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Poppy is one lucky hamster. While sheltering in place, Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage revealed on Instagram that he was fostering his new furry pal, noting , "She makes life in quarantine much more fun!"

Indeed, CBS stars have always enjoyed the companionship of their four-legged friends, whether it's on a hike or during a much-needed cuddle on the couch.

Scroll to see more sweet photos of TV stars spending time with their furry friends!

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Darin Brooks sits with his family and their pet dog.

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Darin Brooks (The Bold and the Beautiful) poses for a family portrait with wife Kelly Kruger, baby Everleigh, and Chance.

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Stephen Colbert sits on a couch while petting a dark brown dog.

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Stephen Colbert (The Late Show) "You're just in time for dinner, Mr. Bond. And Benny is...hungry," he jokes about his dog.

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Ashley Madekwe (Tell Me a Story) purrfects her red-carpet look.

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Emily Wickersham snuggles in very close to her sleeping dog.

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Emily Wickersham: (NCIS) watches over a snoozing Miguel.

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Norah O'Donnell hugs Ollie her light brown dog.

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Norah O'Donnell (CBS Evening News) and Ollie are ready for their close-up.

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Allison Janney laughs as one of her three dogs approaches the camera during a walk in nature.

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Allison Janney (Mom) "Weekends were made for hikes with the kids," she says.

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Michela Watkins smiles against a backdrop of a western desert.

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Michaela Watkins (The Unicorn) shares a selfie with Jeff.

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Bryton James and his dog

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Bryton James (The Young and the Restless) gives his pup a lift.

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Sharon Osbourne (The Talk) and husband Ozzy make room for their pack of dogs.

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Carrie Ann Inaba and her cat Mimi Vader

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Carrie Ann Inaba (The Talk) "Who rescues who?" she says of her late feline friend Mimi Vader.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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Rita (Dexter)

Julie Benz as Rita Bennet hold an infant and looks concerned in a scene from Dexter

Rita Bennett (Julie Benz), Dexter

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Dexter comes home to find baby Harrison crying in a pool of blood—and Rita dead in the bathtub.

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Philippa Georgiou (Star Trek: Discovery)

Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek Discovery

Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek: Discovery.

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Discovery boldly went where no other Star Trek series had gone before: offing its presumed lead in the second episode. We were just as devastated as Michael Burnham was to lose her mentor and commanding officer, stabbed by a Klingon—but were equally shocked for Michelle Yeoh's return as a villainous Emperor in a mirror universe.

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Nicholas Brody (Homeland)

Damian Lewis stands in his prisoner uniform in front of the red rope noose moments before his end

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland.

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The turncoat Marine was found guilty of treason and publicly hanged in a Tehran square, as Carrie tearfully looked on.

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The Mother (How I Met Your Mother)

Cristin Milioti on the set of How I Met Your Mother

Cristin Milioti as Tracy Mosby in hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

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Ted spent nine seasons telling his kids (and viewers) how he met his soulmate, Tracy—only to learn in the series finale that she died of an undisclosed illness.

Warrick Brown (CSI)

Actor Gary Dourdan stares dramatically while wearing his characters official windbreaker

Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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Shot twice in his car by a mole in the Las Vegas PD, Warrick dies in Grissom's arms.

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Michael Cordero (Jane the Virgin)

A dramatic overhead view of Michael Cordero Jr played by Brett Dier as he lays dieing on the floor

Brett Dier as Michael Cordero ,Jr. in Jane the Virgin.

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After flip-flopping for years between Michael and Rafael, Jane finally chooses (and marries) her first love. Their happy-ever-after appeared short-lived, after Sin Rostro shoots the new groom. Michael survives...only to collapse from complications of his gunshot wound nine months later.

Caitlin Todd (NCIS)

Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd in a scene from NCIS

Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd in drama series NCIS.

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The special agent took a bullet to save Gibbs, but was spared thanks to her protective vest. Whew, close call! Moments later, a sniper shoots her in the head.

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Will Gardner (The Good Wife)

Josh Charles as Will Gardner sits with his hands folded and stares out

Josh Charles as Will Gardner drama series The Good Wife.

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The beloved attorney is gunned down after his unhinged client opens fire in the courtroom, sending Alicia, Kalinda, Diane—and longtime fans—into a tailspin.

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Lt. Col. Blake (M*A*S*H)

Dramatic image of McLean Stevenson as Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake in a scene from MASH

McLean Stevenson as Lt. Col. Henry Blake in M*A*S*H.

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After Blake's homeward-bound plane was shot down, a dazed Radar walks into the operating room to break the news. "There were no survivors." The (offscreen) death was a network television first: no major character had ever been killed off before!

James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Power)

Omari Hardwick as Ghost stands over large pile of cash

Omari Hardwick as James "Ghost" St. Patrick in Power.

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Pretty ballsy to whack your protagonist in the middle of the final season, but no one ever accused Power of being predictable. In the end, it was revealed that Ghost's son Tariq pulled the trigger.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-Aug 2020.

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Photography by F. Scott Schafer.


​Daniela Ruah

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Photography by Cliff Lipson.

As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

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Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski stands poolside wearing a vibrant red and blue dress with a buccolic countryside stretching out behind her

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

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​Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore strikes the yoga warrior pose as he stretches at a private hotel pool

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez naps in the sun while poolside

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

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​Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is fully clothed and emerging from a body of water

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NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

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​Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Scott Thomas wears a vibrant yellow dress with massive sleeves stands in front of a pool and tiled pillar

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Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman standing at the edge of a pool

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Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

Candice Patton swims in a seaside swimming pool wearing a blue swimsuit

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Photo Credit: Gordon Lonsdale (Pounder); Ashley Lorraine Photography (Paintings).

By John Griffiths

Sometimes life just is art. Especially if you're estimable actress CCH Pounder, who—after notching a day of playing coroner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans—comes home to a vast array of paintings, sculptures, and tapestries that adorn her walls, floors, tables, cabinets, counters, and chairs. Some of her chairs are art pieces and presented as such, mounted in all their ornate, colorful glory alongside framed sketches in the star's two-story Big Easy abode.

 

Acrylic and charcoal on paper artwork by artist Bambo Sibiya.

Street Barbershop (triptych), 2018 by artist Bambo Sibiya. Acrylic and charcoal on paper.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

In her living room can be found two giant wooden statues of Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god who cares for the dead. "I'm really lucky to have high ceilings," a laughing Pounder says of the place she's inhabited since 2017. Back at her former home in L.A., those mega-statues "used to scrape at the top."

Meanwhile her kitchen, she doesn't mind saying, is "jammed" with fantastical Ardmore ceramics—vases, urns, and teapots festooned with tiny tigers and elephants handmade by South African artists. Her overall art collection of more than 500 pieces takes up half her first floor "and three storage rooms outside, too!"

 

Free Woman Of Color by American artist Pamela Mower-Conner.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

"CC," as she likes to be called, says her favorite type of art is the kind that "tells a story." So her collection is rife with portraitures, many of them of females. "At one point my husband [fellow art-lover Boubacar Koné, who passed away in 2016] said, 'I've only got one wife, but I'm looking at all of these women here—what's going on?!'"

 

Sculpture by late Jamaican artist Gene Pearson.

First Wife by late Jamaican artist Gene Pearson.

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One of her prized pieces, a striking stone bust by the late Jamaican artist Gene Pearson, is titled First Wife. "Her look, at least to me, is very powerful," says Pounder. Outside a bedroom, say hello to a large, heart-shaped quasi-mask showing a woman in serene slumber. "She says, 'This is a place to sleep in,'" Pounder quips of the piece by Haiti's François Cauvin

  

Painting of a woman doing laundry by Congolese artist Mayemba.

The Laundress by Congolese artist Mayemba.

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She's placed Congolese artist Mayemba's The Laundress, a vibrant painting of a young woman mysteriously distracted from her bin of soaking clothes, right beneath a portrait of fearless abolitionist Harriet Tubman. "I recently discovered that [Tubman] became a laundress herself," says a still-surprised Pounder. "After all the running and magnificent kind of cowboying she did, her life settled into a rather quiet—well, I'm assuming quiet—life."

 

Painting of woman staring at a tray of coffee and half a corncob.

Awake by Nigerian-Brit artist Ndidi Emefiele.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

More personal is the stark Awake, a voyeuristic peek at a woman staring at a tray of coffee and half a corncob. The painting, by Nigerian-Brit Ndidi Emefiele, "speaks to me about my colonial past and Western future and present," says Pounder, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana. "Not that I was eating roasted corn growing up—that's a decidedly African breakfast. But the woman, with her coffee cup, is in this sort of dual world."

Look closely and you'll see a little bird popping out of that cup. Says Pounder with delight: "Birds represent messengers."

 

Painting of heart-shaped quasi-mask showing a woman in serene slumber.

Sleep by Haitian artist Francois Cauvin.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

The worldly CCH (Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder, who attended boarding school in England and studied acting at New York's Ithaca College, almost opted for a painting career herself. "I was conflicted with these two great, measly paying art forms!" Nabbing the role of a nurse in 1979's All That Jazz sealed her fate. (Later came an Emmy nomination for The Shield.)

So, to satisfy her other yen, she took to throwing dinner parties to trumpet talented starving-artist pals in her cramped apartments (first in NYC, then L.A.). "I would call my friends and say, 'Come and get a painting!'"

 

Painting of black women by artist Mouhamadou Dia. \u200b

Sous Sous by Senegalese artist Mouhamadou Dia.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

She's long been most keen on contemporary African art. "I like works by artists that reflect the state of the world that they're in. Western art is floating off into the interior world and talking about highly intellectual things—which does not interest me at the moment."

Pounder definitely has an eye. She's helped put several young masters-to-be on the map. For a time she and her husband owned a gallery in L.A., and they also built a museum, the Musée Boribana, in his hometown, Dakar, Senegal, which they gifted to the nation in 2014. (She's heading there this summer to visit the Dakar Biennale art festival.)

 

Sculpture of African woman by late German artist Luise Kimme.

Marianne by late German artist Luise Kimme.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

CCH Pounder is reprising her big-screen role as Queen Mo'at in Avatar's two upcoming sequels, yet she does make time to doodle. "I keep books of ideas, and some day I'm going to sit back and paint them." And, apparently, N'awlins' spirits also love art. "My house keeps talking to me. I think eventually she's gonna push me out and become a gallery."

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2020.

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