It can’t be coincidence that the word "star" can refer to heavenly bodies either celestial or celluloid. We’re entranced and fascinated by both, catching glimpses through telescopes (or telephoto lenses) in the observatory (or the Observer).
Referring to top actors as stars goes back to the 1700s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, so we’ve got about three centuries of stargazing under our asteroid belts, watching celebrities wax and wane more frequently than the moon. (Ben Affleck: From "sexiest man alive" to "box office poison" in six months flat!)
We asked NorthStar College, the Scottsdale-based astrology school, to let us know what’s in the stars for the stars of some TV series that debut this fall. We gave dean of students Darrell Harris and promotions director Ken Hopkins the birth dates of several actors, along with their shows’ debut dates, and asked them to chart the course of each actor’s near future to see if the show will shine bright, or burn out.
Born Oct. 4, 1976, in San Francisco
Silverstone plays a divorce lawyer with a knack for match-making in "Miss Match," which debuts 8 p.m. Sept. 26 on KPNX-TV (Channel 12).
"We see the chart of the first showtime having a heavy Libran influence (in addition to Libra being the birth sign of the show’s star), which means this program should be about relationships, possibly in a service occupation backdrop (medical, hospital, police). The show debuts with a very challenging square between the moon and Saturn, indicating stress among the show’s originators and the network. Another aspect in January could brand the show as a casualty of the season."
Born Sept. 3, 1965, in New York City
"Two and a Half Men" is a comedy about a wealthy bachelor (Sheen) whose life is turned upside down when his about-to-be-divorced brother and young nephew move into his Malibu beach house. The show debuts 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22 on KPHO-TV (Channel 5).
"This person probably has the most powerful aspects happening in his life of any of those we have checked, but the energies may be hard to blend or consolidate at this time. There’s no help from the show debut chart as it has very little energy of its own and seems out of place and diffused.
The transiting aspects of the actor would be good for a show that touches on the occult or ESP but unless there is an unexpected, sudden rescue from nirvana early next year, this marriage of show and actor will be lost in a black hole."
HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE
Born Sept. 18, 1964, in Philadelphia
Peete stars in "Like Family," a multi-ethnic comedy featuring two families — one black, one white — who share the same house. The show debuts 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 on KASW-TV (Channel 61).
"The first time we looked at her date of birth chart, we thought she’d be a candidate to win the national championship in a sports competition. After further review, we see some very interesting astrological happenings: There are some very positive aspects happening immediately in September, and at least two more in October. The October aspects will likely result in additional publicity, good or bad. The feeling is that a guest star or show topic could generate that additional media attention. This show chart indicates a difficulty with acceptance from women. The show might not survive, but the star will.
She will find a niche that will cast her in a ‘perfect role’ in the future. 2008 is a pinnacle for her."
Born March 26, 1940, in the Bronx, N.Y.
In "Las Vegas," a highstakes, high-speed drama, Caan plays a former CIA agent who runs an elite surveillance team that oversees security at a large casino. The show debuts 9 p.m. Sept. 29 on KPNX-TV (Channel 12).
"We found a possible discrepancy in his birth year — sometimes it’s 1939, sometimes it’s 1940. The 1940 year has the better aspects for a successful run. Why any network official would want to schedule opposite ‘Monday Night Football’ is beyond our planetary comprehension unless they’re suffering from a Neptune affliction, causing delusional thinking. The best influences manifest in December and beyond for this show. There is an almost super-sensitive focus on ratings and public opinion. Don’t be surprised if this show is moved to a new day and time."
Born Oct. 2, 1970, in Stratford, NJ
In "Hope and Faith," Ripa plays a spoiled, single, ex-Emmy-winning soap star who moves in with her sister after she loses her job and has spent all of her money. The show debuts 8 p.m. Sept. 26 on KNXV-TV (Channel 15).
"Her chart indicates a strong and highly successful career introductory period 1985-89. A similar and possibly stronger period awaits 2013-17. This show opportunity is at best a stepping stone. She has a very positive influence at the end of next year but this show may not be the benefactor or vice-versa. News of relationships in her life could outshine and/or overshadow he connection with this show." (Show debut date chart was not done.)
Born Aug. 5, 1946, in St. Paul, Minn.
"The Mullets" stars Anderson as a mother who couldn’t be prouder of her two bluecollar, wrestling-loving, lighthearted optimistic sons who sport identical mullet haircuts. The show debuts 9 p.m. Sept. 11, on KUTP-TV (Channel 45). "This person is either making a transition to a new vibration or role or will be doing so almost immediately. There are many life-altering influences at work at this time. A totally new direction will evolve for this personality in the next couple of years. If this show is not part of that change, the show and the star are likely to part before things get going. If the show is a reflection of the changes, there may be hope for both." (Show debut date chart was not done.)
Born July 15, 1979, in Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Fimmel, a former Calvin Klein underwear model whose billboards stopped traffic, plays a modern version of Tarzan, the legendary apeman, in this show set in New York City. "Tarzan" debuts 9 p.m. Oct. 5 on KSAZ-TV (Channel 10).
"The actor doesn’t seem to be suited for a comedy role unless he’s a Don Rickles clone. His birth chart aspects indicate a heavier role, but the planetary timing appears to be off. If this show is there in January, he may be hitting a better stride, but it may be too late by then. Playing a heavy role or displaying a dark character fits this chart well. A Uranus-Lunar aspect likely presented this role opportunity suddenly at the first of this year. 2008 will be a pivotal time for him with a career peak in 2013." (Show debut date chart was not done.)
Born Nov. 13, 1955, in New York City
In "Whoopi," Goldberg plays Mavis Rae, a proud, opinionated woman who owns and runs her own small, downtown New York hotel. The show debuts 8 p.m. Sept. 23 on KPNX-TV (Channel 12).
"This actress has the planets Pluto and Jupiter joined to the star of famed royalty. The show debut chart, however, doesn’t have a lot of pizazz or charisma to it — if the show lasts past the first of the year, there could be more acceptance of the format and perhaps more understanding of the purpose (if there is one). The show’s primary star will shine long after this series is ended — and the end could be sooner than later."
Disclaimer: As professional astrologers, we realize that exact birth times of all would be more revealing and precise, but we were able to read some key planetary motions for all actors. Exact debut times for all would have been ideal as it reflects attitudes of the viewing public.
Darrell Harris, dean of students at NorthStar College of Astrological Studies in Scottsdale, has been a practicing astrologer for several decades.
Ken Hopkins, director of Continuing Education/Instructor/ Promotions, has been a professional astrologer since 1971. Visit him online at www.sportsastrologer. com.
Info: Harris or Hopkins can be reached at NorthStar College by calling (480) 429-0009 or e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. NorthStar is now taking registration for fall classes.
Coming this fall ABC
"10-8": L.A. sheriff’s department doesn’t cotton to Brooklyn bad boy. 7 p.m. Sundays (premieres Sept. 28)
"Threat Matrix": Homeland security — only, you know, sexy. 7 p.m. Thursdays (Sept. 18)
"Karen Sisco": "Out of Sight" without Jennifer Lopez or George Clooney. 9 p.m. Wednesdays (Oct. 1)
"I’m With Her": Based on Brooke Shields’ husband’s life. Really. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 23)
"Married to the Kellys":
Welcome to the heartland, East Coast writer (Breckin Mayer). 7:30 p.m. Fridays (Oct. 3)
"It’s All Relative": His parents are salty! Hers are fussy, and both guys! Hijinks ensue. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Oct. 1)
"Navy NCIS": "JAG" meets "CSI," with a Goth lab chick for diversity. (Apparently they were out of minorities.) 7 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 23)
"Joan of Arcadia": The last time God ordered around a teenage Joan, she got burned. 7 p.m. Fridays (Sept. 26)
"Cold Case": Female cop looks somber, investigates previously unsolvable cases. 8 p.m. Sundays (Sept. 28)
"The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.": Schlumpy guys continue to score hot wives on CBS. 9 p.m. Wednesdays (Sept. 24)
"The Handler": Joe Pantoliano as FBI guy: Tough talking, disguises, justice. 9 p.m. Fridays (Sept. 26)
"The Ortegas": A talk show! In a living room! Plus: Uncensored grandmother! 7:30 p.m. Sundays (Nov. 2)
Jason Bateman learns it’s funny when rich people become poor. 8:30 p.m. Sundays (Nov. 2)
"Skin": Her dad makes porn, his dad prosecutes it. Plus: A character named "Ziti." 8 p.m. Mondays (Oct. 20)
"A Minute With Stan Hooper": Norm MacDonald reconnects with the vanishing (yet wacky!) heartland. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Oct. 29)
"Tru Calling": Supernatural, sexy/tough chick: Tailor-made for "Buffy" audience. 7 p.m. Thursdays (Oct. 30)
"Luis": Ugly guy with wacky family gets no breaks. 7:30 p.m. Fridays (Sept. 26)
"Happy Family": Christine Baranski and John Larroquette raise weird kids! Ha ha ha! 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 23)
"Coupling": The British version is great; anything with Rena Sofer in the cast isn’t. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays (Sept. 25)
"The Lyon’s Den": Rob Lowe joins a megalomaniacal law firm up to no good. 9 p.m. Sundays (Sept. 28)
"Eve": Like "Living Single," only with Eve, not Queen Latifah. And (shudder) Ali Landry. 7:30 p.m. Mondays (Sept. 15)
"All of Us": I don’t remember the Fresh Prince ending up with a kindergarten teacher . . . 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 16)
"Rock Me Baby": Dan Cortese (as a shock jock) is almost as unwatchable as Ali Landry. 8 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 16)
"Jake 2.0": Computer geek, superhuman powers, government job. 8 p.m. Wednesdays (Sept. 10)
"One Tree Hill": Secret half brothers fight over basketball, same girl. 8 p.m. Tuesdays (Sept. 23)
"Steve Harvey’s Big Time":
Stand-up comic hosts talk show with everyday people. 7 p.m. Thursdays (Sept. 11)
"Run of the House": Joey Lawrence as one of three boomerang kids/surrogate parents. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays (Sept. 11)
"All About the Andersons":
Yet more grown-ups living with their parents — in this case, the garage. 8:30
p.m. Fridays. (Sept. 12)