Sarah Jessica Parker
It’s been 12 years since Sarah Jessica Parker wrapped her famed run as Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw on the small screen, which is also the last time she held a starring role on TV. In the years since, Parker has worked on her film career with gigs in The Family Stone, Failure to Launch, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, the Sex and the City movies, and I Don’t Know How She Does It. While she popped up in a few episodes of Glee a couple years back, the actress will make her grand return to television in a starring role this month, leading HBO’s new series Divorce.
Kevin James returned to the small screen last month, starring as Kevin Gable in the debut of CBS’ Kevin Can Wait. The Emmy-nominated actor completed a nine-year run on The King of Queens as Doug Heffernan in 2007, filling the subsequent years with parts in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, The Dilemma, Zookeeper, and Here Comes the Boom.
Kiefer Sutherland spent nine years playing Jack Bauer on 24. The actor, who also had short-lived TV stints on The Confession and Touch, reprised his role as the agent for a few months in 2014 for 24: Live Another Day, but makes his major return to the small screen in a starring capacity this fall. Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman in ABC’s new Designated Survivor.
Geena Davis got her start on the small screen, starring on Buffalo Bill as Wendy Killian. In the decades since, the Thelma & Louise star has done smaller television projects, including the short-lived shows Sara, The Geena Davis Show, and Commander in Chief, and a stint on Grey’s Anatomy. This fall, she stars in Fox’s new take on The Exorcist as Angela Rance.
Mekhi Phifer spent six years on ER as Gregory Pratt, continuing his small-screen work the following year as Agent Ben Reynolds in Lie to Me. In the years since, the actor has popped up in a handful of episodes of Torchwood and House of Lies. This month, he stars alongside Peyton List and Riley Smith in the new CW show Frequency.
William Jackson Harper
William Jackson Harper stars in The Good Place as Chidi Anagonye. The True Story actor landed his first major project thanks to PBS’ The Electric Company. Harper played Danny Rebus on the children’s show for two years.
Theo Rossi said goodbye to Sons of Anarchy‘s Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz after six years in the role. The When the Bough Breaks actor made his small-screen return last month, playing Hernan “Shades” Alvarez in Netflix’s take on Marvel’s Luke Cage.
Damon Wayans got his start on television, spending years on In Living Color before joining My Wife and Kids as Michael Kyle. The actor wrapped the latter role in 2005, and hit the small screen again last month, starring as Roger Murtaugh in Fox’s Lethal Weapon adaptation.
George Eads wrapped a 15-year run on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Nick Stokes last year. After taking more than a year away from television, Eads returned last month, playing Jack Dalton in CBS’ MacGyver reboot.
Fans fell in love with Aimee Teegarden as Friday Night Lights‘ Julie Taylor, a role she played from 2006 to 2011. The actress has since held brief TV gigs in Aim High and Star-Crossed. She now stars alongside Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata in ABC’s Notorious, which made its debut last month.
Ali Larter spent four years on Heroes in multiple roles. The Legally Blonde actress went on to appear in a few episodes of Legends in 2014 before joining Fox’s Pitch last month as Amelia Slater.
Cheryl Hines is known for her small-screen work, including starring turns in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Suburgatory. The Emmy-nominated actress, who also lent her voice to a few episodes of TripTank the year after Suburgatory‘s finale, now joins Fox’s Son of Zorn as Edie.
After picking up early work on Commander in Chief and Heroes, Matt Lanter spent four years on 90210 as Liam Court. The actor, who also did voice work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Ultimate Spider-Man, now stars in NBC’s Timeless as Wyatt Logan.