Besides making movies, what do thespians like Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry and Meg Ryan have in common? They are all flocking to the small screen. Everyday it seems another actor is added to this growing list. One reason could be is that Hollywood studios are cutting back on mid-tier budgeted drama productions.
Even Billy Bob Thornton had much to say as he broached the subject. “Actors who want to work on sophisticated projects are finding them in television and not film,” he said. “The entertainment business can pretend all they want, but the movie world has changed drastically, particularly in the last five or six years. If you want to be an actor, get on a really good series in television because there’s where it’s at.”
And Thornton is not just flapping his gums. He will be starring in the upcoming FX series ‘Fargo’ which is based on the 1996 Joel and Ethan Coen hit of the same name. Although screen stars showing up on television shows is nothing new, this is almost like an exodus. Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey briefly made the switch when he signed on for HBO’s critically acclaimed series ‘True Detective.’ Co-staring with him is television veteran turned movie star back to television actor Woody Harrelson. And the list goes on.
Jamie Lee Curtis has signed up for a CBS drama pilot playing a doctor and mother of quadruplets.
Susan Sarandon agreed to star in a new NBC sitcom.
The long-absent Meg Ryan is planning to produce and star in an NBC comedy about a single mom who returns to work.
Academy Award winner Halle Berry will be seen in a Steven Spielberg space drama on CBS.
Another Oscar winner, Viola Davis, signed up for a Shonda Rhimes legal thriller called ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’
This movement is not limited to those in front of the cameras either. ‘Sixth Sense’ Director M. Night Shyamalan will be working on a ‘Twin Peaks’ esque drama for FOX called ‘Wayward Pines.’
Katie Holmes returning to television