The fifth season premiere of Nip/Tuck unspooled in Hollywood on Saturday night, and the stars in attendance provided confirmation that the new episodes, which find plastic surgeons Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) moving their practice from Miami to Beverly Hills, will be rife with the celeb guest stars that have become a trademark of the drama.
Bradley Cooper, Daphne Zuniga and Lauren Hutton all showed up for the premiere, with all three popping up in the Oct. 30 (10 p.m. ET) season debut on FX. Cooper’s role is part of the new season’s lighter storyline, with Christian and Sean, struggling to find new patients in 90210, signing on as medical consultants for a cheesy TV medical drama called Hearts and Scalpels. Cooper plays an actor who plays the show-within-a-show’s lead surgeon and heartthrob. Zuniga, meanwhile, shows up as an almost-40 actress who’s contemplating some makeover procedures so she can land chick flick movie roles . . . a plot that Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy says is based on several real Hollywood actresses. Which ones? “I could never say! They’d kill me. I know them,” Murphy says.
And Hutton plays a slick Hollywood publicist who help Sean and Christian land their TV deal, and maneuver the starlet-infested waters of L.A., the plastic surgery capital of the world. Ironically, the former supermodel has never actually seen an episode of the show. She doesn’t own a TV! “I haven’t had a TV for decades,” she says. “I read. TV steals me. I can’t stop. When I turn it on, I can’t turn it off.”
Been there . . .
Among the show’s other guests for the new season: Portia de Rossi, Oliver Platt, Tia Carrere, Paula Marshall, and, of course, the return of Rosie O’Donnell as Dawn Budge.
Tell us: Are you excited about the new season? Do you think moving the action from Miami to L.A. will spark some great new storylines? Who’s your favorite Nip/Tuck-er? –Kimberly Potts, with reporting by Nicholas White
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