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The Stars Come Out on ‘Nip/Tuck’

July 26, 2006 11:51 AM

Larry Hagman, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Dinklage, Rosie O’Donnell and Catherine Deneuve are all doing guest-star stints on the upcoming fourth season of the FX series “Nip/Tuck.” But don’t expect the sexy and disturbing show to turn into a cable version of “Will & Grace” by relying too much on big guest names, creator Ryan Murphy said at his press tour session Tuesday afternoon.

Using guest stars in a show’s fourth season “energizes story telling,” Murphy said, noting that “this show is always about these three people, make no mistake.”

The three people—Julian McMahon, Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson—were all present on the panel, and uniformly expressed disappointment in the show’s third season, which was dominated by a homicidal maniac called The Carver.

“It felt like a different show for awhile,” Walsh said, with McMahon admitting “last year was not my favorite year, to be honest,” adding “this year I’m totally revitalized.”

Murphy stood behind the Carver storyline, but said for season four, the show would be focused more on the relationship of the show’s two plastic surgeons and long-suffering friend and mate Julia.Responding to curious critics, Murphy said Denueve will be playing a woman who wants to put her late husband’s ashes in her breast implants, which brought on groans of horror from the crowd.

“That’s a true story,” he said, noting that all the cases in the show are based on actual procedures and events.
Critics did get more about what Denueve would be doing on the show, however.

“When you think Catherine Denueve, you think French murderess,” he said. “At least I do.”

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