Come Back and Stay for Good This Time: 7 Television Reunions We Need Right Now
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Come Back and Stay for Good This Time: 7 Television Reunions We Need Right Now

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | February 10, 2014 | Comments ()


Watching reruns of old favorites like Seinfeld or Friends can be a comforting transition before bed; we know the lines and laugh at all the same moments, letting our brains wind down over warm familiarity. Hard as it was to let go, we knew in our hearts when series’ time was past, but sometimes we wanted the characters to stay together forever. Like lovers who’ve overstayed, there’s that struggle to let go the companionship, even as every last mannerism grates on touchy nerves. So it’s a wonderful thing when the actors we love find new shows and partners; Courteney Cox leaves Monica for Jules…Matthew Perry swaps out Chandler for Matt and we wait (don’t we?) for someone to dream up a way to bring old favorites together again. Usually it’s just a guest star thing, like Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow, who’ve all showed up on Cougartown. But, wouldn’t it be cool to see more permanent reunions—or at least, multiple episode arcs? I mean, what if Jordan Catalano grew up to be a crack CIA agent? That warm, nostalgic feeling that washes over when I see an actor from an old series I loved on a new series sends my brain running off in wonder of what could be…

1. Brian Austin Greene and Lena Headey:

Originally Paired on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Should Reunite for Game of Thrones


Greene surprised more than a few of us with his excellent turn as Derek Reese on Fox’s (foolishly canceled) Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; at the same time, Headey trotted out her one-note (and seemingly one-expressioned) version of John Connor’s strong-willed mother. Now that Headey’s finally worked out her kinks playing another fierce mother—Game of Thrones’ Cersei Lannister—I’d love to see these two together onscreen again. I’m thinking Greene in the role of the as yet un-cast Osney Kettleblack. Without getting too spoilerish for those who haven’t read A Feast for Crows, Cersei and Osney make a couple interesting down and dirty service trades.

2. Andre Braugher and Kyle Secor:

Originally Paired on Homicide: Life on the Street; Should Reunite for Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Truth be told, I’d never have watched double Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine if not for Andre Braugher—he and Terry Crews are the show’s best assets, despite what the Hollywood Foreign Press says. Now what they need is for Kyle Secor to pop in as a persnickety Internal Affairs officer who rides Captain Holt over the course of several episodes, until he breaks…then hands Secor his ass in front of the entire precinct.

3. Peter Krause and Rachel Griffiths:

Originally Paired on Six Feet Under, Should Reunite for Parenthood


Nate and Brenda may have been wrong for each other from the get-go, but the chemistry between Krause and Griffiths could never be denied. Of course, no one wants to see another Parenthood couple break up, but what if Zeke struck Griffith’s fancy for a while? I don’t know about you, but Camilla’s little midlife crisis is wearing on my last nerve. Maybe a younger woman with a bit of a crush on her husband would wake up Camilla, and give Krause the opportunity to interact with Griffiths—who I see as a professional meeting Zeke after a little fender bender or happenstance run-in at the diner. You know if Adam caught wind, he’d spy on the two and then secretly pay Griffiths a visit to ask her to back up off his dad. And…cue Griffiths as a bunny-boiling nutcase.

4. James Spader and William Shatner:

Originally Paired on The Practice and Boston Legal; Should Reunite for The Blacklist


This is a no-brainer. Shatner’s on the list, but he needs at least four episodes and nineteen Priceline commercials to be caught (mostly because Megan Boone’s Liz is the world’s dumbest FBI agent).

5. Idris Elba and Dominic West:

Originally Paired on The Wire; Should Reunite for Luther


Dominic West has already begun filming his new Showtime series, The Affair with Luther’s Ruth Wilson; why not go all the way? (And since Luther only shoots a few episodes a year, the necessary time commitment wouldn’t prove prohibitive.) I wouldn’t mind seeing West either as friend or foe; but it’d be really interesting to see them as *Series 3 Spoiler, swipe to see: new partners. Aside: Did you know West turned down playing GoT’s Mance Rayder because of the time he’d be away from his family?

6. Woody Harrelson and Ted Danson:

Originally Paired on Cheers; Should Reunite for True Detective


It’s all new with this show; we’re only four episodes in, so it’d be easy to bring in a new character. But part of True Detective’s appeal is its feeling of intimacy, and keeping the majority of the action focused on its brilliant co-stars, McConaughey and Harrelson. That said, there’s always room for an asshole politician, and Ted Danson does asshole so damned well. I’d like to see him as an elected official circa 1995, irked by the impact of Cohle and Hart’s investigation and attempting to threaten or blackmail Hart.

7. Jared Leto and Claire Danes:

Originally Paired on My So-Called Life; Should Reunite for Homeland


Just what would Angela Chase Carrie Mathison do if Jared Leto showed up next season, assigned to work under her supervision? And how would Carrie react if Jordan Catalano turned out to be smarter, more intuitive and better at the job than she? Man, I just don’t know, but I’d love to see it play out…

Also, a big thanks to Katie!

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) may have missed her casting director calling.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • e jerry powell

    You pushed the button, Cindy...

  • stella

    Could Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton just get their own show?

  • cox

    allow me to make one tiny improvement to #3... there, now its a perfect list.

  • Maddy

    I can't see TV Cersei being nearly as ... sexually adventurous as book Cersei

  • e jerry powell

    #4: That would be about the only way they could make that shit interesting. MEGAN BOONE IS THE WORST, AND ALAN ALDA CAN'T DO SO MUCH YET.

    #6: Cindy owes me a Coke. I said it just a few seconds sooner.

  • Bodhi

    That header photo instantly transported me back 16 years. Anything MSCL related always does & I don't know why I'm always surprised by it.

    Ahem, anyway... I'd love to see an Anserson/Duchovony reunion. I hate the way their relationship on X-Files ended& the movies.... ehhhh....

  • poopnado

    SMG on HIMYM? I don't even like that show, but Willow and Buffy back together would make my year. And it's only February.

  • Slobby79

    could Hawkes not end up as the final season bad guy that unite and then force raylan and boyd to have a final conflict and they have to go through each character from deadwood with mcshain as hawkes chief henchman, where everyone goes off a second floor balcony during a fight?

  • lowercase_ryan

    you get an A for effort.

  • freetickles

    As to Osney Kettleblack, also not to get too spoilerish, I think they'll cut the Kettleblacks altogether with their roles to be filled by.... Bronn? Although there are rumors of Bronn filling another character's role, which we'll see this season.

    Also haven't given up hope to see Dominic West on GoT. There are a couple other roles I could see him in that haven't shown up yet...

  • PerpetualIntern

    He'd be the CIA agent with the best lean ever.

  • BWeaves

    Given that photo of Shatner and Spader, I would like to ask that they NOT be paired up again. Spader is morphing into Shatner. Tell me they don't look like father and son up there?

  • Bert_McGurt

    Captain Kirk meets Captain Smirk...

  • You take that back! Spader isn't known for his wacky speak-singing, he's more of a poetic monologue type of guy.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Oh, no! I just meant he's got a hell of a smirk is all.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Along with those listed above (cough, cough...)

  • jptaylorsg

    Ian McShane on "Justified" would be magical. As would Garret Dillahunt, John Hawkes, Keith Carradine, Powers Booth, Franklin Ajaye, the list goes on and on. Shame it's winding down in a season and a half.

  • Jelinas

    I'd like to see McShane on "Raising Hope" with Dillahunt. They have a constant stream of guest stars; he'd make a great love interest for Maw-Maw.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I would actually love to see John Hawkes more than McShane. I just don't know that the show is big enough for Goggins, Olyphant, AND McShane. Then again, the thought of McShane Boyd squaring off makes me drool a little.

  • lowercase_ryan

    This list is fantastic actually. I can find no fault in it.


  • Jelinas

    I started whimpering when I saw this pic. YES and YES!!

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    I admire the restraint. I would have called that a "conspicuously glaring fucking omission" but I suppose the polite way works too.
    It still smarts :(

  • lowercase_ryan

    I've given up on the wound healing.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I love you for so many reasons, but your love of the Sarah Connor Chronicles may top the list <3

    That being said... not sure BAG can pull off the accent.

    Summer Glau could TOTALLY play some kind of damaged servant on GoT though. A role where she's a mute or something. And isn't allowed to try to emote.

  • stella

    But if Summer Glau is there it will be cancelled...

  • John W

    David Duchvony and Gillian Anderson. Either on Californication or Anderson's upcoming show Crisis.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar and the Scooby Gang on The Crazy ones.

  • Kati

    Or have Duchovney show up on Hannibal as a serial killer obsessed with his ex-therapist (Anderson's recurring character).

  • Modernlove

    The sounds of affirmation I made at the idea of Andre Braugher and Kyle Secor working together again were loud enough to make me glad no one else is around. They were the best part of Homicide when it was on, the chemistry they had and how they played off of each other...Oh, ye Gods of Television, please make this so.

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