One of the perks of creating your own TV show is that, if you're lucky, you can put yourself in an episode. And even in the case of shows based on popular novels, the author of the book is sometimes asked to do a cameo appearance. But blink, and you'll miss some of these great creator cameos from current and past TV programs.
The author of the "Dexter" series of novels is Jeff Lindsay, who has penned numerous crime novels about everyone's favorite blood spatter expert. In the tenth episode of the show's third season, Mr. Lindsay has a small role as a police officer at Miami Metro.
Series creator Kurt Sutter is perhaps better known to fans of the show as Big Otto, leader of the Big House Crew and death row inmate. Fun fact: Sutter is married to one of the show's stars, actress Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma.
Chris Carter has had multiple small roles on "The X-Files," including a part as an agent who questioned Scully in the Season 2 finale and non-speaking audience member in the seventh season episode "Hollywood A.D."
Joss Whedon has a habit of inserting himself into his TV shows. In "Angel," he played Lorne's brother. In "Buffy," he was the voice of a newscaster in the show's first season. And as part of the viral marketing leading up to the "Firefly"-inspired movie "Serenity," he was the man interviewing River during the so-called "R. Tam Sessions."
One of the show's producers, Carlton Cuse, was responsible for voice work on the show on multiple occasions. He did a newscast in "Through the Looking Glass" and also was behind Jacob's call for help in "The Man Behind the Curtain." In addition, one of the show's co-creators (Damon Lindelof) also contributed voices; he played the pilot of the plane in "Through the Looking Glass."
If you look closely, you can see Ron Moore in the series finale of this reimagined sci-fi series. He's the guy reading the article on robotics as Gaius and Six walk on by.
The HBO vampire series is based on the Sookie Stackhouse books, written by Charlaine Harris. Harris herself gets a chance to be onscreen in the show's second season finale. In a scene in Merlotte's, she's talking to Sam.
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