Prep For the New TV Season By Watching Stars’ Past Series With Streampix

Andy Samberg (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

If nothing else, the television business is very sensitive to viewers’ feelings. Okay, so maybe the execs responsible for what we watch still seem to think we actually want more shows about entitled socialites, spoiled housewives and cheese puff-craving underage pageant contestants. However, they are also kind enough to understand our pain this time of year and do what they can to make things easier on us.

May is the time when TV can break our hearts, as our favorite shows go off the air either for the summer or permanently. And yet, May is also the time when the networks announce the new shows that will be arriving come fall. It's like seeing your best friend move away, only to discover that the new kid moving in has bigger, better toys and a cuter sister/brother.

This year is no exception, with all the major networks just releasing their schedules for the fall. To make the transition to a new season even easier, they've made sure the new series include plenty of recognizable names that can help the transition into unfamiliar programming. With that in mind, here's a look at some of these actors' past work and a sneak peak at what's ahead.

Tony Shalhoub

Shalhoub became a TV tradition playing an OCD detective in “Monk,” winning multiple Emmys along the way. And this fall, instead of looking for clues, he’ll be clueless as one of four bachelor buddies looking for love in…well….any place, really….in the new CBS series “We Are Men.”













Michael J. Fox                                  

Speaking of television icons….there’s been nobody bigger to the small screen than Fox. It’s hard to believe he’s only starred in one sit-com of his own, “Family Ties,” during his long career. Since those days, he’s become something of a major movie star thanks to hits like “Doc Hollywood” and “Stuart Little.” He’s also found new life as a guest actor in several shows, including “Rescue Me” and “The Good Wife.” And now, he’s in the midst of yet a third life, as a real-life advocate for victims of Parkinson’s disease. In his new NBC series, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” he’s attempting to bring all his world’s together by playing a beloved TV personality who is trying to keep his life and family together while coping with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.













Blair Underwood

Once you’ve played the president, as Underwood did in the recent NBC sci fi series “The Event,” any other job is going to seem like a bit of a step down. Still, at least he’s moving into a role that also has plenty of history behind it. This fall, Underwood will be starring as a wheelchair-bound detective in the NBC remake of the classic series “Ironside.” The gig may not offer the power and authority he enjoyed in his last series gig, but there is a plus side to no longer being president. As a cop, dealing with vicious criminals won’t be nearly as frightening as taking on the White House press corps.












Maggie Lawson

Apparently, eight will enough for this actress, who has spent the past seven years as Det. Juliet O’Hara on the USA series “Psych.” She’ll reportedly return for a few episodes in that series next year, but she’s also moving on to  a new job that will require her full attention. Starting in the fall, Lawson will star in the new comedy “Back In the Game,” playing a former all-star softball player who reluctantly returns to the sport when her young son takes an interest in playing. She’s always been very striking. Now, she’ll be moving on to strikeouts.












Andy Samberg

From Chevy Chase to Will Ferrell to Kristen Wiig, leaving “Saturday Night Live” has proven to be a pretty decent career move. (Of course, taking a job there isn’t bad either.) Samberg departed at the end of last season and is the latest “SNL” vet to try moving on and breaking out, starring in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a new single-camera comedy for Fox about a group of eclectic cops assigned to one of Manhattan’s edgiest precincts.












Robin Williams

Anybody who has ever watched this legendary comic do his thing knows his humor is anything but linear. So, it makes sense that his career has now seems to have traveled in a circle. He first leapt to fame in the ‘70s with the sit-com “Mork & Mindy,” and after a career making hit movies like “Hook” and “The Best Of Times,” he’s back in the TV comedy business again. He’ll play what’s described as an outrageous, freethinking ad exec in the CBS series “The Crazy Ones.” (It figures that’d be the title…’s hard to imagine Williams starring in, say, “The Reasonable Ones.”)


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