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.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. TR Knight has been seen on a couple of recent episodes of The Good Wife


  3. I want Vincent D’Onofrio and Ethan Hawke in Blue Tilt!

  4. LeAnn says:

    Add one more Vincent D’Onofrio , love to see back on TV.

  5. Linderella says:

    Vincent D’Onofrio and Jason Isaacs!!!

  6. Ginger Carco says:

    I would like to see The Original Superman Series, with George Reeves, again on TV.

  7. Yvette says:

    Julian McMahon and James Marsters All the wayyy………….

  8. Catherine Visot-Nolder says:

    Joe Lando one of the best and underused superb actor.

  9. Smallvillefan says:

    Tom welling!

  10. Romi says:

    Jason Dohring, David Sutcliffe, Kris Polaha, Kyle Chandler, James Wolk, Mike Vogel

  11. Tinemi says:

    Of all the guys in this list only the only ones I don’t really care if I see them again are: T.R. Knight and Julian McMahon. And I would be elated to see in a weekly basis: Jamie Dornan, Naveen Andrews, Wentworth Miller and Adrien Brody.

  12. Kelsey says:

    Tom Welling, Jamie Dornan, and Hugh Laurie – Definitely

  13. Cort says:

    Tahmoh, Adam and Scott…YES it’s been too long since they have graced my tv screen.

  14. Rach says:

    MMMM Michael Vartan <3 yummy :)

  15. tay says:

    hugh laurie!!

  16. Stefanie says:

    Oh, speaking of Roswell, I want to see Jason Behr back on tv. A drama of course. He is so hot, and his movie career didn’t quite take off.

  17. Kristen says:

    Tom, Michael and Julien!!! Also Wentworth Miller!

  18. CHUCK!!! I want this show back..I miss it. And Harry Anderson(night court) I remember watching this show when I was a kid. & David Tennant—He was my favorite Doctor Who

  19. Erica says:

    Was excited to see this list but it didn’t live up to the hype- I had a major crush on the incredibly sexy Naveen Andrews after seeing The English Patient & loved James Marsden aka Spike when ‘Buffy’ was on so it was cool to see them on the list. I hear that Boy Meets World is coming back…hope they bring back Ryder Strong who played Cory’s best friend Shawn. Would love to see what he looks like now…

  20. Beth Nielsen says:

    Please, please bring back Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights!!! Okay, maybe he’s on to bigger and better things on the big screen (Zero Dark Thirty, Super 8), but I miss seeing him every week on TV.

  21. kiel says:

    Tom Welling is someone i want back on tv ASAP

  22. val says:

    Scott Patterson – please, please! Zachary Levi – definitely. T.R. Knight is on TGW already.

  23. Luis says:

    Harry Anderson? Was this post recycled from 2003? I love Harry, and I loved Night Court, but the show has been off the air forever and Harry hasn’t been around since.

  24. VOXPOP says:


  25. Happy says:

    David Schwimmer, duh. He was always my favorite Friend

  26. Sarah says:

    That is a fantastic list. The only one in the list that I could take or leave because I know nothing if him is Scott Patterson. Others that should be on the list as leading men are Colin Ferguson and Scott Wolfe. There must be more but they’re not coming to mind right now.

  27. hs says:

    Everyone from pushing daisies, and everyone from october road! Bring those shows back, PLEASE!

  28. Celtic Wolf says:

    I want Gale Harold back on TV…on a show that doesn’t kill him off after a few episodes. He’s immensely talented, gorgeous and not appreciated half as much as he deserves.

  29. Admir says:

    Wentworth Miller, Prison Break

  30. brittany says:

    Julian McMahon… he was so great on Nip tuck. He could be such an ass one minute, but have the Biggest heart in the world the next. There was so much depth to that character. I’m shocked we haven’t seen him on another long running show since.