Views on pop culture through my eyes


TV is no longer the ugly step-child of movies. I read an article recently that mentioned that up and coming writer-directors are more interested in working on TV than in films these days. With outlets such as HBO, AMC, Showtime and regular networks too, it has never been a better time to be on television. Jessica Lange has found a successful 2nd act with her stint on “American Horror Story.” And this past season brought us Matthew McConaunghey and Woody Harrelson on “True Detective” on HBO. So what movie stars would I love to see on the small screen?

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The Women

Michelle Pfeiffer
Star of The Fabulous Baker Boys and Hairspray. She would be perfect for a family matron on a night-time soap.

Nicole Kidman
Star of Moulin Rouge and The Hours. With hubby Keith Urban on TV with Idol, I could see Nicole leading up a lawyer or detective show herself.

Catherine Zeta-Jones
Star of Chicago and Traffic. I totally could see her doing some sort of variety show.. she can sing, dance, act. Something like the old Tracey Ullman show.

Annette Benning
Star of American Beauty and The Kids Are All Right. I would pick something offbeat for her… someone with mental illness or disability.

Reese Witherspoon
Star of Legally Blonde and Walk the Line. Comedy is her forte, so something about being a faded beauty queen trying to get her life back together.

Demi Moore
Star of Indecent Proposal and Ghost. I know this is a bit of a wild card pick… but when you look back at her career, she can act. Before she was better known for who her husband was. I would totally have her call Ryan Murphy for the next American Horror Story.

Stay tuned for Part 2 about the men I would like to see on the small screen next week. Let me know your thoughts.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.


Comments on: "Movie Stars I’d Love to See on the Small Screen (Part 1)" (5)

  1. Marcelo Castilho Rogedo said:

    Nice and funny article Daniel. The ones I watched here: The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Hours, Chicago, American Beauty, Legally Blonde, Indecent Proposal and Ghost. The comments you wrote are very good and funny. Legally Blonde is very funny. I remember that American Beauty was a huge success worldwide. And Ghost was remarkable too. That was a good article…looking forward to hearing about the guys now….

    • Thanks for commenting as usual. They have all been great actresses in various roles… but are not getting the parts they deserve… especially in film. TV could be the answer.

  2. Interesting article. Recently, Ryan Murphy has been dropping casting wish-lists for future seasons of American Horror Story. He name-checked both Reese Witherspoon and Michelle Pfeiffer. Michelle is, of course, the most logical choice to fill the imposing vacuum caused by Jessica Lange’s absence as the anthology’s resident grande dame.
    Like Lange, Michelle’s a hugely respected talent from the 80s and 90s who could really tear it up onscreen, and who knows, today’s younger TV-watching legions might be able to discover for the first time, since she hasn’t been properly utilized in movies in recent years.

    • Thanks for commenting. Actresses are finding it hard to find good roles in film any more… and once you age it gets even harder. I was glad to hear about Viola Davis coming to TV this fall. We’ll see if any of these suggestions come to fruition.

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