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post #1 of 71
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Up until probably a few years ago it seems like actors and fans considered a big actor jumping from movies to TV meant that their career was over. But no one can possibly say that now. Several big name celebrities are either starring or guest starring on TV shows nowadays. Kevin Bacon is even going to star in a new series beginning next year. 

 

That brings me to my next question... what actors or even directors/writers would you like to see switch over from movies and try out TV? Big name directors/writers have tried TV in the past. Scorsese directed the pilot of Boardwalk Empire. I remember Quentin Tarantino directing an episode of CSI (I think) and Frank Darabont helped bring The Walking Dead to TV. I'd like to see more TV series created by big name writers/directors. I'd love to see a TV series developed by Tarantino on HBO. Who would you like to see try TV?

post #2 of 71

Michael Keaton should've had a show on HBO/FX, like, yesterday.

post #3 of 71
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Michael Keaton should've had a show on HBO/FX, like, yesterday.

That's a good one. I can't even remember the last movie he was in. I used to love him in the '80s and '90s. I was just watching The Dream Team this morning. 

post #4 of 71
Most actors are definitely over it.

Directors I'd like to see on tv:

Joe Carnahan, especially after THE GREY. And he is! Right now he's filming the pilot of an adptation a Danish TV show.

A new MASTERS OF HORROR, but this time a bit more fun, with Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright, the CHRONICLE guy, the INSIDIOUS guy and maybe even the guy eho directed thr FRIGHT NIGHT remake.
post #5 of 71

There's still a stigma attached to it but you're right, not as bad as it used to be. I think it honestly has to do with the death of the "movie star". People aren't paying to see names on the big screen anymore but more the spectacle. 

post #6 of 71

I'd like to see Martin MacDonough develop a half hour cable comedy, myself.

post #7 of 71

George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, and Will Smith could do well on the boob tube....

post #8 of 71
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Michael Keaton should've had a show on HBO/FX, like, yesterday.

 

Guy was an idiot to turn down LOST once his character's life was extended.

 

As for bigger actors, I really don't think it's as much of a stigma thing as it is a money and risk thing. Accepting a less than movie-star salary and attaching yourself to a show that might be cancelled in 6 weeks time is a gamble no matter how you look at it.

post #9 of 71

Angela Bassett should be headlining a show.  Give her a CSI: CHICAGO or something.

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Guy was an idiot to turn down LOST once his character's life was extended.

 

He could have spared us Matthew Fox's career, too.

post #11 of 71

I don't understand the hatred of Fox.  He was very good on Lost (when the material wasn't abjectly failing him, at least), and his subsequent movie career has been mostly schlock that I can't see any moderately professional actor bringing down, though I haven't seen a lick of it.

post #12 of 71

Fox is fine, but nothing special. I would've preferred having Keaton back on everyone's radars.

 

Not gonna happen, but I'd love to see Tom Hanks take on a TV series.

post #13 of 71

Oh, I'd have preferred Keaton too.  But I feel like I've already been "spared Mathew Fox's career", just by the disposable nature of that career outside Lost.

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Oh, I'd have preferred Keaton too.  But I feel like I've already been "spared Mathew Fox's career", just by the disposable nature of that career outside Lost.


Fair enough. I think that I got a lot more down on Fox after I first heard the Keaton rumor, and started judging him on Lost a lot more harshly in light of what might have been.

post #15 of 71

Bear in mind this spirited defense is based solely on my having comfortably ignored every movie he has ever made.

post #16 of 71

It did get us this:

 

post #17 of 71

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Angela Bassett should be headlining a show.  Give her a CSI: CHICAGO or something.

 

I've been beating this drum FOR YEARS.

post #18 of 71

I'd love to see Brad Dourif get a regular gig on a high-profile series again. Deadwood arguably brought him back to the consciousness of the general audience (After the 'I'm still here' tease that was LOTR), and he's just the kind of actor who thrives better developing a character in weekly instalments rather than movie-size bites.

 

Ditto older stars like Tom Berenger and Christopher Lloyd, guys who've had occasional high-profile roles but could really benefit from getting their teeth into characters over the long-term scale that TV potentially provides.  

post #19 of 71
Nicholas Cage. Cast him as the maverick cop who plays by his own rules, so he has a lot of opportunities to act his version of "intense" and yell at people. And maybe a tragic backstory so he can put on his Sad Face sometimes.
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I'd love to see Brad Dourif get a regular gig on a high-profile series again. Deadwood arguably brought him back to the consciousness of the general audience (After the 'I'm still here' tease that was LOTR), and he's just the kind of actor who thrives better developing a character in weekly instalments rather than movie-size bites.
Brad Dourif can be his arch-nemesis.
post #20 of 71
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I like the idea of Nicolas Cage getting his own series. He's taking every role he can get in film. Why not try a series? I'd love to see him in a crime/thriller on HBO, FX or AMC.

post #21 of 71

William Hurt needs a show.

 

I'd also like to see Sigourney Weaver in a House-type show.

post #22 of 71
Was it John Goodman in Rosanne that started the ball rolling and made the transition acceptable?
post #23 of 71

Nah. Goodman wasn't a recognizable star when Roseanne debuted. He was a Coen character actor but hardly big noise.

 

Movie stars had been starring in shows since the 50s. Even in the 70s, you had screen giant Rock Hudson in a regular series.

post #24 of 71
Bill Fichtner and Willem DaFoe.
post #25 of 71
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Nicholas Cage. Cast him as the maverick cop who plays by his own rules, so he has a lot of opportunities to act his version of "intense" and yell at people. And maybe a tragic backstory so he can put on his Sad Face sometimes.
 

 

I like Cage's nuttiness, but got sick of him by the time I was done reading these two lines.  He'd be too much week in, week out.

post #26 of 71
Ert.
post #27 of 71
Ah, Brooke Shields then?
post #28 of 71
I know Fichtner has done TV. I want him back to finish Invasion.
post #29 of 71
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George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, and Will Smith could do well on the boob tube....

 

 

Interesting list, because everyone on it except for Stiller is as close to a Movie Star as we currently have.

post #30 of 71
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I like the idea of Nicolas Cage getting his own series. He's taking every role he can get in film. Why not try a series? I'd love to see him in a crime/thriller on HBO, FX or AMC.

 

 

Nic Cage for the Quantum Leap reboot!

post #31 of 71

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Nic Cage for the Quantum Leap reboot!

 

Sure, if every societal ill thoughout baby boomer history could be solved by screaming & punching women in the face, then why not?

post #32 of 71
Sam Rockwell for Quantum Leap re-boot. Isn't Person of Intrest already a QLISH re-boot of sorts?
post #33 of 71

Come on, Nic Cage as Elvis! Nic Cage as Abraham Lincoln! Nic Cage as the guy who tells Buddy Holly to change the lyric from "piggy sue" to "Peggy Sue"! The possibilities are endless!

post #34 of 71

Even better would be a show about Cage in 2015 time-leaping into the body of Nicolas Cage at different points in his career, thus revealing that all of the crazy shit Cage did in the past was because he was inhabited by the older, crazy Nicolas Cage.

post #35 of 71
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Even better would be a show about Cage in 2015 time-leaping into the body of Nicolas Cage at different points in his career, thus revealing that all of the crazy shit Cage did in the past was because he was inhabited by the older, crazy Nicolas Cage.
Being Nicholas Cage. God damn I would kill for that show.
post #36 of 71

If you do see any movie actors move to TV, it will be mostly older actresses simply because the roles for actresses past 40 are much better than what they can get in the movies (and Meryl Streep gets all the good roles anyway).    I could see Sandra Bullock or Meg Ryan go TV for the right role.   I wouldn't even rule out Jennifer Anniston returning to TV for the right role.

 

As for the guys, I'd say Tobey McGuire and Michael Cera are possibilities of going to TV.   The people I doubt you'll ever see as a regular on a TV show?   Cruise, Smith, Hanks, Washington, Streep, Julia Roberts, or Clooney.    They don't need the money or the work.

 

TV has gotten tremendously better over the past decade but I doubt you'll see actors in the prime of their careers moving to TV.

post #37 of 71
I think there is also a bit of male psychology at play as well. A female actress making a move towards tv might not be viewed as a professional failure in the same way that a male actor doing the same would.
post #38 of 71

Yeah, considering the utter lack of lead female film roles, a move to TV by women always seems like the "canny move".

post #39 of 71
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William Hurt needs a show.

 

I'd also like to see Sigourney Weaver in a House-type show.

well, it wasn't a med drama...

 

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2239947/

post #40 of 71
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I know Fichtner has done TV. I want him back to finish Invasion.

I forgot about Invasion. I did like that show. Just 1 season though?? Why didn't they take it to FX? It was a good idea for a show and would have been perfect with 13 episode seasons on FX or AMC.

post #41 of 71

Give him a show on AMC or FX where he's an older but tough career criminal with his partner

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Give him a show on AMC or FX where he's an older but tough career criminal.

 

Produced by Michael Mann.

post #43 of 71
In my opinion Invasion was one of the most tightly thematic single seasons of sci-ti televion that I've seen. Kin selection and blended families thoroughly explored through an invasion of the pod people plot.
post #44 of 71

It saddens me that Nicholas Cage is a punchline now. Dude can still act.

 

It's possible we'll be seeing Sam Jackson on TV on the SHIELD TV show? Maybe?
 

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It saddens me that Nicholas Cage is a punchline now. Dude can still act.

 

It's possible we'll be seeing Sam Jackson on TV on the SHIELD TV show? Maybe?
 

 

I'd guess a brief scene in the pilot and occasional, maybe once a season, heavily hyped guest appearances that he can shoot in a day.

post #46 of 71

I'm really looking forward to Kevin Bacon's first venture into television. He's an actor that I've always enjoyed watching and it will be great to see him in a regular show.

 

post #47 of 71

I'd like a show about 3 former popular actresses who are trying to get their careers going again in the youth-driven Hollywood of today.

 

Starring Geena Davis, Jennifer Gray and Mia Sara.

 

Tony Danza would play a studio boss.

post #48 of 71
That's funny, because Jennifer Gray already played herself on the 1999 show It's Like, You Know.
post #49 of 71
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Give him a show on AMC or FX where he's an older but tough career criminal with his partner

Yes please!! I LOVE Kurt Russell. I'm still disappointed he dropped out of Django Unchained. But if he did a TV series on FX, AMC or especially HBO I'd LOVE it and that idea for the storyline of the show sounds great. 

 

Quentin Tarantino would absolutely have to produce that show and write/direct the pilot. 


Edited by Upgrayedd - 12/2/12 at 10:10am
post #50 of 71

I can't find video but Alec Baldwin has a brilliant meta-speech in 30 Rock about this very phenomenon.

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