Celebrity Jewsby nate bloom
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TV shows, late additions
In my last column, I covered broadcast TV shows that began last month and have a Jewish co-star. Below are HBO and Showtime series; shows starting in October; and three more Jewish actors I learned about.
CBS: I previously noted that “The Crazy Ones,” which began on Sept. 26, co-stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, 36, as a father and daughter who run an ad agency. I also wrote that James Wolk, 28, plays an ad copywriter. Add one more Jewish thespian: the darkly beautiful Amanda Setton, 27 (“Gossip Girl”), who co-stars as an agency assistant. Setton is Syrian Jewish on her father’s side and Ashkenazi on her mother’s side. Her wealthy family supports New York yeshivas. Also, I wrote that “Mom,” which began on Sept. 23, starred Anna Faris as a Napa Valley waitress with a spirited teen daughter. Turns out the daughter’s boyfriend, Luke, is played by Spencer Daniels, 20.
NBC: “Sean Saves the World,” which started Oct. 2, stars Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) as a divorced gay father whose teen daughter moves in with him full time. His mother, who lives with him, is played by Linda Lavin, 75.
HBO: In “Hello Ladies,” which premiered Sept. 29, a gawky English Web designer relocates to Los Angeles and tries to connect with the glamour crowd, including hot women. He makes two close American friends. One, played by Kevin Weisman, 42 (“Alias”), is a charismatic paraplegic who parlays his disability to his advantage in picking up women.
Showtime: “Masters of Sex,” which began Sept. 29, is an episodic biography of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the (late) human sexual response researchers. Lizzy Caplan, 31, co-stars as Johnson, who became Masters’ research assistant in 1957 and his wife in 1971. It’s likely that this will be a breakthrough role for Caplan, who has worked steadily in TV and films since 1999.
At the movies
“Parkland,” which opens Friday, Oct. 4, weaves together the stories of several people whose lives were changed in the immediate aftermath of JFK’s assassination, including Abraham Zapruder (1905-1970), the Dallas clothing manufacturer who famously filmed the short movie of the president’s motorcade, including the moment when Kennedy was shot. The film is directed and written by Peter Landesman, 48, a former New York Times journalist making his feature-film debut.
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