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Ryan Returns To 'Shark' Pool Tonight

By Michelle
September 23, 2007 - 9:19 PM

When Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine)'s Shark returns to CBS tonight, the actress will be counting her blessings.

"I've been very lucky," Ryan told The Winnipeg Sun. "I was never a science-fiction fan prior to [Star Trek: Voyager]. "But I was fortunate to have an incredibly well-written and well-developed character [and] I also was able to break out of the Star Trek world into other acting jobs, which isn't always the case."

Ryan went from Voyager to the well-reviewed Boston Public, and now Shark with highly regarded film actor James Woods. "We come from very different worlds," admitted Ryan. "He comes from the feature-film world and I come from TV." She called Star Trek "about as TV as you can get" and explained that while improvisation was forbidden on Voyager, Woods "is 99% improvisation. He paraphrases. He just goes off. It was something I wasn't used to when we were doing the pilot."

Though she had to adjust to his style, "it has turned out great", Ryan added. She is a bit concerned about Shark's new time slot, pitting it against both Brothers & Sisters and football. "It is a vote of confidence for us," said Ryan, who said that viewers shouldn't expect Woods' character Sebastian Stark and her character Jessica Devlin to become lovers although the actress is expecting a baby.

"The banter is what's fun, and fun to play, frankly...once they sleep together, you either have a relationship, which is infinitely less fun - I mean, it just is - or you have discomfort because it's awkward," she explained.

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