25 Actors We Want Back on TV Right Now

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

    Comment by Matthew – October 30, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Annie-C – October 30, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John Corbett!!! And Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Love those guys.

    Comment by Lola – October 30, 2012 10:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And Chris Meloni is missing from this list because…?

    Comment by Zoe – October 31, 2012 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Josh Holloway, definitely Josh Holloway! Though I´d be totally happy seeing Jason Dohring and Brendan Fehr back in my tv.

    Comment by Donna – October 31, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Josh Holloway with a side of Evangeline Lilly, please.

    Comment by Squeak – October 31, 2012 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes yes and yes to Jason Dohring. Would also love to see Kyle MacLachlan back on my TV.

    Comment by Amanda – November 1, 2012 06:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Charisma Carpanter not on your list

    Comment by Matthew B Lawler – November 1, 2012 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because she has a series regular role on THE LYING GAME…?

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – November 1, 2012 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ally Walker….someone give this women a awesome show to be on like we got with Profiler!!

    Comment by Rachael – November 1, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes, Ally is hilarious as well in While You Were Sleeping – I love Profiler btw…

      Comment by pakqq – November 26, 2012 08:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one who wants to see Brian Austin Green on my tv again?

    Comment by lissab99 – November 1, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jason Dohring. Any role. Good guy. Bad guy. Psychotic. Anything.

    Comment by Melissa – November 1, 2012 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Mary Ann McKinnon – November 3, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nicholas Brendon has to be on Shield!

    Comment by Jacob – November 3, 2012 10:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I actually think it is time for A Buffyverse TV show. Faith the Vampire Slayer with Xander as her Watcher

      Comment by Jason – November 8, 2012 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tom Welling! <3

    Comment by Andy – November 4, 2012 01:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Josh Holloway for sure!! Love to see him on White Collar working a con with Neal Caffrey.

    Comment by Hope – November 5, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • gotta leave a shout out for my friend Lance Barber #5 ….. he is awesome … down to earth guy and loves what he does !!

    Comment by Taryn West – November 5, 2012 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Simon – November 5, 2012 11:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jason Behr, i want him back on tv

    Comment by Maruschka van Veen (@de3musketiers03) – November 6, 2012 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agree with other posters. Zach Levy please.

    Comment by chistosa – November 6, 2012 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad to see Sabrina Lloyd make the list. I follow everyone whose been on Sports Night. And I miss her.

    Comment by lael – November 8, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Potsy – November 11, 2012 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Heather Locklear

    Comment by Omar – November 11, 2012 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by omabin – November 12, 2012 12:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • also, that idea of having josh holloway on white collar working a con with neal is the best idea ever.

    Comment by omabin – November 12, 2012 12:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jason Dohring
    Miss him most

    Comment by Sally – November 14, 2012 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kaulbach Kurt-James – November 15, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where is Wentworth Miller? He should be on this list

    Comment by Bob Dole – November 16, 2012 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Muse Watson, Tom Welling, DJE, John M Jackson and if he could…. Michael J. Fox, love him!

    Comment by Cath Richards – November 17, 2012 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jason Dohring
    Kyle Chandler
    Jim Beaver
    Jesse Plemons
    Tahmoh Penikett
    Mark Valley
    Jason Isaacs
    Todd Stashwick
    Eddie Izzard
    Minnie Driver
    Adrianne Palacki

    Comment by Rai – November 18, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All I got was the first pic – Jason Dohring!!!

    Comment by Naazneen – November 24, 2012 04:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GERALD MCRANEY, Josh Holloway, Sean Hayes, Richard Speight Jr. (SPN).

    Comment by liz – November 24, 2012 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Grace – November 24, 2012 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jmaice21 – November 25, 2012 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Also I would love to see Taylor Kistch and Bradley Gilford from Friday Night lights on TV again.

    Comment by Jmaice21 – November 25, 2012 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TOM WELLING! One of the best actors ever on TV and everyone misses him!

    Comment by Jordie – November 26, 2012 05:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jason Dohring and James Marsters…..Please!!

    Comment by Spikenalabama – November 26, 2012 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sean Faris all the way.

    Comment by Camille – November 26, 2012 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Josh Holloway, YES! Where’s Hugh Laurie? I miss his weekly appearance in my life more than any tv actor EVER!!!

    Comment by Shao – November 27, 2012 02:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis.) Yummy!

    Comment by Cauldra – November 27, 2012 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wouldn’t mind seeing Jason Wiles (Third Watch and Persons Unknown) on my tv again.

    Comment by Cat – November 30, 2012 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CoreyRenolds from The Closer is definitely missed .

    Comment by Denise – December 1, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one who misses Ryan Sypek who played Junior Davis on Fox Family’s Wildfire? So handsome.

    Comment by Michelle Marie – January 29, 2013 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!!!

    Comment by Dave Harris – February 28, 2013 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WENTWORTH MILLER!!! from prison break

    Comment by jen – March 1, 2013 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!!

    Comment by TJHiHS – March 17, 2013 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think you left out the most important 2..Hugh Laurie and Christopher Meloni.

    Comment by STEPHEN SHELDON – April 2, 2013 09:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Josh Holloway, Mathew St. Patrick Amy Walker and Bebe Neuwirth.

    Comment by Annette Moller – September 18, 2013 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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