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Brett Gelman named one to watch on fall's new TV shows

The Fresno Bee October 6, 2012
10 actors to watch on fall's new TV shows
by Rick Bentley

The annual fall launch of new TV shows has begun, and that means it's time to take notice of hot new actors.

These new shows -- whether they stay around or get canceled -- often feature fresh faces who stand out. Actors like Dennis Quaid on "Vegas" don't count, as he's already a big film star. I'm looking for those with little or no TV exposure.

This will be the 15th fall network TV season for which I've selected 10 actors to watch -- people I predict will have successful careers ahead. Some of my predictions have been on target, such as the 2003 pick of Amber Tamblyn for "Joan of Arcadia" or the 2007 selection of Jim Parsons on "The Big Bang Theory." No need to talk about the misses.

Last year was a bad year for new shows, with only four of the 10 shows that produced last year's Top 10 list still on the air. The surviving shows include "2 Broke Girls," which features Beth Behrs from last year's list.

Here are my predictions for this year's "10 to watch." It's the most international lot ever.

1. Stephen Amell, "Arrow," CW

2. Clare Bowen, "Nashville," ABC

3. Brett Gelman, "Go On," NBC: In a cast full of weird characters, Gelman stands out for his odd and often creepy portrayal of Mr. K. Gelman is a regular member of the Upright Citizens Brigade who also co-stars in the Adult Swim series "Eagleheart."

4. Taylor Handley, "Vegas," CBS

5. Dakota Johnson, "Ben & Kate," FOX

6. Janet Montgomery, "Made in Jersey," CBS

7. Jay Ryan, "Beauty and the Beast," CW

8. Rachael Taylor, "666 Park Avenue," ABC

9. Simon Templeman, "The Neighbors," ABC

10. Bebe Wood, "The New Normal," NBC