15 Breakout Stars of Fall TV 2012
Which small-screen actors will make a big splash in the new season?
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This fall, viewers will welcome a slew of small-screen favorites back into the primetime fold.
Matthew Perry, Connie Britton, Michael Chiklis, Giancarlo Esposito, Reba, Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Lucy Liu, Vanessa Williams and Terry O'Quinn are just a few of the familiar faces with new shows premiering over the next couple months.
But viewers also love stars who are shiny and new. As well as being a confirmation of status, the fall will be a coronation for fresh talent. Some of the future stars in this gallery will definitely be familiar to you. They've stolen scenes in supporting roles or excelled in other media. Some are blessed with celebrity bloodlines, or merely superior genetics.
And some, of course, won't actually become stars. Their shows will vanish quickly and they'll make way for the breakout stars of midseason.
But for now, here are 15 stars to watch in the weeks (and years) to come...
1962 | Comedy | NRSummary: Wonderfully surreal comedy in which a society dinner party turns shockingly strange when the attendees find themselves unable to leave... and then things get really weird.Director: Luis Buñuel
Cast: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal
2000 | Adventure | PG-13Summary: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Sihung Lung
2014 | Romance | RSummary: Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind - while her friends check off m...Director: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever
1995 | Thriller | RSummary: A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin
2009 | Comedy | RSummary: Kevin Hart dominates the stage in a fast-paced and highly energetic stand-up performance featuring routines based on experiences with work, race, and family.Director: Shannon Hartman
Cast: Kevin Hart
2015 | Drama | NRSummary: See the origins of Marvel's SHIELD and the rise of smart and determinted Peggy Carter in the 1940's-set series that follows the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.Director: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (creators)
Cast: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Chad Michael Murray
1944 | Comedy | NRSummary: Brilliantly funny satire about a guy who can’t fight in WWII, but finds a group of Marines to say he did, which leads to a career in politics, among other dodgy exploits.Director: Preston Sturges
Cast: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn
2015 | Adventure | GSummary: Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tinkerbell and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies s...Director: Steve Loter
Cast: Mae Whitman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné
1941 | Family | GSummary: The giant-eared baby elephant Dumbo finds his confidence thanks in part to his friendship with Timothy the Mouse in this Disney animated classic.Director: Samuel Armstrong
Cast: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, James Baskett
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