Don’t you hate, not only, when your favorite shows go off the air but also when you no longer get to spend time with the TV actors and actresses you love? They’re like friends who you have been able to spend time with every week but who then move away. In recent years, television has grown to be held in as high esteem as film, with roles coveted by actors looking to grow in their characters with the help of the expansive on-screen time and story development opportunities that a TV series provides. With this change, plus the incredible quality of TV writing, the great love that fans feel towards shows and their casts, and the limitless possibilities for a steady acting job and income, it’s no surprise that some of our favorite television stars of days gone by are returning to the small screen. Let’s find out who and in what.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 15 years, you know that Schwimmer starred and stole hearts as Ross Gellar on Friends for ten seasons. Thanks to constant, beloved reruns, we haven’t had to miss Schwimmer’s face (do you also watch them constantly??) but fans will be happy to have some new content to devour. Schwimmer will star next in the series Irreversible, a single-camera comedy pilot for ABC.
The show will be partially improvised, a la Curb Your Enthusiasm, and will center on Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, a self-absorbed, eccentric couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. The show is based on the Israeli hit Bilti Hafich, which ranked as the No. 1 original comedy on Israeli broadcast TV. Schwimmer will also serve as a producer on the project. Sounds great! I am so excited to see him on another comedy series and this one sounds like it has an interesting and funny premise.
Mr. Schwimmer frequents my restaurant (!!!). It takes every ounce of my self control not to walk up to him at the bar and yell “Pivot!!”
Heigl starred as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2010. The show still continues on but her departure back then surprised fans and was reportedly a bit messy. I personally didn’t miss her character much because the writing for Izzie got so weird (didn’t she start seeing ghosts?) but in her hay day (i.e. her romance with Denny), Izzie was the star. She was also super pretty and nice to look at.
Heigl has since stayed out of the limelight, instead focusing on raising a family after a few movie fire-and-misses. I don’t think I ever watched, or at least completed, any of them. But Heigl is back, starring in NBC’s pilot State of Affairs. Stevens will play a maverick CIA officer who is plucked from the field to become the President’s daily briefer. Her character assumes responsibility for targeting America’s most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that corresponds with such a high-powered job. I am definitely going to make a point to test out this show, as it sounds intriguing and similar to Scandal.
Jennifer Carpenter played Officer Deborah Morgan, Dexter’s foul mouthed, butt-kicking sister on Dexter for the show’s entirety, a total of eight seasons and 96 episodes. I watched every episode of Dexter religiously and Carpenter was an important to the show as Michael C. Hall, even though many viewers would disagree, as a lot of people found Deb to be totally annoying. Funny though, everyone I know who said this is a man. Hmmmm….(insert sexist theory here).
Carpenter will continue on on the small screen with a similar role, starring as an FBI agent in ABC’s pilot Sea of Fire. The show chronicles the fallout that occurs in a small town after three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, tearing their families apart and leading to a disappearance, a murder, and other occurrences. Carpenter’s Agent Leah Pierce is assigned to the case. She took names as Deb so I picture her being perfect in this role. And she certainly didn’t need any training in acting with a gun.
By the way, how gorgeous does she look in that photo above? Yowza!
Scott Bakula starred on the 90’s series Quantum Leap and TNT’s Men of a Certain Age. I have clear memories of my brother watching every episode of Quantum Leap and I remember that Bakula was very good and appealing as its star.
Bakula has appeared on the small screen for decades, including parts on Star Trek: Enterprise, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Desperate Housewives, Chuck, and Showtime’s new show Looking (he is supposedly quite buff on Looking, a show that I am definitely trying to get around to checking out). But Bakula is now back as a leading man, starring in the new New Orleans edition of NCSI on CBS. The show will be called NCIS: New Orleans, shocking absolutely no one.
I am so looking forward to all of these news shows and seeing these familiar faces again. Welcome back, old friends.