Michael Cassidy Movies
One of television's new discoveries during the mid- to late 2000s, clean-cut actor Michael Cassidy
made perhaps his strongest impression with highly visible supporting roles on two iconic series: season two of FOX's The O.C.
as Southern California-based comic book author Zach Stevens, and season 7 of the Superman chronicle Smallville
as Daily Planet editor-in-chief Grant Gabriel. A native of Portland, OR, Cassidy
trained in the two-year program at the New York Actors' Workshop under the tutelage of Mike Nichols
, Kathryn Markey
, Andrea Haring, and others. Following his graduation from that program, Cassidy
traveled to Southern California to audition for the theatrical opus Superman Returns
; he failed to get the part, but so impressed McG
(who was planning to direct the Superman
outing at that time) that he promptly landed the O.C.
role instead. Cassidy
graduated to even more prestigious work as the star of the CW's very short-lived and critically panned O.C.
clone Hidden Palms
(2007) (as issue-ridden and slightly dangerous Southern California high schooler Cliff Wiatt), then accepted a supporting turn as quietly in love socialite Charlie Hogan on the CW ensemble drama series Privileged
(2008). Over the coming years, Cassidy would continue to find success on the small screen, appearing on shows like Smallville, Privileged, and Men at Work. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
A Yale-educated journalist goes from working at a tabloid to living the good life in Palm Beach after losing her job and landing a gig as live in tutor for the teenage granddaughters of a wealthy cosmetics mogul all in the course of one whirlwind day. Megan Smith (JoAnna Garcia) is in the early stages of her plan to conquer the world of journalism when she is suddenly informed that she no longer has a job. Shortly after getting fired, however, Megan meets cosmetics mogul Laurel Limoges (Anne Archer), who is currently seeking to hire a tutor for her teenage granddaughters Rose (Lucy Kate Hale) and Sage (Ashley Newbrough). Beautiful, rebellions, and completely abhorred by their optimistic new tutor, Rose and Sage discover just how determined Megan is to succeed in her new job when she attempts to lay down the law and see that the haughty young socialites receive a proper education. Of course the fact that Megan now lives in a breathtaking suite, drives an expensive convertible, and has her own private chef (Allan Louis) is enough to offset the constant scorn she receives from her two young charges, but what of handsome and wealthy next door dilettante Will (Brian Hallisay), who obviously has eyes for Megan despite the fact that he's dating her estranged sister Lily (Kristina Apgar)? Meanwhile, Megan's best friend Charlie (Michael Cassidy) pines for her in silence while attempting to summon the courage to express his true feelings. Staying afloat in the treacherous waters of high society in Palm Beach is no simple task, though perhaps if Megan can make a real difference in the lives of her willful young charges she can somehow get back on the path to living her dream. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
- JoAnna Garcia, Anne Archer, (more)
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There are two Clark Kents (Tom Welling). One is a young man whose life in the tiny Kansas town of Smallville sets him on destiny's path. The other is a "Bizarro" who shares Clark's DNA but not his values. Only one of them can survive. The Superman mythology grows deeper and more powerful in an event-packed season that includes the arrival of Clark's cousin Kara (Laura Vandervoort), also known as Supergirl. He tells her to keep a low profile and master her powers, but Kara has other ideas. Plus, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) might prefer Bizarro to the real deal. Lois Lane (Erica Durance) makes a career leap. Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) finds that balancing a meteor power with a personal life isn't easy. And Lex Luthor's (Michael Rosenbaum) power lust has a new fixation: Kara. New characters and complications, new secrets and lore, new thrills and special effects -- get ready for it all in the 20 episodes of Season 7 (2007-8). Bonus features include commentaries, unaired scenes, three featurettes, and a Smallville digital comic book.
- Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, (more)
Originally titled Palm Springs, the CW teen-angst series Hidden Palms would seem to have been a bid by producer-creator Kevin Williamson to replicate the success and appeal of his earlier TV hit Dawson's Creek. The series also served to reunite two former stars of the similar series The O.C., Taylor Handley and Michael Cassidy. Handley was cast as rebellious high schooler Johnny Miller, who after witnessing his dad's suicide and spending a lot of time in rehab, was relocated by his mother Karen (Gail O'Grady) and his stepdad Bob (D.W. Moffett) to one of the wealthier sections of Palm Springs, California. During an inordinately troublesome period of adjustment, Johnny made the acquaintance of Cliff Wiatt (Handley), a handsome preppie with a pronounced "dark side." Along the way, our hero dallied with Greta Matthews (Amber Heard), whose gorgeousness was counterbalanced by her weirdness, and with Nikki Barnes (Tessa Thompson), another misfit fresh out of rehab. Also carrying a torch for Johnny was the community's resident science nerd Liza Witter (Ellery Porterfield), who spent much of her leisure time mixing strange chemicals. Amidst all the raging hormones and intramural romances and rivalries, the cast members managed to get themselve involved in a murder mystery. And oh yes, all the younger characters paraded around in microscopic swimwear (surprise, surprise). Debuting May 30, 2007, Hidden Palms bounced all over the CW nighttime schedule until its cancellation on July 4 of that year. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Michael Cassidy, Taylor Handley, (more)
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When Earth is faced with certain destruction, an over-the-hill superhero is charged with the task of training four super-powered kids to harness their powers and save the planet in an out-of-this-world comedy adventure for the whole family from director Peter Hewitt. Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Courteney Cox, and Chevy Chase star in a film written by Adam Rifkin and David Berenbaum and based on Jason Lethcoe's comic book Zoom's Academy for the Super Gifted. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
- Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, (more)
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Hook up with what's coming down as the Core Four romances of Ryan-and-Marissa and Seth-and-Summer may (or may not) go from very over to very on, Sandy and Kirsten face choices that could trainwreck their 20-year marriage, felon (and Ryan's brother) Trey gives Newport living a try, Julie's lurid past comes back to haunt her, and other new hunks and hotties become part of the coastal scene. Live. Laugh. Lie. Cheat. Grow. Share. Connive. Love. In California's beach paradise, they do everything under the sun.
- Peter Gallagher, Benjamin McKenzie, (more)