Guide: This Week’s Best of the TV Guest Stars

Well folks, the ’08/’09 regular TV season as we know it is officially coming to a close. Most of our favorite shows have already signed off for the summer, leaving us hanging on the edge of a proverbial cliff, but there are still a few season finales left to look forward to. And that means big names dropping in to shake things up one last time. This week Anjelica Huston, Rumer Willis, and Balthazar Getty are all paying the psychic a visit on Medium, Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth close down the first season of 90210, and their old friend Brian Austin Green is the victim of a carjacking on CSI: Miami. But the real star-studded event this week is Ugly Betty, which is jam-packed with guest stars like Bernadette Peters, Rachel Maddow, and even The View‘s Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. What, no Barbara?


Two And a Half Men (CBS, 9 PM) – Emmanuelle Vaugier returns as Mia for this finale episode. Her return also throws a wrench into Charlie’s relationship with Chelsea, which in other words, is typical season finale territory. Who here sees a cliffhanger ahead?

CSI: Miami (CBS, 10 PM) – Brian Austin Green joins the team for the seventh season finale as an alleged carjacking victim. The stint also serves to remind us all that Green is more than just Megan Fox’s boyfriend/sometimes fiance.

Medium (NBC, 10 PM) – Anjelica Huston reprises her Emmy-Nominated role of Cynthia Kenner, a private investigator who worked with Allison last season, but is now in prison for the murder of her daughter’s killer. Rumer Willis also sets out to prove she’s more than just a daughter of famous celebrities as a former kidnap victim. Will she succeed? You be the judge. And then there’s Balthazar Getty who will also join this season finale, directed by medium star Patricia Arquette, in the hopes we all forgot about his messy departure from Brothers & Sisters. Mmm, too soon, buddy.


NCIS (CBS, 8 PM) – The team is taking it to the Holy Land when they fly to Israel for Ziva’s homecoming. But don’t necessarily expect a warm welcome. Guest Star Michael Nouri is on board as Ziva’s father, who also happens to be the Director of Mossad, Israel’s secret service. Arnold Vosloo also stars as a fellow Mossad agent in this final showdown season finale where Gibbs will make a “shocking” decision. Predictions?

90210 (CW, 9 PM) – Original 90210-ers Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth are both back for the new generation’s first season finale. Appropriately enough, it’s also prom night. Ahh, who else is with me in reliving the original show’s memories of that night? Here’s to hoping the new kids do it up just as well, if not better.

The Mentalist (CBS, 9 pm) – Former Cybill star, Alicia Witt, guest stars on the season finale of The Mentalist as a witness in a murder/abduction case. But is the case just a trap set up by serial killer, Red John?

Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 10 PM) – Charles Widmore, is that you? Lost fans will recognize Alan Dale here in a role other than his crazy, island-searching, Lost alter ego, as a judge presiding over a harassment case. Sprague Grayden and James PJ Ranson also star as the couple at the center of the case.

Without A Trace (CBS, 10 PM) – Academy Award Winner Martin Landau is back as Jack’s father for the season finale, alongside Adam Kaufman, who just so happens to be star Poppy Montgomery’s real life boyfriend. Watch as they “play house” with him as the father of her character Samantha’s son. Will art imitate real life anytime soon? Hopefully a lot smoother than the way it plays out between these two characters


Ugly Betty (ABC, 8 PM) – It’s a star studded season finale of Ugly Betty featuring Christine Baranski, Nigel Barker, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Robert Verdi, Ralph Macchio, Rachel Maddow, Bernadette Peters, David Rasche, Antonio Sabato Jr., and Billie Jean King. Phew! If that’s not enough, Christopher Gorham also returns to town just as Betty prepares to move in with Matt. How convenient! And what a slew of guest stars; what is this, 30 Rock?

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