Estes, Michele Among NBC's Cast Additions
Rob Estes ("Melrose Place"), Michael Michele ("Homicide") and Tim Matheson ("She's All That") are among the many cast additions announced by NBC during today's opening session of the annual TCA press tour.
Estes, who also starred in USA's "Silk Stalkings" will be one of several new faces on "Suddenly Susan," joining Eric Idle ("Monty Python"), Currie Graham and Sherri Shepherd ("Everybody Loves Raymond"). Estes will play a photographer who may become a romantic interest for Brooke Shields.
Michele, who starred on "Homicide" last season, is one of many new faces on "ER." Also joining the cast are Maura Tierney ("NewsRadio"), Goran Visnjic ("The Peacemaker") and Ming Na Wen.
Matheson will join the cast of the political drama " The West Wing" as Vice President John Hoynes, joining a cast that already includes Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen.
In another casting note, it was confirmed that Richard Belzer will join "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in his "Homicide" persona of Det. John Munch, and Dean Winters, best known for HBO's gritty prison drama "Oz," will join the cast as his partner, Det. Brian Cassidy.
Rob must have used his time working on The Place to hone his comedic talent. With so many of the former stars now employed by sitcoms, I think producers are finally starting to realize what I've known all along - that The Place was not a drama but a comedy.