As fall returns, so do all sorts of TV shows for audiences to dive back into in 2019. Fan-favorites are returning, including The Walking Dead, Fuller House and This Is Us. Most actors will reprise roles and new ones will join, but not everyone is returning.
Who made the cut, and who didn’t make it? Keep reading to find the biggest cast changes that will rock fall TV in 2019.
Danai Gurira – ‘The Walking Dead’
The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on the mega-popular series, has become one of the show’s main faces. Michonne won fans over with her katana-wielding, zombie-crushing character who also has a lighter side. Will Gurira be returning as Michonne for a 10th season, or is she leaving the show?
Unfortunately for fans, Gurira will be leaving The Walking Dead after Season 10. Gurira has appeared in Marvel’s Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, which may be an indicator of where she’s heading in the future. There are rumored roles for her, but we won’t know for sure until later on.
Jussie Smollett – ‘Empire’
With Empire entering its final season, there are questions about specific actors returning to the show. Jussie Smollett portrays Jamal Lyon, a singer-songwriter with a bunch of issues that get in the way of his career. As many fans know, Smollett was cut out of the last couple of episodes of Season 5 of Empire.
Smollett will not be returning for the sixth and final season of Empire, having been indicted for faking assault charges. The show-runners have explained that Jamal Lyon will be moving to London and staying there, which is how they will explain Smollett’s absence for the rest of the TV series.
Olivia Colman – ‘The Crown’
Olivia Colman is a British actress who has played a wide cast of characters in films, including Hot Fuzz, London Road and Murder on the Orient Express. She has been nominated and has won a whole mess of awards throughout her lengthy career. She’ll be joining The Crown for its third and fourth seasons.
Colman has been cast as Queen Elizabeth II for the British drama, playing the older version of the role previously held by Claire Foy. The Netflix Original series premieres in November 2019, bringing with it a time skip and recasting of some of its most crucial roles.
Sterling K. Brown – ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Sterling K. Brown has appeared in both film and television, landing roles on both Black Panther and This Is Us. His popularity has given rise to a demand for his acting abilities. Brown has been tapped for a role in the third season of Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has proven itself a hit for Amazon’s video streaming service, Prime Video, winning multiple awards for both its released seasons. The series follows Midge Maisel, a conflicted comedian in the 1950s, played by Rachel Brosnahan. A trailer teasing Brown’s new role in the series dropped earlier in 2019.
Victoria Pedretti – ‘You’
Victoria Pedretti struck fame with her role as Eleanor “Nell” Crain in the Netflix Original series The Haunting of Hill House, which made its debut in 2018. Pedretti won over audiences with her strong performance on the horror series based on the eponymous novel by Shirley Jackson.
Netflix’s You will gain a brand new cast member when Pedretti makes her debut on the show as a chef named Love Quinn. Following the shocking revelations of the first season of You, main character Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) finds fresh love with Pedretti’s new character.
Jennifer Morrison – ‘This Is Us’
Jennnifer Morrison has taken on a large number of creative roles throughout her career. She has modeled, acted, and even directed and produced. She’s been featured on both How I Met Your Mother and Once Upon a Time. Morrison will be joining yet another high-profile TV series when she makes her debut on This Is Us.
This Is Us has become an incredibly decorated series, with dozens of award nominations and (some wins). Morrison looks to bring her expert acting talent to the famous show with the fourth season, joining actors such as Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. Morrison will be playing a new character.
Hugh Dancy – ‘Homeland’
Hugh Dancy, perhaps most known for his starring role as Will Graham on NBC drama series Hannibal, is looking to join Homeland in 2019 for its final season. He will be a guest star on the show, which his longtime wife (Claire Danes) stars on as lead character Carrie Mathison.
Dancy will play a new character named John Zabel, a Washington consultant, which is sure to spice up the already intense series. The actor has been nominated for several roles during his career. His performance as Will Graham in Hannibal left many thirsty for more after it ended in three seasons.
Lori Loughlin – ‘Fuller House’
Full House aired in the ’80s through the ’90s, but was revived as Fuller House in 2016 by Netflix. Lori Loughlin, known as Rebecca “Becky” Donaldson-Katsopolis, returned for Fuller House to reprise her role. Fans expected her return in the fifth and final season of Fuller House.
To fans’ dismay, Loughlin isn’t returning for the final season. The actress and her husband were involved in questionable activities that led to court troubles. It isn’t clear how the series will handle Loughlin’s absence since she played a recurring character on the show.
Helena Bonham Carter – ‘The Crown’
Legendary actress Helena Bonham Carter has joined the cast of the Netflix drama, The Crown. She will be playing Princess Margaret in the third season, replacing Vanessa Kirby as the older interpretation of the real-life royal. Bonham Carter had actually met Princess Margaret one time, describing her as “…pretty scary.”
Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Princess Margaret will be sure to please fans, as she brings a ton of experience to the role. She’s worked in many mediums, including radio, theater, TV, and film. The actress has been nominated for a plethora of awards and won her fair share of them as well.
Sara Gilbert – ‘Atypical’
Sara Gilbert has film credits for acting that include both The Big Bang Theory and Roseanne. The actress also hosted a talk show on CBS titled The Talk. The actress has been active since the early ’80s, starting out during her teenage years. She’ll be adding another show to her credits.
Gilbert will be joining the cast of Atypical as Professor Judd, a college professor with an attitude. Atypical is returning for a third season, reuniting audiences with Sam Gardner, played by Keir Gilchrist. The series focuses on Gilchrist’s character, who is diagnosed with a form of autism but lives life to the fullest.
Lizzy Caplan – ‘Castle Rock’
Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan has acted in several popular films including The Disaster Artist and Extinction, as well as a breakout role in Mean Girls. She has also been nominated for other awards for her acting ability in various films.
Caplan finds her next big role on Hulu’s returning anthology series.
Caplan is jumping into Castle Rock’s second season produced by J.J. Abrams, a psychological horror anthology series based on Stephen King’s writings. The next season of Castle Rock will feature new and old faces with fresh story lines.
Aaron Paul – ‘Westworld’
Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul is set to join another hard-hitting TV series, this time on HBO. Westworld is entering its third season, with Paul looking to bring on his acting prowess in 2020. The sci-fi series is set in a theme park where the rich spend their money in a lifelike, Wild West-inspired world.
Paul’s breakout role in Breaking Bad has led to many acting opportunities in both animated and live-action mediums. Recently, he starred in Hulu’s The Path and Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.
He will be playing Jesse Pinkman in the upcoming El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, set after the events of the series finale.
Emily Bett Rickards – ‘Arrow’
Emily Bett Rickards has firmly established her acting reputation with her portrayal of Felicity Smoak on The CW’s Arrow. She’s played the character for seven seasons, carrying a deep connection with many of the other cast members. Many fans were excited to see where the character would go next in the eighth season.
Sadly, Rickards and Smoak will not be returning for the final season of Arrow. Rickards decided that it was time to move on from the show and pursue other avenues. She posted an emotional poem on Instagram, thanking others involved in the superhero show.
Philip Winchester – ‘Law & Order: SVU’
Philip Winchester has held many roles over the years, including a part in The Patriot. He’s been a part of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit main cast from 2018 to 2019, for a total of 36 episodes. Fans looking forward to his return for the Season 21 are in for disappointment.
His last appearance in Law & Order: SVU will be Season 20, as he’s stepping away from the series.
He said on Twitter, “A huge tip of the hat to my amazing fans and not so big fans. You ALL make me work harder. Thank you! See you on the next adventure.”
Sam Witwer – ‘Riverdale’
Sam Witwer has held several roles in the Star Wars animated universe, including TV shows and video games. He also led a band named The Crashtones, releasing an album back in 2006 titled Colorful of the Stereo. Witwer will be moving on to a new role in the hit show, Riverdale, in 2019.
The young actor will take on the role of Mr. Chipping in the upcoming Season 4 as a lecturer at a prep school close to Riverdale. The character is described by The CW as, “Handsome, bookish and cool, Mr. Chipping teaches creative writing at a prestigious prep school near Riverdale.”
Andrew Scott – ‘His Dark Materials’
Andrew Scott has been in a number of high-profile series during his career, including award-winning Fleabag, an episode in Season 5 of Netflix’s Black Mirror, Sherlock and John Adams. He’s looking to add another series to his repertoire of great roles at the end of 2019, in a series by HBO and BBC.
His Dark Materials is being adapted from Philip Pullman’s series of three novels. Audiences may be familiar with the first novel, Northern Lights, which was adapted into a film in 2007, The Golden Compass. Scott will be taking on the role of Colonel John Parry for the first full season.
Rose Leslie – ‘The Good Fight’
Most famously known for her role as Ygritte in HBO’s mega-famous Game of Thrones series, Rose Leslie first gained widespread recognition for her role as Gwen Dawson in Downton Abbey. Leslie’s acting has been heavily influenced by theatre, which she has been involved in for over a decade of her career.
Leslie has been part of The Good Fight for three seasons, but that will not be returning for the fourth season. It isn’t known what Leslie will do next for her acting career, but it will be exciting to see when it is finally revealed. The actress has been nominated for a couple of awards so far.
Liza Weil – ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Liza Weil had a strong run on the long-lasting Gilmore Girls as Paris Geller, as well as Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. She also found herself acting in How to Get Away with Murder as Bonnie Winterbottom, an attorney. Soon, Weil will have another great show under her belt.
Weil will find herself on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for the third season of the Emmy Award-winning series.
So what role what’s her role in period comedy? It’s actually not confirmed who the actress will be playing. It seems Amazon doesn’t want to reveal that yet.
Vincent Cassel – ‘Westworld’
If you’re looking for an actor that has been in the game for over three decades, look no further than Vincent Cassel. His career has spanned a wide number of films and TV series. The veteran actor joins the cast of Westworld, when it returns to HBO in 2020.
Cassel was confirmed as a villain in April 2019. The ambitious series, developed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, ended its second season in 2018. Fans have been heavily anticipating the next season and will soon get the chance to return to the world of Westworld.
Elizabeth Hurley – ‘Marvel’s Runaways’
Elizabeth Hurley is a model and actress, with roles in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and The Royals, among others. She is known for her ties to the fashion industry and for her charity work in multiple areas. Hurley will have a role Hulu’s popular superhero show, Marvel’s Runaways.
Hurley will be stepping into the villainous shoes of Morgan le Fay for Season 3. It’s her first role on the superhero drama. The Hulu-exclusive series stars a diverse ensemble cast and started airing in 2017 and will air its third season at the end of 2019 in December.
Iain Glen – ‘Titans’
Iain Glen has become overwhelmingly popular for his role as Ser Jorah Mormont on HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the final season of the fantasy epic wrapped up, Glen has been pursuing other acting roles. His upcoming acting part can be found on DC’s exclusive streaming service, DC Universe.
Titans is entering its second season, with Glen jumping into the promising role of Bruce Wayne and alter-ego Batman. The series is focused on the Teen Titans, a group of teenage heroes including Robin and Raven. The series is a darker take on the popular superhero team. It started airing in September.
Mehcad Brooks – ‘Supergirl’
Mehcad Brooks has been on The CW’s Supergirl since 2015 as James Olsen, an art director who moved to National City. Later on, Olsen dons the superhero identity of Guardian. Will Brooks be returning for another season of Supergirl or will he be leaving the show and move on to other things?
It turns out that he will be in the fifth season, but it will be his last appearance on the series. Supergirl isn’t confirmed to be in its last season, so fans can potentially look forward to more after the fall premiere. It isn’t evident how Brooks will leave the show, but he will be missed.
Sela Ward – ‘FBI’
Award-winning actress Sela Ward has been in both the film and TV industry since the early ’80s. She has left her mark in the acting world and taken home many nominations and awards throughout her career. She recently starred on FBI, a CBS original show which just aired its first season.
It won’t be surprising to fans of the show, but Ward will not be returning for a second season of the Dick Wolf and Craig Turk-created TV show. Ward should have no difficulty landing another role, but fans will be sure to miss the actress as a regular on FBI.
Ashleigh Murray – ‘Riverdale’
Ashleigh Murray is most known for her role on The CW’s Riverdale as Josie McCoy, lead singer of the band, Josie and the Pussycats. She’s had several other roles, but her career isn’t that mature yet. Fans of Riverdale will be sad to know that Murray will be leaving the series.
At the same time, they will be pleased to find out that she will still be playing Josie McCoy on the Riverdale spin-off, Katy Keene, which is set to premiere in 2020 after being picked up in 2019. The series will follow several characters from Riverdale as they try to make it in New York.
Robin Lord Taylor – ‘You’
Robin Lord Taylor stumbled into a stable role with his portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) on Gotham. The actor has also appeared on a couple episodes of The Walking Dead and the Dishonored video game series, as well as landing other smaller roles. Taylor will be moving on to another TV series after Gotham ends.
Although a release date for the second season of You hasn’t been revealed yet, filming has been completed. Robin Lord Taylor will be joining the upcoming season of the series, which has been snagged by Netflix after the saw its potential. The second season is based on novel Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes.
Rachael Leigh Cook – ‘Criminal Minds’
Rachael Leigh Cook has given her talents to a variety of mediums, including TV, film, and video games. She has won several awards, making her coveted by filmmakers. Cook is known for her role in TV series Perception. She recently landed a recurring role in 2019 for Criminal Minds.
Criminal Minds’ Season 15 will be its final season before the story is wrapped up. Cook will be showing up the whole season as Max, a brand new character. Fans will be sad to see Criminal Minds finally wrap up, but they can look forward to Cook’s inclusion in the upcoming season.
Jordan Bolger – ‘The 100’
Jordan Bolger started his role as Zeke Shaw on The CW’s The 100 in Season 5. He will be leaving the television series during Season 6. We won’t go into details about how Shaw will leave the show for spoiler reasons, but the actor will definitely not be returning at all.
The CW’s hit show The 100 has been around for a few years, luring viewers in with its cast of diverse characters and suspenseful story. The 100 will be wrapping up after Season 7, which will wrap up the show’s narrative. Popularity for the series began to dwindle ratings-wise after the fifth season.
Cary Elwes – ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Golden Globe-winning actor Cary Elwes has acted in dozens of films during his expansive career. Elwes has been showing up in more television roles as the medium has become more popular with viewers. He most recently appeared in Stranger Things 3, Netflix’s hit original series. He has another upcoming role fans will be happy about.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the latest show that will feature the expert acting of Cary Elwes. We still don’t know what character he will be playing ahead of the series’ third-season premiere in December. We do know that he will be in more than one episode with a recurring role.
Jessica Parker Kennedy – ‘The Flash’
Jessica Parker Kennedy found herself landing a recurring role in Season 5 of The CW’s The Flash in 2018. She played the role of Nora West-Allen, who plays a spoiler-role for those who aren’t caught up on the latest season. It has been announced that she will not be returning for the sixth season.
Although there is still the potential for Nora’s return in future seasons of The Flash, it isn’t entirely likely that Kennedy will ever reprise the role. She has a few upcoming projects in 2019 that she will appear in and we’re sure she’ll find plenty of acting roles for 2020.
Gillian Anderson – ‘The Crown’
Gillian Anderson has landed an incredible number of roles over the years, even dipping her toes into theatre. The veteran actress has had too many standout roles to count and she’ll soon be adding yet another one when she stars in British series The Crown.
Her next role for television has been cemented-she will be playing Margaret Thatcher on The Crown for both Season 3 and Season 4. The latest season of The Crown has fans both worried and excited as the cast is being changed up for the time skip. The third season will air at the end of 2019.
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