ET is naming the six breakout stars who are going to shine the brightest on your TV screens once fall rolls around.
Tori Anderson, The CW’s No Tomorrow
In The CW’s new romantic comedy, Anderson, 27, charms her way through the small screen as Evie, a risk-averse, straight-arrow procurement manager at a distribution center who unwillingly (and adorably!) falls in love with a free spirit (Galavant’s Joshua Sasse), who happens to believe that the apocalypse is coming in a matter of months. And so, their bucket-list adventure begins!
Our bet is on Anderson joining the ranks as one of TV’s most lovable stars who absolutely enraptures every scene she’s in -- including a moment where she shows off her singing talent. Also not to be ignored, her undeniable chemistry with Sasse. No Tomorrow could be the Canadian actress’ big breakthrough -- previously she starred in TeenNick’s Open Heart and Nickelodeon’s The Other Kingdom -- and we’re all for it! Plus, she has an “avid love of chickens,” according to her Twitter profile. What’s not to love?
Fans of the short-lived ABC Family mystery, Twisted, will recognize Bunbury, who now leads Fox’s pitch-perfect (see what we did there?) baseball drama, Pitch. Playing Ginny Baker, Major League Baseball’s first female pitcher, the 27-year-old star will tug at your heartstrings and make you reach for those Kleenex.
Bunbury completely knocks it out of the park with her emotional performance and she’s guided by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who looks unrecognizable as the San Diego Padres’ star catcher who becomes Ginny’s de facto mentor. If sports aren’t your thing, Pitch is much more than a baseball story. There’s a deeply affecting and heart-wrenching family reveal that will make you want to give Bunbury a big hug!
Pitch premieres Sept. 22 on Fox.
Alfonso Herrera, Fox’s The Exorcist
While the mainstream audience will be introduced to Herrera through Fox’s reimagining of The Exorcist, the 32-year-old stud is an absolute star in his native country of Mexico and all of Latin America, gaining international notoriety as a member of the Latin GRAMMY-nominated pop group, RBD. It certainly helps that Herrera, who has primarily starred in Spanish-language movies and TV shows, isn’t too bad on the eyes!
It’s been an exciting year for the Latino star (and active tweeter!) – who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Diana Vazquez – and he’s about to put a scare into a brand new generation of fans of The Exorcist franchise with his chilling new role as Father Tomas alongside Geena Davis.
X-Men fans already know Till, 25, as Alex Summers/Havoc from the movie franchise – and Taylor Swift fans will recognize him as the cutie from the “You Belong With Me” video – but now the Texas native is headlining his own show as the titular character on CBS’ anticipated reboot of MacGyver. Taking the mantle from the original MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson, may seem daunting, but we think Till is more than capable (and ready) to ace the challenge as the only agent able to solve complicated life-and-death problems with ordinary objects.
A son of a chemist and Army colonel, Till -- who will don his long blonde hair for the series -- actually has much more in common with MacGyver than you’d think. “My dad’s nickname was MacGyver when we were kids,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in June. “He’d hijack my projects all the time. When I got older, he would not do it as much … You should see the look in his eyes when he gets to create stuff.” We can’t wait to see the new MacGyver!
MacGyver premieres Sept. 23 on CBS.
Chrissy Metz, NBC’s This Is Us
If you’re looking for the next star to fall in love with, look no further than Metz, who will break your heart and make you laugh all at the same time on NBC tearjerker, This Is Us, which some have unofficially dubbed the next Parenthood. With a cast as amazing as Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley and Emmy nominee Sterling K. Brown, it’s tough to imagine anyone else shining bright, but Metz (American Horror Story: Freak Show’s “Fat Lady”) just may be the one to do it.
In This Is Us, Metz endearingly plays Kate, a woman struggling with her weight, eating habits and body image, who is the twin sister of Hartley’s Kevin, a Hollywood actor having problems with his career. Back in 2015, ET spoke to Metz about her experience on AHSand even then, we had an inkling big things were coming. “I don’t believe that people are overweight because they choose to be overweight, as controversial as that might sound,” she said. “There’s a lot of other things that are going on, but in 1952 anybody that was remotely different -- not even as attractive as the next door neighbor -- you’re getting labeled.” The only “label” Metz will have to contend with now is star!
After playing supporting roles on HBO’s Eastbound & Down and CBS’ Mike & Molly, the 35-year-old Mixon is leading her own ABC half-hour comedy as the ultimate American Housewife and it’s about time! The Connecticut-set sitcom chronicles the daily life of an everyday wife and mom, Katie Otto, who tries to stand out among the other quintessential housewives and their privileged children.
If the trailer is any indication of what’s to come, Mixon is perfectly cast as a fish out of water trying to give her family -- her husband is played by Veep’s Diedrich Bader -- the best possible life in their new suburban home. Witty, endearing and just flat-out awesome, Mixon is going to be one of fall TV’s newest faves!