Exclusive Pilot Season Preview: The 36 Most Wanted Actors and Actresses
Though she made her name off of Damages, it was Bridesmaids that made that name a household one. So perhaps it isn't surprising that the no-longer-secretly funny lady is said to be looking for a half-hour comedy.
Her Mindy Project status change from series regular to recurring player has given the blonde bombshell the out she needed to really break out. Our hunch: She'll do it by trading comedy for drama this time around.
The Friday Night Lights coach will once again be offered everything under the sun. He will likely once again pass — especially given the momentum that his feature career has gained (see also: Zero Dark Thirty, Argo).
The Cast of Community
Since NBC's cult comedy seems less likely to get a fifth season than Jeff Winger does to graduate from Greendale with honors, the show’s all-stars are sure to be first-round draft picks — albeit in second position.
The funny gal has a huge half-hour comedy or light drama target on her back. Our advice: Aim carefully, Hollywood — when we finally get the former House Bunny in a series, we want it to be a great one!
Doesn't two years seem like a pretty long time to go without seeing the star of Ugly Betty in a regular role? Casting directors agree.
If timing is everything, the Mummy leading man has it all! He exited TNT’s Legends pilot over creative differences last month… just in time for him to consider other options during pilot season!
Last pilot season, the Pushing Daisies ingénue had a couple of near-misses. This pilot season, expect a rerun… though hopefully, with better results!
Since Boss‘ cancellation has made the erstwhile Frasier a free agent — and since he tends to stay busy — he's sure to be courted by a lotta shows.
The erstwhile Karen Sisco dazzled on USA’s ambitious Political Animals. She also dazzled as Max Greenfield’s S&M partner on New Girl. So, to sum up, she dazzles in, like, everything.
Don’t laugh. OK, laugh, because it’s unlikely that the former Grey’s Anatomy doc would return to a broadcast series just three years after her acrimonious exit from the ABC soap. However, there is buzz that she might sign on for a high-profile cable show.
File this one under pipe dreams. Or, on second thought, don’t. The ex Mrs. Tom Cruise is being eyed by several studios, all of which are keen on putting her back where it all began. On a series, we mean. Not at Dawson's Creek.
While she continues to kill on Glee this season, casting directors are lining up at her door with offers for next season. Can't say we blame 'em!
Everyone still wants to play ball with the Awake actor. The only question is, will he pick the right team?
The 30 Rock gem has shone as a second banana all these years — and casting directors have taken notice. When she makes her comeback — oh, and she will — expect it to be as the lead in a comedy of her own.
The House actor is currently circling a number of high-profile projects, including NBC’s pirate drama, Crossbones. And, as sea… er, see-worthy as he is, what captain wouldn't want to welcome him aboard?
More than a decade after her last series, the Naked Truth head-turner remains a hot property. The trick for her will be finding a project that can adequately showcase both her dramatic chops and her comic timing.
The onetime Ed regular’s arc on New Girl as Zooey Deschanel’s love interest only confirmed what we already knew: He needs to get back on TV pronto. (Luckily, he now seems to agree… )
Mothers, lock up your hunky young gardeners! It would appear that this Desperate Housewife is ready to return to TV. What's more, she'd like to do so in a way that reminds people that she isn't just pretty, she's pretty funny, too.
The past coupla seasons, the Cineplex Cyclops has resisted the lure of the pilot. But, now that he's been so warmly received as Tina Fey's 30 Rock husband, he's rumored to be ready to take the plunge.
Since her ABC comedy pilot, Only Fools and Horses, is DOA, the Bridesmaids actress is once again back out in the marketplace. (Frankly, we'd just spin off the lesbian mom she played on Modern Family into a series with her partner.)
Fox’s decision to drastically cut its order for The Goodwin Games suggests that the once-promising comedy is doomed. If true, that puts this Ugly Betty alumna back atop wish lists everywhere. (So, sorry, every actress of approximately Newton's age and/or look — she will get the rom-com roles you're up for. All of them.)
Though the Cruel Intentions cad dropped out of CBS’ Golden Boy pilot at the 11th hour, his name is still sure to be atop everyone’s wish list. Probably with hearts dotting the I's.
The Parenthood MVP chose drama last year but struck out with Jason Katims’ ill-fated County. This year, the buzz is that, when he steps up to the plate, it'll be in a half-hour comedy.
Last Resort didn't… you know… last. But Hollywood remains as fixated on the leading man as Felicity once was on a certain hunky collegian named Ben.
Those who viewed the movie star's Smash arc as a testing of the waters for a full-time gig can pat themselves on the back. They were so right that the Kill Bill butt-kicker is already fielding offers.
Since there's virtually nothing that the Oscar winner can't do (maybe juggling?), her big dilemma will likely be deciding what she really wants to do.
Sarah Wayne Callies
There's not a broadcast series currently or imminently on the air that wouldn't kill for even a fraction of The Walking Dead's ratings. That puts this casualty of the AMC hit in even higher demand than a cure for zombie breath!