Exclusive Pilot Season Preview: The 36 Most Wanted Actors and Actresses

blog_combo_10.10.12_v2As busy as Santa is right about now, he ain’t got nothing on TV execs! They’re working 24/7 these days in anticipation of their most hectic time of the year: pilot season!

You see, as soon as the networks finish deciding which potential series they’ll be trying out (shortly after the ball drops), a casting frenzy will get underway the likes of which hasn’t been seen since… well, since the 2012 casting frenzy! As you’d imagine, the casting directors’ wish lists include everyone from hot shots (Kyle Chandler, anyone?) to long shots (Katie Holmes). Who’ll actually get around to starring in a pilot?

PHOTOS | 20 Actors You Want Back on TV Immediately

Consider the red-hot candidates in our gallery, then hit the comments with the names of the actors that you want on the small screen in a big way!

PHOTOS | 20 Actresses You Want Back on TV Right Now

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152 Comments
  1. liv says:

    CHRISTOPHER MELONI

  2. Desigual says:

    LISA EDELSTEIN

  3. serge says:

    If mockingbird lane is really dead someone needs to grab Mason Cook who played Eddie

    • Zach says:

      On that note, some one needs to grab O’Connell, de Rossi (if AD doesn’t require her full attention), Izzard and Jackson.

  4. Toni says:

    The only ones I want to see out of this lineup are Kyle Chandler, Ryan Phillipe and Kelsey Grammar. Add to them my choices and pilot season would rock! Justin Hartley, Andre Braugher, Daisy Betts, Jason Dohring, Taissa Farmiga, Chyler Leigh, Sophia Bush, Josh Holloway, Tricia Helfer, Evangeline Lilly, Wentworth Miller and Leighton Meester. Anna Faris need never apply for the bigscreen or smallscreen ever again.

  5. sandy says:

    Hugh Laurie need to return to tv. He is great at comedy drama and everything in between.

  6. EveatEden says:

    Eliza Dushku please, in a show that lasts more than 2 seasons please!!!!!!! Maybe a lead role in Joss’s new SHIELD show??? Hmmm.

  7. Ella says:

    Jason Isaacs absolutely. With their shows ending, I want to add Terry O’Quinn, John Noble and Autumn Reeser – all are fantastic and should be given some fantastic material.

  8. Volta says:

    I’m ready for Hugh Laurie to return… bring it on!

  9. Dave says:

    James Marsden – yes, yes, yes!

  10. Berry says:

    James Marsters…yes,yes,yes!

  11. Ashley says:

    As much as I love Kyle Chandler, nothing will ever top Coach Taylor. I still see Connie Britton as Tami Taylor when I watch Nashville (she is the only reason I watch)

  12. M says:

    Michelle Trachtemberg, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson.

  13. rowanceleste says:

    Jason Dohring, Zachary Levi, Francis Capra & Enver Gjojaj.

  14. If I never see Kyle Chandler or Brendan Fraisher agian it would be too soon.

  15. eli says:

    JESSY SCHRAM!!!!

  16. tiff says:

    Dear Santa Please bring CHYLER LEIGH back to Greys or to a show of her own. Grey’s Anatomy first then a show of her own.

  17. May says:

    TV needs Anna Friel back.

  18. Ana says:

    Jennifer Beals!!! She was excellent in Chicago Code. Tea Leoni. And I am really loving Kate Hudson on Glee. And please, please, please Terri O’Quinn, now that his show is cancelled. Eric Dane got a show so I’m good as long as McSteamy is back on my screen….

  19. Olive says:

    Ryan Hurst and Jennifer Beals.

  20. love tv says:

    GALE HAROLD… GALE HAROLD…. GALE HAROLD…..

  21. zxc123 says:

    Jonathan Groff, Jonathan Groff, Jonathan Groff. And please make him sing.
    And Zachary Levi. And Anna Camp (in a drama please. In The Good Wife she was fabulous).
    And Allison Janney.

  22. treasures229 says:

    What about the cast of Private Practice?? They have to keep them on screen somehow, send them to Grey’s or give them their own show!

  23. Mary Ann says:

    GALE HAROLD!!! I miss him so much. He deserves a good show

  24. LDSK says:

    Paget Brewster back on TV please! She needs a comedy. That woman has some serious comedy chops and deserves a chance to show it!

  25. Angie says:

    Anthony LaPaglia!

  26. Evan says:

    Jill Hennesy! It’s been too long. Bring her back to my television please!

  27. Jill says:

    Seriously Michael, no Paget? Shame on you!

  28. svmarines says:

    please bring me back Tom Welling¡¡¡ I miss him on the TV¡¡¡¡¡

  29. Cuddy's lawyer says:

    I want Hugh Laurie’s return! And Lisa Edelstein too!

  30. Anna says:

    It physically pains me to see the cast of Community on this list…

  31. GH Loyalist says:

    Justin Long has zero appeal, when will Hollywood realize this. His career needs to end. Tom Welling and Matt Dallas need to star in Magic Mike the TV version, there I said it – someone make it happen now please!

  32. Jared says:

    I don’t think anyone wants to see Katherine Heigl back on TV. She can crawl under a rock and I would be perfectly happy.

  33. Ally Oop says:

    Neve Campbell or Evangeline Lily would be great. Or Maya Rivera or Dianna Agron, two Glee alumna deserving starring roles. I would love to see Naya get to star in a show rather than just be a supporting actor–I think she’d be killer at comedy or drama.

  34. Queerbec says:

    Jaksina Nicole! Michael Tucker! Margo Martindale! Michael T. Weiss, J.D. Williams, Douglas Smith, Jonathan Togo,Brian J. Smith, Jamie Dornan, Jason Clarke,

  35. Joyce says:

    MICHAEL VARTAN – pretty please TV gods!

  36. MorganK says:

    Ok, I know Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv are rumored to skip this pilot season – but them, and anyone else associated with Fringe! Especially John Noble.

  37. Fabian says:

    How about Abby Elliott? She’ll be doing an arc on HIMYM, so I don’t think it’s out of the question! I think she’s great!

  38. Zach says:

    Ever since The Good Guys was cancelled, I have seriously been craving some Colin Hanks.

  39. Elle says:

    I have so many! Anna Faris,Adam Brody,Malin Akerman,Paula Patton,Autumn Reaser,John Krasinski,Bret Harrison,Amber Heard,The whole cast of Chuck,Summer Glau,Tina Fey,Anna Camp,Brittany Snow,Molly Shannon,Rachel Dratch,Sarah SilvermanJason Dohring,Kim Raver,Michael Urie,Josh Holloway,Danneel Ackles,Sophia Bush.

  40. Dr.Comic says:

    I want to see a Booster Gold super hero TV show

  41. Chuck says:

    Also, I miss Jason Behr. He should be cast in a pilot.

  42. Mike G says:

    Linda ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Cardellini…mmmmmm

  43. Roses C says:

    I LOVE CONNIE BRITTON, ALSO KYLE CHANDLER, THEY WERE,INDEED, THE BEST COUPLE ON TV. I WATCH NASHVILLE FOR CONNIE B, BUT DOES THE OTHER SINGER, THE YOUNGER ONE, HAVE TO BE SO UNBELIEVABLY OBNOXIOUS. IF SHE WERE TONED DOWN JUST A NOTCH, IT MIGHT BE AN EVEN BETTER SHOW.

  44. RealDealBill says:

    Emma Caulfield is awesome!!

  45. left a says:

    FACT: Tom welling is a terrible actor.

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