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Former 'Oz' Inmate Tergesen Feels 'Wanted'

(Posted August 11, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( For its last two seasons, HBO's prison drama "Oz" exchanged its lower-Manhattan location to shoot instead at the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, N.J., a waterside complex of buildings and warehouses.

For its first 13 episodes, TNT's crime drama "Wanted" has been shooting around the Los Angeles Harbor area in San Pedro, Calif., in a waterside complex of buildings and warehouses.

A continent away from his former job on "Oz," "Wanted" regular Lee Tergesen, who plays freewheeling Federal Marshal Eddie Drake, is asked how he wound up essentially in the same place.

"I don't know," he says, looking around the sun-baked parking area between the warehouses, framed by tall loading cranes and an arching bridge. "Smells a lot better than Bayonne, though. I always go to the glamorous places."

Tergesen's current character couldn't be more different from "Oz's" Tobias Beecher, a straight-laced lawyer imprisoned for killing a child while driving drunk, who eventually becomes involved in a violent affair with psychotic fellow inmate Chris Keller ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Christopher Meloni).

"I do miss [kissing Meloni]," quips Tergesen. "I'll be honest with you, I really do miss it. He's such a good actor. But you know what, ka-ching. I'd have to do this job for 30 years before I made the kind of money he's making on NBC."

Source: Zap2it

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