Since her stint as a series regular on David E. Kelley’s Boston Public, actress Jessalyn Gilsig has made the rounds of some of the hottest television series with memorable and crucial guest appearances. The Canadian actress has recently essayed pivotal roles on NYPD Blue, Heroes, Nip/Tuck and Prison Break. She will next take on another significant character when the movie-turned-television series, Friday Night Lights, returns for its second season on October 5.
Gilsig, who became a familiar face to television audiences as Lauren Davis on Boston Public, has signed on to do six episodes in the upcoming sophomore offering of the football drama, Friday Night Lights. In the multi-episode arc, Gilsig will portray Tami Taylor’s (Connie Briton) sister, Shelly. Shelly will provide welcome assistance to Tami, who now has her hands full with a newborn baby while her husband (Kyle Chandler) is forced out of town to coach a college team in Austin.
Prior to landing the role on Friday Night Lights, Gilsig took a brief but all-important turn as Meredith Gordon, Claire Bennet’s (Hayden Panettiere) biological mother on the phenomenal show, Heroes. Before that, she was heartthrob Julian McMahon’s lover on the sexy medical drama, Nip/Tuck. Even earlier on, she played parent to another key character on the popular jailbreak series, Prison Break, where she guest-starred as LJ Burrows’ mother.
In other news, Jason Katims, who does double duty on Friday Night Lights as writer and executive producer, recently agreed to come on board as a consultant on the new series, Bionic Woman. Katims will work with Battlestar Galactica’s David Eick and Kidnapped’s Jason Smilovic to create and develop scripts and storylines for the freshman show.
Before taking on Friday Night Lights, Katims had previously been at the helm of other successful series like Roswell and Boston Public, where he and Jessalyn Gilsig worked together.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Chicago Tribune, Zap2it
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