Parker, Wayans, Sutherland among familiar fall TV faces

Chris Barton
Los Angeles Times

A rundown of some of the familiar, and new, faces for the fall TV season:

Kevin James

Where you last saw him: In theaters as a bumbling mall cop.

Where you recognize him: As blue-collar New Yorker Doug Heffernan in the CBS sitcom “The King of Queens,” which aired for nine seasons beginning in 1998.

Where he is now: “Kevin Can Wait,” another New York-set CBS sitcom that features James as a retired cop and family man.

Kiefer Sutherland

Where you last saw him: Releasing the capable country-rock album “Down in a Hole.”

Where you recognize him: From his adventures saving a post-Sept. 11 world as Special Agent Jack Bauer on the Fox warhorse “24.”

Where he is now: Reluctantly leading the free world in the ABC drama “Designated Survivor” (Sept. 21), which finds Sutherland as a Cabinet member promoted to president after a terrorist attack wipes out the government.

Thomas Haden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker star in “Divorce.”

Sarah Jessica Parker

Where you last saw her: As a Vogue editor mentoring Kurt (and occasionally singing) in the fourth season of “Glee.”

Where you recognize her: From the boundary-pushing hit HBO series “Sex and the City.”

Where she is now: Back on HBO with the dark comedy “Divorce” (Oct. 9).

Matt LeBlanc

Where you last saw him: As “himself” in the Showtime showbiz satire “Episodes.”

Where you recognize him: From the pop-culture devouring ’90s NBC sitcom “Friends.”

Where he is now: On the CBS family sitcom “Man With a Plan” (Oct. 24) as a contractor who switches to child-care duty after his wife (Liza Snyder) returns to work.

Damon Wayans

Where you last saw him: Possibly as the father to real-life son Damon Wayans Jr. in an episode of “Happy Endings” in 2011 or in 2000’s ABC sitcom “My Wife and Kids.”

Where you recognize him: As one of the driving forces behind the revolutionary ’90s sketch comedy series “In Living Color.”

Where he is now: In the Fox reboot of the outsized ’80s buddy-cop franchise “Lethal Weapon” (Sept. 21) now as the “getting too old for this” half of the equation

Micah Fowler

Where you can see him: As a nonverbal teenager with cerebral palsy in the ABC family comedy “Speechless” (Sept. 21).

Where you may have seen him: He made his film debut in the 2013 film “Labor Day,” written and directed by Jason Reitman.

Why he matters: Because precious few TV shows have acknowledged or meaningfully addressed the stories of people with disabilities outside of “Glee” or “Life Goes On,” and that’s not enough.

Kylie Bunbury

Where you can see her: As the first female athlete to break into Major League Baseball in the Fox drama “Pitch” (Sept. 22).

Where you may have seen her: Possibly CBS’ Stephen King adaptation “Under the Dome” or the ABC Family thriller “Twisted.”

Why she matters: “Pitch” is generating a fair amount of buzz, particularly for Bunbury’s performance.

Tori Anderson

Where you can see her: Trying to decide whether a free-spirited man she meets is crazy or correct when he says the apocalypse is coming in “No Tomorrow” on the CW (Oct. 4).

Where you may have seen her: If you’re also Canadian, short-lived north-of-the-border shows such as “Killjoys” and “MsLabelled” or the Nickelodeon fantasy series “The Other Kingdom.”

Why she matters: Because an hourlong romantic comedy about the end of the world isn’t conventional, but neither was the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” This has a similar oddball charm.

Clayne Crawford

Where you can see him: As a far less manic version of Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs on the Fox reboot of “Lethal Weapon.”

Where you may have seen him: Crawford has portrayed bad guys in “24” and “Justified.”

Why he matters: “Lethal Weapon” depends on Crawford as a more haunted, grief-stricken Riggs than the original. And he can pull it off.

Issa Rae in a scene from “Insecure,” premiering on Oct. 9 on HBO.

Issa Rae

Where you can see her: Starring in the HBO comedy “Insecure” (Oct. 9), which was co-created by Rae with TV veteran and former “Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore.

Where you may have seen her: As the star and creator of the Web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” which began in 2011.

Why she matters: Because the funny “Awkward Black Girl” proved Rae’s voice deserves a larger platform. Plus, name how many TV comedies center on women of color. Go ahead, we’ll wait.