20 Actors You Want Back on TV Immediately

Yesterday, we brought you a list of 20 underrated actresses that tastemaking TVLine readers would like to see rewarded with juicy roles in fall 2013 pilots. Today, we’re revealing their male counterparts.

Your picks include a Lost hottie, a Pushing Daisies standout, and stars of dearly departed shows from every genre imaginable.

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For the uninitiated, TVLine kicked off the “TV stars we miss” project with a list of our own 25 favorites; your hundreds of responses gave us enough material for not one, but two spinoff galleries.

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So click through the photo gallery of underappreciated thespians below, then hit the comments with any names your fellow readers might’ve forgotten.

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  1. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    Can’t say there is anyone on that list I miss in particular. Maybe Zachary Levi. All I care about is that John Noble has a job ASAP after Fringe.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      Oh must have skipped over Hugh Laurie. Definitely miss House. Also, how do Andre Braugher and Terry O’Quinn not make the list? I guess they still have episodes of shows to air but both are on shows that have been cancelled. Micheal Imperioli is missed as well.

    • cat says:

      Hugh Laurie already has a pilot in some pirate thing.

    • Miffy says:

      Harry Anderson? Sheesh – why not just ask for Wally Cox while you’re at it.

      As for Brendan Fehr: during the last year of Roswell, he bitched to the press about wanting to be done with the show, because he deluded himself into thinking he was some sort of a big star. Let him continue to toil away in obscurity.

      • Janet Cooper says:

        FYI: Wally Cox was a brilliant actor, and had a wonderful, understated delivery…He may have looked like a kitten, but inside was a tiger…A lot of TV’s best comic-relievers (Kevin Weisman in “ALIAS,” Willie Garson in “White Collar”) learned from Wally Cox…WC was also Marlon Brando’s roommate & best friend…

      • USC Trojan Girl says:

        Dear Miffy, I think they were trying to include all age groups in the article. A journalist should do their homework and get some history in their topic. 20 year olds as well as 70 year olds still watch television. Secondly, just because one person doesn’t necessarily care for someone doesn’t mean that someone is irrelevant. Thank you Mr. Slezak.

      • Dick Hurtz says:

        Night Court was he best comedy on tv during its run. The only other show that even compared to it was Cheers which ran the half hour before it…..

        • Erica says:

          I agree wholeheartedly…which brings to mind John Larroquette as the scheming, sneaky, sex-crazed prosecutor Dan. I had a secret crush on him & would watch if he got a show tomorrow…

    • Sandy says:

      Zachary Levi, Chuck !

      • Tracy says:

        I agree with everyone about Zachary Levi, I actually kinda wish they would have went a bit longer with Chuck. I guess if they had to end it though it ended on a some what positvie note.

    • Dally says:

      Zachary Levi

    • Victortia says:

      zachary levi hehe

    • Emily says:

      David Tennant, Hugh Laurie and Michael Vartan. Doctor Who, House and Alias are/were my favorite shows, back in the day.

      • Emily says:

        Oh, and I second the John Noble sentiment. Anna Torv would be wonderful too; she’s gotten so much better, it’s hard to believe she’s the same actress from the pilot.

      • Janet says:

        I so agree – especially re Michael Vartan and Alias. I love Michael Vartan period. I make sure I see anything he’s in!

      • Abigail says:

        Gorgeous, charming and uber-talented Mr. David Tennant….in anything….sigh. Be still my beating heart.

      • Bob says:

        You know, a few months ago, Mr. Tennant was seen hanging around the Doctor Who set in Wales. Hmmm…could there be an appearance upcoming for the 50th anniversary???

    • Temperence says:

      Agreed. But they really need to NOT plasticize him – he loks like a manequin in thit pic. One of the best things about Levi is that he’s the antithesis of plastic.

    • allie says:

      John Noble is so amazing!! All of the Fringe cast is amazing!

    • RIGHT!!! That’s what I was saying!!!! I mean Hugh but the role would have to be spectacular, James from Buffy was good there, but what else can he do? Chi yeah maybe. Anderson? No way! Franz? go to movies already!! The rest are who?

  2. liv says:

    #1 Christopher Meloni –Elliot Stabler, SVU

  3. cjeffery7 says:

    how about just everybody from Chuck. male (and female for that matter). i could use some more captain awesome…

  4. katrina says:

    Jason Dohring should be on this list!

  5. Asej says:

    Kyle Chandler.

  6. Blake says:

    I’m in total agreement with Zach, Tom, Scott, Jamie, James, Hugh, Gale, and Chi. Hopefully Hugh gets his NBC pirate show. Human Target for two seasons wasn’t enough of Chi.

  7. Blake says:

    Matt Dallas too!

  8. Holly says:

    Naveen Andrews and TR Knight. Absolutely!

  9. wmcc520 says:

    Harry Anderson? really? how the heck did he get in there? Were they trying to see if we paid attention.

    I agree with almost all and with the comments about Kyle Chandler, Chris Meloni and Jason Dohring. I would also add FNL’s Taylor Kitsch. The movies haven’t been working out for him so how about a return to the small screen. And yes, someone needs to give new jobs to Andre Braugher and the entire cast of Fringe immediately!

    • Dick Hurtz says:

      U need to buy some seasons of Night Court on amazon.com and U will see exactly why Harry Anderson made this list.

    • Jules says:

      Completely agree, Taylor Kitsch was great on FNL and his movies are just so-so, I would also recommend for him to star in another series, I think it would be great!

  10. Lee Pace “Pushing Daisies”!!!

  11. Eric says:

    Can we somehow get Zach Levi, David Tennant and Chi McBride to work on something together?

  12. taylor says:

    I just finished watching Buffy recently and totally fell in love with Spike. Seriously, why couldn’t James Marsters get any lead roles after Buffy/Angel?

  13. DreamerLife says:

    Kerr Smith (Life UneXpected) , Kris Polaha (RINGER) , Joe Anderson (The River) , Luke Mably (The Gates) , Ben Hollingsworth (TBL:The Beautiful Life) , Brian Hallisay (Privileged) , Andrew St. John (Life is Wild) , Shaun Sipos (Melrose Place) , Mike Vogel (Pan Am) , Michael Stahl-David (My Generation) , David Conrad (Ghost Whisperer) , Geoff Stults (Happy Town) .

  14. brian nussbaum says:

    how about Steve Carrell

  15. Maii says:

    Definitely my dear Gale Harold…something that doesn’t get cancelled after the first season please!!

    • Rain says:

      Something that doesn’t get cancelled, and something that actually lets him act up to his talent level!

    • This says:

      I would personally finance a show with him as the star if they can guarantee it won’t get cancelled (if I had money…). My television is a sad place without some Gale Harold on it.

      • NoApologiesNoRegrets says:

        Agree w/ all of this ^^^ I keep thinking that he’s going to pop up on Grimm for some reason. But really, he needs his own star vehicle again. He was so perfect as Brian Kinney. (I also miss Peter Paige. Or more accurately, Emmett.)

    • Dayna says:

      I agree! He has had bad luck with those two shows going off the air so quickly! Hope he is the lead in the next thing he is cast in. Also, wouldn’t mind seeing Micheal Vartan and Adam Brody on a weekly basis, not to mention Jon Foster. He needs a lead role again, too!

  16. Cottage101 says:

    Josh Holloway and Matthew Fox!!!! Miss them so much :(

  17. Amaile says:

    Chi McBride will be back on TV THIS season! (“Golden Boy,” CBS’s midseason drama)

  18. Definitely Wentworth Miller!!!!!

  19. CJ says:

    How about Josh Holloway from LOST, Craig Ferguson from EUREKA, James Denton from DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Jay Harrington from BETTER OFF TED and Dominic Purcell from PRISON BREAK?

    • Alan says:

      its colin ferguson, craig is the talk show host.
      add neil grayston and ed quinn to that list of eureka actors

    • Snsetblaze says:

      Colin Ferguson was my first though. Adam Baldwin from Chuck also comes to mind.

    • TayMads says:

      Josh Holloway is on the first list. This is the second list.

    • Linda F says:

      A big YES for Colin Ferguson! The man deserves a new show stat.

    • I’m gonna give a big hell yeah for Colin Ferguson and the whole cast of Eureka. I know Supernatural has been having them on slowly but surely but I want them in their own show. Richard Dean Anderson too.
      Scott Patterson: We all know he is going to end up on Bunheads, right?
      Jamie Dornana: I SUPPOSE if he can’t be on Once he should be on something else.
      Naveen Andrews and Josh Halloway: YES please.
      Chi McBride: comic genius
      Adam Brody: He was on Gilmore Girls too, so he could always be cast on Bunheads. He and Zach could have a reunion.

  20. candygirl says:

    Doug Spinuzza, Louie from Cold Case, LOVE HIM!!!

  21. william says:

    Richard dean anderson

  22. Rivky says:

    Mark Valley & Jack Earle Haley from Human Target, Geoff Stults from The Finder, Tim Roth from Lie To Me. Second David Tennant :o)

  23. Lee says:

    Definitely T.R. Knight !!!!!

  24. alex says:

    Rose Mcgowan!!!!!!!

  25. Naazneen says:

    So many good ones in here! Julian, Gale, Brendan, WENTWORTH, Michael Vartan!! Yes!

  26. Alyssa says:

    I want a show with Zachary Levi, James Marsters, and Tahmoh. It would be the best show on television.

  27. CatInTheHat says:

    Max Martini (The Unit, Revenge), Kenny Johnson (Saving Grace, SOA), James Morrison (24,Revenge)….please….thank you.

  28. 23553 says:

    Would definitely like to see a good role for Tennant. Also hoping against hope he guests on The Office for obvious reasons.

  29. Alan says:

    im very happy with tahmoh penikett just showing up and being badass in everything i watch at the minute.
    add adam baldwin and ryan mcpartlin from chuck to the list if you are going to mention zach levi.

  30. greeneyeliz says:

    Julian McMahon on Revenge would be awesome!!

  31. Templar says:

    IMO this is a far more impressive list than the one for actresses. I especially agree with the noms for Jamie Dornan, Scott Patterson and Chi McBride. I’d add Jackie Earl Haley unless he’s on some show I’ve not seen. I’m still furious that they ruined Human Target by bringing in the lady boss. Talk about “Screw the Pucci”.

  32. gary says:

    Adam Brody! The OG of Geek Culture should be back on TV. The guy started the movement and should come back to TV to show he is still King of the Geeks

  33. mArS says:

    Naveen Andrews will actually kinda be on TV when Sinbad premiers in US.

  34. Kristina says:

    All of these are so good! Most of them I agree with wholeheartedly. Let it be so!

  35. Eve says:

    Enver Gjokaj is such a brilliant actor, I remember watching Dollhouse when it was still on and thinking “how is this dude not more famous? He’s insane!”

  36. Sg. Grant says:

    Jeremy Piven

  37. Deena says:

    JULIAN MCMAHON! With every inch of my being, I need him back on TV!

    And I so miss Christopher Meloni, especially since I don’t have HBO and didn’t see him on True Blood.

  38. Jamey says:


  39. Hammerton1@msn.com says:

    Richard dean Anderson from stargate love to see him full action series like ncis la

  40. IRINA PIROGOVA - frosi says:

    Gale Harold!!!!

  41. Romy says:

    Gale Harold!!!! I need him back on TV as soon as possible, please!!!

  42. Yulita_Ran says:

    Gale Harold, yes, of course!

  43. Calanthe says:

    Nice list – but I’d like to add Goran Visnjic. Now it’s complete.

  44. Iamnasty says:

    Gale Harold

  45. Lana63 says:

    Gale Harold!!!

  46. mouse_gray says:

    Gale Harold!

  47. Elena says:

    Gale Harold – the best!

  48. Sareeta says:

    More Losties: Josh Holloway, Matthew Fox; I nominate them along with Naveen to get cast on Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and/or Justified.