With the rise of quality cable programming and things like Netflix, no longer is television a second-class citizen in Hollywood.
In fact, TV's become a place for movie types to experiment, take chances, and reinvigorate their careers without feeling like they're slumming it.
Just look at Kevin Spacey's resurgence thanks to House of Cards or the love True Detective's getting. The question is: Who else could use the boost back atop the A-List with the help of a hit show? We have some suggestions.
1. Reese Witherspoon can act, she just needs "grittier material."
Coming off her Oscar win for Walk the Line in 2006, Reese Witherspoon was the hottest actress in the biz.
But she was unable to capitalize on the momentum, bogged down by forgettable films like Just Like Heaven, Water for Elephants, How Do You Know, Four Christmases, and This Means War.
Her turn in Mud though reminded the world that she's more than just a pretty face. She can act, especially if she's given some grittier material.
2. Edward Norton hasn't had a hit movie since 2003.
Do you realize the last movie to score above 75% on Rotten Tomatoes with Edward Norton in a lead role is 2003's 25th Hour?
It's been more than a decade since he's starred in anything worth talking about, and he's way too great an actor for that. Instead of being relegated to bit parts, we'd like to see Norton as the central character in a serialized cable show.
3. Winona Ryder could take on a new age range of roles.
Winona Ryder hasn't been given a decent part since Girl, Interrupted, and that's no way to treat someone who has Reality Bites, Heathers, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands on her resume.
It's been so long that now she has the kind of life experience to open her up to an entirely new set of roles. She was one of the best things in Black Swan, but was criminally underutilized.
Cable needs some Winona in its life.
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