Movie stars Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman are joining the USA family with their summer series The Sinner, a thrilling 'whydunnit' about Cora Tannetti (Biel) who snaps and commits an unthinkable crime. Pullman plays Harry Ambrose, a detective obsessed with understanding her motive.
TV has been stealing movie stars away from the big screen for over 20 years now, so we look back on our favorite movie stars coming into our homes every week, although this is far from a complete list. See how Biel and Pullman fit in when The Sinner premieres this August!
Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton & Ed Harris on Westworld
The latest HBO sensation, based on a classic movie, has a huge cast of talent from the movie world. Headliners Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, and Thandie Newton have all done huge movies like The Silence of the Lambs, The Truman Show and Crash. Fellow stars Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden have also had memorable roles in indie movies and big movies too.
Don Cheadle on House of Lies
Star Crash, Iron Man 2 and 3, the Oceans movies, and more, Cheadle got one of his juiciest roles on Showtime’s comedy. Cheadle played the head of a consulting firm that sells his manipulative skills to the highest bidder. His costar, Kristen Bell, has had a thriving movie career herself after breaking out on TV’s Veronica Mars.
Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer
Before she was The Closer, Kyra Sedgwick was a leading lady in Singles and Phenomenon -- not to mention Julia Roberts' sister in Something to Talk About. None of the movies put her in charge like the TNT cop drama. Her boss on the show, J.K. Simmons, has become quite the staple in movies himself.
Kevin Bacon on The Following
Bacon got the TV bug from his wife, Sedgwick. His serial killer drama The Following lasted three seasons and now he's doing the TV show of his own movie, Tremors!
Paul Giamatti on Billions
After the HBO miniseries John Adams, the Oscar nominated star of Sideways, Cinederella Man, Straight Outta Compton, and more must’ve really liked TV. He signed up for Showtime’s drama Billions where he plays a U.S. attorney going after a billionaire (Damian Lewis).
Winona Ryder on Stranger Things
You couldn’t go to the movies in the ‘80s and ‘90s without seeing Winona Ryder. Even if you weren’t watching Heathers, Reality Bites, or any number of other classics, the poster for one of her movies must’ve been hanging next door. So it made sense that Netflix’s ‘80s kid sci-fi show cast Ryder as the mom searching for her missing son.
Christian Slater on Mr. Robot
Like Ryder, anyone who went to the movies in the '80s and '90s saw Christian Slater, whether in comedies Heathers or Kuffs, romances such as Untamed Heart and Bed of Roses, or blockbusters like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or Interview with the Vampire. Now he's the title character on USA's own Mr. Robot, which takes on a new meaning the deeper each season goes! Look for season three this fall.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates & Angela Bassett on American Horror Story
Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology has attracted A-listers since the first season. First came Lange, then Bates and Bassett, all returning to play new roles in subsequent seasons. Oscar-winner Bates even played a bearded lady in American Horror Story: Freak Show!
Susan Sarandon & Jessica Lange on Feud: Bette and Joan
Jessica Lange got the TV bug (or maybe just the working with Ryan Murphy bug) and the Oscar winner Sarandon joined her for Feud. These two living legends could be the only choices to play Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, battling it out on the set of their classic movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Kiefer Sutherland on 24 & Designated Survivor
Kiefer Sutherland became the poster child for movie stars finding more love on television when 24 became a smash hit running for eight seasons, then a ninth miniseries before turning it over to the next generation. By then, Sutherland found a new role as the reluctant President of the United States on Designated Survivor.
Billy Bob Thornton on Fargo and Goliath
He got his start on sitcoms Evening Shade and Hearts Afire, but these days everyone knows Thornton from Bad Santa,Sling Blade, and Armageddon. After doing a season of Fargo, he's now got his own show: Goliath on Amazon.
John Travolta on The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
After Welcome Back Kotter, John Travolta became the toast of Hollywood with classics Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction and Face/Off, plus many more. It was later in his career that he joined the cast of The People Vs OJ Simpson, the acclaimed real-life drama, playing head of Simpson (played by movie star Cuba Gooding, Jr.)’s “Dream Team,” Bob Shapiro.
Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson on True Detective
Not only did HBO’s groundbreaking mystery cast movie stars, it’s credited with McConauhey’s career “McConaissance!” Both actors had gone dark in movies like Natural Born Killers and Killer Joe respectively, but HBO and creator Nic Pizzolatto had no limits to the depths they could delve. The second season was less successful for Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams but HBO is still trying to see how they can keep True Detective going.
Ryan Philippe on Damages, Secrets & Lies and Shooter
After one season each on Damages and Secrets & Lies, USA is happy to give Ryan Phillippe a role he can play again and again. Bob Lee Swagger is the hero of USA’s action-packed thriller Shooter, based on the novel Point of Impact. Bob Lee Swagger is a former Marine sniper who will save the day against all odds. Season two premieres Jul. 18.
Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock
Alec Baldwin became a frequent guest host on Saturday Night Live in the ‘80s but that was only once a year at most. After decades on the big screen, SNL writer Tina Fey got him to star in her behind the scenes comedy 30 Rock on NBC. He’d gotten his start on TV dramas Knots Landing and The Doctors, but comedy proved to be his gift.
Kerry Washington on Boston Legal & Scandal
Kerry Washington always got roles in big movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, or Django Unchained. After a year in the ensemble of Boston Legal, she took the lead on Scandal, which has run over 100 episodes and counting. Olivia Pope has become a role model for women in charge and gladiators will follow her anywhere.
Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright on House of Cards
Netflix pulled out the big guns for their first bona fide it, including David Fincher behind the scenes. Spacey and Wright play the Underwoods, a political couple who maneuvered their way into the White House. Not bad for an American Beauty and a Princess Bride.
Jessica Biel talks about her character, Cora Tannetti on The Sinner, premiering Aug. 2 at 10/9c on USA Network!