We’re living in an age where television has almost overtaken the movies in terms of artistic freedom, profitability and popularity. Therefore it is no surprise that so many film stars are transitioning onto the small screen. Television has become the cutting edge medium and to prove it, here are 15 movie stars that are segueing into a series in 2013.
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Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter is coming to the small screen in NBC's Hannibal. The show will focus on the iconic character’s relationship with eventual rival, FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). Madds Mikkelsen will be taking over Lecter from star Anthony Hopkins, while Laurence Fishburne will be stepping out of the cinema spotlight to play Special Agent Jack Crawford. The character is critical to the Hannibal series and was played in previous films by Scott Glenn (Silence of the Lambs), Dennis Farina (Manhunter), and Harvey Keitel (Red Dragon).
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Kevin Bacon will be following in the footsteps of wife Kyra Sedgwick by starring in the upcoming Fox TV series The Following. The show, which centers on an FBI agent (Bacon) chasing a cult of serial killers, is created by Kevin Williamson and should strike a chord with horror and suspense fans already flocking to fare like The Walking Dead.
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Waist Deep and Think Like A Man star Meagan Good will soon be headlining Deception. The mystery series premieres on NBC January 7th and has Good as a detective investigating the death of her socialite best friend. The show is the brainchild of Liz Heldens, who cut her teeth on previous hits like Friday Night Lights.
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Australian actress Radha Mitchell will be inverting her experience playing a mother beset by the mob in Man On Fire by playing one who has to take control of the mob in Red Widow. The ABC crime-thriller series is based off a Dutch drama called Penoza and is executive produced by former Dexter showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. If anything, the series could be the female answer to AMC’s Breaking Bad and will premiere March 13th.
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Dark Skies star Keri Russell will be returning to television in The Americans. The show, which couldn’t be farther from Russell’s star-making turn on Felicity, follows a group of sleeper agents infiltrating America during the 1980s. Russell will play a KGB agent on the show, which is co-produced by Justified creator Graham Yost.
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In Independence Day, Bill Pullman proved he could play a convincing United States President. This is why his casting on NBC’s new White House sitcom 1600 Penn a stroke of pure genius. Pullman once again plays a president, this time having to juggle the leadership of the free world with his grown son returning home to live in the White House. The show is co-created by former Daily Show correspondent Josh Gad and makes its regular time slot debut January 10th.
Anne Heche made a major comeback with her fearlessly comedic turn in Cedar Falls. Now she’s returning to television in Save Me, an NBC comedy about a woman (Heche) who nearly chokes to death on a sandwich. In the process, she becomes a “direct pipeline to God.” It will likely be premiering sometime this season.
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Big star Elizabeth Perkins will be playing the wacky mother of Sarah Chalke on the upcoming ABC series How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). The show has divorced mom Chalke moving back in with her parents (Perkins and Brad Garrett) following the country’s economic downturn. The comedy premieres April 3rd.
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Spider-Man actor and Coen Brothers favorite J.K. Simmons will be playing the mechanic father of a slacker son on the upcoming ABC sitcom Family Tools. Simmons will be exercising his notoriously cranky persona on the show, which is based on the hit British sitcom White Man Van.
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The Departed star Vera Farmiga will be taking up the role of mother to future Psycho Norman Bates on A&E’s upcoming prequel series Bates Motel. The show, which co-stars Freddie Highmore as the burgeoning killer, has the potential to become A&E’s flagship drama when it premieres March 18th.
Superbad and Fright Night star Christopher Mintz-Plasse will be refining his onscreen persona of geeky-slacker on Friend Me. The show has Mintz-Plasse and Nick Braun as a pair of guys from Bloomington, Indiana who move to Indiana and start working for Groupon. It’s the last project from Yes, Dear’s Alan Kirtschenbaum, who committed suicide in 2012.
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Mission Impossible III and Match Point star Jonathan Rhys Meyers may be in for his most iconic role as the star of NBC’s Dracula. The show, which re-imagines Bram Stoker’s classic novel, has received a 10-episode greenlight and is co-produced by Carnivale creator Daniel Knauf.
Michael Nyqvist, star of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, will star in the conspiracy thriller Zero Hour. The closely wrapped TV show “Revolves around a bizarre twist of fate that pulls a man who's spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.” Nyqvist will play White Vincent on the show, which premieres February 14th.
Netflix will be premiering its first season of House of Cards, a new ongoing political thriller from David Fincher that features Kevin Spacey in the starring role. The show is adapted from a BBC miniseries of the same name and features Spacey as a politician who hatches a murderous plan to take down a U.S. President.
Though Clark Gregg provided the moral center of Marvel mega blockbuster The Avengers, he will soon be returning to play fan favorite Agent Phil Coulson on the studio’s upcoming series S.H.I.E.L.D. The show, which is being developed by The Avengers director Joss Whedon, will feature Coulson’s exploits within the top-secret government organization that takes on numerous supervillains within the Marvel universe.