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Back on June 10, 2010, I posted my very first article at Rueben’s Ramblings, welcoming readers from NiceGirlsTV where – at the time – I had been writing a weekly column for the previous year.

My goal with Rueben’s Ramblings was (and continues to be) my way of providing entertainment news, covering television, movies, music and books to those readers who love these mediums as much as I do.

Given that my site will celebrate 10 years TODAY, I wanted to salute just some of the top things that took place, or to be more specific, the TV and film events and people that I spotlighted throughout each year.

I’ll start with 2010 today, and then roll out the salutes for the remaining years as often as possible over the course of the next couple weeks.

I hope you will check out each year’s salute, and share what were the stand-out moments and/or events for you for each year.

2010 Highlights:

Some memorable shows that debuted in 2010 included:

* The Walking Dead, that starred relatively unknown British actor Andrew Lincoln, who most US viewers only knew from the 2003 movie Love Actually (that is if you actually saw that movie), in the zombie-laced apocalyptic AMC series;

* Haven, the Syfy fantasy-thriller loosely based on the Stephen King novel ‘The Colorado Kid’;

* Lost Girl, the Canadian supernatural series [which didn’t technically premiere in the U.S. until 2012], broke ground on Showcase (the Canadian specialty channel);

NOTE: I found a way to watch Lost Girl online each week shortly after it aired in Canada; but it wasn’t always easy to track it down.

* Sherlock – The very first 3-part mini-series debuted on PBS that summer, introducing a then unknown Benedict Cumberbatch as the master detective himself and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, Black Panther and Love Actually) as Dr. John Watson; and,

* Life Unexpected, the drama about a reunited family (in short: a very independent teen brings her birth parents together) debuted on The CW, in January; and while it only lasted for two seasons, the show garnered a very loyal following (that still exists today), and made life-long friendships for the cast and creative mind behind the series, which included Shiri Appleby (Roswell and UnReal), Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer, Condor and the Mystery 101 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie franchise), Britt Robertson (the box office film The Longest Ride and the TV shows Under the Dome and GirlBoss), Austin Basis (Ghostfacers and the reboot of Beauty and the Beast), Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Orphan Black and Project Blue Book) and Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek, The Fosters and Riverdale) as well as Executive Producer/Creator Liz Tigelaar (Nashville and Little Fires Everywhere).

Here is the opening credits for Life Unexpected:

Additionally, there were two shows that were in their second seasons in 2010 that meant a lot to me personally, including:

* Being Erica – This Canadian import aired on the defunct SOAPnet, focusing on Erica Strange (the delightful Erin Karpluk), who thanks to her “magical” therapist helped her go back in time to repair regrets from her past [eagle eye viewers will recognize Orphan Black lead Tatiana Maslany in a few episodes of this show as well); and,

* Drop Dead Diva – This Lifetime dramedy delved into the world of plus-sized lawyer Jane Bingum (the charming and musically-adept Brooke Elliott) whose body was inhabited by the soul of vapid aspiring fashion model Deb Dobkins (a then unknown Brooke D’Orsay) that was really taught a lesson about not judging a book by its cover (and if you’re a fan of Superstore, you’ll recognize Ben Feldman as Jane’s guardian angel).

Another big moment on TV was the episode of Doctor Who entitled “Vincent and the Doctor,” which featured talented actor Tony Curran [who folks should remember from his work in movies like Outlaw King and Underworld: Evolution and TV shows like Defiance, SEAL Team and Ray Donovan among countless others] as the one and only Vincent Van Gogh. Watching Tony’s face in the guise of tormented artist Vincent as he listened to modern day art historian Dr. Black (the unforgettable veteran actor Bill Nighy from Love Actually) expound on what a gift Van Gogh’s work was on the world was beyond moving.

Judge that moment for yourselves:

Also in 2010, for the first time in 57 years, TV Guide let the fans decide what show would grace the cover of the long-running magazine. After 5 1/2 million votes, who was the winner? None other than the little horror show that could: Supernatural.

It should be noted that the competitors were Bones, Castle, Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Smallville and Supernatural. The voting lasted for two weeks with the final votes coming down to the wire with only about 20,000 votes separating #1 and #2. It should also be noted that, at the time, Supernatural was in its 6th season in 2010.

Here is a video of then Editor in Chief Debra Birnbaum making the big reveal on CBS’s The Early Show:

In the movie world, the #1 box office film for 2010 (in terms of most money earned) was Toy Story 3. It was the year that movie goers got to see the first real rom-com in ages in the form of Letters to Juliet and actress Emma Stone had her first big lead role in a film in Easy A. On the other end of the spectrum, two of the worst movies for 2010 were The Last Airbender and Grown Ups.

It was then at the end of the year that I pointed out some of the new faces of 2010 and faces to look for in 2011, as I believed they were going places.

Those actors included Maggie Q, Isaiah Mustafa, Jennifer Lawrence, the aforementioned Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Wilson, Jessica Chastain, Rami Malek, Jason Momoa and Sarah Shahi. I’d like to think that I was right about these choices, which I made in December of 2010!

You can see the posts below, and I apologize that the pictures I used in the original posts no longer work, but the predictions (for those mentioned above as well as a few others) were still “spot on”:

New Faces of 2010

Faces to Watch in 2011

COMING SOON: Salute to 2011

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year.

They appear in no particular order:

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1. Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Tony nominee for Ghost the Musical (in 2012) had a big year this year, appearing in the Eddie Murphy film Dolemite Is My Name and the Showtime comedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida. She will next be seen alongside Zoe Kravitz in the Hulu streaming series High Fidelity and the box office film The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Viewers will remember her from Empire and People of Earth.

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2. Cynthia Erivo – The Tony nominee for The Color Purple (in 2016) hit it big in the title role in the box office movie Harriet (based on the life of Harriet Tubman) and next year she will play the Queen of Soul herself Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic anthology series Genius. She will also be seen in the HBO mini-series based on the Stephen King novel The Outsider and the upcoming box office film Needle in a Timestack with Orlando Bloom. Viewers will remember her from the movies Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale.

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3. Kirby Howell-Baptiste -The British actress hit it big this year with a recurring role in the HBO hitman comedy Barry, a recurring role in the much-maligned season 4 of Veronica Mars on Hulu, a recurring role in The Good Place and a lead role in the CBS All Access drama Why Women Kill. She will star alongside Emma Stone in the box office movie Cruella. Viewers will remember her from Killing Eve and the box office movie A Dog’s Purpose.

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4. Marsai Martin – She is obviously one of the child stars of the popular ABC comedy black-ish, but what really got her attention this year was the box office movie Little. Marsai came up with the idea at the age of 10, surprising producers at the studio with how well thought-out her project was, becoming the youngest person in Hollywood, at the age of 13, to ever produce a movie.

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5. Himesh Patel – While Himesh appeared in nearly 10 seasons of the British soap opera EastEnders, it was his turn as Jack Malik in the box office film Yesterday that got him a lot of attention. He will next be seen in the box office movie The Aeronauts alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones; and he has joined the cast of the Christopher Nolan movie Tenet that will star Robert Pattinson.

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6 and 7. Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott – They starred as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in the 2019 live-action adaptation of the movie, featuring Will Smith as the Genie. Mena will next be seen in the Hulu streaming series Reprisal, starring Timeless vet Abigail Spencer. Viewers will remember him from the TeenNick series Open Heart and the Amazon series Jack Ryan. Naomi was part of the cast of the new Charlie’s Angels alongside Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks. Viewers will remember her from the short-lived FOX drama Terra Nova, the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth and the 2017 Power Rangers movie.

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8. Andrew Scott – The Irish actor turned heads as Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch; and while he has a film and theatre background, it was his turn as “Hot Priest” in the second season of the award-winning streaming series Fleabag that charmed audiences. He can be seen in the World War II box office movie 1917 (again alongside Benedict Cumberbatch) as well as a recurring role in HBO’s His Dark Materials and he will appear in the title role of the upcoming Showtime series Ripley, playing literary con artist Tom Ripley.

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9. Simone Missick – Simone is the star of the new CBS legal drama All Rise, which has become the highest rated new drama of the fall TV season and she also appeared in the Netflix streaming series Altered Carbon. Viewers will remember Simone from The Defenders, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, playing Misty Knight in all three Netflix shows.

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10. Samara Weaving – The Australian actress was the star of the box office thriller Ready or Not, and she will have an even bigger 2020, appearing in the box office movies Bill & Ted Face the Music and the G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes. Like many other Aussie actors, Samara appeared in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.

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11. Katilyn Dever – She starred in the box office movie Booksmart and was the focus of the Netflix mini-series Unbelievable that received rave reviews for its honest portrayal of a heartbreaking true story. Viewers know Kaitlyn from the long-running comedy Last Man Standing and her recurring role in Justified.

Who are some of the faces from this year who caught your attention either on television, in music or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2020

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On April 12 – The new Netflix romantic comedy movie The Perfect Date will debut online.

Ivy League hopeful Brooks (Noah Centineo from The Fosters and Netflix’s hugely popular film To All The Boys I Loved Before) has everything it takes to get into Yale University except the cash. So he starts charging by the hour – posing as a temporary boyfriend for rich students like Celia (Laura Marano from Austin & Ally and the box office film Lady Bird) in need of the perfect plus-one. Along the way, he falls for Shelby the girl of his dreams (Camila Mendes from Riverdale), who may not be so receptive to his means of employment.

Here is a trailer for The Perfect Date:

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year. They appear in no particular order:

Mackenzie Mauzy1. Mackenzie Mauzy – Soap opera fans will be familiar with Mackenzie from her days on The Bold and the Beautiful, but it was her role in the short-lived, but popular ABC series Forever as well as her role as Rapunzel in the box office adaptation of the Broadway play Into the Woods. She will be next seen in the Lifetime movie Manson’s Lost Girls (working title) about the teenaged girls who fell under the spell of Charles Manson.

Taron Egerton

2. Taron Egerton – Taron got his big break in the box office film Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson and he will be appearing in the sequel that is set to air in 2017. He will also be seen in the upcoming movies Legends with Tom Hardy and Eddie the Eagle with Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. He will also lend his voice to the animated film Sing with Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey.

Constance Wu

3. Constance Wu – She turned heads at the beginning of this year in her role of Jessica Huang on Fresh Off the Boat, the popular ABC comedy that focuses on a Taiwanese family making their way in 1990s America. She will also star in the low budget Kickstarter-based film Low Budget Ethnic Movie. Prior to Fresh Off the Boat, Constance appeared in episodes of One Life to Live, Torchwood and the online series Spooked.

Austin Stowell

4. Austin Stowell – He appeared in the final season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager before appearing in Dolphin Tale and its sequel. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movie A Way Back Home, the box office hit Whiplash and the new TNT drama Public Morals. But it was his role in Bridge of Spies, the much-buzzed about box office film that stars Tom Hanks. He has five new projects in the works for the next two years.

Melissa Benoist

5. Melissa Benoist – Melissa first got TV viewers’ attention on the final two seasons of the FOX musicomedy Glee and she appeared in the box office films Whiplash alongside Miles Tiller and J.K. Simmons, The Longest Ride with Britt Roberson and Scott Eastwood and Danny Collins alongside Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening. But it has been her turn as Kara Danvers in the new fall CBS series Supergirl that has put in her the spotlight.

Thomas Mann

6. Thomas Mann – Thomas has appeared in the box office films Project X, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Beautiful Creatures and It’s Kind of a Funny Story; but it was his role in the indie film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl that really turned heads. He has nearly a dozen new projects in the works, including Amityville: The Awakening and Kong: Skull Island.

Johanna Braddy

7. Johanna Braddy – She has had quite a year appearing in the Lifetime drama UnReal and the buzzed about ABC drama Quantico, but she has been working in the industry for over a decade, appearing in episodes of The Riches, Lie to Me, Greek, Southland, CSI: Miami, Leverage, Hit the Floor and Necessary Roughness as well as a role in the box office films Easy A and Paranormal Activity 3.

Yaya Dacosta

8. Yaya DaCosta – She got her big break through America’s Next Top Model, but since appearing in that reality series, Yaya has appeared in All My Children, Ugly Betty, Army Wives, Body of Proof, House and Unforgettable. She then landed the lead role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie Whitney, based on the life of the late, great singer. Now she has taken her recurring role of April Sexton from Chicago Fire into a lead role on the spin-off series Chicago Med.

Rhys Matthew Bond

9. Rhys Matthew Bond – The British born actor doesn’t have a long resume of TV or film roles, but he has made an impression with TV viewers appearing in the Good Witch series that is based on the long-running and extremely popular The Good Witch franchise of made-for-TV movies. He also appeared in the first original scripted drama Ties That Bind on the UP Channel; and he had a small role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.

Alycia Debnam-Carey

10. Alycia Debnam-Carey – This Australian beauty first got viewers’ attention as Lexa in the edgy, futuristic drama The 100 on The CW before landing a lead role in the AMC prequel series Fear the Walking Dead. She also appeared in the box office film Into the Storm alongside Sarah Wayne Callies and Richard Armitage. She will next be seen in the box office film Friend Request will William Moseley, Connor Paolo and Brit Morgan.

Scott Eastwood

11. Scott Eastwood – Son of the great Clint Eastwood, Scott turned heads in The Longest Ride, the box office adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. Prior to that he had small roles in several of his father’s films under the name Scott Reeves as well as appearing in the films The Perfect Wave and Fury. He also had a small role in the TV shows Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. He will also appear in the upcoming films Snowden and Suicide Squad.

Elizabeth Gillies

12. Elizabeth Gillies – She appeared in the popular Nickelodeon series Victorious for four seasons, but it was her role of Gigi in the music-based FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll alongside Denis Leary that has put her on the map. She also appeared in the box office film Vacation and the made-for-TV movie Killing Daddy.

Cody Christian

13. Cody Christian – Cody first came to the attention of television viewers with his role of Mike Montgomery, the younger brother of Aria Montgomery, on Pretty Little Liars before moving on to his role of Theo Raeken in the latest season of Teen Wolf. He will next be seen in the box office movie Killing Animals that will also star James Franco.

Emma Ishta

14. Emma Ishta – Emma’s big break came in the form of her leading role in the new ABC Family drama Stitchers that has a very unusual premise: A young woman is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders. Prior to this role she appeared in one episode of both short-lived shows Black Box and Manhattan Love Story.

Luke Kleintank

15. Luke Kleintank – Luke has appeared in the TV shows No Ordinary Family, The Young and the Restless, Gossip Girl, Bones, Pretty Little Liars and Person of Interest, but it is his role on the much-buzzed about online series The Man in the High Castle based on the acclaimed novel by Philip K. Dick. He also appeared in the family film Max alongside Robbie Amell, Thomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham.

Alexandra Park

16. Alexandra Park – The Elizabeth Hurley look-alike beauty from Australia who plays the former’s daughter in the controversial E! drama The Royals, has also appeared in the Aussie drama The Elephant Princess and the long-running Aussie soap opera Home and Away.

Bren Foster

17. Bren Foster – The handsome Australian actor got his start on Home and Away and then eventually landed a role on the long running soap opera Days of Our Lives. Now he has a role on the TNT apocalyptic drama The Last Ship as Wolf Taylor, a new member of the team.

Priyanka Chopra

18. Priyanka Chopra – Priyanka may be a new face to the US audience, but she is considered the Beyonce of India. She is a beauty queen turned singer-actress, who is a huge Bollywood star. In fact, she is the first Bollywood female actress to land a leading role in a primetime American TV show, being the lead star of the new hit ABC drama Quantico.

Who are some of the new faces from this year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2016

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Every fall when the new TV season starts on the major networks, there are always new faces to look out for in the primetime line-up, familiar faces to welcome back to TV and also interesting faces appearing in recurring roles on returning series.

The following list are the faces for which I think viewers should be on the look-out for:

Camren Bicondova

Camren Bicondova

Camren Bicondova (Gotham) – She will play Selina Kyle, who grows up to be Catwoman. In this gritty version of the city that would become the stomping grounds of a man dressed as a bat, Selina is a 14-year-old orphan who is a pickpocket living on the streets; and in this telling she witnesses the brutal slaying of Bruce Wayne’s parents.

Camren is a newcomer to television with this being her first big break.

Gina Rodriquez

Gina Rodriquez

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) – She plays Jane Villanueva, a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her imminent marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her by mistake during a checkup.

Gina has the lead role in the box office film Filly Brown and has appeared in episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, Longmire, Army Wives, The Bold and the Beautiful and Law & Order.

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin (The Flash) – He stars as Barry Allen, a Central City Police Department forensic scientist, who is struck by lightning during an explosion of a particle accelerator. When he awakens from a 9-month-long coma, he learns he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds, becoming The Flash.

Grant appeared in a recurring role on 90210 and Glee before appearing as Barry Allen in two episodes of Arrow.

Red Band Society Kids (Left to Right: Nolan, Griffin, Zoe, Charlie, Ciara and Astro)

Red Band Society Kids (Left to Right: Nolan, Griffin, Zoe, Charlie, Ciara and Astro)

Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe, Brian Bradley aka Astro, Ciara Bravo and Zoe Levin (Red Band Society) – They star as the patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. Twelve-year-old narrator Charlie (Gluck) is in a coma; “new kid” Jordi Palacios (Sotillo), a 16-year-old who comes to California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital; Leo Roth (Rowe), the 16-year-old, charming and independent “leader” of the group; Dash Hosney (Bradley/Astro), a 16-year-old “rebel” with a big personality, who is determined not to let his cystic fibrosis stop him from living his life; 15-year-old “know-it-all” Emma Chota (Bravo), Leo’s on-again-off-again girlfriend who is coping with an eating disorder; and Kara Souders (Levin), a “mean girl” cheerleader who shares a room with Charlie and has a failing heart.

Griffin guest-starred in Private Practice, United States of Tara and Back in the Game; Nolan appeared in the box office film Prom; Charlie appeared in the made-for-TV movie Neverland and the box office film Pirate Radio; Astro was a contestant on The X-Factor and the box office film Earth to Echo; Ciara appeared in the Disney series Big Time Rush; and Zoe appeared in the box office film The Way Way Back.

Jack Falahee

Jack Falahee

Jack Falahee (How to Get Away With Murder) – He stars as Connor Walsh, who believes he is the smartest person in the room. He is a sexy, sly heartbreaker who is used to getting any prize he lays his eyes on.

Jack had a recurring role on the short-lived ABC Family drama Twisted and the made-for-TV movie Escape from Polygamy.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan (Constantine) – He plays the lead role in the DC Comics-based series about a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, who is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit.

Matt appeared in the short-lived Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, a couple episodes of The Tudors and the box office films Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Flypaper.

Then there are the familiar faces to welcome back to the small screen:

Tea Leoni

Tea Leoni

Téa Leoni (Madam Secretary) – She stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

Téa starred in the comedy The Naked Truth, the short-lived comedy Flying Blind and the box office films Deep Impact, Spanglish, Fun with Dick and Jane and Tower Heist.

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin (The Flash) – He plays Detective Joe West, an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Barry Allen and dad to daughter Iris. West came up through the foster care system and took Barry in after his mother’s slaying and father’s imprisonment.

Jesse appeared in the long-running series Law & Order as well as episodes of Ally McBeal and Smash. He also appeared in the films Rent and Joyful Noise.

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl (State of Affairs) – She stars as Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a top CIA analyst who assembles the daily briefings for President (of the United States) and nearly ended up as the daughter-in-law of POTUS until the tragic death of her fiancée.

Katherine starred in Grey’s Anatomy as well as Roswell and the box office films Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and New Year’s Eve.

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula (NCIS: New Orleans) – He will star in the spin-off series as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka King, a native of NOLA who is driven by his need to do what is right.

Scott was the star in the fan favorite series Quantum Leap as well as Star Trek: Enterprise, Men of a Certain Age and a small, but pivotal role, in Chuck.

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer (Red Band Society) – She play Nurse Jackson, who runs a pediatric ward at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles where (the aforementioned) Charlie, Jordi, Leo, Dash, Emma and Kara are all patients.

Octavia appeared in episodes of Ugly Betty and Raising the Bar (among countless guest appearances on many other TV shows) as well as her Oscar-winning role in The Help.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) – She plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant, charismatic and seductive criminal law professor and defense attorney who represents the most hardened criminals.

Viola appeared in the short-lived TV dramas Century City and Traveler, the Jesse Stone made-for-TV movie franchise and the box office films The Help, Beautiful Creatures, Ender’s Game and Prisoners.

And, here are the faces of actors who will have a recurring role on just some of the returning dramas this fall, adding some extra spice to the storylines:

Elizabeth Lail and Georgina Haig

Elizabeth Lail and Georgina Haig

Georgina Haig and Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon a Time) – Georgina will appear as Queen Elsa and Lail as Princess Anna, the lead characters from the animated film Frozen who are brought into the town of Storybrooke, Maine.

Georgina appeared in the final season of Fringe, this summer’s CBS drama Reckless and the box office film The Sapphires while Elizabeth is a newcomer, who is getting her big break on the ABC fairytale drama.

Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) – He will recur as Nick Hawley, a rugged bounty hunter who will spend a lot of time with Lt. Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane – once they both escape the prisons for which they found themselves trapped in the season one finale.

Matt has appeared in One Tree Hill and Harper’s Island, the short-lived Hellcats, the mini-series Hatfields & McCoys and the made-for-TV movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.

Monique Curnen

Monique Curnen

Monique Curnen (Person of Interest) – She will appear as born-and-bred New Yorker, Captain Felicia Moreno, the new boss of Detective Lionel Fusco.

Monique starred in Lie To Me and the short-lived series The Unusuals as well as the box office films The Dark Knight and Contagion.

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh (Arrow) – He will recur as Ray Palmer (also known as the DC superhero The Atom), an unparalleled scientist and inventor, who is the new owner of Queen Consolidated and potentially a new love interest for Felicity.

Brandon starred in the box office films Superman Returns and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as well as a recurring role on Chuck and the short-lived comedy Partners.

Craig Parker

Craig Parker

Craig Parker (Reign) – He will recur as Narcisse, a devout Catholic whose death grip on the French Court will be challenged by none other than Catherine de Medici herself.

Craig appeared in Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus: War of the Damned as well as roles in the box office films Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and the first two The Lord of the Rings movies.

Who are you looking forward to seeing on the small screen for fall TV on your favorite shows? Please share.

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With the new fall TV season quickly approaching – the first night of premieres is on September 13 – it is only fitting to highlight the faces of fall for which viewers should pay extra attention or to welcome back some familiar faces we haven’t seen in quite some time.

First, let’s focus on the new faces. They appear below in no particular order:

Landon Liboiron

Landon Liboiron – He will appear in the much-buzzed about FOX series Terra Nova (debuting on September 26 at 8 PM) as Josh Shannon, the son of the central characters who are part of pilgrimage from the future, using a wormhole in the fabric of time to travel from 2149 back 85 million years in the hopes of starting fresh. Landon has appeared in the Canadian shows Wild Roses and Degrassi: The Next Generation as well as the American series Life Unexpected.

Taissa Farmiga

Taissa Farmiga – She is a newcomer within the industry, having only appeared in the box office film Higher Ground, directed by and starring her older sister Vera Farmiga. She will appear in the shrouded in mystery FX series American Horror Story (debuting on October 5 at 10 PM) as the daughter of Ben and Vivien Harmon (to be played by Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton).

Naturi Naughton

Naturi Naughton – Her role will be that of Brenda one of the “Bunny’s” in the NBC series The Playboy Club (debuting on September 19 at 10 PM). This will be her first TV role, but she has appeared in the box office films Notorious, Fame and Lottery Ticket.

Joshua Bowman

Joshua Bowman – He plays a pivotal role of Daniel Grayson in the ABC drama Revenge (debuting on September 21 at 10 PM), in which his character seems to meet an untimely end (or does he) while engaged to the lead character (played by Emily Van Camp). He has appeared in the UK medical drama Holby City as well as the ABC Family series Make It or Break It.

Phoebe Tonkin

Phoebe Tonkin – Making her American debut, this Australian actress will play Faye Chamberlain, one of the teen witches on the new CW series The Secret Circle (debuting on September 15 at 9 PM). In her home country she appeared in the TV shows H20: Just Add Water and Home and Away as well as the Australian box office film Tomorrow, When the War Began.

David Giuntoli

David Giuntoli – He will play lead character Detective Nick Burckhardt in the NBC fairytale series Grimm (debuting on October 21 at 9 PM). Much of his work has been in guest appearances on numerous shows such as Eli Stone, The Unit, Without a Trace, Private Practice, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck as well as Privileged. He also had a role in the independent film Weather Girl.

Annie Ilonzeh

Annie Ilonzeh – She will appear as Kate Prince, one of the new angels in the ABC remake of the classic 70’s series Charlie’s Angels (debuting on September 22 at 10 PM). Her resume includes a stint on the daytime soap General Hospital as well as Entourage and remake of Melrose Place.

Josh Dallas

Josh Dallas – He will star in the dual role of Prince Charming/John Doe on the ABC fairytale series Once Upon a Time (debuting on October 23 at 8 PM). He starred alongside Chris Hemsworth in the box office film Thor and in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the remake of Hawaii Five-0.

Next, here are the familiar faces returning to TV after a long absence. Again, they appear in no particular order:

Claire Danes

Claire Danes – She made her first big TV appearance in the short-lived but critically acclaimed series My So-Called Life 17 years ago and will now return to television in the Showtime series Homeland (debuting on October 2 at 10 PM), playing CIA officer Carrie Anderson. During her time away from television, she has appeared in countless movies such as Stardust, Evening, Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines, Shopgirl, Brokedown Palace, Romeo + Juliet and The Family Stone (among others). She also appeared in the telefilm Temple Grandin, which garnered her a Golden Globe win.

Nick Wechsler

Nick Wechsler – He got his start on TV in the short-lived series Team Knight Rider but it was his role of Kyle Valenti on the fan-favorite Roswell that turned heads. He now returns to a series regular role in the ABC drama Revenge (debuting on September 21 at 10 PM), playing Ben the childhood friend of lead character Emily. Between Roswell and Revenge, he appeared in episodes of Chase, North Shore, Tru Calling, Cold Case, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace and Malcolm in the Middle.

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson – She first made an impression with TV viewers on the popular series The O.C., starring as Summer Roberts and then she appeared in several episodes of the fan-favorite series Chuck before starring in the box office films Jumper and New York, I Love You. Now, she will appear in the CW series Hart of Dixie (debuting on September 26 at 9 PM)s, playing Dr. Zoe Hart, a New York surgeon who ends up working in a small clinic in Bluebell, Alabama.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar – Obviously, Sarah is best known for her role as Buffy Summers on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, but Sarah also appeared on the soap opera All My Children and in the films Cruel Intentions and I Know What You Did Last Summer. During her time away from TV, she appeared in the box office films The Grudge (and its sequel), Scooby Doo (and its sequel), The Return, Southland Tales and Possession. Now, she makes her TV comeback on the CW series Ringer (debuting on September 13 at 9 PM) where she will play the dual role of polar opposite twins Bridget Cafferty and Siobhan Martin.

So, there you have it: the new faces to look out for as the fall TV season starts as well as the returning stars to welcome back on the small screen.

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Neil Hopkins

Jewel Staite

Around this time every year, pilot season arrives with hundreds of potential projects being filmed; but very few will actually make it on the air at the major and cable networks. And, of those few pilots that make it to series, even fewer will succeed with the viewing audience. To say the least pilot season is a tough time of year.

Dichen Lachman

Mike Dopud

Just like last year, the ladies over at NiceGirlsTV (myself included) wanted to bring you a list of just some of the hottest pilots that you will not be seeing mid-season (again at either the major or cable networks), but it certainly would be fun if these shows did actually happen. 

The pilots that follow are listed in no particular order and, yes, they are remakes/reboots of past shows, but that seems to be the norm right now:

David Blue

Kandyse McClure

1. Hart to Hart – This new ABC series, which is a remake of the popular 80’s series, chronicles what happens when billionaire tech-wizard Jonathan Hart (Neil Hopkins from Lost) meets world-renowned photo-journalist Jennifer Edwards (Jewel Staite from Firefly and Stargate Atlantis). Their first encounter was nothing short of a disaster; but out of that disaster comes a whirlwind romance and a grand-scale wedding. Now they work as amateur sleuths, combining their expertise and skills to help their clients.

TAGLINE: “They may be in over their heads, but at least they are in it together.”

April Bowlby

Ray Wise

2. I Dream of Jeannie – This remake of the 60’s classic series comes to Syfy, featuring Dichen Lachman (from Dollhouse) as a modern-day genie who wreaks havoc on the life of Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson (Mike Dopud from Stargate Universe) who is assigned to a special section of NASA. Rather than just giving the standard three wishes, Jeannie decides to stay with her “master” no matter what because while it may have been love at first sight for her, he isn’t quite so sure about her intentions.

TAGLINE: “Be careful what you wish for.”

Paul Telfer

Emmanuelle Vaugier

3. Three’s Company – This new A&E series, loosely based on the 1970’s camp comedy, stars David Blue (Stargate Universe) as Jason Thatcher, a caring nurse at a small Santa Monica clinic who ends up with two very unexpected roommates: freelance entertainment blogger Zoe Ward (Kandyse McClure from Battlestar Galactica) and her best friend Maggie Wilson (April Bowlby from Drop Dead Diva) whose career is always in flux (one week she’s a dog walker, the next week she’s a house sitter). Their friendship blossoms under the watchful eye of their obnoxious landlord Stewart “Stew” Rollins (Twin Peaks veteran Ray Wise).

TAGLINE: “They may not have a lot in common, but they are always there for each other.”

Tom Welling

Mechad Brooks

4. Cover Up – Much like the short-lived series for which this pilot from the USA Network is based, Paul Telfer (the made for TV movie Hercules) stars as former Marine Special Forces Operative Mitch Halston, who is hired to work undercover as a model for renowned fashion photographer Denise Royce (Emmanuelle Vaugier from CSI: NY and Covert Affairs) to find out who murdered her husband. When they learn that her husband was a CIA operative, his agency reluctantly hires them to continue his work in secret, bringing down mercenaries and protecting foreign diplomats.

TAGLINE: “Looks can be deceiving, but never underestimate the determination of a woman on a mission.”

Danny Strong

Zach Ward

5. Magnum, P.I. – In this modern-day retelling of the popular 80’s PI series, that will air on FX, Tom Welling (of Smallville fame) takes on the leading role of Thomas Magnum (sans the moustache), a former Iraq War veteran who decides to move to Hawaii to start fresh. There he ends up working as head of security for the reclusive Robin Masters, where he must endure dealing with Hutchens (Danny Strong from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer), the manager of the private Hawaiian estate, corralling his former Army buddies Taye “T.C.” Collins (Mechad Brooks from True Blood and My Generation) and Rick Wright (Zach Ward from Lost), who seem to get him into trouble on a daily basis, and freelancing as a private investigator to clients who have nowhere else to turn.

TAGLINE: “Who said living in paradise would be easy”.

Tyler Labine

Judy Greer

6. Mork & Mindy – The popular 80’s sitcom will be reborn on TNT, taking a slightly darker turn as Mork (Tyler Labine from Invasion and Reaper) is an alien who crash lands on Earth after his spaceship malfunctions, trapping him on our planet. But, this Mork is a bit more serious than his predecessor, as he is actually on a foraging mission for his home plant of Ork, a planet in an alternate universe, which is slowly dying. Here on Earth, he encounters Mindy Reed (Judy Greer), a research scientist, who could provide beneficial assistance in his mission; until he starts to have feelings for her.

TAGLINE: “What if your mission saved your home but would take the home of the woman you love?

The above list, of course, does not represent actual television pilots that are being considered or even being pitched this television season; instead they are the fictitious fancy of those of us at NiceGirlsTV. They are shows, however, that we would really like to see included in the next television season because they are shows we would watch. Now if only Hollywood was listening.

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Over the last week there have been a number of familiar faces on many of the shows I watch on a regular basis. Here are the faces that I recognized:

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Max Martini

November 15 – In the episode of Hawaii Five-0 about the ruthless dictator who is being hunted by an assassin; the assassin was played by actress Emmanuelle Vaugier while the former Navy Seal who was a friend of McGarrett’s was played by actor Max Martini. Max is best known for his role in the CBS series The Unit and has appeared in Lie To Me and 24 while Emmanuelle has been seen in Human Target, Supernatural, One Tree Hill and Covert Affairs.

Jean-Luc Bilodeau

Amy Acker

November 16 – The episode of No Ordinary Family that was about a dangerous mobster who learns Jim’s identity and who was being prosecuted by George and his co-counselor while Daphne uses her ability to impress a popular boy at school; the popular boy was played by actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau and George’s co-counselor was played by actress Amy Acker. Amy is best known for her role in Angel but also appeared in Dollhouse meanwhile Jean-Luc appeared in the ABC Family Channel series Kyle XY and the Disney movie 16 Wishes.

Tahmoh Penikett

November 17 – In the premiere episode of Human Target about the rich woman, who hires Chance to find out who is trying to kill her and previously killed her husband, actor Tahmoh Penikett played the head of her security detail. Tahmoh is best known for his role in the remake of Battlestar Galactica as well as his role in Dollhouse.

Chris William Martin

November 17 – The episode of Terriers about showed up Hank and Britt came to be friends and partners and focused on serial rapist; the presumed rapist was played by actor Chris William Martin, who has appeared on The Vampire Diaries, the short-lived series Heartland and has been seen in Lincoln Heights, Huge, Felicity, Veronica Mars and The L Word.

April Matson

Rob Labelle

November 17 – In the episode of Psych about the murder that took place at an amusement park; the amusement park worker who turned out to the murderer was played by actress April Matson and the amusement park Vice President was played by actor Rob Labelle. April is best known for her role in the ABC Family series Kyle XY and the short-lived comedy Quintuplets while Rob has appeared in Smallville, Eureka, The 4400 and the sci-fi series First Wave.

Michael Logan

November 19 – The episode of Smallville in which a new General is in charge of the vigilante registration, which is actually just a front for put them into holding facilities was played by actor Michael Hogan, who played Colonel Tigh in the remake of Battlestar Galactica.

Robert Picardo

November 19 – In the episode of Supernatural about leprechauns and fairies; the UFO follower who turned out to be a leprechaun was played by actor Robert Picardo, who is best known for his sci-fi roles in Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis as well as Star Trek Voyager and he also appeared in China Beach.

What were some of the familiar faces you saw over the last few weeks? Please share as I’d love to hear who you recognized in your favorite shows or TV movies.

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Christopher J. Hanke

Adam Beach

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a number of familiar faces on many of the shows I watch on a regular basis. Here are the faces that I recognized:

October 31 – In the episode of Brothers & Sisters in which the viewers learned the identity of the person for whom Scottie had an affair was actor Christopher J. Hanke. Christopher starred in the short-lived CBS medical drama Three Rivers.

Louis Lombardi

Mackenzie Foy

November 1 – The episode of Hawaii Five-0 in which a Navy Seal with post-traumatic stress disorder takes visitors on one of the ships at Pearl Harbor hostage after he is chased by police who believe he murdered his wife had a number of familiar guest stars. Actor Adam Beach played the Navy Seal; he has appeared in Big Love, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the made-for-TV movies Comanche Moon and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; actor Louis Lombardi was one of the visitors to the ship who was taken hostage, he appeared in season 5 of 24 and the box office movie The Spirit; child actress Mackenzie Foy was the daughter of the Navy Seal (Adam Beach), Mackenzie will be seen in the box office movie Breaking Dawn as the daughter of Bella and Edward; and actress Kelly Hu played the hostage negotiator, Kelly has been seen in the box office movie X-Men 2 and has appeared in The Vampire Diaries and Army Wives.

Kelly Hu

David Anders

November 2 – In the episode of Undercovers about an assassination attempt on a would-be president of a third world country, actor David Anders played the real assassin for whom the Blooms were targeted to take down. David had recurring roles in Alias and Heroes; he also appeared in episodes of 24 and has been most recently been seen in The Vampire Diaries.

Sarah Strange

November 2 and 9 – The episodes of Life Unexpected where Cate and Ryan visit a therapist about the difficulties they are having in their marriage, the therapist was played by actress Sarah Strange. Sarah has appeared in Men in Trees, Stargate SG-1 and the short-lived series life as we know it.

Rick Worthy

November 5 – In the Supernatural episode where the Winchester brothers and their grandfather captured the alpha vampire, that vampire was played by actor Rick Worthy. Rick has a recurring role in Battlestar Galactica, appeared in a number of short-lived shows like Eyes, The Magnificent Seven and Murder One as well as appearing in episodes of Heroes, and Felicity and starred in the made-for-TV mini-series Fallen.

Gina Holden

Jon Pyper-Ferguson

November 6 – The Hallmark Channel movie A Family Thanksgiving was about a very dedicated attorney who hits her head and finds herself in a different life, that of a housewife and mother. Her sister was played by actress Gina Holden. Gina has appeared in Flash Gordon and Blood Ties as well as Harper’s Island, Life Unexpected and Smallville.

Carmen Argenziano

Dichen Lachman

November 8 – The episode of Castle about a transit worker who was murdered because he witnessed a child being abducted; the father of the abducted child was played by actor Jon Pyper-Ferguson and the supervisor of the transit worker who was killed was played by actor Carmen Argenziano. Jon has appeared in Brothers & Sisters and Caprica while Carmen has been seen in Stargate SG-1, the 1990’s version of Melrose Place and the short-lived 21 Jump Street series called Booker.

Jon Seda

Bronson Pinchot

November 8 – The episode of Hawaii Five-0 about the murder of Danny’s former partner, which led to a drug dealer and ultimately to the dirty cop who nearly got Kono killed (in a previous episode), the widow of the slain police officer was played by actress Dichen Lachman; the Internal Affairs officer who was looking into the slain police officers alleged illegal activities was played by actor Jon Seda and the middle man for the drug dealer was played by actor Bronson Pinchot.  Bronson is best known for the 80’s sitcom Perfect Strangers and appeared in the made-for-TV movie The Langoliers, the series Step by Step and more recently The Young and the Restless.  Dichen was a regular on Dollhouse and Jon has been seen in the movie Selena, the mini-series The Pacific and the series Kevin Hill, Third Watch and Close to Home.

Jackson Rathbone

November 9 – In the episode of No Ordinary Family where Stephanie’s parents came for a visit and home invasion was investigated by Jim, the son of the family victimized by the home invaders was played by actor Jackson Rathbone. Jackson appeared in the short-lived series Beautiful People, but he is best known for his role in the Twilight franchise movies.

What were some of the familiar faces you saw last month? Please share as I’d love to hear who you recognized in your favorite shows or TV movies.

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Did you notice any familiar faces in your favorite shows last month? I know that I did and the following list is just a small sample of the actors and actresses who showed up in some of the shows that I watched throughout October:

Clea Duvall

October 4 – During the episode of The Event where one of the presumed aliens is released because she is the girlfriend of the only detainee willing to talk to the President about who they really are, was portrayed by actress Clea Duvall. Clea appeared in the first season of Heroes and had a role in Carnivale.

Bianca Lawson

October 7 – In the episode of Nikita where a botched bank robbery leads Nikita to a rogue cleaner who works for Percy and was the guardian of one of many black boxes that Percy uses as leverage to protect himself and Division; the girlfriend of the rogue cleaner was played by actress Bianca Lawson. Bianca appeared in the first season of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and has more recently been seen as Emily Bennett in The Vampire Diaries and as Maya in Pretty Little Liars.

Muse Watson

October 11 – In the episode of Castle about a man who was killed by a 200 year old bullet that lead to an underground steampunk club, there was a suspect who was an antique gun collector with a Yosemite Sam-like mustache. That character was portrayed by actor Muse Watson, who is best known for his role of Charles Westmoreland in the first season of Prison Break as well as his recurring role of Mike Franks on NCIS.

Michael Cassidy

October 18 – In the Castle episode about the doctor who was find inside the coffin of a deceased Jewish man, which led to an undercover investigation into the hospital for which the doctor worked; one of the nurses at that hospital was played by actor Michael Cassidy. Michael appeared in the short-lived series Privileged and got his big break on The O.C.

Debra Monk

October 24 – In Brothers & Sisters, Nora was competing against a renowned doctor-author for the new radio show “Dear Mom”. That renowned doctor-author was played by actress Debra Monk, who is remembered as mom to George O’Malley on Grey’s Anatomy and appeared in movies like The Bridges of Madison County, The Devil’s Advocate, the cult favorite Center Stage and was Will’s mom on Glee.

Meredith Monroe

October 26 – The episode of NCIS in which a Navy lieutenant turned biotech engineer dies leaving behind mountains of mysterious formulas and a history of mental illness was revealed to have been killed by a fellow co-worker. That co-worker was played by Meredith Monroe, who played Andie McPhee on the popular series Dawson’s Creek, she had a recurring role in Criminal Minds and appeared as Laura Ingalls Wilder in the two made-for-TV movies about the legendary author – Beyond the Prairie and its sequel.

Kate Levering

Christopher Judge

October 26 – In the NCIS: Los Angeles episode about a group of terrorists who killed a plastic surgeon who could identify their altered faces and searched for his wife who was the only other witness, the wife was played by actress Kate Levering and one of the terrorists was played by actor Christopher Judge. Kate appears as attorney Kim Kaswell in the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva while Christopher appeared as Teal’c on the long-running series Stargate: SG-1.

Amy Gumenick

Max Greenfield

October 26 – The episode of No Ordinary Family about the strange earthquakes that hit the city while one of the teachers at school is suspected of having an affair with a student; the student in question was played by actress Amy Gumenick and the teacher was played by actor Max Greenfield. Meanwhile the cause of the strange earthquakes was a young woman with special abilities like the Powell family; she was played by actress Rachel Miner. Both Amy and Rachel have appeared in Supernatural with Amy playing the younger version of the Winchester brothers’ mother and Rachel portraying a newer version of the demon Meg. Meanwhile Max appeared as Leo D’Amato on Veronica Mars.

Marilyn Gann

Rachel Miner

October 29 – In the Smallville episode about Lois and Clark being stranded out in the middle of nowhere with Lois being used by a radical religious community as a sacrificial lamb while Tess works with one of the Lex’s doctors who is attempting to find a way to make clone Lex better. The wife of the leader of the religious community was played by actress Marilyn Gann while the doctor was played by actress Lexa Doig. Marilyn portrayed Rose Abbott in the series Everwood while Lexa appeared as the Andromeda Ascendant on the syndicated series Andromeda and as Dr. Carolyn Lam in Stargate: SG-1Note:  Lexa is also married to actor Michael Shanks (from Stargate: SG-1).

Lexa Doig

Serinda Swan

October 29 – It wasn’t until the end of the episode of Supernatural in which wishes were coming all too true with violent results that the identity of the culprit – the Goddess Veritas – was revealed. Veritas was played by actress Serinda Swan, who turned heads as Zatanna Zatara in several episodes of Smallvillle.

What were some of the familiar faces you saw last month?

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