Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Ivan Sergei used to be an up-and-comer in '99, back when he and Amanda Peet, Justin Kirk (the uncle on "Weeds"), Jamie Pressly ("My Name is Earl"), Sarah Paulson ("Studio 60"), and Simon Rex (Superhero Movie) were just starting out in the WB's "Jack & Jill." After charming his way into the hearts of women everywhere, playing the Jill of the duo, the series was canceled.

Since then he's managed to get semi-steady work on shows like "Crossing Jordan" and "Charmed," which--again--were eventually canceled. Guy can't catch a break. I remembered him when I accidentally rented the 1996 made-for-TV John Woo film Once a Thief. (I thought it was something else.) It was pretty bad, but it reminded me of why he was such a big hit in '99.

Luckily, the 37-year-old keeps auditioning and booking low-budget gigs. Due to the major interest in treasure hunting films, bolstered by the release and success of Indiana Jones 4, he scored "Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit," a TV miniseries. Sergei plays an archaeologist, searching for loot in the Syrian town Ugarit after his mentor, who found a clue to its existence, is murdered. Nadia Ramadan (Joanne Kelly of "Vanished"), from the Ministry of Archaeology for Syria, tries to stop him from poaching their historical artifacts. But in the end, she tags along with him to find the killer and the treasure. Watch the trailer:

Do you think there's a chance this miniseries will give him the big break he needs?

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