15 Movie Stars Heading to TV This Fall

School is back in session and the summer movie season has wrapped, which means the pop-culture focus temporarily shifts to television until the annual slate of Oscar contenders and holiday blockbusters hit theaters.

This fall, though, you'll notice the new television season has a host of big movie stars transitioning to primetime, either for the first time, like Luke Wilson, or in a splashy return, like Ashton Kutcher.

While the majority of film actors are headlining high-profile series, a couple of them are lining up for key supporting roles in ensemble casts. Take a look at these 15 familiar faces and find out where you can catch them on the small screen this year.

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Zooey Deschanel, 'New Girl' (Fox)
There's no other actress who can combine beautiful and quirky with adorable and dorky (adorkable) like Deschanel can. The "500 Days of Summer" actress joins her sister Emily (of "Bones" fame) on FOX to headline a comedy about Jess, a broken-hearted twenty-something whose devastating breakup leads her to move in with three male roommates she finds on Craigslist. She's newly single, bad at making decisions, sings to herself, and loves "Dirty Dancing." We're there.

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Ashton Kutcher, 'Two and a Half Men' (CBS)
The last time Kutcher appeared in a comedy ensemble, it made him a star. Then he crossed over to films and from there, he bounded up to general celebrity status. He still has the tabloid-fabulous life, but he's gone back to his sitcom roots, replacing Charlie Sheen (you may have heard?) in the revamped "Two and a Half Men." As CBS revealed earlier this summer, Kutcher will play Internet tycoon Walden Schmidt, a depressed divorcé who buys the beach pad from Sheen's deceased character and takes on grieving Alan (Jon Cryer) and Jake (Angus T. Jones) as his roommates.

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Kat Dennings, '2 Broke Girls' (CBS)
As a teen, Dennings appeared in Bob Saget's short-lived series "Raising Dad," but as a young woman, she's appeared in movies such as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Thor." Now 25, she's taking her streetwise charisma back to sitcom land. On CBS' new series, Dennings plays Max, a working-class Brooklyn waitress who takes in Caroline (Beth Behrs), an Upper East Side heiress who's just lost her fortune. The show's been described as "The Odd Couple" meets "Laverne & Shirley" on crack. We're not sure about the laugh track, but Dennings is a doll, so we'll give it a shot

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Luke Wilson, 'Enlightened' (HBO)
The "Old School" actor co-stars in HBO's new offbeat comedy about Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), a health-and-beauty exec who has a mental breakdown, goes to rehab, and comes back a little too zen for comfort. Wilson plays Amy's slacker ex-husband Levi, who's only ambition is to use recreational drugs. Wilson last graced the small screen in a recurring guest spot as Ashton Kutcher's older brother Casey in "That 70s Show," but this is his first full-time TV deal.

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Amber Heard, 'The Playboy Club' (NBC)
Even though legendary feminist Gloria Steinem has called for a boycott of the provocative NBC series, we'll reserve judgment until we actually watch the period drama, following a group of '60s Bunnies at the legendary club. Front and center is Heard, a slightly naive new Bunny who gets in over her head after she fatally fends off a powerful client her first night on the job. On the big screen, Heard is a horror vet, having appeared in "The Stepfather," "Zombieland," and "And Soon the Darkness." Next, she stars opposite Johnny Depp in "Rum Diary."

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Patrick Wilson, 'A Gifted Man' (HBO)
The talented Mr. Wilson is indeed a gifted man, whether he's sexing up Kate Winslet ("Little Children"), battling "The A-Team" or wooing Rachel McAdams ("Morning Glory"). On television, Wilson earned his acclaim on HBO's award-winning "Angels and America" mini-series. This fall, he's once again on primetime as narcissistic, hyper-ambitious surgeon Michael Holt, whose life begins to unravel when his dead ex-wife, who ran a health clinic, visits him from the beyond and asks him to help her former patients.

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Maria Bello, 'Prime Suspect'(NBC)
Although she has an impressive big-screen pedigree herself, Bello's still intimidated by taking on Helen Mirren's role in NBC's adaptation of the groundbreaking British procedural. "How could anyone compete with her? Didn’t she do about 10 of them and win an Emmy every time?" she asked EW.com back in February. As Jane Timoney (not Tennison like Mirren's original), Bello's a hard-nosed detective who must investigate crimes in the field and battle a sexist workplace in the New York Police Department.

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Jonah Hill, 'Allen Gregory' (FOX)
The recently slimmed-down comedian won't be showing off his new physique, because this new FOX series is part of the network's Sunday-night animation bloc. Hill, who'll next make movie audiences laugh in "The Sitter," voices the titular character, a precocious child genius who's described as "the most pretentious 7-year-old of our time." Allen is a condescending, internationally renowned wunderkind who has apparently published novels, mediated peace talks but is finally facing the one thing that could defeat him -- elementary school.

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Ashley Judd, 'Missing' (ABC)
f any actress has mastered the art of avenging angels, it's Judd, who will star in ABC's espionage thriller as Becca Winstone, a long-retired government agent whose son is mysteriously kidnapped while studying in Europe. Becca -- think Liam Neeson's "Taken" father mixed with "Alias" protagonist Sydney Bristow -- will use anything and everything at her disposal to track down her son and bring his kidnappers to justice. The Golden Globe nominee next stars in the family film "Dolphin Tale," but on the small screen it looks like she'll be fighting baddies around the world.

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Laura Dern, 'Enlightened' (HBO)
Although she's no stranger to TV -- she memorably appeared on "Ellen" and won a Golden Globe for portraying Katherine Harris in the 2008 political drama, "Recount" -- Dern returns to HBO for her first regular TV gig. Dern plays Amy Jellicoe, a dysfunctional woman who has a spiritual awakening in rehab and decides to live an "Enlightened" life -- with hilarious results. Not only is Dern the star, but she created and produces the half-hour comedy with screenwriter/"Year of the Dog" director/"Amazing Race" contestant Mike White.

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Michael Clarke Duncan, 'The Finder' (FOX)
The "Green Mile" star has built his career on playing various takes on the gentle giant (who should nevertheless not be disturbed), and FOX's "Bones" spin-off is no exception. Duncan plays Leo Knox, a once-obese lawyer who completely reinvents his life and his body after the deaths of his wife and children. Now a buff zen lawyer, Leo counsels the show's protagonist, Key West bar owner and Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults, "She's Out of My League"), the country's foremost tracker.

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Claire Danes, 'Homeland' (HBO)
After snagging an Emmy, a SAG, and a Golden Globe Award for her riveting performance in HBO's "Temple Grandin," it's no surprise Danes is returning to premium cable with Showtime's political suspense drama, "Homeland." Danes plays a CIA operative who suspects a recently rescued American POW (Damian Lewis) is actually working undercover for al-Qaeda. If the tick-tock action looks familiar, it's probably because the series' producers -- who also produced "24" -- know how to make wold leaders (and home viewers) break out in a nervous sweats.