just me

    I know who turned the role down very early on before JJ turned it down the first time. Not at liberty to say though.

  • LOcust

    Whatever. LOL.

  • sue

    Just me, you’re obviously looking for attention, so why not just pull a name out of the air and say it?

  • LOcust

    Exactly. LOL. Not like anyone is going to report you to the top secret rumor police.

    But if it’s all the same to you, I’ll choose to go with the things I heard JJ Abrams say in person.

    It seems awfully inane and meaningless to make up a false story. Who really cares about the order in which actors were cast? I’m at a loss as to why they’d bother. I’m at a loss as to why we’d care.

  • Cheryl

    Simon Baker is the hottest, and he can act.

  • Deneb

    I love Joshua Jackson. He is a very underrated actor. Looking forward seeing him on fringe!

  • sarisue

    If they really wanted this other mystery person to star on Fringe instead, why would they accept his/her refusal yet obviously wouldn’t take ‘no’ from Josh Jackson?

    Van Der Beek, is that you? Are you still bitter?

    This is the one show I’m looking forward to this fall, and the number one reason is Pacey! He gets the girl again! (this girl anyway)

  • megg

    Rufus Sewell? Yasssssss :D

  • just me

    Just me, you’re obviously looking for attention, so why not just pull a name out of the air and say it?

    ———————————————-

    Merely stating a fact, that’s all. Plus the other person was much better suited for the role. Certainly not looking for attention.

  • lAZERBURGH

    I want to eat Simon Baker’s ass out, so bad it hurts…down there.

  • sarisue

    Merely stating a fact, that’s all. Plus the other person was much better suited for the role.
    ____________________

    That’s actually called ‘opinion’.

  • JUST ME

    Perhaps my opinion but it must have also been JJ Abram’s opinion as well or he wouldn’t have tried to cast the first actor. Abrams has good instincts when it comes to casting.

    And jeesh, why so defensive? I’m not trying to denounce JJ’s performance in the role. On a personal level, unlike you, others, and the critics, I’ve never seen him in anything I watch or have watched so I tend to be very neutral as to how he will perform. Only time will tell how he’s perceived.

  • Maria (Shorty)

    NOT ONE MAN OF COLOR IN THE PACK!!! SHAMEFUL!!!!

  • sarisue

    Perhaps my opinion but it must have also been JJ Abram’s opinion as well or he wouldn’t have tried to cast the first actor.

    ________________

    Yes, but he also tried to cast Joshua Jackson and when both Jackson and the super secret mystery actor you won’t name initially turned it down, Jackson was the one they tried to convince until he finally reconsidered. So your opinion and assumption–because that’s all it is–that JJ Abrams thinks someone else was better suited loses major credibility.

    Maybe they never thought Josh Jackson would be willing or available. He’s stated fairly definitively before that he wasn’t interested in a return to television. There are a lot of scenarios as to how it could’ve played out.

    And I’m not defensive. Just really, really weary of people posting cryptic messages like ‘I know something you don’t know but I won’t tell…nyah nyah nyah’. Come on! What else can that be but a cry for attention? LOL

    In the end, who even cares? Everyone seems very happy with the ultimate choice.

  • sarisue

    And Jared, you should post some photos of Josh and his girlfriend Diane Kruger at the Venice Film Festival this week. They both look smokin’ hot!

  • JUST ME

    And I’m not defensive. Just really, really weary of people posting cryptic messages like ‘I know something you don’t know but I won’t tell…nyah nyah nyah’. Come on! What else can that be but a cry for attention? LOL

    In the end, who even cares? Everyone seems very happy with the ultimate choice.

    ———————————

    I was merely rebutting your statement that JJ Abrams had no one else in mind but JJ. Hell, I don’t need the attention but apparently you want to feel superior with your original post. Have at it!

    And apparently not everyone is happy with the ultimate choice. It’s a bit unusual for just one actor out of an entire cast to be criticized.

  • sarisue

    And apparently not everyone is happy with the ultimate choice. It’s a bit unusual for just one actor out of an entire cast to be criticized.

    ________________________________

    By whom? Are you referring to JustJared’s original post? You do realize there are hundreds of reviews circulating around out there right now, right? A lot have people have already seen the pilot. I’ve read a great many that praise Josh Jackson and even single him out as one of the best in the cast. So it’s all subjective.

    What I actually meant, however, was that everyone associated with the show seems very happy—since you seem to be insinuating that they actually wanted someone else.

    We all knew JJ Abrams had others in mind. That’s been made clear. What was also made clear is that they went back to Josh after getting a ‘no’ to try to get him.

    Wasn’t trying to feel superior, dude. LOL. If you wanted the glory, you could have posted ‘this is what I know and this is how I know it’ but instead you left yourself open to doubt and skepticism. I’m really not one to blindly accept whatever is posted on the internet as being absolute truth. LOL.

    And sorry to say, the more you’ve responded here, the less it seems you actually know (rather than just assume). Maybe just my impression, but it is what it is.

  • myranda

    OMG Christian Slater is sooo gorgeous!! i cant wait to watch the show.
    hes awesome in all of his movies except the ones where hes bad..
    i want to marry him even though im 18…xD

  • sniffles

    Josh Jackson is HOT!! It’s nice to see a picture of him without his controller (Diane Kruger) in the picture. I Love Simon Baker, he’ll definitely be the reason I’m watching primetime television

  • Bess

    The only reason I would want to see the show is because of Joshua Jackson who I think is one of the most under-rated actors we have today! He just haven’t been given the right material to work with and I hope that Fringe will finally cement him as the true star that he is. I adore Joshua Jackson and think he is brilliant and the comments about him being the worst part of the show are insulting!

  • http://www.rocketdog-shoes.co.uk/ Pinky

    good post

  • EDDIE

    Referenece to comment #36. Let’s get off the race thing, enough is enough. You feel people of color should appear in and on everything. Do you see a Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Pakastanian, Iraqi, Iranian etc in the picture? NO YOU DON’T. Do you hear any of them complaining? Stop your whining.

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