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. Matthew says:

    Harry Anderson of Night Court, Dave’s World fame.

  2. Annie-C says:

    Definitely agree with all those who said Hugh Laurie and Adam Brody, they’re awesome. I would add T.R. Knight though, he was great on Grey’s Anatomy.

  3. Lola says:

    John Corbett!!! And Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Love those guys.

  4. Zoe says:

    And Chris Meloni is missing from this list because…?

  5. Donna says:

    Josh Holloway, definitely Josh Holloway! Though I´d be totally happy seeing Jason Dohring and Brendan Fehr back in my tv.

  6. Squeak says:

    Josh Holloway with a side of Evangeline Lilly, please.

  7. Amanda says:

    Yes yes and yes to Jason Dohring. Would also love to see Kyle MacLachlan back on my TV.

  8. Why is Charisma Carpanter not on your list

  9. Rachael says:

    Ally Walker….someone give this women a awesome show to be on like we got with Profiler!!

  10. lissab99 says:

    Am I the only one who wants to see Brian Austin Green on my tv again?

  11. Melissa says:

    Jason Dohring. Any role. Good guy. Bad guy. Psychotic. Anything.

  12. Mary Ann McKinnon says:

    For me #1 from your list would be Ally Walker, followed by Tom Welling, and Nicholas Brendon. So what IS Ally Walker doing these days?

  13. Jacob says:

    Nicholas Brendon has to be on Shield!

  14. Andy says:

    Tom Welling! <3

  15. Hope says:

    Josh Holloway for sure!! Love to see him on White Collar working a con with Neal Caffrey.

  16. Taryn West says:

    gotta leave a shout out for my friend Lance Barber #5 ….. he is awesome … down to earth guy and loves what he does !!

  17. Simon says:

    I doubt anyone will read this because I could only make it through two pages of comments before reading the repetition of Tom Welling, Jason Dohring, and David Tennant’s name made my head hurt. However my list of recommendations is as follows:

    Torri Higginson, Vanessa Ray, Will Chase, Adam Baldwin, Corin Nemec, Dominic Purcell, J. August Richards, Sarah Lanchaster, Pippa Black, Tahmoh Penikett, Laura Allen, Ryan Robbins, Erica Cerra, Hannah Spearritt, Joe Flanigan, Britt Robertson, Sasha Dhwan, Elyse Levesque, Jeff Davis, Jordan Hinson, Guru Singh, Ruth Wilson, Kandyse McClure, and Alexis Bledel.

    It’s just a short list of amazing actors/actresses that deserve a little more work, so TV producers take note.

  18. chistosa says:

    Agree with other posters. Zach Levy please.

  19. lael says:

    I’m glad to see Sabrina Lloyd make the list. I follow everyone whose been on Sports Night. And I miss her.

  20. Potsy says:

    Cynthia Nixon? Hell no. I hate her and she ruins everything she in plus she is 2 current shows right now (Big C and World Without End) so she is not even close to be missing

  21. Omar says:

    Heather Locklear

  22. omabin says:

    There are so many! Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lily and Josh Holloway, any day, any show, please! I love these three to death. Also, Henry Ian Cusick on a regular capacity and also Yunkin Kim. (Can tell a show that I love). Jamie Bamber and Tahmoh Penikett on a regular capacity, love me some battlestar! William Fichtner, aka the best prison break actor ever. Adam Brody, from the the oc! Rachel Grifits from Brothers and Sisters, who never got the credit she deserved. Ali Larter from Heroes. Also, although we see him very often and in shows i do adore, mark pellegrino is due for a leading rolee in a sci-fi show. I would also like to see the entire cast of the underrated greek thrive!

  23. omabin says:

    also, that idea of having josh holloway on white collar working a con with neal is the best idea ever.

  24. Sally says:

    Jason Dohring
    Miss him most

  25. Kaulbach Kurt-James says:

    Ally Walker did exceptional work on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ as insidious Agent June Stahl and turns in fine guest work everywhere else. Despite the failure of her Lifetime vehicle last year, she still deserves a place somewhere fixed. A place where the material serves her as well as it did on SOA.

  26. Bob Dole says:

    Where is Wentworth Miller? He should be on this list

  27. Cath Richards says:

    Muse Watson, Tom Welling, DJE, John M Jackson and if he could…. Michael J. Fox, love him!

  28. Rai says:

    Jason Dohring
    Kyle Chandler
    Jim Beaver
    Jesse Plemons
    Tahmoh Penikett
    Mark Valley
    Jason Isaacs
    Todd Stashwick
    Eddie Izzard
    Minnie Driver
    Adrianne Palacki

  29. Naazneen says:

    All I got was the first pic – Jason Dohring!!!

  30. liz says:

    GERALD MCRANEY, Josh Holloway, Sean Hayes, Richard Speight Jr. (SPN).

  31. Grace says:

    I adore HUGH LAURIE but he doesn’t want to do another tv series again. Although I DID hear that he may be playing a pirate on tv soon. :) AARG!

  32. Jmaice21 says:

    Josh Holloway, Mathew Fox, Dominic Monaghan, Henry Ian Cusack, and Jorge Garcia from Lost. Steve Carrell would make any show amazing, Rainn Wilson needs to stay in TV. Also Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Jack Coleman, Adrian Pasdar, & Zachary Quinto from Heroes! Great Show! I also hope, to see John Noble and Joshua Machado have a life after Fringe.

  33. Jmaice21 says:

    Also I would love to see Taylor Kistch and Bradley Gilford from Friday Night lights on TV again.

  34. Jordie says:

    TOM WELLING! One of the best actors ever on TV and everyone misses him!

  35. Spikenalabama says:

    Jason Dohring and James Marsters…..Please!!

  36. Camille says:

    Sean Faris all the way.

  37. Shao says:

    Josh Holloway, YES! Where’s Hugh Laurie? I miss his weekly appearance in my life more than any tv actor EVER!!!

  38. Cauldra says:

    Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis.) Yummy!

  39. Cat says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Jason Wiles (Third Watch and Persons Unknown) on my tv again.

  40. Denise says:

    CoreyRenolds from The Closer is definitely missed .

  41. Michelle Marie says:

    Am I the only one who misses Ryan Sypek who played Junior Davis on Fox Family’s Wildfire? So handsome.

  42. Dave Harris says:

    Not only does Kyle Chandler need to be back on TV, but I’m calling for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS(Philadelphia) Where he ended up in the series finale. Me and a lot of other people would watch him and Friday Night Lights for 20 seasons…BEST SHOW EVER!!!!

  43. jen says:

    WENTWORTH MILLER!!! from prison break

  44. TJHiHS says:

    The show & it’s cast MOST MISSED: HOLLY HUNTER FROM SAVING GRACE!!!!
    Awesome show cancelled too soon w- awful ending!!!
    Hunter was amazing female lead as GRACE!!!

  45. STEPHEN SHELDON says:

    I think you left out the most important 2..Hugh Laurie and Christopher Meloni.

  46. Annette Moller says:

    Josh Holloway, Mathew St. Patrick Amy Walker and Bebe Neuwirth.

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  48. Marybeth Mason says:

    We need Tom Welling back on tv again he is very popular all over the world and his fans miss him . Chick his twitter tag and you see what I mean #TomWelling