Michael Slezak
February 02, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EST

Riddle me this, PopWatchers: Who should play The Beast? Now don’t all answer “Paris Hilton!” at once, because I’m not speaking about Beelzebub, the role the socialite/”singer” was born to play, but rather, an entirely different beast — the titular protagonist of Fox’s upcoming comedy pilot about an animal-hating, womanizing veterinarian (based on a British series of the same name). It’s a promising premise, if you ask me, but only with the right actor in the role. I’d vote for handsome Aussie Simon Baker, who made sociopathy seem roguishly charming on CBS’ ill-fated Smith, and who has the talent and magnetism to carry a show on his own. (Here he is, second from left, with Smith accomplices Jonny Lee Miller, Franky G, and Ray Liotta.) Option B: How about Alias veteran David Anders? Admit it: Even when his Sark was involved in globe-endangering shenanigans, his lightly flirtatious vibe with Jennifer Garner’s Sydney was kinda irresistible. Or would you prefer someone else as The Beast? Quick! Before Fox casts Eric Balfour!

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