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But It Could Change with This Relationship: 20 Actors Who Need More Television Screentime

By Cindy Davis | Lists | March 18, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | March 18, 2014 |

When I first spied Eric Roberts on this past week’s episode of Justified, I about peed my pants and did a dance around the room; he’s one of those great actors I wish we’d see on television more often. (Note to Graham Yost; Alex Miller spin-off…) My brain being the way it is, I immediately started thinking about actors we never seem to get enough of. Some of them haven’t been on the small screen in ages; others are just plain under/misused, or haven’t landed a role that allows them to shine. I mean, why in the world would anyone bring on Denis O’Hare and take away his tongue? The horror!

1. Eric Roberts (Justified, Tainted Love, Bullet in the Face)


2. Eric Stoltz (Wilfred, Caprica, Grey’s Anatomy)

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3. Dichen Lachman (King & Maxwell, Last Resort, Being Human, Dollhouse)


4. John Hawkes (Eastbound & Down, Lost)


5. Holly Hunter (Top of the Lake, Saving Grace)


6. Edward James Olmos (Eureka, Dexter, Battlestar Galactica)


7. Rose Byrne (Portlandia, Damages)


8. Jeremy Davies (Justified, Lost, coming up: Hannibal)


9. Sam Elliott (Parks and Recreation, Robot Chicken)


10. & 11. Erica Tazel and Jacob Pitts (Justified, Jericho, Law & Order; Justified, The Pacific)


12. Robert Forster (Last Man Standing, Breaking Bad)


13. Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V)


14. Jason Ritter (Parenthood, Gravity Falls, The Event)


15. Rebecca De Mornay (John from Cincinnati, The Practice)

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16. Keith Carradine (Missing, Damages, Dollhouse, Dexter)


17. Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Riches)

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18. Gareth David-Lloyd (Holby City, Torchwood)

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19. Rachel Griffiths (Camp, Brothers & Sisters)


20. Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story, The Good Wife, True Blood)


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is dreaming up a screwball comedy starring this entire list.