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10 Celebrities Whose Careers Were Revived By TV

Once upon a time, you practically had to drag movie stars by the ear in order to appear on TV. According to their agents, being on TV was the nail in the coffin. But somewhere down the line, headlinin

Once upon a time, you practically had to drag movie stars by the ear in order to appear on TV. According to their agents, being on TV was the nail in the coffin. But somewhere down the line, headlining a television show became a hot trend among many movie stars. Even big names such as Matthew McConaughey, got in on the act by appearing on the first season of True Detective. Luckily for the Dallas Buyer's Club star and Oscar winner, his movie career was still going strong, but others haven't been so lucky. Some stars had once vibrant careers that stalled, while others worked steadily in movies, but somehow just couldn't break through. That is, until they moved to TV and finally ended up becoming household names. Here is a look at the top ten celebrities who revived their careers by deciding to make the move to TV.

10 Jennifer Lopez

9 Kerry Washington

8 Zooey Deschanel

7 Terrence Howard

6 Viola Davis

5 Kevin Spacey

4 Anna Faris

3 Charlie Sheen

2 Martin Sheen

1 Sarah Jessica Parker

So who made it to the number one spot? Why, it’s Sarah Jessica Parker, star of the successful and iconic HBO comedy Sex and the City. Now, to be fair, Parker did get her start in TV, appearing in such show as 3-2-1 Contact and Square Pegs. However, she was better known for her film career, which included both critical darlings (Ed Wood), little known gems (Miami Rhapsody) and some headscratchers (Striking Distance). Then came along the HBO comedy Sex and the City, and suddenly almost every woman in the world wanted to travel to New York, drink Cosmopolitans and find their very own Mr. Big. Carrie Bradshaw became such an icon that her laptop actually sits inside of the Smithsonian. While the movies may not have the same spark, it really doesn’t matter. Parker and her character have become a big part of TV history, and also helped establish cable TV as a big awards contender.

Sources: Gold Derby, LA Times, Time

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