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The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars  

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List Rules Vote up the best current TV shows that feature actors who are usually in movies. Series must be currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service

Between cable, Netflix, and premium channels like HBO and Showtime, there are a lot of high budget shows out there nowadays. Television shows have bigger budgets than ever before and that has brought a lot of the Hollywood's most recognizable movie stars to the small screen. Danny DeVito, Zooey Deschanel, Don Cheadle, and many other big name movie stars are all currently trying their hand at television shows, most with considerable success.

Current entertainment is much different than it was just a decade or two ago and movie stars moving to TV is a relatively new phenomenon. Increases in budget and production value have incentivized movie stars to make the jump and many new shows have at least one movie star on the cast, if not more.

Film used to be in a league of its own. Whether it was actors, special effects, quality, or any number of other elements, it used to be easy to tell the difference between a movie and just another mediocre television show, sometimes from  a single frame. Now, those lines have been seriously blurred. Huge budget shows like Game of Thrones have proven that shows can be just as good, if not better, than movies. Then add all of the new shows from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu into the equation and the television show landscape is in completely uncharted territory. Everywhere you look, there are movie stars on television.

Now, check out this list of the best current TV shows of 2019 starring movie stars and vote up the best of them all.

 

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Nixon, Thor, Meet Joe Black)

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
NBC
James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wall Street, Pretty in Pink)
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Moulin Rouge) 

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually)

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Showtime
William H. Macy (Fargo, Pleasantville)
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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Showtime
Liev Schreiber (Lee Daniel's The Butler, Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Jonny Lee Miller (Mansfield Park, Hackers)

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Dominic Cooper (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Viola Davis ( The Help, Prisoners)
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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Kiefer Sutherland (Lost Boys, Stand By Me, Dark City)

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
FX
Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, L.A. Confidential)
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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
HBO
Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6, The Scorpion King, San Andreas)
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Billions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, Rock of Ages)
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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
HBO
T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, Deadpool, Big Hero 6)
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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Movie Star: Forest Whitaker (The Butler, The Last King of Scotland, Arrival)

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Carnival Row is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Amazon Video

Orlando Bloom (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Netflix

Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Man Of Steel)

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Hulu

Movie Star: George Clooney (Hail, Caesar!,O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven)

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