25 Actors We Want Back on TV Right Now

Temperatures may be dropping across the nation, but pilot season is heating up. And that got us thinking about some of our favorite actors and actresses who’ve gone too long without juicy series-regular roles.

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A few of ‘em have only been MIA for a season or so. Some have been relegated to years of guesting gigs. Others have IMDb pages with less activity than Rick Santorum’s Presidential campaign site. But today, we advocate for an end to their collective dry season. Behold: The 25 Actors We Want Back on TV Right Now!

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Click through our photo gallery below, then hit the comments to tell us which picks we got right, which ones made you say “Huh?” and who you’d add to this Pilot Season wish list!

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390 Comments
  1. RobMF says:

    Need more Chad Michael Murray

  2. AJ says:

    Yes to Kyle Chandler and Nicholas Brendon.

  3. Lois says:

    Jason Dohring was my first instinct when I saw the title of this list so I’m glad he was the first on there!

  4. CF says:

    Josh Holloway. Definitely Josh Holloway.

  5. dude says:

    Hell yes to Cameron RIchardson. She was the highlight of Harper’s Island.

  6. Brendon for sure will show up on SHIELD. How could he not?

    • lgb says:

      I oh so hope he does, I really do but… I mean there was a way he could’ve been in Dollhouse, or Cabino or even Avengers (Just as one of the cops) but he didn’t so… I hope, but not hold my breath

  7. orhan94 says:

    Well, if they do a fifth season of Torchwood I reckon Lauren Ambrose will be back on our TVs.

    • Emily says:

      I am all for a fifth season of Torchwood, as long as it’s not a continuation of Miracle Day. So here’s hoping Lauren Ambrose finds much-deserved work elsewhere.

  8. Rachel says:

    jamie dornan.

    • Templar says:

      Maybe not for a while. He’s been shooting a film in Belgium and Dubai, he’s a poster boy for a Dior perfume campaign and he’s a model. That’s a busy guy.

  9. Christine says:

    Where’s Tom Welling’s name on this list hmm hmm

  10. Andrew says:

    Leslie Grossman who played the amazing Mary Cherry on “Popular”

  11. Beth says:

    Forgot Wentworth Miller! Wouldn’t mind him being on my tv screen.

  12. Renee says:

    Jason Dohring and Kyle Chandler. Definitely.

    • Nicole says:

      I agree completely with these two. I fell hard for Kyle Chandler on Early Edition and I miss Logan Echolls. I also think Cameron Richardson and basically everyone from Harper’s Island are amazing!

      • MelindaB says:

        I have been a Kyle Chandler fan since Homefront, and I agree that he and Jason Dohring need to be back on TV, along with Josh Holloway, Zachary Levi, and Enver Gjokaj.

  13. Sylvie says:

    What about Adam Brody and Zachary Levi. Those are my favorite funny (and hot) guys.

  14. DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

    I agree with a good chunk of these, but really need some Xander (Nicholas Brenden) and some Sawyer (Josh Holloway) on my screen asap!

  15. AJ says:

    Also Hugh Laurie. I know he hasn’t been gone for long, but I already miss him.

  16. Jan says:

    JASON DOHRING!!!!!! Yes Please

  17. Sarah says:

    Great list – I definitely want Kyle Chandler and Jason Dohring back on TV.

    I’d add Liza Weil to the list. She was SO good on Gilmore Girls and I’ve barely seen her since.

    • Maggie says:

      She had a major role on Scandal last season as Amanda Tanner (who had an affair w/ Fitz) but I would LOVE to see her on a show again!

  18. Meri Phillips says:

    Muse Watson!

  19. CK says:

    Need more Zachary Levi

    • John says:

      I wouldn’t mind that either, but maybe his last pilot was so bad he should take a break?

    • ben says:

      Zach would be number one on my list. Some good ones, like Alessandra Torresoni and Kyle C. But there are many others I want to see. Plenty of West Wing actors, for one… Allison Janney, Richard Schiff and Janel Moloney. At least Bradley Whitford seems to be around. And it’s nice to see Josh Holloway on the list, and it’s hard to say Lost actors are going badly since so many seem to be in key roles in other shows. But I’d throw in Naveen Andrews and Dominic Monaghan as well.

  20. Jessalyn Gilsig. Was I the only one who thought she was unfairly maligned on Glee? At least she made Will likable by comparison.

    • Mile says:

      lol I agree.

    • Jasie says:

      She’s def who I want. The plus is she has a new series in Vikings for the History channel. She was treated poorly on Glee and I stopped watching when I knew she wasn’t coming back.

      • the truth says:

        An excellent comedic actress. Have we ever seen anyone on TV pull off black comedy with such a straight face? Definitely miss her & that whole storyline on Glee, which has become extremely syrupy compared to the top of its first season.

  21. Tammy says:

    Yes to most of them as long as it’s not on a reality show like DWTS!!!!

  22. tara17 says:

    Enver Gjokaj on a weekly basis would be nice.

  23. aimless says:

    Gale Harold

  24. Tom_b says:

    Even though he did have something lined up, Kristofer Polaha does come immediately to mind.

  25. somnio says:

    Jason Dohring from Veronica Mars

  26. Linderella says:

    A list that does not include Jason Isaacs is of questionable value – except for Rachel Griffiths!

  27. mantua says:

    Last year Kyle Chandler was in the critically acclaimed Box Office hit, ‘Super 8′ directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, right now he is in strong Best Picture contender and last weekend’s No1 film, ‘Argo’, later this year he will be in Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, and early next year he will be seen opposite Russel Crowe, Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones in ‘Broken City’ meanwhile he is currently filming ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Long story short, although it would be nice to see him back on the small screen, we should be happy his transition to features has been so succesful.

    • dolphinlights says:

      Agreed. Good to see Kyle Chandler anywhere we can. He’s also doing a film called “The Spectacular Now.” He’s been very busy since FNLs.

    • Samantha says:

      Breakout role for Kyle was on Grey’s Anatomy. He was only on twice but he stood out and was rewarded with his own Emmy winning show.

  28. Maruschka says:

    I would love to have Jason Behr back i miss Roswell.

  29. Julie says:

    Michael Vartan, please!

  30. Marisol says:

    I´d bring back my favorite who´s not on this list:( Tom Welling! i just love him!;P

  31. Heathers says:

    Any and all of the guys from Rescue Me. A big fat NO to Cynthia Nixon.

    • Maggie says:

      I’m uber excited that Steven Pasquale (Sean Garrity) will be back on TV soon! check out Do No Harm on NBC at midseason!

      • Heathers says:

        Thanks Maggie! I had no idea he was coming back to tv. He does alot of Broadway/ Off Broadway so I thought that he was busy with that. Denis Leary is producing a new series that I believe is going to be on USA network titled Sirens.

  32. Abby says:

    So happy Jason Dohring was included!! Loved him as Logan Echolls, and would love a LoVe reunion – maybe that’s House of Lies to the rescue??

  33. joymichelle says:

    I can’t believe I’ve forgotten about Corey Parker until looking at this! I miss him! YES!! He needs to come back to tv.

  34. Joe says:

    Trevor St. John should be on that list

  35. That photo of Bebe Neuworth is from Cheers, not Frasier. She was also a star on Cheers, and only a briefly recurring guest star on Frasier.

  36. AT says:

    I’m glad Jason Dohring was the first one on the last because he was the one name I was thinking of when I saw the title of this article! That said, of course there were some on here I don’t really get, but to each their own! Personally, besides Jason Dohring (who was fantastic in Moonlight as well as Veronica Mars), I would love to see more of David Tennant, Billie Piper, Jason Behr (come on he was awesome in Roswell), Brendan Fehr, Shiri Appleby, Majandra Delfino, Sophia Myles (she should guest on Hawaii Five-O!!!), James Marsters (he needs to be a full on star of some genre show!), Santiago Cabrera, Allison Mack, Keri Russell, Samantha Ferris, Charisma Carpenter, Jonathon Young, etc…

  37. tw says:

    Jennifer Beals.

  38. TK says:

    Jason Dohring….I’ve been re-watching Moonlight just for him…ok and Alex too lol!

  39. Cantare says:

    Hugh Laurie. I’m really jonesing.

  40. Laurie says:

    Scott Patterson. I miss his Luke persona

  41. Aurora says:

    David Tennant

  42. Judy Hummel says:

    I’d add Gary Dourdan, CSI Warrick Brown.

  43. Marimar says:

    What?! No love for Zachary Levi?! Shame on you guys!

  44. G says:

    I trade all of those for some Tom Welling on my TV

  45. Jon says:

    Ben Browder, of Farscape and Stargate SG-1. His recent Doctor Who guest spot was not enough.

  46. golem says:

    yes to so many of them. I would also add Adam Brody (O.C)

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