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September 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
The NBC series "Smash" keeps growing. Only a month removed from announcing that the drama starring Debra Messing would offer a mini "Will & Grace" reunion with the addition of Sean Hayes, NBC has announced two more cast members: "Hairspray" star Nikki Blonsky and Jesse L. Martin, who was part of the Tony Award-winning cast of "Rent. " [For the record, 12:05 p.m., Sept 18: The headline on an earlier version of this post misspelled Nikki Blonky's first name as Nicki. ]
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September 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
The NBC series "Smash" keeps growing. Only a month removed from announcing that the drama starring Debra Messing would offer a mini "Will & Grace" reunion with the addition of Sean Hayes, NBC has announced two more cast members: "Hairspray" star Nikki Blonsky and Jesse L. Martin, who was part of the Tony Award-winning cast of "Rent. " [For the record, 12:05 p.m., Sept 18: The headline on an earlier version of this post misspelled Nikki Blonky's first name as Nicki. ]
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November 6, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
TEN years ago, when Jesse L. Martin was first cast in "Rent," an offBroadway musical about the lives and loves of young bohemian artists in the East Village, he was still waiting tables to make ends meet and fretting about paying his own rent. In the decade that followed, "Rent" went on to become a Broadway phenomenon -- one that continues to draw packed houses -- and Martin's career took off.
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November 6, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
TEN years ago, when Jesse L. Martin was first cast in "Rent," an offBroadway musical about the lives and loves of young bohemian artists in the East Village, he was still waiting tables to make ends meet and fretting about paying his own rent. In the decade that followed, "Rent" went on to become a Broadway phenomenon -- one that continues to draw packed houses -- and Martin's career took off.
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September 19, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, Greg Braxton is a Times staff writer
Jesse L. Martin made an effort. He really tried. But he just couldn't help it. There he was in the Big Apple, starting his new role as the accomplished but compulsive detective Edward Green on NBC's gritty cops-court drama "Law & Order," working with the veteran cast. The scenes were moving smoothly, incorporating the traditional no-nonsense tone characteristic of the series, and Martin, even given his character's intensity, was fitting right in the mood. And then it happened.
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December 4, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
Michael Imperioli, who won an Emmy for his work on "The Sopranos," will temporarily join NBC's "Law & Order" to replace Jesse L. Martin while he is off making the film version of the musical "Rent." Imperioli will appear in the final few episodes of the drama this season, playing a detective who is the nephew of the character portrayed by Dennis Farina. Martin, who is in his sixth season as Det. Ed Green, will be back in the fall, executive producer Dick Wolf said.
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May 18, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
NBC, which last week bid farewell to Kelsey Grammer as the star of its long-running comedy "Frasier," welcomed him back Monday with the announcement that he'll star in a new musical version of "A Christmas Carol" this year. Grammer will portray Scrooge in the two-hour TV movie. The ghosts of Christmases past, present and future will be played by, respectively, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski and Geraldine Chaplin. Jason Alexander and Jennifer Love Hewitt are also in the cast.
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November 26, 2004 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
These days, the Ghost of Christmas Present is Chase Manhattan Bank, selling a credit card at the holidays. That's who called me while I was watching "A Christmas Carol," the latest incarnation of the Charles Dickens classic starring Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge and airing at 9 Sunday night on NBC. The Chase guy on the phone didn't hit any of the themes of "A Christmas Carol," didn't ask if I had enough love in my life, though in fairness I didn't keep him long. OK, I hung up on him.
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June 24, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
"The Philanthropist," premiering tonight on NBC, is a gorgeous-looking bit of earnest junk whose pilot bears the estimable names of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson ("Oz," "Homicide: Life on the Street") as executive producers. Fontana also wrote the script -- from a "concept developed by" Charlie Corwin and Jim Juvonen -- and reportedly worked on a few more before he and Levinson departed the show over a question of tone.
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May 10, 2002 | RAY FRAGER, BALTIMORE SUN
Now it can be revealed: NBC, in a bold programming move, plans to junk its entire prime-time schedule this fall for an all-"Law & Order" lineup. The ratings-grabbing police-and-courtroom drama, already airing in three versions--"Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"--will expand its reach even further. So get the VCR serviced and stock up on tapes. Coming in September: "Law & Ardor"--Det.
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September 19, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, Greg Braxton is a Times staff writer
Jesse L. Martin made an effort. He really tried. But he just couldn't help it. There he was in the Big Apple, starting his new role as the accomplished but compulsive detective Edward Green on NBC's gritty cops-court drama "Law & Order," working with the veteran cast. The scenes were moving smoothly, incorporating the traditional no-nonsense tone characteristic of the series, and Martin, even given his character's intensity, was fitting right in the mood. And then it happened.
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September 19, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consider it the fall face-lift as veteran series add everything from new cast members and new names to new plot points. Here's a look at some of prime time's nips and tucks. ABC "Norm": Artie Lange joins as Norm's screwy half-brother. Nikki Cox, late of "Unhappily Ever After," plays a former prostitute and Faith Ford is set for multiple episodes as a probation officer and Norm's love interest. Sept. 22. "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch": China Shavers joins the cast as a precocious witch.
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March 2, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt
That striped scarf is back, along with those peroxide blond boys. "Rent," Jonathan Larson's ground-shaking rock musical, is now very, very live at Pantages Theatre, and this Broadway tour features two original cast members, bespectacled Anthony Rapp as filmmaker Mark and Adam Pascal as HIV-positive songwriter Roger. It's been only a dozen years since this amplified update of Puccini's "La Boheme" knocked Gotham on its ear, showcasing the diverse talents of Taye Diggs, Jesse L.
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