Having started their career on TV, these famous Hollywood stars are back in unusual and big-budget projects. Read on
Best known for her comic roles in movies like the Scary Movie series, Lost in Translation, The House Bunny and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Anna Faris was first seen on television in Sandor Stern’s Deception: A Mother’s Secret in 1991. Now she is back on the small screen with CBS’s new show, Mom, about a sober mother. The thriller is in its first season in the US and Faris plays a woman in control. “For a newly sober single mom, it’s probably not a great idea for your estranged, recovering alcoholic mother to find her way back into your life. Nor is it a solid plan to live in wine country, working at a Napa Valley restaurant. But that’s exactly what my character Christy is facing in the series,” she said in a recent interview.
You might have seen Vera Farmiga in the 1997 fantasy sitcom Roar —as Diana —early in her career. But she got famous when she switched to movies and got noticed in The Departed, Up in the Air and her recent movie, Conjuring, which got her critical acclaim. Then last year, Farmiga took up a movie role and stretched it out to fill a TV series, with A&E’s Bates Motel. Currently in its first season in the US, the role, where she plays Norma Louise Bates, got her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Old is gold
Kevin Bacon, 55, is a film veteran who first appeared on TV in daytime soap operas in the 1980s like Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light . Now the actor is back as Ryan Hardy, a determined ex-FBI agent in The Following on Fox channel. Bacon, who has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick for 25 years says he sought her advice because she has more TV experience than he does. ‘‘She taught me what it was like to be the lead on a show and I even got to direct her a few times,’’ he said in a recent interview.
When Mork & Mindy, a sitcom that ran on ABC, ended in 1982, we bid adieu to Robin Williams. He then went on to do more than 70 films like Dead Poets Society, Mrs Doubtfire and The Birdcage. But we will see more of Williams now since he joined the new comedy on CBS called The Crazy Ones, which also stars actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. William plays an eccentric Chicago ad executive. The show has attracted 15.52 million viewers overall and, according to media reports, Crazy is the season’s No 2 new series, after Marvel’s Agents of Shield from ABC.
This year Michael J Fox —actor, author, producer, comedian and an advocate— stars in a new sitcom called The Michael J Fox Show. On NBC, it is about Mike Henry (Fox) who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and is forced to leave the job of a news anchor. Four years later, Mike decides to get back to work and struggles between his family and career. This show sees the actor returning to his roots. He started his career in 1977 with a TV show called, The Magic Lie, before he moved on to movies like Midnight Madness, Light of Day, The American President and Greedy. Before signing up for his television show, he ventured out as a voice-over artist in movies like Stuart Little.