It’s so dreadful when a favorite show gets cancels or runs its natural course. Not just because we’ll miss the plots and the jokes or the shot compositions and the meaty drama. No, sometimes, most of all, we miss the familiar faces. Well fret not, pets, a whole cavalcade of familiar faces will be brightening your small screens this fall. Feels like old times.
Jonathan Banks — “Community”: Though “Breaking Bad” is about to end its run, we’ve been missing good ol’ Mike for a lot longer than that. He’ll be a perfect dour counterpart to the antics of The Greendale Six.
Lisa Edelstein — “Castle”: I don’t watch this show but I do know that there’s a serious ship afloat between Captain Mal and the pretty detective. Right? Here’s hoping Cuddy and her tight skirts don’t foul that up.
Sonya Walger — “Parenthood”: No stranger to working my tear ducts (this scene from “The Constant” still makes me weep), Walger will be joining those Braverman Heart String Tuggers in the East Bay.
Amber Tamblyn — “Two And A Half Men”: Well Mrs. David Cross is better than this. I know it, you know it, anyone who watched “The Unusuals” knows it. Rumor has it Tamblyn is all set to replace the Half Man as the third lead on this long national nightmare. Cripes.
Adam Brody — “The League”: Seth Cohen! You scamp. I’ve missed you so. Though we’ve had tastes of Brody on the fantastic web series “Burning Love,” I say more Cohen please.
Regina King — “Big Bang Theory”: Once again, this is well beneath King’s dignity. I’m sorry “Southland” isn’t around anymore but isn’t there something amazing she could be doing on “Scandal” or something?
Lisa Kudrow — “Scandal”: Speaking of that crack-like substance, YAY PHOEBE’S COMING! Now that Shonda Rhimes did the smart thing and made
Scott Foley a series regular, I can’t wait to see who else jumps aboard. What, you’re not watching this show yet? It’s all on Netflix, you MUST.
Lucy Davis — “The Neighbors”: Did you just say “who?” FOR SHAME. Go watch the British version of “The Office.” This lovely thing is the original Pam (aka Dawn). Now, if you’re saying “what” to “The Neighbors,” I can’t blame you. That show looked terrible but rumor has it the whole thing vastly improved towards the end. Is Dawn reason enough for me to watch? She might just be.
Adam Pally — “The Mindy Project”: I know, I know, it’s hard to understand why “The Neighbors” was renewed and “Happy Endings” wasn’t, but at least you won’t be without your Max fix this fall.
Damon Wayans Jr. — “New Girl”: And, of course, he’ll be appearing in the same comedy block as Brad. Reunited-ish! Damon Wayans Jr. will, of course, be reprising his role as Coach. Series regular, please? Two black dudes on a network sitcom, please?
Joshua Gomez — “Castle”: Oh, early seasons of “Chuck,” how I loved thee. Gomez’s Morgan was a huge reason why. Once again, I don’t watch “Castle,” but it’s nice to know that it’s not just the pert blonde of that series that’s making a comeback.
Summer Glau — “Arrow”: The lovely River Taminator here has gotten some flak in her post-“Firefly” career for not being, how you say, great. But, in the words of Matt Damon, a CW show isn’t exactly King Lear. She’ll be perfect geek-bait. Enjoy!
Jurnee Smollett-Bell — “Parenthood”: Um, are they bringing back Michael B. Jordan’s Alex too? DON’T YOU THINK THEY SHOULD?
Dreama Walker — “New Girl”: Well, I would have preferred Krysten Ritter, but Dreama will do quite nicely. But what about Van Der Beek, world?
Marc Blucas — “Blue Bloods”: No. Boo. Riley. Stay gone.
Donal Logue — “Sons Of Anarchy”: Ugh, this guy. This guy is my favorite and the only reason I’m tuning in to Hamlet On Wheels this year. Bring the bad, Logue. I know you have it in you.