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TV Junkie: Day 1 at SAG Awards Build-Out - Scott Bakula & Lauren Velez!
We had gone to the Shrine Auditorium yesterday morning in the hopes of merely seeing the stage get assembled and other activities that go along with putting together Saturday's live broadcast of the the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards but were happily surprised to stumble upon a welcoming committee that had Lauren Velez from Showtime's "Dexter" and Scott Bakula form TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" among their members.We talked with Bakula about "Men of a Certain Age", one of the best shows on TV right now, he gave us some hints about the rest of the season (Sarah Clarke aka Nina from "24" will be coming back!) and also let us in that he's hoping friend and former co-star Matt Damon will walk away with an award on Saturday.
"Dexter" is another of our favorites, so the opportunity to speak with Lauren Velez, aka Lt. Maria Laguerta, could not be passed up. She gave us some insight on the great rapport the ensemble has as well as the prospect of the ensemble getting (much deserved) recognition at the SAGs.
We also had the chance to walk around the floor, check out the seating chart, the tabletop goodies, chat with vintner Kim Wallace of Dry Creek Vineyards about the SAG Awards-exclusive vintage she brought, as well as check out the SAG Awards Charity Auction items that anyone can bid on - check out the SAG Awards Charity website.
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast on TNT & TBS at 8pm on Saturday. We'll be reporting live from the event so check back here for more content tonight, tomorrow, and throughout the weekend. You can also follow us on Twitter @TheTVJunkie for constant updates and, as always, please follow @LAist.
Lauren Velez from Showtime's "Dexter" and Scott Bakula from TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" at the SAG Awards welcoming committee meetup on Thursday, January 22nd, 2010. Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis