I don’t know about you, PopWatchers, but reading this L.A. Times article about the lineup of pilots for the 2007-2008 TV season made me feel like a kid again — largely because so many of the shows feature folks who were really big, like, 10 or 20 years ago. Certainly, it’ll be cool if the likes of Jimmy Smits, Kelsey Grammer, Julianna Margulies, and Alyssa Milano wind up back on the air.
But nothing has me nearly as jazzed as the potential return of two classic TV tough guys: Lee Majors and Tom Selleck. That’s right, the 67-year-old ex-Mr. Farrah Fawcett/erstwhile Fall Guy could return in a Fox comedy. (Called Me & Lee?, it would feature the former Six Million Dollar Man, pictured, as a version of himself who’s obsessed with bionics in real life.) And although he’s not in any pilots, Selleck (whose Magnum P.I. was one of the best shows ever, lest we forget) is reportedly in negotiations to replace James Caan in Las Vegas. Yay!
So I’ve gotten to thinking: What other stars of old should return to do a network series? Sadly, it’s probably too late for the great James Garner to saddle up again full time. But what about, oh, Dirk Benedict ? Or Gil Gerard? Or Paul Michael Glaser? Or Mr. T? Or Lyle Waggoner? Or Ed Marinaro? Or Tom Wopat? Or Harry Hamlin? Or, heck, the Hoff, yet again? And what sort of roles would you like to see them in? Fire away!