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Friday Forum: The Jamie Bamber Guest Shot Wish List, Part 2
OK, we haven't done a Friday Forum in quite some time. But news may be thin on the ground for a little while, so you may see them turn up more often. We promise not to bombard those of you who are strictly here for the NOOZE with speculative silliness. The rest of you... come right this way, won't you?

Today's Friday Forum question:
What Shows Would You Like to See Jamie Guest-Star on?


Miami-Bamber (Miamber?!) is intrigued. Tell him more, won't you?

Although, as we speculated in the comments for Sunday's post-CSI Miami discussion, Jamie probably had a pretty good payday for what was a quick couple of days' work... well, it didn't particularly stretch him to the height of his abilities, did it? Not that I think anyone here was expecting it would, but still... given that he's working on one show (Perception) that sounds really promising but where he's not a regular, and probably won't have a chance to land another gig as a regular until pilot season starts up again next winter, there is theoretically still time for him to squeeze in more guest work. And it would be awesome if said work really gave him something to chew on, as opposed to allowing him to be as charming as ever (even when he's a sociopath, LOL), but more or less the sort of thing he could do in his sleep with his hands tied behind his back and blindfolded. ;) We did a similar Friday Forum post a while back, but hey, never hurts to do it again. (We've gained several active members since then, too!)

SO... Give us at least three shows, and describe a little about why you would want him to appear on that particular show. (You can give us more than three, but you don't have to.)  I'll post mine now (behind a cut) to get the ball rolling, but if you already know what you're going to say, feel free to leap ahead to the comments and come back and read mine later!

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1. Fringe - I wish I could say I had a specific type of role for him in mind, but I don't. And to be honest, that's kind of the beauty of it - I adore Fringe so much at this point that pretty much ANYTHING they might throw at Jamie would probably be totally brilliant, and I would relish just about any context that he might turn up on the show in. (This goes for pretty much all of my favorite actors lately, but I'd be especially giggity if it were Jamie.)  Would particularly love it if he turned up playing two versions of the same person, in both "our" universe and the alternate universe in the show; John Pyper-Ferguson had a really juicy role a couple of weeks back as our-verse and alt-verse versions of the same guy who were horrifically, diametrically different, and he was SO GOOD. Something like that for Bamber, por favor. Pinkner? Wyman? WANT.

2. Justified - I know what you're thinking, "but he'd have to attempt a Southern accent!" No, not necessarily. Remember, Raylan Givens started out working with the Marshals in Florida, so there is plenty of opportunity to bring in someone from his past or someone related to an outside government office. And actually, I had a character in mind - since there are certain characters who turn up in multiple Elmore Leonard books, I'd love it if they brought in someone to underline how all of his books take place in the same universe. And one of the best ones is Ray Nicolet, the cocky but assured ATF agent who is in both Rum Punch (aka Jackie Brown) and Out of Sight. He was played in the movies by Michael Keaton; no reason they couldn't cast him slightly younger, he's younger in the books. And Jamie has exactly the right amount of charm-yet-can flip a switch into SRS BSNS mode to make that character sing. Though, I'm not choosy, I'd be happy with anything they could give him. Just give me Bamber vs. Olyphant and I'll keel over dead of squee. 

3. Leverage - I caught up in a giant binge-like fashion with Leverage over the summer (thanks, dramaturgca ;) ), and though I thought Season 4 really started off pretty slapdash indeed, I loved how it pulled its shit together and it ended strong in the mid-season finale. Jamie would be a fantastic addition to the mix (if they can finnagle a reason for him to share screentime with recurring nemesis Mark Sheppard, BONUS!) And again, I'd be happy with whatever they would choose to give him to do, though I had a kinda squee-worthy idea about him being a grifter protegee of Gina Bellman's Sophie. Someone she worked many jobs with years ago, a young Englishman whom she taught everything she knows. Maybe he always held a torch for her, but she never reciprocated because she didn't want it to destroy their mentor/trainee relationship... ooh, the possibilites. Heee.

I could probably chuck out half a dozen more shows, but I'm curious to see if any of you hit on the rest of my list. Pick three! Surprise us! GO!

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callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: October 14th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Homeland. Because it's the best thing on TV right now and I'd like to see him play a soldier again (complete with short hair) ;) and be some kind of associate of Brody (plus, it would be a reunion with his BoB castmate Damian Lewis).
asta77 From: asta77 Date: October 16th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Having just watched the second episode of Homeland this afternoon, I support this idea! However, I think I'd prefer seeing him have a CIA connection, whether as an agent or some outside source Carrie has to turn to.
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mfirefly10 From: mfirefly10 Date: October 14th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Newish member here. *waves*

I'd echo Fringe and add Nikita because, next to Fringe, Nikita is my favorite show right now. Jamie could be Michael's former partner before he joined Division and now Division is trying to get their hands on him so Michael + Nikita have to step in to protect him.

Ooh...and I'd like him to guest on Tricia's new TNT show as a potential love interest for her character :)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: October 14th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
*waves back* And YAY, another Fringe-er! *is compelled to hug you* :D
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pressdbtwnpages From: pressdbtwnpages Date: October 14th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I really really REALLY realllllllllllly want Jamie to guest on Ringer. Hornblower reunion!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: October 15th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC) (Link Me)
That was on my "bubbling under" list. But only if it turns out he's Andrew's sooper-sekrit lover in the season finale. Which means it's never going to happen. *cackle*

Fandom, though. IT WOULD EXPLODE.
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charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: October 15th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC) (Link Me)
1. Trueblood - I started re-reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and now picture Jamie as the vampire Lestat and well, Jamie as a 500 year old vampire would just be so, so good. He could do a southern accent or do a velvety received pronunciation and it wouldn't matter to me.

2. Game of Thrones -- all the actors are so good on the series, it would just give Jamie another superb cast to act with and I would love that for him.

3. Spartacus -- If they bring back the series and Jamie played a gladiator or some other scantily clad character, I think my eyes would bleed. And I would be okay with it.

There are so many shows that would be fun to see him in, like Mad Men or even 30 Rock for a complete change of pace. I'm in on the Fringe camp too!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: October 15th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Re: Game of Thrones, you know he auditioned for Jaime Lannister, right?
shoelesslucy From: shoelesslucy Date: October 15th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I realise it's not Friday anymore, but I'll throw in The Good Wife, because I think he'd fit right in.(It would be extra awesome if his character had a little fling with Kalinda).

Another one would be Terra Nova. I know it's not a very good show but he could reuse his wardrobe of Outcasts (he looked really hot in that) and possible hook up with the wife, after the teenage son gets eaten. It would definately improve the show.

My last one would be either Downton Abbey or the new Titanic show, which I realise doesn't work, since he's overseas now. DA is quite soapy, but I love period stuff and he'd likely get a love interest. It would be totally swoon worthy!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: October 15th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, it doesn't matter if you reply on Friday. Shoot, take your time and think about these things I always say ;)

Downton Abbey would indeed be swoon worthy. I just don't know if he'd want to head back to the UK to do it, seeing as how he just moved the fam back to LA.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: October 16th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Sort of late to this but I do have to add at at least one show to the list:

Supernatural - even without Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard around it will still be awesome.

and even if it's all gone now I still believe that the perfect way for Matt to leave would have been a transfer to NY's SVU.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: October 16th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Totally late to the discussion and there have been so many great suggestions! I'd like to add the upcoming The Closer spin-off Major Crimes to the list. I need me a Lee and Laura Jamie and Mary reunion!

I'd also love to see Jamie appear on sitcom. Maybe Park & Recreation or Community. In the latter, he could play the hot new English professor that drives the ladies to distraction and thus Jeff nuts. :)
anamarya From: anamarya Date: October 17th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I need me a Jamie and Mary reunion!

hmmm, i like this idea.

idk what to say about the sitcoms, i only watch HIMYM (where I can see him - maybe a new doc for Lily?) and TBBT - but there Katee already appeared 2 times now, so,,,,
Stephanie Wilke From: Stephanie Wilke Date: October 17th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC) (Link Me)

3 guest star roles

NCIS; He looks good in a military uniform. He could play a role where he is not a psycho or sociopath. He could be the grieving husband.

The Glades; He could have a southern accent for that one.

Private Practice; Like someone else mentioned him and his sister could play a pair of spoiled rich kids grown up with money and do not want a new step mom to get what they have worked or not worked for, but feel they are entitled so they kill her and turn on each other to keep from going to jail. Or they work together to take care of things.
Stephanie Wilke From: Stephanie Wilke Date: October 17th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: 3 guest star roles

he could also go back to law and order UK he could be someone completely different. or he could come back as DS Matt Devlin they can just say the he was in witness protection and the threat is gone, so he could be back.
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