Blast from the Past–Eliza Dushku’s Tru Calling now playing on Chiller

Eliza Dushku Tru Calling

Between 2003 and 2005, Fox aired one of the best supernatural thrillers to date. Fans of Eliza Dushku, missing her superb performance as vampire slayer Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, could get their fix with Tru Calling.  After years of sitting on the shelf Tru Calling is finally being re-broadcast Wednesday nights on the Chiller cable network.

Eliza Dushku’s first starring vehicle of her post-Buffy days, Tru Calling had an excellent sci-fi premise, Medium meets Groundhog Day.  Medical student Tru (Dushku) gets a part-time job in the morgue and discovers that the recently deceased can ask for her help, causing her to relive their final days, in the hopes of saving their lives or solving their murders.

Tru Calling is one of those forgotten series that made our borg.com10 TV series that didn’t make it (but should have)” list back in 2011.   Lots better than Dushku’s role on Dollhouse, Tru Calling also was the first time we noticed many current genre favorites.  Tru’s co-worker mentor in the morgue was played by The Hangover‘s Zach GalifianakisMatt Bomer (White Collar, Chuck, Space Station 76) played Tru’s boyfriend.  But several more actors were barely known then, and featured in guest spots on the show.

Tru Calling

Other actors who made appearances on the series were Kal Penn (House, M.D., Harold and Kumar), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother), A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds), Jason Priestley (90210, Haven), Maggie Lawson (Psych), Eric Christian Olsen (Community), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Life), Lizzy Caplan (New Girl, True Blood, Freaks and Geeks, Hot Tub Time Machine, Smallville), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing, Sky High, Final Destination 3, Live Free or Die Hard, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural, Watchmen), Lauren Stamile (Burn Notice, Community), Joe Flanagan (Cupid, Fringe, Major Crimes, Warehouse 13, Stargate: Atlantis), Alaina Huffman (Smallville, Supernatural), Leonard Roberts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Heroes), Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica, Fairly Legal), Erica Durance (Smallville), Jennifer Spence (Continuum), and Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit).

Check out Tru Calling Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Central on Chiller.  If you miss it, take a Tru Calling binge by renting the DVDs on Netflix or pick them up here on

C.J. Bunce

Leave a Reply