As the latest slate of series start to roll out, TV viewers will be introduced to a whole new class of young stars. While some might look familiar, none have had such high profile rules on prime time shows. Here's a look at some of the fresh faces coming to television.
Jacob Artist on 'Glee'
It probably seemed impossible to replace "Glee's" brooding bad boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman. But since he graduated last season, William McKinley High School needed a new stud. Leave it the show's creator Ryan Murphy to fill his shoes with a long-lost mystery brother named Jake. So far the chair-throwing candidate for anger management seems to have as many rough edges as his big bro did. But clearly a turn in the show choir will help smooth those out.
Although he's a relative newcomer, Artist may look familiar to romance fans. He played Stephen Sullivan in the TV movie "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening" earlier this year. Next up he'll star in the sci-film "The Philosophers" with James D'Arcy and Freddie Stroma.
Bebe Wood on 'The New Normal'
Just like on "Glee," there are lots of compelling characters on Ryan Murphy's new show "The New Normal." But the most entertaining so far is Shania Clemmons. The ten-year-old actress who plays, Bebe Wood, is bringing bits of her off-camera persona to her part. A fan of the documentary "Grey Gardens," Wood was known to impersonate the movie's star Little Edie Beale around the set. Murphy was so intrigued by her imitation that he had Shania do it on the show, too.
Clara Mamet on 'The Neighbors'
The entertainment industry is in Clara Mamet's blood. Her father is famed writer-director David Mamet. Her mother is actress and singer Rebecca Pidgeon. And her half-sister Zoisa Mamet has skyrocketed to success in the last couple of years on shows like "Mad Men" and "Girls."
When the ABC comedy "The Neighbors" premiered in September, it was Clara's turn to shine. She plays Amber Weaver, the teenage daughter in a normal suburban family who discovered that there were aliens living next door. If she has even a fraction of the talent of her real life family, she'll no doubt become a big star.
Hudson Thames on 'Malibu Country'
Hudson Thames earned his first professional television credit six years ago with a part on "The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend." Appearances on shows like "Without a Trace" and "Shake It Up!" followed. Now he's busier than most actors could dream of. His web series, "Greetings from Home" debuted on September 19. And his prime time series "Malibu Country," starring Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin will premiere on ABC in November. And to top it all off, his latest movie "The A-List" is in post-production.
"The New Normal" airs on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. Central. "The Neighbors" airs on Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. Central. "Glee" airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central on FOX. "Malibu Country" premieres on Friday, November 2 on ABC.
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