8 Newly Unemployed Actors Who Need to Return to TV ASAP

The networks' recent butchering of several shows not only means that several of your favorite TV shows are gone for good, it also means that a bunch of actors you've come to like are at risk of being absent from your TV screen for the foreseeable future. Some of the more famous names will have no trouble finding a new job, but others will need to do some campaigning to get back on primetime. We've put together a quick list of actors who we'd love to welcome back into our living rooms, as well a few suggestions regarding where they should end up. Take note, producers!


Albert Tsai (Bert from Trophy Wife)


We pity the ABC executive who had to tell THAT FACE that his show was canceled. It must have been like strangling a Golden Retriever puppy. Since Tsai's fellow scene-stealer Ryan Lee, who played Warren, has the credits, talent, and experience to land a new job quickly, we're putting our campaign efforts into Tsai. There just aren't many roles out there for a pre-teen Asian actor; is it too early for Modern Family's Lily to have a boyfriend? 


Carly Chaikin (Dalia from Suburgatory)


Now that Suburgatory is moving from the suburbs to the graveyard, the incredibly talented Chaikin is up for grabs. However, because she dove deep into character acting as the robotic Dalia (and excelled at it), we fear new shows will be looking at that work instead of everything else she can do. Don't be dumb, shows! Hire her now! We say keep her in the ABC family and put her on one of the network's new comedies, possibly Selfie or Manhattan Love Story


Luke Mitchell (John from The Tomorrow People)

The ladies around TV.com HQ chirp about this rugged stud quite a bit, and with The Tomorrow People's demise, they'll be doing a lot less licking of their television screens. Mitchell's a star on the rise, and while he should be able to get a new job quickly, we hope he doesn't get lost in the parade of underwear models that populates new CW shows each season. He should stay with the network, though, preferably on one of its action-fueled series. Might we suggest a port over to upcoming Arrow spin-off The Flash


Jim Rash (Dean Pelton from Community)

While the rest of the Community cast will likely take some time off to star in indie films and do more vodka commercials before getting their pick of projects, Rash is in danger of getting the outsider treatment. Yeah, he has his Oscar-winning writing career to fall back on, and we wish him well with that, but could anyone else perform the PayDay Rap like he could? He needs to be in front of the camera, and he'd be a perfect addition to Silicon Valley Season 2 as a Hooli business wizard. 


Tim Jo (Reggie Jackson from The Neighbors)

The Neighbors had its ups and downs, but Jo's performance as Reggie Jackson was consistently funny and sympathetic. Reggie's romance with Amber seemed impossible to pull off at first, but the fantastic chemistry they built together—with Jo constantly chipping away at Amber's tough exterior—quietly became one of TV's best young romances. With his proven ability to play silly and soulful, he'd be a nice supporting player for Parenthood.  


Tracy Spiradakos (Charlie from Revolution)

We're not joking! First of all, she's cute as all heck and we're very shallow people. But Spiradakos, with the help of some better writing in Season 2, was able to transform Charlie into a multi-dimensional character during meatier scenes that involved actual acting and not just running around. Given her good looks and physical abilities, we say put her in uniform and see how she handles the heat of Chicago FireChicago P.D., or the eventual Chicago Meter Maids, once NBC inevitably orders it. 


James Wolk (Zach Cropper from The Crazy Ones)

He starred in Fox's Lone Star (for two episodes), then on USA's Political Animals (for six episodes), and then on The Crazy Ones (for 22 episodes), with quick stints on Mad Men and Happy Endings in between. Yet this guy with boy-next-door and movie-star-next-door good looks is still looking for a stable show to provide an outlet for his talents. Wolk used his innocent facade to great effectiveness as a con man on Lone Star, and that's the type of role we'd like to see him again. How about Wolk in 2015 as one of Frank Underwood's House of Cards rivals? Actually, we'll happily watch him in him in anything, as long as he isn't freestyling McDonald's jingles with Robin Williams. 


AnnaSophia Robb (Carrie from The Carrie Diaries)

As the young Carrie Bradshaw of The CW's Sex and the City prequel, Robb brought a new side to the character—one full of wide-eyed wonder, but with a familiar sense of resourcefulness—and she looked great doing it. At just 20 years old, Robb already has a long list of film credits, but we'd like to hog her for ourselves on the small screen. Let's move her away from the gravitational pull of The CW and relocate to a show where her career can take off—perhaps she could play a new hellraiser on ABC's Revenge?


What actors from recently canceled shows do you want to see back on television ASAP?


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That's a great list, know all except the guy from The Neighbors. I'm sure we'll see seeing a lot of these faces on tv sooner than later.
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Deborah Ann Woll needs to be on here, BIG TIME!
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I would love to see Victoria Smurfit (Dracula) back o n TV! I think she'd be great on Revenge, Scandal, SHIELD, TVD or The Originals.
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Karl Urban from Almost Human.
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Why are we ignoring Robbie Amell from Tomorrow People or Peyton List while at it ? With her latest outfit in the series finale, i just thought she could be a nice Psylocke in a Marvel movie or even in the Agents of Shields series.
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** Josh Holloway and Sarah Michelle Gellar! **

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Maybe ABC can recuperate them and do a remake of the series Hart To Hart (as CBS did with Hawaii Five-0).

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With a good writing/directing/producing team it could very well work for many years!

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Michael Ealy from Almost Human (Damn, I thought it was gonna make it). I was happy to see Josh Holloway back on TV until Intelligence started insulting my intelligence.
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James Wolk clearly needs to get together with Vincent Kartheiser for the Mad Men spin-off show we truly need, "Not Great Bob!"
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Definitely Jim Rash but also Josh Holloway. He wasn't written well with Intelligence but let's not keep Josh "lost." Yeah, I went there. :P
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Just more evidence of a nationally splintered viewing audience. I have never heard of any of these people.
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I would love to see both Tim Jo and Toks Olagundoye, she was fantastic as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, return to TV at some point.
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I think Jim Rash should keep going with writing and directing instead of acting. The Decendants was fantastic and The Way Way Back was charming as hell.
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Besides good looking ; ok very good looking and charming Luke Mitchell, I'd add Jeremy Sisto. Since Six Feet Under, this guy has been incredible.
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Lance Gross bc I'm shallow
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Saul Rubinek. His quirks make for some great characters.
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He was in POI and a few others as a guess star.
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While I agree with several of the people you listed, I do not agree with Tracy Spiradakos. Yes she may be a pretty face, but her acting is one of the things I disliked most about Revolution. I saw no acting talents from her. Also why I believe Revolution started focusing on her a lot less halfway through the first season.
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Gillian Jacobs. She is a really good actress but needs a great part now that Community is over, and not a shallow "cute girl" thing either, she has range and deserves to have it brought out.

Maggie Lawson also gets a nod. I would hate to see her in another limited role though, Back in the Game didn't give her enough room or anything good to play off of, being "mother AND daughter" wasn't really a good fit.

Ginger Gonzaga and Vanessa Lengies, they were stuck on the awful Mixology but felt like they could have been breakout players on other series.

Sean Hayes, where he's playing against type he's a pretty good dramatic actor.

Christopher Meloni is too good for the roles he gets, he needs a powerhouse of a show to let him spread his wings, and I would like that to be a better sitcom or even an hour dramedy built around his talents and range.

Ok, this is controversial, but I think Rebel Wilson should get another show - probably should be cable - and she shouldn't be stuck with her fake US accent, and also someone else needs to counterbalance her writing choices to keep her focused on the good parts of her work.

Also, I think Jim Rash can do better than TV at this point, so it'd really have to be a special part, he's too good for shit jobs. Then again, gotta eat.
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Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter)

Dexter: "Sometimes the system doesn't work. Killers fall through the cracks".
Debra: "Don't I fucking know it? I'm talking to one right now. I am the worst fucking detective in the world. You're my own brother. How could I not see what you were doing?".
Dexter: "You're not responsible for this".
Debra: "Well I am now, I helped you cover up Travis' murder. I'm an accomplice".
Dexter: "You walked in on me. I had to think on my feet".
Debra: "Well fuck me for ruining your night"
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I hated Debra on the show, but in interviews I actually quite like Jennifer Carpenter, she would be good at a lighter part.
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but Deb was the best :(
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Why only discuss cancelled series? Why not include actors whose characters died or left at (by) the end of the season?
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J.K. Simmons from Growing Up Fisher... he and his perfect comedic deliveries need to be back on some show, ASAP.
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J.K. Simmons is a great actor, JJJ still makes my sides split when I watch Raimi's Spidey films.
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Needs to get cast in movies and get away from TV that doesn't recognize how good he is.
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Jane Levy (Suburgatory) is a great young comic actress although she does seem to be pretty busy on the big screen these days, filming two movies with another two in pre-production.
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Dammit, Luke Mitchell would have been perfect as The Flash. Too late now... :(
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I agree, but for the fact that I think he's slightly too hot to be nerdy Barry. He would have been great on The 100 also. The fact is that you can name almost any action hero role on the CDub and go "oh yeah, Mitchell would have been perfect!" I hope this translates into him as the lead in a new one; he is wasted in a supporting role. His character was almost enough to keep me watching TTP... almost, but not quite.
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Exactly! To me he was the main character in the tomorrow people, that's how likeable he is. Hopefully he has a great career ahead of him.
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I second that ! Luke Mitchell did some great acting in TTP. He's the reason I was so bumped that they canceled the show, even though we all know the TTP was going no where.
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I just have one name: Jack Gleeson (better known as our late king Joffrey)
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He mentioned something about wanting to take a break from acting for a while. But yeah, if he comes back I'd love to see him in a new role.
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I loved Burn Notice - I will def watch whatever Jeffrey Donovan does next - hope its soon - I thought he was only brilliant and he kept the show together even when it got totally outlandish towards the end...
I miss Fringe too - wonder when the new Joshua Jackson programme starts?
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AnnaSophia Robb is definitely going to be a big movie star. I am not sure if she should still stay on TV though I would definitely watch her in another series whatever role she is playing.I hope Austin Butler and Ellen Wong will get some roles soon as they also did very well in the show.
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Allison Scagliotti and Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13, ending next week.
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Eddie was on the finale of Castle last night and killed it.. hopefully he gets his due soon..
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And Joanne Kelly!
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Oh, oh, yes! I'm so with you!
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All I have to say is, Fuck Yeah to Chicago Meter Maids. Let's start a petition for that!
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Bwahahaha I loved that at the mention of Revolution and Spiridakos you started with WE'RE NOT JOKING.
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You seem to be focusing only on the shows that just got cancelled, and not shows that ended. I, for example, demand the immediate hirings, anywhere, of Psych's James Roday and Dule Hill and Warehouse 13's Saul Rubinek and Allison Scagliotti.
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Or all four of them in one show? That could be - magical! :-)
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Saul is always working, though not usually as a regular. As for Scagliotti, yeah I'd like to see her do something a bit more dramatic. Those were the scenes she shined in.
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Austin Bulter (Sebastian Kydd) and all the rest of the casts in The Carrie Diaries! Please.
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Yeah, "Bert", "Zach" and "Reggie Jackson" need to come back to TV ASAP! They are TOO good.
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Totally forgot Ruth Wilson.....my bad.... I would totally watch a Luther spinoff about Alice Morgan
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Elisha Cuthbert
Eliza Coupe
Krystin Ritter
Meghan Ory

and Josh Holloway in a role where he says 'son of a bitch' every 15 minutes.
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Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe, and Krysten Ritter all have sitcoms slated for next season, although none feel like they'll survive long.
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Ory will probably just go back to Once Upon a Time. And given who that show's EPs are, it wouldn't shock me if Holloway went with her.
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She's already been back on it a few times. Which is why I had a strong suspicion 2-3 months ago that Intelligence was cancelled. She should be given larger roles though. Partially because she's (IMO) the hottest one on the show, but also because I think she was really good on Intelligence. Hell, I loved the show, I still don't know why it wasn't more popular. People were just expecting more from it than what it was. It was still better than 90% of shows out there already.
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Coupe has a show coming out on USA this summer I believe.
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This is a great list of some of the lesser-knowns from cancelled shows. The big stars aren't gonna have too much trouble finding new gigs, but people like James Wolk, Jim Rash, and Albert Tsai need to be on television forever. James Wolk single-handily made the Crazy Ones (with backup duties from Hamish Linklater).
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Luke Mitchell, I mean just look at that face. Holy sh*t. Just keep him on The CW all together. I don't care what show, just...
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James Wolk..that smile should always grace my TV. This is very important.
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Alison Brie!! (All the cast from Community, really)
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Alison Brie needs her own show.
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Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Amanda Setton
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Cobie Smulders will almost certainly get bumped to regular on Agents of SHIELD, but we need a vehicle for Buffy and Willow. I'd watch, no matter how bad, for nostalgia's sake.
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I thought Hannigan had a pilot for this upcoming season but I didn't see it in any of the press releases so I guess it got passed on.
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Luke Mitchell... yum. Oh, and Mark Pellegrino too, but I'm sure he'll get nabbed quickly enough.
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I really hope the following actresses will find new jobs ASAP:

Elizabeth Mitchell (Revolution), Peyton List (The Tomorrow People), Tracy Spiradakos (Revolution), Minka Kelly (Almost Human)

Meghan Ory (Intelligence) doesn't count cause she's back in OUAT :)

I also wouldn't mind seeing Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People) again :)
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Watch Elizabeth Mitchell end up playing the surprise new character on OUAT.
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Oh Elizabeth Mitchell would be fantastic as Elsa. Make it happen ABC!
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Please don't ruin Frozen, NBC! I loved that movie so much. Why do they have to put everything in this cheap show??? :/
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Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv... What it's still fresh for me!
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Josh was cast in The Affair, a new Showtime pilot.
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John Noble is actually on Sleepy Hollow - recurring season 1, regular season 2 (will start airing in September).
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I hope his character will be better next season then. He was great in Fringe because he is a good actor and the writing was good. So I hope the writer will make something good in Sleepy Hollow too.
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Gotta a feeling Noble will be busy as Big Bad on Sleepy Hollow next season. Torv is booked for a new series alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh and Scott Speedman called "Open", and Joshua Jackson will be in "The Affair", TV series now in post-production.
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Joshua Jackson has a new Showtime series coming. And John Noble is on Sleepy Hollow!
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I didn't know that John Noble was a regular on next season Sleepy Hollow!
God for the other too :)
Thanks you three.
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Peyton List doesn't have to just play the hot girl anymore. They gave her a great role on 'Tomorrow People' and she proved she has the ability to be a lead.

I'm with DavidJackson8 on another one as well - Johnny Sequoyah's reps made the mistake of getting their client cast on a show on the toilet bowl of networks. And the morons put this child in one of the toughest time slots on everyone's schedule Sunday, 9:00pmEST. (I'm now convinced that there are just monkeys pulling levers making decisions at NBC anymore.) This young girl deserves better -- just find her something with 1/10th of the talent 'Believe' put around her somewhere were programming decisions aren't being made by idiots and she'll do just fine. FU NBC. At least the 'Banshee's in the cast have a great home to return to!

Luke Mitchell can fit whatever role you need him for and he shouldn't have too difficult of a time finding a spot. Incredibly handsome - capable of conveying an extremely wide range of emotions - he'll be just fine.

Victoria Smurfitt 'Dracula' - this blonde Irish beauty was one of the best things about 'Dracula' as the female vampire hunter. I'd make her the new 'Buffy'. (She's a hell of a lot more impressive of an actress than Tracy Spiradakos.)

Sophie Lowe 'OUaTW' - can put her in whatever type of role you need an actress to fill. Her performance as 'Alice' isn't why her show failed. She's better than the other ABC canceled actress you put on your list. She actually has range.

Any or all of the 'Psychos' on the market James Roday, Dulé Hill, and Maggie Lawson are all available now. Hopefully they can find some work with anyone but NBC.

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Dalia looks like Harley Quinn in that picture
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they showed Harley Quinn ( but not her face ) in Arrow with episode involving Suicide Squad



so i like the idea that she could join or guest star as the villain
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ARGUS is the New Black.
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Melinda Clarke, Freema Agyeman, Kate McGrath, Liza Lapira, Ruben Santiago, Russell Tovey, Michael Socha, Nicholas Turturro, Jack Gleeson, Summer Glau, Claudia Christian...
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no not the summer glau , i cant stand her , just cant.
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Problem with Summer Glau is that she's been miscast in sci-fi since Firefly when her real forte is in dramatic roles. Also, she has the "cancellation" curse ...
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Luke Mitchell, yes. Would love him to go to The Originals.

On a side note, how about people who don't need to rush back into anything... *cough* Robbie Ammell, Peyton List, *cough*... (too mean?)
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I just hope Danny Pudi doesn't disappear. We need to see him in something great.
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When he came on in Captain America I got this sudden surreal vertigo like I was watching a different movie all of a sudden. I was happy to see him but it was jarring. I definitely hope he gets some great work because he is very unique.
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He had a decent little role in Knights of Badassdom.. along with Steve Zahn, Ryan Kwanten, and Peter Dinklage... oh yeah and Summer Glau... was a fun little movie.
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I really like Jamie Ray Newman from Mind Games. Her last 3 shows were all cancelled after one season (Mind Games, Red Widow, Eastwick). Would like to see a show with her as the lead.
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Jim rash should do a Dean Pelton show on Comedy Central.
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First that came to mind for me was Johnny Sequoyah, Bo from Believe. That cute little girl is fantastic. As long as it's not some terrible family sitcom, I'd want to see her back on TV.

Also, Peyton List, Cara from The Tomorrow People. I kinda love her.

Otherwise, I agree about Luke Mitchell, James Wolk, Jim Rash, and Tracy Spiradakos.
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