Paula Marshall: perpetual guest star

I have a problem with Paula Marshall.

Well, actually, I have a problem
with directors and producers and casting directors who haven’t found
a way to put Marshall on the screen week after week. I want to see more
of her — in every sense of the phrase.

I had high hopes for Cupid,
a witty 1998 comedy starring Marshall and Jeremy Piven.

Maybe the show was ahead of
its time, but I thought it was brilliant. ABC, however, never gave
Cupid
a time slot that would allow the show to find an audience.
If you missed Cupid, Alan Sepinwall’s "Strike Survival TV
Club" recently
reviewed
the entire
series, complete with links to clips.

Next up for Marshall seemed
like a lesbian dream-come-true. Snoops starred Marshall and
Gina Gershon
as private detectives. Yummy. But, even with David
E. Kelley
at the helm, Snoops was canceled before Season
1 ended.

More recently, Marshall played
Regina, a lesbian E.R. doctor, on Out of Practice.

The role was notable in the
fact that the writers seldom resorted to stereotypical dyke jokes for
humor. And Marshall as a lesbian was a treat. But, again, the show was
canceled before its time.

Since then, we’ve seen Marshall
only in guest
stints
: a guidance
counselor on Veronica Mars, a sex partner for Hank Moody (who
throws up on him) in Californication and a medical-soap-opera
actress who gets diarrhea in a hot tub on Nip/Tuck.

This week, TV Guide‘s
"Ausiello Report" posted news that Marshall will temporarily replace

Jeri Ryan on Shark, while Ryan is on maternity leave. Marshall
plays a state deputy attorney general, a role that might continue if
Shark
returns for another season.

Wait. Jeri Ryan and Paula Marshall
on the same series? I am so there.

What’s your favorite Paula
Marshall role? How do you think she’ll fit in with the cast of Shark?

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