15 Fan Favorite Stars to Look Out for on TV This Fall (PHOTOS)

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Patricia Heaton

Recent roles: Frankie Heck (The Middle), Kelly Carr (Back to You)

New role: Carol Kenney (Carol’s Second Act)

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Cobie Smulders

Recent roles: Lisa Turner (Friends from College), Maria Hill (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

New role: Dex Parios (Stumptown)

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Jennifer Morrison

Recent roles: Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time), Zoey (How I Met Your Mother)

New role: An unknown, “substantial” major recurring role in This Is Us Season 4

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Jake McDorman

Recent roles: Avery Brown (Murphy Brown), Brian Finch (Limitless)

New role: Alan Shepard (The Right Stuff)

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Recent roles: Brad Wolgast (The Passage), Mike Lawson (Pitch)

New role: Paul Johnson (mixed-ish)

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Michael Emerson

Recent roles: Harold Finch (Person of Interest), Ben Linus (Lost)

New role: Leland Townsend (Evil)

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Mike Colter

Recent roles: Luke Cage (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Defenders), Lemond Bishop (The Good Fight, The Good Wife)

New role: David Acosta (Evil)

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Maya Rudolph

Recent roles: Judge (The Good Place), June (Forever)

New role: Betty (Bless the Harts)

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Ike Barinholtz

Recent roles: Morgan (The Mindy Project), Muscleman (The Awesomes)

New role: Wayne Edwards (Bless the Harts)

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Bellamy Young

Recent roles: Mellie Grant (Scandal), Beth Clemmons (Criminal Minds)

New role: Jessica Whitly (Prodigal Son)

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Jimmy Smits

Recent roles: Dr. Isaac Roa (How to Get Away With Murder), John Donovan (24: Legacy)

New role: Elijah Strait (Bluff City Law)

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Anna Camp

Recent roles: Jane Hollander (Good Girls Revolt), Sarah Newlin (True Blood)

New role: Ginny (Perfect Harmony)

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Kal Penn

Recent roles: Seth Wright (Designated Survivor), Clyde (Deadbeat)

New role: Garrett Modi (Sunnyside)

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Scott Wolf

Recent roles: Dr. Scott Clemmens (The Night Shift), Donnie Ryan (Perception)

New role: Carson Drew (Nancy Drew)

Olivia Colman fave returning

Olivia Colman

Recent roles: Godmother (Fleabag), Madame Thénardier (Les Misérables)

New role: Queen Elizabeth II (The Crown Season 3)

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There are many reasons to be excited about fall TV, whether you’re looking forward to a new show or a returning favorite, and the 2019-2020 season has given you one more, bringing back some familiar faces in new roles.

Stars like Cobie Smulders, Jennifer Morrison, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Michael Emerson, Olivia Colman, and more have new roles — on both upcoming and already established series — and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

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Check out the new comedies and dramas that stand out from the new fall season.

Click through the gallery above to see who’s returning to TV in a new role this fall.