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Josh Charles and 5 more leading men who deserve a TV comeback

Last Tuesday, we got the news that Josh Charles would be joining Masters of Sex this season, and we rejoiced. Ever since he left The Good Wife (which we’re still upset over, by the way), we’ve been thinking that TV is missing something without him. The thing is, he’s not the only one.

There are plenty of talented actors we’d love to see come back to the small screen on a steady basis, and since we’re in the middle of show pickups, why not talk about them? Here are a half-dozen leading men who don’t currently have a regular or recurring role on TV, but definitely should.

1. Josh Charles
It’ll be Christmas on July 12 when Masters of Sex returns, with Charles in the season-long recurring role of Daniel Logan, a businessman who becomes involved with Masters and Johnson. That’s because the actor really does make a TV show better when he turns up. He was great on Sports Night and even better in The Good Wife, which hasn’t been the same since he left. One thinks he’ll fit right in with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan and their slew of award nominations. Charles is also one of those people you are just happy to see, no matter which show he’s on. Audiences connect with him, which is the best quality an actor can have. His comeback is a win-win for everyone.

2. Jamie Bamber
Bamber’s last regular role was on TNT’s undervalued Monday Mornings, and while he’s been seen in guest spots since, he ought to have a bigger piece of the action. He’s proven that he can play all the TV staples: doctor, cop (Law & Order: UK), lawyer (Rizzoli & Isles), and firefighter (ITV’s The Smoke)—and be the best thing about whatever he’s in. He’s got leading-man charisma and a healthy fan base, too. Bamber is definitely the kind of actor you want to keep around; it’s just that his last two TV projects have gotten raw deals. If somebody can’t find a series that can make continued use of his talent, they’re not trying hard enough.

3. Ioan Gruffudd
We know Forever just got canceled, so can somebody snap up Ioan Gruffudd sooner rather than later? In his first TV role since The CW axed Ringer, the Welsh actor delivered everything audiences could’ve asked for, and then some. He was the type of hero audiences can fall in love with (and many did). Plus, his awesome Instagram tribute to the fans proves that any series would be lucky to have him. Hopefully, somebody saw what he just did playing Henry Morgan and will bring him back for another project—because he certainly deserves more than two one-season shows.

4. Michael Trucco
Trucco has to be one of the most underrated actors working today. He’s delivered solid co-lead performances in two shows that just couldn’t gather momentum: USA’s Fairly Legal and ABC’s Killer Women. At times, he stole the show on both of those series. Trucco spent his recent time playing less-than-likable characters on ABC’s Scandal and CBS’s Intelligence and Criminal Minds, and he’s done so with panache. But he’s far cooler than being the guest star of the week. You can throw anything at him, and he can do something engaging with it. There’s no reason an actor this versatile can’t find at least a recurring home.

5. Harold Perrineau
Man, what does Perrineau have to do to get a show that stays on the air? It’s not that he’s been on bad shows since Lost—ABC’s The Unusuals, TBS’s Wedding Band, and NBC’s Constantine all had special places in our hearts—but for some reason, he can’t catch a break. And he should. This was the guy who was once cracking us up in Wedding Band and playing Damon Pope on Sons of Anarchy at the same time. What’s great about him is that whatever he’s playing, he adds the proverbial exclamation point to it. His Constantine character, Manny, could have been so by the book, but Perrineau made him both stern and sometimes fun. Can we get this guy a new series, please?

6. Mark Valley
There’s an unwritten rule that Mark Valley has to be on television somewhere all the time. Most recently, he played Detective Daniel Shaw on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the CIA director on NBC’s short-lived Crisis. But remember how great he was when he starred in FOX’s Human Target? Or how he added extra snap to the final season of ABC’s Body of Proof? It’s no surprise that people keep casting him, because he keeps being a major plus for any show he lands on. It’s not really TV until he turns up someplace, so we’re crossing our fingers that he gets back sometime this season.

Who would you like to see land a regular or recurring role on television for the 2015–2016 season? Let us know!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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