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Gary Sinise a Busy, Busy Patriotic Star Memorial Day Weekend

It’s going to be hectic time for Gary Sinise next week in Washington, D.C., when the “CSI: NY” star headlines back-to-back events.  On the 26th, he and his Lt. Dan Band will perform as part of the Rolling Thunder XXV motorcycle run festivities, by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

“Then I’ll leave right from there, race over and rehearse for the Memorial Day Concert the next day,” he tells us.  “This will be my seventh year in a row doing the National Memorial Day Concert.”  Sinise cohosts the concert Sunday, May 27 with Joe Mantegna.  Sharing the bill are an eclectic lineup including Colin Powell, Dennis Franz, Ellen Burstyn, Natalie Cole, Selma Blair, Trace Adkins and  “American Idol” finalist — and maybe winner — Jessica Sanchez. (Check your local PBS station for air times.)

Sinise has a full calendar of Lt. Dan Band dates this summer — before he goes back to work on “CSI: NY.”  Talk about an eleventh hour reprieve.  Up until last weekend, Sinise didn’t know whether the show would continue into a ninth season or be cancelled.  Last Friday night’s season finale, in which his Mac Taylor character had a near-death experience, was designed to work either as a season-ender that opens up new territory for stories next year — or as goodbye.

“I thought the writers did a good job with that,” he says.   Since it was a “reflective episode, there were a lot of wonderful scenes between my character and all the principle characters on the show” — including Mac’s new girlfriend, Megan Dodds.

Sinise had made it clear he wanted to go on with “CSI: NY,” and that the writers feel they have a lot more to say.  Viewers can look forward to Mac opening up his personal life, now that he has finally been able to let go of the anguish of losing his wife in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Asked whether he’ll be involved in endorsing or campaigning on behalf of any candidate this election year, Sinise says, “I stay away from all that.”  Though he is known to have strong political views privately, he takes a nonpartisan posture in deference to his ongoing, tireless charitable activities.  His Gary Sinise Foundation to benefit military service members in 2010 is the latest.

“We’re out there all the time,” he notes.  “We have to remember, each and every day should be Memorial Day when it comes to supporting and acknowledging those who fight for our freedom.”

Gosselaar Responds to Bring Back Zack Buzz

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show, when he dressed up as the beloved Zack Morris from ‘Saved By the Bell,‘ has been all over the Internet.  It’s got people talking TV reunion. 

‘Jimmy Fallon has been petitioning for a reunion for a while,’ notes Gosselaar, who told the ‘SBTB’-obsessed host he would reunite with the cast on his show.  However, the actor admits he’s not so sure if he’d be up for an actual scripted TV reunion.  ‘I don’t know how that would work having a reunion with all of us.  I think a lot of us have moved on.  My fear is if you do a reunion, you just don’t want it to be campy and that was the charm of our show 20 years ago.  It was very tongue-in-cheek and I don’t know if we can recreate that now without it being sort of a farce.  I’m testing the waters with Jimmy’s show to see how it works out and maybe it will change my opinion.’ 

Gosselaar’s actual purpose of being on the talk show was to promote his current show, ‘Raising the Bar,’ which just began its second season.

Mark-Paul 'SBTB'

Mark-Paul 'SBTB'

Says the actor, who also served a stint on ‘NYPD Blue’ in the interim, ‘A lot of my ‘Saved By the Bell’ fans aren’t aware that I’m still on TV, so I’m hoping I can grab some percentage of those people and bring them over to watch ‘Raising the Bar.”  He tells us there’s a lot in store this season on the TNT drama.  ‘We’re certainly feeling the pressure of getting that second season under our belt.  The audience has invested time in us and we want to give them what they want.  I think we’re on the right track,’ he says.  ‘Last year a lot of the show was focused on the public defender side, but this year we’re showing the prosecutors’ side as well.  With 15 episodes, it certainly allows us to broaden the strokes quite a bit and see the characters in more depth.’ 


ANOTHER GENERATION HEARD FROM:  When your grandfather was a movie icon — ‘a 6-foot-5, 260-pound man who had the presence of a downtown city block’ — taking part in a remake of one of his classics gives you pause. At least, it certainly did for Brendan Wayne, whose grandfather was none other than John Wayne. Brendan costars with Lou Diamond Phillips and Luke Perry in the Hallmark Channel’s ‘Angel and the Badman,’ debuting July 5. He admits he asked for a day to think it over when the project came his way. ‘I don’t mind the idea you can market films on my grandfather’s name and the whole deal. He worked hard enough that his family legacy is something to be used,’ he says. ‘Without a doubt I couldn’t be more proud to be his grandson, but doing one of his films — there’s a fine line of losing your identity.’Not only that, but The Duke ‘meant so much to so many people. I thought, ‘Holy moly! I’ve got to do this some justice!’ more than you’d feel with a regular role,’ says Brendan, whose acting resume thus far lists episodics like ‘The Closer’ and ‘CSI,’ and films including Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘Home of the Brave.’

What got him over his hesitation was, ‘I have five brothers and two sisters, and they all said, ‘You’ve got to be an idiot not to go for this.’ And my Uncle Patrick said, ‘Get on it. Go have some fun.”Brendan says he was particularly interested in seeing who the producers wanted to play Quirt, ‘my Granddaddy’s role’ — the outlaw who’s transformed when a kind Quaker family (with a beautiful daughter, natch) nurses him back to health after he nearly dies. ‘You’d need someone who was confident in himself and had great character traits of his own — you can’t reproduce JW,’ Brendan notes. ‘When they told me Lou Diamond Phillips, I thought ‘That’s perfect. They thought outside the box.’ You can’t compare him and my grandfather.’

Brendan Wayne

Brendan Wayne


THE INDUSTRY EYE:  Having killed off Emmanuelle Vaugier in its latest season finale, ‘CSI: NY’ is casting a new lead character. She’s named Kaye Sullivan, and is described as ‘attractive, funny, extremely sexy…’ (That’s attractive and extremely sexy, got that?) ‘…late twenties or early thirties. Takes risks.’ She’s also quite book smart. Brililant, in fact, so while she hasn’t got much experience, she’s not just your average rookie. She asks lots of questions.


Are you ready for a musical of ‘Bonnie & Clyde’? It’s legit. They’re holding auditions next week for a Frank Wildhorn’s new musical at the showcase La Jolla Playhouse, with plans for an October opening. You know the story: Boy gets girl, boy and girl terrorize Depression era America and become mythic figures robbing banks, boy loses girl and self in rain of machine gun fire. Sing it! Seriously, if ‘Sweeney Todd’ can be ‘Sweeney Todd’ then anything can be a musical. Wildhorn did the music, Don Black the lyrics, Jeff Calhoun is the director.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster