These five actors may have done their best work on the big screen as their Oscar honors attest. But before the movies beckoned, they could be found on these (mostly forgotten and forgettable) TV series:
v Amy Adams (nominee, Best Actress, “American Hustle”): On “Dr. Vegas” (2004), she played Alice, an emergency- room nurse who works with a casino’s in-house doctor (series star Rob Lowe).
v Bradley Cooper (nominee, Supporting Actor, “American Hustle”): On the short-lived “Kitchen Confidential” (2005), Cooper starred as Jack Bourdain, a character inspired by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, on whose same-titled bestseller this sitcom was based.
v Bruce Dern (nominee, Best Actor, “Nebraska”): On the modern Western “Stoney Burke” (1962-63), Dern played E.J. Stocker, a pal of the title character — a professional rodeo rider played by a pre-“Hawaii Five-O” Jack Lord.
v Jennifer Lawrence (nominee, Supporting Actress, “American Hustle”): On “The Bill Engvall Show” (2007-09), she played Lauren, the teen daughter of Engvall’s character, family counselor Bill Pearson.
v Jared Leto (winner, Supporting Actor, “Dallas Buyers Club”): On the cult fave “My So-Called Life” (1994-95), Leto first made his mark as Jordan Catalano, the bad boy with an undiagnosed learning disability and a sometimes-relationship with series star Claire Danes.
“The Tomorrow People” (9 p.m., CW): When will I care about this sci-fi drama? Maybe tomorrow, people.
“Bring It!” (10 p.m., Lifetime): The new reality series “Bring It!” takes viewers into the elite world of highly competitive hop-hop dance, where every pump, thrust and high kick apparently is very significant.
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Photo exhibition at KSU campus
A show of fine-art photographs by Bob Frost will be on display in the Mary Patterson Building Art Gallery at the East Liverpool campus of Kent State University, 213 E. Fourth St. An opening reception to meet the artist will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Frost is a well-known regional photographer noted for his strong sense of composition. His work has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, the Hoyt Institute in New Castle, Pa., the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and the University of the South in Tennessee.
Model railroad winter flea market
The Youngstown Model Railroad Association’s annual Winter Flea Market will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McMenamy’s Banquet Center, 325 Youngstown-Warren Road.
It will include 180 dealer tables of merchandise. Offerings will include HO and Lionel trains, train parts, railroad books, video CDs, photographs and memorabilia.
Admission is $5 (free for children under 12. A layout of three “O” gauge model trains will be in operation.