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13 recurring actors from Bryan Fuller's 'Fullerverse'

By the time they have their third or fourth show on the air, most successful television showrunners have a favorite crop of actors they continually draw from. Joss Whedon and Shonda Rhimes often revisit familiar faces when casting their projects, as does Bryan Fuller. He’s most known for Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, pilots turned one-off TV movies Mockingbird Lane and High Moon, and, currently, Hannibal.

Fuller frequently recasts the same talented actors in his projects—sometimes even to play the exact same role on multiple shows. His imaginative and visually inspired works are all generally assumed to take place in the same universe, with company and brand names also often popping up across multiple series.

As we anxiously await the third-season premiere of Hannibal this Thursday, June 4, on NBC, let’s take a look at 13 actors and actresses who have made multiple appearances in the Fullerverse.Read More

'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Bend over for destiny

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Caged Bird” | Unaired

The series finale of Wonderfalls begins with Jaye and Wade (Jeffrey R. Smith), the security guard from “Totem Mole,” spying on potential shoplifters at the store. Jaye is about to apprehend a child stealing a Slinky when a bird figurine in a toy cage urges her to let him go. Moments later, Eric shows up to buy some souvenirs before leaving Niagara Falls for good to move back to Jersey with Heidi. Jaye wants to say something to make him stay, but the caged bird once again urges her to “let him go.” Realizing it was never about the shoplifter, Jaye tearfully tells Eric she’s happy for him.Read More

'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: You poked a dead grandmother?

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “Totem Mole” | Unaired

The penultimate episode of Wonderfalls begins with Jaye, Sharon, and Mahandra on a day trip to the Satsuman Indian Reservation. Mahandra, who is approximately three percent Native American, wants to apply for tribal membership, mostly so she can cash in on any government payouts. Jaye, who came along on the adventure to escape the store—and, more importantly, the animals in it—is soon urged by a creature on a totem pole to enter a tepee across the street.

In the tepee, Jaye finds an elderly Native American woman who immediately acknowledges that Jaye is spoken to in many voices. This woman, Gentlefeather (Kyra Harper), says Jaye has been chosen for a great purpose, and gets her attention when she mentions silencing the voices forever. Just as Jaye is (maybe) about to get some of the answers she seeks, Gentlefeather’s grandson, Bill (Ryan Black), enters and is horrified to see Jaye disturbing his dead grandmother. That’s right—when Jaye looks back, Gentlefeather is very dead. That’s a new one for Jaye.

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'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Because you listen

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Cocktail Bunny” | Unaired

This episode of Wonderfalls begins with a teary-eyed Jaye violently melting the wax lion in the coffee pot at the store. She begs it to tell her the reason for all of this. Devastated over Eric and convinced the muses want her to be alone, she declares she’s done helping them. When a repairman trying to fix the wax-figurine machine produces half a dozen more smooshed-face lions and they tell Jaye she’ll never get rid of all of them, she snaps. Jaye violently smashes the lions in a fit of rage as both her mother and her boss look on in horror.

Understandably back in therapy, Jaye returns the brass monkey to Dr. Ron. It cautions her not to tell the doctor anything, but she stubbornly says that unless it answers her earlier question, she won’t listen. She tells Dr. Ron the truth about the animals, but quickly gets sidetracked into thinking and talking about Eric instead. Dr. Ron is concerned that she does everything the animals say, even when it causes her pain.Read More

'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Get to the church on time

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Lying Pig” | Unaired

This episode of Wonderfalls picks up right where the last one left off, with Eric’s estranged wife, Heidi (Jewel Staite), showing up at The Barrel. Heidi begs for his forgiveness, and at first, he’s really not having it. Jaye walks in at a very poor moment, just as Heidi is essentially forcing a kiss on her husband. Eric meekly introduces Jaye as his “ex … or something” before nearly fainting, as he has proven prone to do in stressful situations. As he leaves to get some air, the fish on the wall tells Jaye to “mend what is broken.” Jaye is horrified, and it’s clear that for the first time in a while, she really doesn’t want to follow the muses’ instructions.

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'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Snowy owl 'love killer'

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “Safety Canary” | Unaired

This episode of Wonderfalls begins with Jaye and Eric on the date he asked her on at the end of the previous episode. Ironically, he brings her to the zoo, which Jaye actually enjoys because, as she puts it, none of these animals can talk. They make out (adorably) until they’re rudely interrupted by an animated canary on a zoo safety sign, who tells Jaye to “take a picture” at an exhibit where pictures are specifically forbidden. She does, and the two macaws in the exhibit freak out, attacking Jaye.

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'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Girl needs a boy

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Lovesick Ass” | Unaired

This episode of Wonderfalls begins with Jaye and Mahandra admiring the view—of a shirtless Eric installing a satellite dish on the roof of Jaye’s trailer. As Jaye openly ogles, Mahandra speaks for the viewers and urges her to stop with the “mating ritual” and just go for it with Eric already. Jaye claims that in addition to her own issues, which make her unfit to be in a relationship, Eric is clearly too smitten and eager. She fears this could lead to romance, which is essentially a dirty word to Jaye.

The next morning, at Wonderfalls, Jaye is barely in the door when one of the Barrel bears tells her “girl needs a boy.” She rejects this idea until a stuffed donkey caves and tells her “girl needs a donut” instead. Finding this much more acceptable, Jaye heads out to get one. She runs into Eric, whom it turns out had been planning to surprise her at work with donuts—except a Russian woman is now eating them all. Eric found Katya (Magdalena Alexander) sitting at the Maid of the Mist fountain, where she waited all night for her fiancé, Peter, who never showed up. Jaye is immediately jealous of Eric’s interest in another woman, although he insists Katya just looked like she needed help.

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'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Flannel granny justice

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Barrel Bear” | Unaired

The seventh episode of Wonderfalls, cowritten by Bryan Fuller and Tim Minear, begins with Jaye taunting the wax lion to say something. Interestingly enough, Jaye almost seems to rely on the animals’ guidance now. Although the lion remains silent, one of the stuffed barrel bears speaks up and tells Jaye to “give it back to her.” Jaye assumes it’s referring to a quarter an older lady just threw in the Maid of the Mist fountain outside, but by the time Jaye retrieves the quarter (and gets fined by a cop for doing so), the woman is gone.

At the Barrel, Eric is avoiding all calls from everyone in his old life—his mother, his former boss, and, most of all, his wife. Jaye is shocked when the woman from the fountain appears at the bar, and even more shocked when Mahandra gets starstruck. The woman is Millie Marcus (Rue McClanahan), the first American woman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel and lived. Mahandra can’t believe Jaye’s lack of interest in such a piece of hometown history, remarking that Jaye really is “a Hobbit that hates the Shire.” When the fish on the wall tells Jaye the quarter isn’t what she is supposed to give back, she reluctantly engages in conversation with Millie. Jaye learns Millie misses her former days of being a celebrity and sets her up with an autograph table at Wonderfalls.

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'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: I didn't earn celebratory fondue!

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Muffin Buffalo” | Unaired

This unaired episode of Wonderfalls begins with Jaye and Aaron doing their version of sibling bonding—having a stakeout in Jaye’s trailer. Jaye hasn’t seen one of her neighbors in a while—an overweight guy she has nicknamed both “Fat Pat” and “Fatsquatch.” Now she’s hoping to catch a glimpse. In Jaye’s always eloquent words, “What’s the point of living in a trailer park if you can’t take in the local color?” Aaron, meanwhile, is still suspicious of Jaye after the whole cow-creamer incident, and asks if their parents know she talks to inanimate objects.

Aaron’s interrogation of his sister is interrupted when Marianne Marie Beattle (Beth Grant), a professional muffin baker and fellow resident of the trailer park, comes to Jaye’s door. She hasn’t been receiving her disability checks and wonders if Jaye has perhaps gotten them by mistake. Upon checking, Jaye discovers she does in fact have Marianne’s checks. Before Jaye can give them to her, the buffalo embroidered on Marianne’s apron tells Jaye to “keep them here,” so she lies.Read More

'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Are you the cow of pain?

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Crime Dog” | Unaired

The fifth episode of Wonderfalls begins rather dramatically: Sharon is being questioned by the police about Jaye, who has apparently been arrested (for the fourth time). As we see the officers questioning Jaye as well, we learn the Tyler family housekeeper was found in the trunk of our misguided heroine’s car. We rewind 18 hours to see what could have possibly gotten Jaye into this predicament, and it turns out the answer is basically a cow creamer.

Jaye is dropping off her laundry at her parents’ home when the cow creamer urges her to stay and “have a pancake.” She caves and asks their housekeeper, Yvette (Audrey Wasilewski), to make her one, ignoring Sharon’s urgent and suspicious attempts to get the family out of the house. We understand why when a couple of immigration officers show up to deport Yvette, who is apparently an illegal immigrant.Read More

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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