Fall premieres are only weeks away, but these actors are already generating buzz as the ones to watch for the new TV season.
Folake Olowofoyeku , “Bob Hearts Abishola”
Sept. 23, CBS
Guest spots on series such as “Modern Family” and “Transparent” did not prepare Olowofoyeku for what was about to happen to her when executive producers Chuck Lorre and Al Higgins went looking for a Nigerian actress to play Abishola, the nurse assigned to cardiac patient Bob (Billy Gardell), on their new comedy. She won the part on her first audition. The youngest of 20 children, Olowofoyeku received her B.A. in theater from City College in New York and lives in LA.
Tom Payne, “Prodigal Son”
Sept. 23, Fox
The British actor was well-acquainted with dark subject matter when he played the recurring role of Paul “Jesus” Rovia on “The Walking Dead.” In his new role as criminal psychologist Malcolm Bright on “Prodigal Son,” Payne will contend with another Brit —“Good Omens” star Michael Sheen, who plays a Hannibal Lecter-like killer helping Bright solve crimes for the NYPD.
Arica Himmel, “Mixed-ish”
Sept. 24, ABC
In the latest spinoff of “Black-ish,” Himmel steps into the formidable shoes of Tracee Ellis Ross to play a young version of her character, Bow Johnson. The relative newcomer is a New York native who cut her teeth as an 11-year-old in an Off-Broadway production of “The Layover.”
Katja Herbers , “Evil ”
Sept. 26, CBS
The Dutch actress first attracted attention in the US when she played Ed Harris’ daughter Emily on HBO’s “Westworld,” but she was already a star in her own country thanks to the hit series “Divorce.” In “Evil” she plays Kristen Bouchard, balancing her duties as a forensic psychologist with her life as a mother to four girls.
Kennedy McMann , “Nancy Drew”
Oct. 9, The CW
Move over, “Riverdale”: the latest classic story to get a “sexy teen” spin on The CW is Nancy Drew, with newcomer Kennedy McMann playing the famous sleuth with a plucky slyness.
Charlie Plummer, “Looking for Alaska”
Oct. 18, Hulu
Hulu’s miniseries from “Gossip Girl”/“The OC” creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage is adapted from a John Green (“The Fault in our Stars”) novel. At the center of the story is Plummer, who plays lead character Miles with a wide-eyed sensitivity that anchors the show. The New York native previously appeared in “All the Money in the World” as the kidnapped John Paul Getty III and in “ Boardwalk Empire.”
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