It’s pilot season on American television, a time when production companies pitch their shows to networks who would be interested in buying and broadcasting these. If casting directors could only have everything their way, they actually have a wish list of actors they would like to see become part of new shows slated for the upcoming 2015–2016 season. Who are the top picks? Find out in the story below.
“The Office” star John Krasinski is this season’s most sought-after actor, according to a report by TV Insider. Though Krasinski has not expressed any interest (or disinterest, for that matter) in going back to television, production companies are ready to hand him scripts, should he decide to do so. Krasinski was part of the comedy series “The Office,” which aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013.
Casting directors also want Jon Hamm, who will be out of TV work after “Mad Men,” which will air its final remaining episodes this April on AMC. They also want Billy Bob Thorton, who recently did “Fargo,” a limited series on FX as well as actors John Cusack and John Malkovich for various TV projects.
Among the actresses, “True Detective” star Michelle Monaghan is the most sought-after by casting directors, while other names include Renee Zellwegger, Jennifer Garner, Paula Patton and Demi Moore.
Casting is an integral process in the development of TV shows. However, as one insider puts it, it’s not necessary to enlist stars with big names, only if the material calls for it. But since the TV landscape is changing, with so many good stories being written, the report says that even A-list actors today are considering working on the small screen.
In fact, among the ones already cast in upcoming shows include big Hollywood stars like John Travolta for “American Crime Story” on FX, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn for “True Detective” Season 2 on HBO, and Scarlet Johansson for “The Custom of the Country.”
That being the case, the casting directors also note that there’s a stiffer competition among actors to land good projects. Some actors also choose to work in the TV environment for its stable work demands, affording them to spend more time to pursue other projects or be with family, as conditions can be negotiated.
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