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Thank you, 'Eyewitness,' for casting Warren Christie

Warren Christie is the co-lead of USA’s upcoming thriller series Eyewitness — and that’s easily the best TV news that came out of the entire month of April.

In case you missed it, TVLine reported that Christie will play Ryan Kane, the bad guy who killed a couple of people and would now like to add two witnesses and Sheriff Helen Torrance (Julianne Nicholson) to that list. It’s amusing because USA is also currently running new episodes of Motive, in which Christie is on the right side of the law portraying Sergeant Mark Cross.

It’s also one of those castings that’s worth throwing some confetti over, because Christie has been deserving of a top-shelf role for awhile now.

He shook up Motive when he joined the CTV crime drama’s cast in season 2, but once the subplot about his history with Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) was resolved in the season finale, the show sort of ran out of things to do with him. In season 3, Cross reverted back to being the typical supervisor who generally only appeared in a scene or two each episode, and it was no surprise when he wasn’t mentioned in the press release for season 4.

He’s had some recurring guest arcs — as Severide’s old buddy Scott Rice on Chicago Fire, and Abby’s love interest Will on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce — but since Alphas ended four years ago, it’s seemed like the TV world has just been waiting to give him something to really sink his teeth into.

Christie may not be a household name, but he falls into the category of those many actors who deserve to be. He finds a way to tee up something awesome all the time, even if he doesn’t have a large amount of screen time or the material itself just isn’t there. He’s like the duct tape of actors: This guy can solve everything.

Motive was a great get for him because it put him in the middle of a talented ensemble with plenty to play off of. When Cross was being utilized, he was easily the most interesting boss on any cop show, because he had his own story and Christie’s boatload of charisma. The character was in office politics, flashbacks and a subplot that couldn’t have been any more perfect, because it featured Christie’s former Alphas costar Laura Mennell. Cross in season 2 enabled Christie to play a little bit of everything, and it’s a shame that didn’t last.

But let’s go back even further. There’s a Hallmark Channel TV movie called The Color of Rain that just might feature the best performance of Christie’s career. It’s an incredibly emotional true story about a couple who find love together after the deaths of their respective spouses, and when I say incredibly emotional, I mean that you’ll be sobbing into your Kleenex within the first 15 minutes. Christie and Lacey Chabert do a beautiful job of bringing both the tragedy and the positivity within the story to light, and they make the movie timeless.

And then there was Alphas, where Cameron got kicked a lot when he was down. His relationship with Nina, who was excellently played by Mennell, was more dysfunctional than an episode of Maury. But when you put two strong actors together and give them plotlines like being suckered by a crazy cult leader, great things happen. It didn’t matter that he had superpowers; Cameron just wanted to get the girl, raise his son, and live happily ever after — and every step of the way, Christie kept us in his head and on the journey of this character who went through so much and still survived.

All of this is not to say that his recurring gigs like Chicago Fire and Girlfriends’ Guide haven’t had merit — but this is a guy who needs to be a series regular. He’s proven that he’s at his best when he has that main-cast workload to take on, and his talent is the kind that we need in front of us every week.

Christie is also a quality leading man off-camera. Having had the pleasure of interviewing a few of his costars over the years, I can say that all of them emphasized how much they enjoyed working with him, saying that he’s one of the nicest people out there. People like him are the ones who should be leading TV shows because they’ve earned it in every respect. The good guys deserve to finish first — and Warren Christie is definitely a good guy.

That means it’ll probably be weird to see him killing people in Eyewitness, which premieres later this year on USA. It feels like he should be busting villains rather than being one. But even playing the other side of law, he’s going to knock the performance out of the park. Christie’s spent so long nailing characters and proving himself, and with this new role he finally has the chance to show us everything. Now he’s going to teach us a few things — not just that he can play the serial killer, but that he’s a series star, which is exactly what he should be.

Eyewitness premieres later in 2016 on USA.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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