There was a time – not too long ago – when actor Catherine Zeta-Jones was everywhere: The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, Traffic and her Oscar winning turn in 2003’s Chicago were just a handful of the highlights from a remarkable acting career. Chances were that if you breathed the air of the late 1990s and early 2000s you probably bumped into this talented thespian in one form or another, be it courtesy of the local mall multiplex, on the cover of US or Glamour or on any number of late night talk show appearances. And then, suddenly, it felt as if she’d vanished, just picked up stakes one lonely day and walked off into the sunset with doting hubby Michael Douglas. Of course, Zeta-Jones hadn’t actually gone anywhere. Her work load had slightly tapered off as she became more selective of her projects, but if you looked hard enough in those dog-eared copies of Premiere or Movieline, you could still find her, find copious amounts of ink still devoted to her. You just had to know where to look. Case in point is the rather innocuous article from our entertainment brethren at The Hollywood Reporter who today reported on some interesting casting news for the talented Catherine Zeta-Jones…
The Fox television show Prodigal Son has officially added Catherine Zeta-Jones to its impressive cast list for its second season as no less than a doctor who will act as a sort of foil (not aluminum, I hope) for Michael Sheen’s character in the ongoing drama series.
Prodigal Son is the story of one Malcolm Bright, a celebrated criminal psychologist who assists the NYPD in solving crimes, all the while coping with a heavy-handed mother and his own serial killer father.
Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn issued a press release announcing Zeta-Jones’ addition to the Prodigal Son cast: “An extraordinary talent, Catherine Zeta-Jones is the perfect foil for the brilliant Michael Sheen. I can’t wait to see these two greats go head-to-head in a season that is bound to raise the bar set by an outstanding season one.”
Prodigal Son marks the first foray into primetime television for Zeta-Jones. Her character in the popular series is called Dr. Vivian Capshaw – no relation to Kate, we assume – a resident MD at the psychiatric institute where Michael Sheen’s character happens to be a patient.
Season two of Prodigal Son premieres on Fox this January 12. Mark your calendars, Zeta-Jones fans!