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

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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



Comments (152)

  • CHRISTOPHER MELONI

    Comment by liv – December 10, 2012 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LISA EDELSTEIN

    Comment by Desigual – December 10, 2012 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If mockingbird lane is really dead someone needs to grab Mason Cook who played Eddie

    Comment by serge – December 10, 2012 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • On that note, some one needs to grab O’Connell, de Rossi (if AD doesn’t require her full attention), Izzard and Jackson.

      Comment by Zach – December 11, 2012 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Toni – December 10, 2012 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie need to return to tv. He is great at comedy drama and everything in between.

    Comment by sandy – December 10, 2012 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliza Dushku please, in a show that lasts more than 2 seasons please!!!!!!! Maybe a lead role in Joss’s new SHIELD show??? Hmmm.

    Comment by EveatEden – December 10, 2012 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ella – December 10, 2012 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m ready for Hugh Laurie to return… bring it on!

    Comment by Volta – December 10, 2012 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • James Marsden – yes, yes, yes!

    Comment by Dave – December 10, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • James Marsters…yes,yes,yes!

    Comment by Berry – December 10, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Please, please, please!

      Comment by RJ – December 10, 2012 10:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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)

    Comment by Ashley – December 10, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michelle Trachtemberg, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson.

    Comment by M – December 10, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jason Dohring, Zachary Levi, Francis Capra & Enver Gjojaj.

    Comment by rowanceleste – December 10, 2012 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If I never see Kyle Chandler or Brendan Fraisher agian it would be too soon.

    Comment by Anna Paolinelli (@AnnaPaolinelli1) – December 10, 2012 09:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JESSY SCHRAM!!!!

    Comment by eli – December 10, 2012 09:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by tiff – December 10, 2012 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TV needs Anna Friel back.

    Comment by May – December 10, 2012 09:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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….

    Comment by Ana – December 10, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ryan Hurst and Jennifer Beals.

    Comment by Olive – December 10, 2012 10:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GALE HAROLD… GALE HAROLD…. GALE HAROLD…..

    Comment by love tv – December 10, 2012 11:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by zxc123 – December 11, 2012 01:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by treasures229 – December 11, 2012 02:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GALE HAROLD!!! I miss him so much. He deserves a good show

    Comment by Mary Ann – December 11, 2012 02:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Paget Brewster back on TV please! She needs a comedy. That woman has some serious comedy chops and deserves a chance to show it!

    Comment by LDSK – December 11, 2012 04:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She has an animated pilot with Patton Oswalt and Ben Schwartz over at Fox.

      Comment by Zach – December 11, 2012 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anthony LaPaglia!

    Comment by Angie – December 11, 2012 04:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jill Hennesy! It’s been too long. Bring her back to my television please!

    Comment by Evan – December 11, 2012 05:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed! She’s fantastic.

      Comment by Ally Oop – December 11, 2012 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously Michael, no Paget? Shame on you!

    Comment by Jill – December 11, 2012 05:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • please bring me back Tom Welling¡¡¡ I miss him on the TV¡¡¡¡¡

    Comment by svmarines – December 11, 2012 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want Hugh Laurie’s return! And Lisa Edelstein too!

    Comment by Cuddy's lawyer – December 11, 2012 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It physically pains me to see the cast of Community on this list…

    Comment by Anna – December 11, 2012 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by GH Loyalist – December 11, 2012 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Magic Mike for TV starring Tom Welling and Trevor Donovan

      Comment by helet – December 11, 2012 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jared – December 11, 2012 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ally Oop – December 11, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jaksina Nicole! Michael Tucker! Margo Martindale! Michael T. Weiss, J.D. Williams, Douglas Smith, Jonathan Togo,Brian J. Smith, Jamie Dornan, Jason Clarke,

    Comment by Queerbec – December 11, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • MICHAEL VARTAN – pretty please TV gods!

    Comment by Joyce – December 11, 2012 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ooo, that’d be good!

      Comment by MorganK – December 11, 2012 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by MorganK – December 11, 2012 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Fabian – December 11, 2012 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ever since The Good Guys was cancelled, I have seriously been craving some Colin Hanks.

    Comment by Zach – December 11, 2012 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Elle – December 11, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to see a Booster Gold super hero TV show

    Comment by Dr.Comic – December 11, 2012 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Syfy is currently filming a Booster Gold show.

      Comment by Chuck – December 12, 2012 02:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Also, I miss Jason Behr. He should be cast in a pilot.

    Comment by Chuck – December 12, 2012 02:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Linda ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Cardellini…mmmmmm

    Comment by Mike G – January 5, 2013 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Roses C – January 6, 2013 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Emma Caulfield is awesome!!

    Comment by RealDealBill – January 7, 2013 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FACT: Tom welling is a terrible actor.

    Comment by left a – January 21, 2013 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Fact: You are a terrible human being.

      Comment by Chuck – January 24, 2013 01:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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