Glee fans are currently dealing with two major blows: The departure of Chord Overstreet’s Sam Evans, and the realization that in the not-so-distant future, your favorite castmembers will be — gasp! — graduating. Well, thankfully we’ve found a new New Direction. A real-life Broadway vet with gorgeous girl next door looks, Hall currently portrays Pine Valley’s resident singing blog-star with boy troubles. Performing with the McKinley songbirds wouldn’t be a problem for the ingenue, but one issue instantly comes to mind: Which guy gets this girl?
Rebecca Budig (“Greenlee”) on Cougar Town
Bobby Cobb is desperate for a girlfriend, and we’re desperate to see Budig flex that brilliant comedic muscle of hers — a Cougar Town casting is the only way to go! We all know that a love interest for Brian Van Holt’s doofy divorcé is right around the corner, and the former Pine Valley beyotch would be the perfect addition to the Cul-de-sac Crew. Touting just enough snark and a whole lot of pretty, Budig’s new gal could get under Jules and Ellie’s skin (and likely bond with Laurie!) and make us all love her because of it.
Lindsay Hartley (“Cara”) on Once Upon a Time
Something supernatural is the name of the game for Green Arrow Justin Hartley’s real-life wife, and not only because of her long-standing proximity to Smallville. The actress was also a main-player on NBC’s paranormal sudser Passions (as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald-Crane-Winthrop-Casey [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_Lopez-Fitzgerald_Crane]… or something to that effect) — so as you can see, she’s well-equipped to work with the otherworldly. This is why we’re dying to see Hartley take on one of the fairy tale world’s evil stepsisters on ABC’s Once (premiering Sunday, Oct 23). She needs an outlet with a little darkness and a lot of beauty, and of course, somewhere where she can shed a tear or two (AMC fans can attest to her talents in that department.)
Bobbi Eakes (“Krystal”) on Hot in Cleveland
Eakes is equal parts southern belle and sassy spitfire, which would perfectly compliment the kooky gals on TV Land’s Cleveland. We’re thinking Pine Valley’s twangy legal aide could easily go toe-to-toe with Wendie Malick’s Victoria Chase, plus a sweet scene with Betty White would definitely take the cake.
Alicia Minshew (“Kendall”) on Law & Order: SVU
No one is in daytime TV is better at playing passionate than Minshew, so we propose that she brings some of Kendall’s fiery personality to the long-running procedural as New York’s new ADA. She’s sexy, so those business suits shouldn’t be a problem; she’s smart, so all that legal jargon will just roll off her tongue; and she can cry on cue, so those extra-emotional cases will be a cinch to play. The verdict is in: This casting would be perfection.
Chrishell Stause (“Amanda”) on The Playboy Club
Stause is sex personified, which is exactly what one of the 1960s Playboy Club bunnies would need to be. After toning down her bad girl ‘tude on AMC over the past few seasons, we’d love to see this gorgeous gal strutting around in that cute little getup, singing on the venue’s stage (we know Stause has some pipes), and getting into some fun-filled trouble (a la the Amanda Martin of yesteryear). Can you dig it?
Susan Lucci (“Erica”) on Ringer
This casting dream needs little explanation: La Lucci as — dare we say it? — Sarah Michelle Gellar’s mom (times two!) on The CW’s buzzy new Ringer (premiering Tuesday, Sept. 13). Besides looking the part and having already mastered the art of parenting SMG onscreen, it’s simple a reunion we’d love to see. After all, hasn’t enough time gone by to let those (…rumored) bygones between the two actresses be exactly that — bygones?