Fall TV’s Hottest Actors

Check out which actors are poised to get the most buzz this fall.

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<b>Ashton Kutcher</b>:nWhen discussing which actors will be generating the most buzz this fall TV season, you have to start here. Kutcher's been tasked with the unenviable job of replacing Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men," alongside Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. Kutcher will play Walden Schmidt, a brokenhearted billionaire who buys the house where the guys live.
Kutcher got his big break on the hit sitcom "That '70s Show," playing man-pretty doofus Michael Kelso, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis). The show fizzled out after eight seasons because Kutcher and star Topher Grace both wanted to focus on film careers.
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It was in 2000 that Kutcher's uniquely bad film career began, his first starring role coming opposite Sean William Scott in "Dude, Where's My Car?" He's thus far released 18 films, not one of which has reached 50% on Rotten Tomatoes—and yet he keeps getting cast….
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Most recently, Kutcher starred opposite Natalie Portman in the rom-com "No Strings Attached," and can next be seen in "New Year's Eve." While this didn't hurt Natalie Portman's career (hello, Oscar!), we're pretty sure Ashton won't be on any awards dockets in the near future.
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Film work aside, Ashton's a wildly popular celebrity pitchman who is married Demi Moore and has produced two successful TV series. He also is a technology investor and has amassed one of the largest followings on Twitter. Oh, and remember those annoying Nikon commercials?
Now he's got another a chance to be a sitcom star on "Two and a Half Men" beginning Sept. 19—he swears it's going to "blow up." The show has been wildly popular for eight seasons, now we'll see how much of that popularity was due to Sheen.
<b>Jason Isaacs - "Awake", NBC</b>:nKids have been hating Isaacs for nearly a decade, but now he gets to be the hero on "Awake," in which he stars as a cop who survives a car accident to find himself trapped between two worlds--one in which his wife died and his son survived, and the other where his wife died and his son survived—and he can’t tell which is real.
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The British-born actor has been a regular supporting actor in a number of US films going back the '80s, but it was his role as as Death Eater and pureblood wizard Lucius Malfoy from the "Harry Potter" books that made him a star.
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Isaacs says childhood prepared him for onscreen villainy: "There is a streak of cruelty in me that comes from having a quite combative background…I've been bullied a lot, sometimes by my brothers, sometimes at school. It wasn't a great thing to be a Jewish teenager when the National Front were passing leaflets around the school."
With the end of the Potter saga, Isaacs is moving forward. Before "Awake"premieres he can be seen in the Taylor Lautner film "Abduction," playing the man that the star thinks is his father--<a href="/blogs/popcornbiz/Taylor-Lautners-Abduction-Trailer-Drops-119835684.html"target="_blank">check out the trailer</a>.
"Awake", which was created by Kyle Killen, who also wrote "The Beaver", will be a mid-season replacement on NBC.
<b>David Hornsby - "How to Be a Gentleman, CBS</b>:nHornsby will star as the writer of a magazine column about being a gentleman, who's told he must shift the tone of his work to appeal to a broader, Maxim-esque audience, and so he turns to Kevin Dillon's gym-owner character for help.
Hornsby is perhaps best known for his role as Rickety Cricket, the priest-turned-junkie on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", for which he also writes and produces.
It was Hornsby's idea to adapt John Bridges' real-life guide "How to Be a Gentleman" into a buddy sitcom. The show is only loosely based on the book, and 'loosely based' is the operative term," said Bridges.
Hornsby is only the second-most famous person at home, having married "Bones" star Emily Deschanel on Sept. 25, 2010. They're expecting their first child later this fall.
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"How to Be a Gentleman" premieres Sept. 29 on CBS.
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<b>Michael Emerson - "Person of Interest," CBS</b>:nEmerson will star in Mr. Finch on "Person of Interest" as Mr. Finch, a billionaire inventor of a computer that can predict future crimes, and hires an ex-CIA agent, Reese (Jim Caviezel) to stop them. Think "Minority Report" meets "Charlie's Angels".
After years of steady work on both the stage and television, Emerson earned acclaim for his Emmy-winning work as impossibly creepy Ben Linus on "Lost", the closest thing the show had to a supervillain.
Emerson's career has included stints on shows like "Parenthood" (above) and "The Practice," for which he won an Emmy playing a serial killer, and films like "For the Love of the Game" and "Saw."
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He's married to another familiar face, "True Blood" star Carrie Preston. They met while he was doing "Hamlet"in Alabama and wed in 1998. They've worked together on a number of films and TV shows, including her playing his mother during a flashback sequence on "Lost".
Emerson and Caviezel will begin fighting crime together when "Person of Interest" premiers Sept. 22 on CBS.
<b>Tim Allen - "Last Man Standing," ABC</b>:nAllen returns to the world of sitcoms following a 12-year absence with "Last Man Standing", in which he plays the lone man in a house full of women. The show co-stars TV stalwart Nancy Travis as his wife.
After years on the stand-up circuit, Allen became a huge star thanks to "Home Improvement," a sitcom based on the aggrieved macho dope persona. The show was a massive hit, lasting eight seasons, and only once finishing out of the top 10 ratings-wise, at a lowly 11th.
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Naturally, a film career followed, beginning with "The Santa Clause," a middling family film that was nonetheless popular enough to warrant two sequels.
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His two best film roles have to be Buzz Lightyear from the "Toy Story" trilogy, and Jason Nesmith in the sci-fi comedy "Galaxy Quest," in which he plays a Shatner-like ex-TV star who finds himself and his former cast mates on a real alien planet.
"Last Man Standing" debuts Oct. 11 on ABC.
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