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Post  Berry on 2007-08-15, 10:38

JAMES MARSTERS JOINS CBS HIT DRAMA WITHOUT A TRACE

James has been cast in a recurring/guest star role on the hit CBS one
hour drama Without A Trace. He will portray ‘Detective Mars’, who
is described as: "mid 30s to 40. Attractive in a real way, a bright,
full-of-life personality, charming, possibly from around the Washington
DC area, so could have a slight southern accent. Mars is a Police
Detective who has started to investigate what seems to be a ring of Human
Trafficking. He has information our FBI team is interested in and comes
to New York to speak to Vivian about what he knows. Eventually he will
become part of a task force to deal with Human Trafficking." GUEST
STAR, RECURRING ROLE.

The role films in both New York and Los Angeles. Once we have air
dates, we will post them.



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Post  Covina Guy on 2007-08-15, 13:48

I saw this story online this morning and wondered how many miliseconds
after James had made the announcement at his site you would have
learned the news :)

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Post  Berry on 2007-08-15, 14:09

Not only heard the news, but am one of many spreading the news! Mike Ausiello at tv guide was reporting about the role...but he didn't know who had been cast. Now he does.
I hear James will be playing a character called Grant Mars and he will first appear in the 4th episode (landing by helicopter...squeeeeee!! )

http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Scoop-Trace-Finds/800020463
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Post  Berry on 2007-08-22, 02:58

Now this is not a real spoiler....just a crazy wouldn't -it-be-cool-if from Mike 's Ask Ausiello at tv guide:

Question: I heard that Without a Trace has no intention of hiding Poppy's pregnancy. True or false?— Jocelyn
Ausiello: True. Now the only question is, who's the baby's dada? Matt Mitovich had an interesting theory: What if the mystery man Sam slept with last season turns out to be James Marsters' Det. Mars, and he's the proud papa? Hmmm….
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Post  Berry on 2007-08-23, 23:52

I love when they mention his "incredibly loyal following. I feel like I should take a bow. :lol:



http://www.bostonnow.com/entertainment/television/2007/08/23/masters_joins_trace_cast/
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Post  Berry on 2007-08-24, 08:08

Nice interview from EW.com today:

JM interview from EW.com
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20053152,00.html
[quote]Checking in With James Marsters
The ''Buffy'' alum talks about his upcoming arc on ''Without a Trace,'' acting alongside Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates, and if we'll ever see him as Spike again

By Vanessa Juarez
James Marsters has a theory about showbiz: ''I keep meeting people that are really, really good and they keep being really cool. If you can't get along with people, is it possible to get up to the top echelons?'' In other words, if you're socially inept, you ain't getting anywhere in Hollywood. And Marsters, who's best known for playing the immortal Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, should be in the know, considering he's been getting around quite a bit himself lately: The 45-year-old has a five-episode arc on Without a Trace coming up, a role in Richard LaGravenese's dramedy P.S., I Love You (out Dec. 21), and a new solo record he's working on. We caught up with Marsters to talk about those projects — and to ask if there's any chance he'd revisit the bleached-blond look to play Spike again.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you? I hear it's your birthday.
JAMES MARSTERS: You want to sing me a song? Just kidding.

You want to sing me a song? Mine was yesterday.
Well... [Sings] Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday, Vanessa... Happy birthday to you. Okay, my turn.

[Singing] Happy Birthday to you... Happy Birthday to you... Happy Birthday, deaaaar...
James.

...Jaaaaames. I couldn't decide on whether to go with your last name or not.
[Laughs] Right on.

So I wanted to talk to you about life and things that are going on in your career, specifically Without a Trace. How'd that come about?It was an audition like many others. Interestingly, I met Nick Brendon [who played Xander on Buffy] in the waiting room for the audition and we caught up. I'm sure he was both happy and not happy that I got the role. There's been 100 roles that I've auditioned for that I didn't get, but I didn't see Nick. The one that I meet Nick on, I beat him out of the role. So I think he's probably in the process of forgiving me for that.

What's your character like?
I play Detective Mars. He's from Baltimore and he has been working on a case for a good while and hasn't been able to crack it. The FBI in New York [on] that same case call him in to help. And then, in dramatic fashion, they stumble into something bigger than they expected.

You've been pretty busy since Buffy. What have these various experiences been like?
It was a love fest over on [TNT's Holly Hunter series] Saving Grace — I walked into a Woodstock. Everyone was coming off of having filmed a fabulous pilot and being very proud of that and really loving the experience. You have to check when they're on episode 20, see how they're doing, if they're still feeling the love. I've had some difficult ends of seasons for sure. I was in luck, I got on [for the] first episode.

What was the cast like?
I was totally outclassed by Holly Hunter. I have gotten used to being one of the older actors in a young cast. [She's] probably younger than I am, but just better. [Laughs] So effortlessly herself. I hopefully took some notes. That was a rude eye-opening but also a wonderful thing, you know: ''Keep walking, brother, you're not quite there yet.''

Any chance you'll be back?
Well, [my character] killed somebody, so unless...

I haven't actually seen the episode, to tell you the truth.
I played a character named Dudley, man. And if you're in a cop show and your name is Dudley, you have one episode. You can't count on more than that.

You also have a role in Richard LaGravenese's P.S., I Love You, with Gerard Butler and Hillary Swank.
Yeah, Hilary... Again — outclassed, man. Hilary is...just no filter at all. She really is that nice. I play the best friend of Hilary's husband [Butler], who dies of cancer but finds a way to help his wife get through the mourning process even though he's dead. Not a large role, but a nice little role, actually. And the entire cast was just outrageous.

Anyone stand out?
Kathy Bates. Really fabulous and so incredibly good it makes me nervous. [They] were filming...a very emotional scene for like 11 hours, and then they finally turned around to us and it was 2 o'clock in the morning. Kathy is sick — she's got like a fever — and she turns around to us and goes, ''Okay, guys, this is what separates the men from the boys... You ready?” She said it like a drill sergeant. I was in heaven because that's what I've been saying to younger actors for years. When times get tough, I go, ''All right, we're going to find out who can act — ready?'' I [thought], ''I'll follow you to the end of the Earth.'' And she liked my videogame when I let her play my PSP. It was a car race game, Need for Speed. She has a quality that all of my favorite people have: There is a child still left in her and it's very well protected by an adult in her as well. You wouldn't want to mess with her at all. But there's something about her that can have fun very easily, and that's just gold.

What are you watching on TV right now?
I like the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel, I like Discovery Times, which is a fabulous hybrid of the New York Times and Discovery Channel. Maybe I'm just an old man, but I like to watch that stuff. I think truth is weirder than fiction. As far as fiction, not so much, which is really ridiculous because that's what I'm trying to make my money in.

Well, you have to have a reprieve from what's going on in your career.
Yeah, but my manager gets really frustrated sometimes.

NEXT PAGE: Marsters on why he thinks Joss Whedon ''never really got into'' Spike — and the cast he McDreams about joining
There have been rumors about a Spike spin-off. What can you tell us about that?

Joss came to me as Angel was coming down and asked me if I would be interested in that, and I said, ''Heck yeah, I'd love to work with you anytime, call me — I'll come across the Earth for you.'' But to do Spike, let's do him [before] seven years [go by], because otherwise, I'm going to get too old and vampires don't age. Frankly, I think I'm looking a little better than I thought I would, and with a decent screen test we could find out if it was still possible. It has to be believable.

[But] I don't think the character of Spike really sparked Joss' imagination. I think that he was designed to be a throwaway character that got popular with the fans. Personally, he never really got into him. Every character on the show was a version of Joss, but Joss didn't see Spike that way. Spike was the other guy. He was the guy who might mess up the show, actually, because vampires are supposed to be ugly and hated.

What about Angel?
Angel was an exception too, but Angel wasn't Joss' idea and I think by the time I came on, he was afraid that these good-looking vampires were going to take over the theme. So whenever Joss would write an episode, Spike would have, like, five lines. [Laughs] That's fine. I mean, the man gave me a job and he's a great guy and everything. What Joss has said is that he's done with television.

Any chance he'd take any of the Buffy characters to the big screen?
I think the only thing he wants to take to the big screen would be Buffy herself, and I don't think Sarah [Michelle Gellar] is interested. But you know, I can't talk for her. As far as Spike, there was some interest about a year and a half ago, but it fell apart right away.

So what's after Without a Trace — is there anything else you'd like to be in?
What's the show that my good friend, Marti Noxon, who used to head up Buffy, is heading up this year? Oh God, it's such a popular show. You know, with Dr. Dreamy...

Grey's Anatomy?
Yeah, Grey's Anatomy! They called me in to talk to me last year, so I went down to the Television Academy and watched five episodes, and that was so great. I would love to do that show. I think that show has a wit and a sparkle that just bubbles from underneath. I'd love to do House. I think everybody would like to do House right now.

Is your band Ghost of the Robot still together?
No, you know, we just got a little tiny bit famous. But some of the people...were probably too young for that experience.

What was your sound?

The thing I loved about that band is that we had a sound that I hadn't heard before. We had a pop-rock sound [that] was kind of like Jimmy Eat World but with more complex chord progressions. So the band broke up while we were recording our second album. We did very well. We sold like 60,000 copies of the first album, we toured all around the world, sold out everywhere we went.

Who were you guys signed with?

We weren't signed with anybody — we sold all of our records over the Internet and kept all of that money, which is nice. There were a couple of record companies that came to us, but the kind of contracts they were putting in front of us were just ridiculous. So I went solo after that. And it was just me and my guitar going out on the road, which was very scary in the beginning. I just got back [from] playing Jersey and Wales. I've toured all through England, and I'm working on another album right now. I've got 20 songs [that] I'm paring down to 12.

So, for the short-term: What are you doing for your birthday?
I'm shooting a fabulous TV show called Without a Trace. [Laughs] I'm going to try and save the world from horrible people, and I'm going to draw my gun manfully.

Hopefully you'll get a cake, at least.
I hope not. It's so funny when they do the cake thing on the set because they don't have time for cake. The EP doesn't get a cake on his birthday.
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Post  Banjo on 2007-08-24, 15:32

That's interesting what he says about Holly Hunter and Saving Grace. I had never seen it but caught the last few minutes last night, and she's doing a nude scene !!, not a body double, with what I think is a co-worker in whatever job she's in on the show, although I'm not sure about that.....but I guess I'll watch again.
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Post  Berry on 2007-08-24, 18:16

And just for James FYI Holly Hunter is 5 years older than James. :lol:


Bless his gentlemanly little heart.
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Post  Banjo on 2007-08-24, 20:01

Not too many women could pull off her role at 50 !

I see that you can watch full episodes online. I will report back when I have time to watch....
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Post  Berry on 2007-09-17, 17:39

Thanks to petzipellepingo and hesadevil for the first look at Detective Mars:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/1003/hesadevil/?action=view&current=91707jm.jpg
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Post  jero on 2007-09-27, 23:21

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Nick is a baaaaaaaaad boy on Without a Trace. Nice to see him again!

I honestly wouldn't have known it was James Marsters except that Berangaria mentioned it.

I may have to start watching this show. Wink
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Post  Berry on 2007-09-28, 00:25

Okay,starts off listing quite a few guest stars (including to my surprise,Nick Wechsler)and then "With" James Marsters...so that sets him apart. But 30 minutes in and no James. No
Now when he does make an entrance it's a doozy...helicopter landing. It's just a brief scene where he jabbers away about some theories he has. Marianne (the Lady FBI agent) seems to respect his opinion.
But it's the "B" plotline so we don't see them again until the end. Then Detective Mars & Marianne force their way into a house they suspect may hold a kidnapping victim, guns drawn manfully (at least in James' case) and it ends with them looking around in confusion...suspecting they've stumbled onto something more than they had thought.


So,very obvious that Det. Grant Mars will be back. But there was no sign of him in next week's trailer...so I don't know if his eppies will be one after the other or a break in between. Anyway,I like the show enough to watch it anyway. :)
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Post  Covina Guy on 2007-09-28, 14:34

I thought last night's episode was entertaining. It looks to me like
James' story arc is going to be a long one (either ending during the
November sweeps or lasting all season) since wrapping up what appears
to me to be a sex slave ring is going to take some time. I can see it
being the B story on a regular basis with an occasional bump to the A
story at times like during sweeps.



I wonder if the next step in the story will involve James catching, or nearly catching Nick.

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Post  Berry on 2007-10-02, 21:13

There are "sides" that show Detective Mars will appear in the 9th episode. That will be Thanksgiving day unless it's pre-empted or reruns that day. Then James next episode will air the next week.
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Post  Berry on 2007-11-28, 05:06

Reminder...they will show a James episode tonight....but it will be a rerun. His first "new" episode will be Dec.6th (next week) .
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Post  Berry on 2008-09-22, 13:27

James' episode of Lost Boy will be shown on TNT at midnight 12 AM on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.
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