The cool thing about The Flash, alright there’s a lot of cool things about The Flash, but one of them is that the series will feature a multitude of talent, nabbing roles on the drama in the form of leads, guest starring gigs and recurring arcs. On Monday, yet another actress has been added to the cast of The CW’s The Flash. Her name is Amanda Pays, but fans of the original 1990s TV series might best recognize her as Dr. Tina McGee. This time around, she’s set to guest star on The Flash.
In the short-lived 1990 series, Pays played McGee, a scientist who worked at S.T.A.R. Labs and who helped Barry Allen/ The Flash to create awesome inventions. McGee was also The Flash’s love interest on the original series. Nearly 25 years later, Pays is a little old to be playing the main love interest of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen, and this time around McGee will be a totally different character on the series. According to THR, in the CW’s version of the DC Comics story, Dr. McGee will still be a scientist, but she’ll be working for a S.T.A.R. Labs rival.
This isn’t the first time The Flash has signed on a cast member from the 1990 series. John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen on CBS’ original series, and he’ll be back for The CW’s version. Back in May, executive producer Greg Berlanti revealed that Shipp was actually signed on to play Barry’s father in the new version. His gig sounds a bit more important than Pays, as Barry’s relationship with his father has already been explored on The CW series Arrow.
As noted before, The Flash will feature a ton of different actors and actresses. Prison Break actors Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell have both signed on for guest spots on the series, and popular CW actor Robbie Amell has joined the series in a recurring role, playing Firestorm. Additionally, some of the characters that have also been introduced in The Arrow universe will also make an appearance, including Robert Knepper, who played The Clock King in a Season 2 episode of Arrow.
There are tons of new dramas and comedies that air on various networks in the fall, but few of them are as highly anticipated as The Flash. The show has so much appeal to so many different demographics. It’s a superhero drama and an Arrow spinoff. It features plenty of big guest stars and recurring characters. It’s based on an exciting premise picking up nine months after Barry landed in a coma on Arrow, only to wake up with superhuman speed. Plus, it alludes to the original The Flash. There’s plenty to like and not much to find fault in the concept, although we’ll try to reserve actual judgment until the show officially premieres.
The CW’s The Flash will race onto the network on Tuesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET.