10 Stars That Ditched Movies For TV

February 9, 2013 By:
10 Stars That Ditched Movies For TV

It’s being reported that Gwyneth Paltrow is going to star in the next TV show from the “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes. At first we were like “Whhhaaa? Gwyneth Paltrow the Oscar winner is slumming it on TV?" But then we realized that EVERYONE is moving to TV.

Here are 10 A-List movie actors that recently ditched movies and are totally making TV awesome.

Claire Danes: Even though she began her career on the TV drama “My So Called Life,” Claire Danes is best known for her film roles (Romeo & Juliet, anyone?), but now she’s gobbling up awards as Carrie on the Showtime series “Homeland.”

Glenn Close: Glenn Close kind of started the migration to TV. After she starred in “Damages” she proved it was “okay” for a big-time movie star to do a TV show.

Kevin Bacon: The Baconator (people call him that, right?) is starring in the new series “The Following” after years of film acting. Well, he did appear on 7 episodes of “Guiding Light” but that was before Footloose so it doesn’t count.

Don Cheadle: When Ocean’s Eleven actor Don Cheadle announced he was appearing in a TV comedy “House of Lies” we were shocked. What? Really? Too bad it’s an incredible show.

Steve Buscemi: Buscemi is a random kind of guy, so we weren’t super surprised when he did the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." Also, HBO isn’t really TV anyways.

Zooey Deschanel: Zooey caused a national backlash when she joined the comedy “New Girl.” She was at the height of her career, so why leave movies for the small screen? She has said she was only a “supporting actress” in films and was ready for a change.

Alec Baldwin: Glenn Close started the trend for women to go to TV, but it was Alec Baldwin who joined the cast of “30 Rock” nearly 7 years ago. You could call him a movie-to-TV pioneer, because we do. 

Kiefer Sutherland: Ok, we take that back, Kiefer Sutherland was one of the first guys to move from movies to TV when he starred on “24” back in 2001. However, they are developing “24” as a movie, so really, it’s all full circle.

Kyra Sedgwick: We can’t really pinpoint a Kyra Sedgwick starring role, okay Phenomenon with John Travolta, sure she starred in that, but otherwise she’s been in dozens of movies as a great supporting actress. She went on to TV with her long running show, “The Closer.”

Lucy Liu: She kicked off her career in Charlie’s Angels which turned into a bunch of action-y roles like Kill Bill, but then she went and did “Ally McBeal” and went back to movies, and then struggled back and forth with failed TV shows like “Cashmere Mafia,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and now she’s going for a three-peat with the new series “Elementary.”