"Once you're hired here, you never leave," says West Chester native Kerr Smith, who has lasted longer at The WB than the network's name did.
Smith bows Monday night on the son (or, more likely, daughter) of The WB, The CW, in Life Unexpected, playing the fiance of Shiri Appleby's character. TV heads and Tabasco Sauce fans will remember that Appleby played the wide-eyed Liz Parker in the WB's aliens in America show Roswell, around the turn of the century. (The spacefolk drank Tabasco by the gallon, and there was plenty for them when disappointed fans flooded The WB in a campaign to revive the show.)
Smith goes back even further, as TV's first long-running gay teen character, Jack McPhee on Dawson's Creek.
Smith quickly forsook his finance degree at the University of Vermont before kicking around New York for five years seeking acting work (he got some on As the World Turns), but it wasn't exactly a bonanza, so he took off for Los Angeles. He was there a grand total of three weeks when he met with legendary WB casting genius Kathleen Letterie and quickly wound up on Dawson's.