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15 Unemployed TV Actors Who Deserve Their Own Shows

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | October 18, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | October 18, 2012 |

Andrea Anders (“Better off Ted,” “Mr. Sunshine”). CASTING FOR: Quirky, acerbic workplace comedy.


Donal Logue (“Grounded for Life,” “Terriers,” “Life”). CASTING FOR: Wise-ass slightly sleazy authority figure in complex dramedy.


Anna Friel (“Pushing Daises”). CASTING FOR: Whimsical network fairy tale.


Alexandra Breckenridge (“American Horror Story”). CASTING FOR: Steamy, sexually explicit premium cable relationship drama.


Laura Allen (“Awake,” “Terriers”). CASTING FOR: A network ensemble single-mom drama.


Zachary Levi (“Chuck”). CASTING FOR: Network buddy espionage dramedy in the vein of Sneakers, preferably cast alongside Brett Harrison, who would play his brother.


John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”). CASTING FOR: Abrasive, sarcastic but ultimately compassionate boss in single-camera workplace comedy.


Catherine O’Hara and Jean Smart. (“Glen Martin DDS” and “Designing Women”). CASTING FOR: Wacky Situation comedy about lifelong stay-at-home Moms who re-enter the workplace after the death of their respective husbands.


Allison Janney (“West Wing,” “Mr. Sunshine”). CASTING FOR: Smart-mouthed figure of authority with occasional drinking problem in complex legal or political drama.


David Walton (“Bent,” “Perfect Couples”). CASTING FOR: Smart-ass irresponsible man-child in single-camera situation comedy.


Jason Dohring (“Veronica Mars,” “Ringer”). CASTING FOR: High school teacher in a superhero dramedy in which the all the high-school teachers have specialty superpowers.


Martin Starr (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Party Down”). CASTING FOR: Gadget geek in a cable spy comedy.


Ethan Suplee (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”). CASTING FOR: Quirky blue collar comedy.


Summer Glau (“Firefly,” “Dollhouse,” “The Cape,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”). CASTING FOR: Any sci-fi series expected to be quickly cancelled.


John Barrowman (“Doctor Who,” “Torchwood”). CASTING FOR: A “Once and Again” like show about a divorced gay couple.


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