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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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