Midseason Mania: Top Familiar Faces, Part 2 - Featured

Trust Me, Eric McCormack and Thomas Cavanagh - Premieres January 26th (TNT)

I am so excited to see both of these charming fellows back on TV, even if it is in what may turn out to be the poor man's Mad Men; Trust Me focuses on the familiar territory of ad men, though set in present-day Chicago. McCormack is of course most recognized for his role in Will & Grace and you may remember Cavanagh from either his leading role in Ed or memorable guest appearances in Scrubs and Eli Stone.

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Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett - Premieres February 13th (FOX)

All Joss Whedon fans will remember Eliza Dushku as Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and apparently Whedon liked her so much that he cast her as the lead in his new Fox series, Dollhouse. This time Dushku is playing Echo, a genetically modified "Doll", capable of inheriting any personality for the sake of a mission, only to have said personalities discarded upon each mission's completion. Yeah, it sounds pretty awesome. Also making an appearance in the series is Tahmoh Penikett. The name might not sound familiar, but Penikett plays fan favorite Helo in the soon-to-be-ending Battlestar Galactica.

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Lie to Me, Kelli Williams - Wednesdays on Fox

The Practice may have been one of my favorite shows ever, so I am delighted to see the return of Kelli Williams to TV (unless you caught her in the short-lived Medical Investigation or during her guest-run on Men in Trees). In Lie to Me, Williams plays Gillian Foster, a psychologist and right-hand woman to Tim Roth's Dr. Cal Lightman. Together they are members of a team of deception experts, capable of detecting the truth through analyzing facial movements.

Southland, Benjamin McKenzie - Premieres April 9 (NBC)

Ryan Atwood returns! I have been sorely missing Benjamin McKenzie ever since The O.C. finished up its run a few years ago. Though I don't yet know much about Southland - I do know that it comes from John Wells (ER) and McKenzie is one of the show's stars. Southland focuses on a police unit in Los Angeles and will expose us to the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. McKenzie will be playing a cop.

Sit Down, Shut Up, Lots of Funny People's Voices - Premieres April 19th (FOX)

So this one is not a familiar face so much as familiar voices, as Sit Down, Shut Up is an animated comedy from Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development!). The show focuses on the lives of teachers from a small, Florida school. Voices featured include Development alums Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Henry Winkler and SNL talents Will Forte, Kenan Thompson and Cheri Oteri (where has she been?). I normally don't get too excited over animated shows, but how can this not be hilarious?!

Know of more familiar faces in upcoming Midseason Shows? Who else is making an appearance? Who are you most excited to see back on TV?

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