I loved T-Bag from Prison Break; in fact, he was one of the best things about that stupid show. When we last saw him, he was being hauled off to solitary confinement for unknowingly helping Michael bust Sara out of jail. But now Robert Knepper is reprising the role of T-Bag on the upcoming show Breakout Kings from Prison Break producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora. I'd love it if other producers reached back to their old shows and revived some of our favorite characters on their current projects. Here's our wish list:
Darnell "Crabman" Turner
I'd actually make it appointment viewing if this My Name Is Earl star (played by Eddie Steeples) somehow showed up on Greg Garcia's new show, Raising Hope. Perhaps he could open a Crab Shack franchise? Or the former government assassin could give Jimmy and his family self defense classes or something? He does have the patience to deal with all kinds of personalities.
Alias producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci are now hard at work on guilty pleasure Hawaii Five-0 and while there is no need for spy gear, Danno could probably use some tech gadgets, so I'd be psyched if my favorite nerd made his way back to TV. And if they could have Masi Oka's socially awkward coroner character met up with socially awkward genius Marshall? That might make my geeky head explode.
Ryan Murphy certainly has created a lot of memorable characters in his time, but none more self-involved and awful (and by that I mean totally wonderful) than Popular's Mary Cherry. Could the former cheerleader be a rival coach to Sue Sylvester? The two would probably eat each other alive, and I'd be glued to the set for every over-the-top minute. The wardrobe alone would make me swoon.
Not sure where The Shield's Vic Mackey disappeared to when he walked off into the night with his gun, but couldn't it have been to search for his family who is hidden away in witness protection? And couldn't that trail have led him to Southern California where Terriers' Hank and Britt could befriend him before realizing that he's not quite what he claims to be? It's got to be better than letting Michael Chiklis waste away on No Ordinary Family, and I'll take anything that means more episodes of Terriers.
Much as I'm not a super fan of Katie Holmes these days, there's still a soft spot in my heart for sweet, doe-eyed Joey Potter. And I can totally see this Dawson's Creek girl next door - now an editor in New York -- heading out to Mystic Falls to research the area's strange history, only to get sucked in to supernatural shenanigans when it turns out she's distantly related to Katharine. Kevin Williamson could really make this Dawson's Creek/Vampire Diaries crossover work and, well, if Pacey happened to follow after Joey and had a run in with the brothers Salvatore... let's just say I wouldn't exactly complain.
While we saw Claire's eventual fate in the finale of Six Feet Under, there was a long gap between when she headed to New York and when she returned to L.A. Perhaps that could overlap with the timeline in Alan Ball's True Blood? Because if any SFU character would find themselves waitressing in Merlotte's and involved in a cult of vampire lovers or worshiping some deluded goddess, it would be Claire.
I miss The O.C.'s Seth Cohen on pretty much a daily basis, so I'd be happy if he showed up on any of Josh Schwartz's projects. But I'd be especially thrilled if he appeared on Chuck. Picture it: Seth sets off to find his wife Summer, who has been hiding out as a secret spy at a sandwich shop, and gets entangled in some Buy More drama. He could even introduce the Bartowski family to the wonders of Chrismukkah!
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