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. DriveShaft says:

    I never watched Smallville, but I still say Michael Rosenbaum. I’ve loved him since “Suzy, Tommy, Dick and Jane” or whatever it was called. Also, Dominic Monaghan, so so so much. I’m pretty sure I will never stop missing Charlie, and he was so great in “Flashforward.”

  2. Kawaki Braun says:

    Not sure I agree with this list. But I will give you James Marsters. But Michael Vartan’s should have said Hawthorne

  3. Who I want back on TV?

    Julian McMahon!

  4. Erik Frederiksen says:

    Tom Welling, Tahmoh Penikett, James Masters, and Adam Brody in a new cool Firefly like sci fi series, YES PLEASE. :)
    (I will play the funny pilot)

  5. Christa says:

    Kiefer Sutherland & not in Touch!

  6. Lynnette says:

    Joe Lando, Sully on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and John Blackwell on The Secret Circle

  7. Liz says:

    I completely agree with Zachary Levi (can’t wait to see him in Thor 2), Tom Welling (let’s cast him on OUAT as Prince Eric), Scott Patterson (love to see him on Bunheads), Michael Vartan (more than his role on Hawthorne), Jamie Dornan (let’s just bring him back to OUAT, I don’t care how), Tahmoh Penikett (let’s put him on the SHIELD show), Enver Gjokaj (again SHIELD, loved his cop cameo in The Avengers), Brendan Fehr (my favorite part of Rowsell), and Adam Brody (missing his snarky language and wittyness).

  8. mave says:

    Zack Braff or Neil Flynn would be nice to see since Scrubs ended

  9. verybookish says:

    Gale Harold is #1 on my list. Hope to see him back on my TV soon.

  10. DELI says:

    Gale Harold

  11. ahol3 says:

    Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty- The Scott Brothers

  12. Nancy says:

    For the longest time I have tried to understand Joe Lando. He is such a great actor, but he sometimes forgets all the fans that follow him. Joe make your fans happy and keep auditioning. Hopefully, you will be hired.

  13. mgb says:

    A big “YES” for Tom Welling and David Tennant. They are sorely missed by millions!

  14. YES! YES! YES! PLEASE!!! I want GALE HAROLD baaacckkk…..>___<

  15. JBN says:

    I look forward to any and all performances by Julian McMahon. I was very disappointed that Rogue was not picked up last season.

  16. Lety says:

    Julian McMahon pls!!!!!!

  17. Kate says:

    I really want to see Julian McMahon again!!! :-)

  18. Yvonne Reid says:

    The most beautiful man God ever created….Gale Harold, He is also a great actor too. I love him as Brian Kinney,but also in everything else hes ever been in ~ Yvonne xx

  19. Jan says:

    Absolutely, without a doubt, Tom Welling. Why doesn’t that man go back to work and put me out of my misery!!?

  20. Lizzy says:

    Gale Harold !!! I miss him so much! Please, Please, Bring him back to the screen as soon as possible!! So love him.

  21. Oksana says:

    Gale Harold!!!!!!!!

  22. Mary says:

    More Joe Lando, please. Great actor and very easy on the eyes.

    • Penni Fields says:

      I agree with Mary. Even after all the years since DQMW went off, Joe Lando is a mighty fine actor and very handsome man. After the show got cancelled he did a wonderful show called Higher Ground which helped actors A.J. Cook, Hayden Christenson, Jewel Staite, and Megan Ory get a good start in the business. Then he guested on other shows. His talent was being wasted. Along comes TSC and he becomes the reason the show did so well the last half playing John Blackwell. Now that the show got cancelled, I miss him all over again. I really hope Joe Lando is able to grace my television screen as a regular on a series very soon.

  23. Pam says:

    I loved the list and agree with many of the choices but I would like to Michael Rosenbaum added to the list Many of his smallville alumi afre already there Tom Welling, James Marsters etc I think he was the best Lex Luthor of our time and I appreciate him in a more dramatic role

  24. jt says:

    Gale Harold!!!

  25. Olga says:

    Gale Harold! He is very interesting and talented actor and I would like to see him on the screen as much as possible.

  26. Martha says:

    Joe Lando, definitely has got to come back to TV and the big screen, too. He could do silent films and we would still know exactly how his characters are feeling by teh facial expressions he uses so well. He has to come back with Jane Seymour … the chemistry they share makes the characters they do together (Sully and Michaela, Jack and Prudence) truly believable.

  27. Ally Dodd says:

    Gale Harold is my number 1 hope for a new show. I also miss TR Knight, Zachary Levi and David Tennant (although living in London I will hopefully get to see him on the stage).

    I’d add Goran Visnjic and Sean Hayes to the list (or is Sean Hayes still in Happy Endings? We don’t get that in the UK).

    But Gale Harold, Gale Harold, Gale Harold!!!!!

  28. fay says:

    I’d love to see Josh Holloway again.

  29. Debra Gene says:

    Scott Patterson!

  30. gdgrouch27 says:

    Milo Ventimiglia!

  31. ellen says:

    Hugh laurie <3

  32. fran says:

    Hugh Laurie He is truly fantastic.

  33. No one on this list…Gary Sinise if CSI NY isn’t renewed for a season 10!

  34. Almaznaya_Donna says:

    Gale Harold is the best!!!

  35. ti says:

    I miss hugh laurie

  36. Char says:

    Jason Isaacs need to be back with a juicy, sexy TV series. ASAP

  37. Rowene says:

    Gale Harold is the best!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Tedi says:

    Gale Harold and the guy from Dollhouse! =D Love em!!!!!

  40. holly says:

    WHO wants these back immediately. NOT me and not the majority of people commenting here. there are way more people that I would Love to see than this list..

  41. bighairbf says:

    Jon Bernthal by a LANDSLIDE! He was fantastic as Shane Walsh, I’d love to see him as the protagonist in a series soon!

  42. Catherine Visot-Nolder says:

    Joe Lando absolutely! Can’t understand why he does not show up on your original list. He is one of the very best actors with an energy far more appealing than most.

  43. Emma says:

    Gale Harold is the only one on this list that I am dying to see on TV again. I really really need him to get another show. He is fantastic.

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  45. Dottie says:

    I would like to see Scott Pattison in a series I loved him in Gilmore Girls

  46. Yvette says:

    Hugh Laurie

  47. Jeremy says:

    Why are only actors listed? I am more interested in actresses on TV than actors. I know there are a lot of great actresses that should be back on TV, too. How sexist.

  48. I would love to see Hugh Laurie back in a comedy. He is so FUNNY!!!!

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  50. Sam says:

    jamie durnan from Once Upon a Time , Ah so hawt! o3o