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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.