Fall TV 2010's Breakout Stars
by Kim Potts, posted Aug 31st 2010 6:00PM
Some of them have never had a major role before, and some of them are making their Hollywood debut, but we're betting that these 13 actors and actresses will be among the stars viewers are talking about this TV season ...
Now playing: The 31-year-old Illinois-born actor plays Gupta, an overeager call center employee who steals scenes with bits like an awkward dance to the Pussycat Dolls' 'Don't Cha.'
You may have seen him on: Guest stints on 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'My Name Is Earl' and 'Sons of Tucson.'
Now playing: The 26-year-old California girl is Dawn Barbuso, a former high school punk who is pregnant by hubby Rolly, a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, and whose stressful life includes sharing an apartment with her best friend/ex-boyfriend in this dramedy.
You may have seen her on: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Law & Order: SVU' as a guest star, and as a drug-addicted teen in 'Bully' and opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Aviator.'
Now playing: In the J.J. Abrams-created spy show, he's Steven Bloom, a former spy -- along with wife Samantha -- who's now trying to live a normal life as the owner of a small catering company ... until they're called out of retirement.
You may have seen him on: The People magazine "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" list in 2002. The 37-year-old former model and college tennis player also starred as sports agent Damon on Showtime's 'Soul Food,' where he met wife Nicole Ari Parker, who starred as Damon's girlfriend Teri.
'Better With You'
Now playing: Casey, who gets engaged to his pregnant girlfriend Mia, who he's known for less than two months.
You may have seen him on: An ABC promo for 'Better With You' -- this is his first role!
'The Walking Deal'
Now playing: Rick Grimes, a former cop who's now the leader of a group of humans who've survived a zombie apocalypse in AMC's Frank Darabont-produced TV adaptation of 'The Walking Dead' comic book series.
You may have seen him on: The British TV shows 'This Life' and 'Teachers,' and in the big-screen romantic comedy 'Love Actually.' Trivia: When the 36-year-old actor married wife Gael in 2006, Apple Martin -- daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin -- was their flower girl.
Now playing: Samantha Bloom, who was,, and is just as talented a spy as her espionage-minded hubby.
You may have seen her on: The third series of 'Doctor Who,' where the 27-year-old British-born actress was Tish Jones, the sister of The Doctor's companion Martha.
Now playing: Marti, a "wrong side of the tracks" college student who becomes a cheerleader to earn a scholarship in the CW drama that's produced by 'Smallville' star Tom Welling.
You may have seen her on: 'Phil of the Future' and the movie 'Bandslam,' or, more likely, you know the 21-year-old as one half of the singing sister act formerly known as Aly and AJ.
Now playing: She's Lindsay, the unsuspecting girlfriend of con man Robert. What does she not suspect? That he has another woman -- a wife, actually -- in another town.
You may have seen her on: The 23-year-old Washington native and New York University grad has guest-starred on 'Crash,' 'Mercy' and 'Law & Order: SVU.'
Now playing: 23-year-old Jimmy, whose one-night stand with a convict results in him becoming a daddy who must raise his newborn as a single father.
You may have seen him on: A guest spot in A&E's short-lived Patrick Swayze drama 'The Beast,' though the Fox comedy is his first big role.
Now playing: Todd, an American sent to live in India and run order processing for a novelties company that has -- like the title says -- outsourced the department.
You may have seen him on: An 'Outsourced' promo clip. Like several network leads this season, he's a newbie.
Now playing: Leila, the girlfriend of Jason Ritter's Sean. Leila's disappearance factors into the major mystery that begins to unfold in 'The Event's' premiere.
You may have seen her on: The big screen, as Shia LaBeouf's next-door-neighbor/love interest in 'Disturbia.' The 26-year-old former model was also in 'American Idol' winner David Cook's video for 'Come Back to Me.'
'$#*! My Dad Says'
Now playing: The 30-year-old Chicago native has replaced original series pilot star Ryan Devlin as Henry, the son of William Shatner's prickly Ed in the blog-to-TV comedy.
You may have seen him on: 'American Dreams,' 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' and 'Chuck' (where he played tech genius Laszlo Mahnovski), and, on the big screen, in 'She's the Man' and 'The Goods: Live Hard, Sell hard.'
Now playing: 25-year-old Wolk is Robert, a con man who has a girlfriend in one town and a wife (whose rich father is his mark) in another, but who loves them both and just wants to settle into a normal life.
You may have seen him on: The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie 'Front of the Class,' where he played a young man determined not to let his Tourette's Syndrome keep him from realizing his lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.