Even a glamorous Hollywood actor needs to shake up the old routine once in a while.
As you’ve seen from Zap2it’s Familiar Faces for Fall TV, actors love to try on new roles. Sometimes, they don’t even wait until they’re free before taking on another one. Luckily, with the broad TV landscape, they’re able to juggle their regular gigs alongside their choice of juicy guest appearances, reality competitions or other challenges.
Here’s a look at some of the ambitious small-screen stars pulling double duty and occasionally triple duty during the 2009-2010 TV season.
Not only will Miss Tyra smile with her eyes hosting the lucky 13th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model,” the mini edition, but she’ll stay in The CW family, playing a larger-than-life actress named Ursula Nyquist for a guest role on “Gossip Girl.”(The CW)
After playing dutiful and bright-eyed wife Trudy Campbell on AMC’s 1960s-era “Mad Men,” Brie will get contemporary for NBC’s “Community” as community college student Annie, who joins a bunch of misfits for a study group. (NBC)
Besides reprising her role as porn actress/meth addict Kimber Henry on FX’s “Nip/Tuck,” Carlson will stay melodramatic on sister network The CW as a high-powered Hollywood Madame on the highly anticipated “Melrose Place” reboot. (FX)
So many secrets. On Showtime‘s “Dexter,” Carradine returns as the recurring Special Agent Frank Lundy, on the hunt for a wily serial killer, while over on FOX’s “Dollhouse,” he’ll portray businessman Matthew Harding, who is somehow involved in the past of one of the Dolls. (Showtime)
On the second-season premiere of FOX’s“Lie to Me,” Christensen will play a woman with dissociative identity disorder who poses a challenge for the Lightman Group. Later, she’ll play successful sister Julia Braverman on NBC‘s midseason show “Parenthood.”(NBC)
Dacascos presides over the gastronomical competition as the hungry Chairman on Food Network‘s “Iron Chef America” and then uses his nimble-footed talents on ABC’s ninth season of “Dancing With the Stars”. (Food Network)
TV veteran Danson is in high demand this season, with three shows to his name. He joins HBO‘s freshman comedy “Bored to Death” as George Christopher, the boss of a writer-wannabe private eye, and will reprise his roles on the cable network’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” playing himself and on FX’s drama “Damages” as corrupt billionaire CEO Arthur Frobisher. (HBO)
The Duffster guest stars on The CW‘s “Gossip Girl” as a former child star who becomes roomies with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) at college and even lands a juicy romance. Then, over on ABC Family, she’ll star in the original movie “The Business of Falling in Love” as a reporter who decides to write about her experiences wooing a man in a suit. (Zap2it)
Flynn may play a patriarch and quarry manager on ABC comedy “The Middle,” but he told TV critics in July that he’ll likely put on the janitor’s coveralls again this season for the revamped “Scrubs.”(ABC)
Suit up! When Harris isn’t playing suit-wearing womanizer Barney on “How I Met Your Mother,” he’ll uh, wear a suit for his gig hosting the Emmys. (CBS)
As a regular on FOX’s musical dramedy “Glee,” Mays brings her signature wide-eyed earnestness to Emmy Pillsbury, the high school’s guidance counselor who harbors unrequited feelings for the new Spanish teacher and director of the glee club. Over on “Heroes,” she’ll return for one episode as the sweet waitress Charlie, Hiro’s (Masi Oka) ill-fated object of affection. (FOX)
Since Mazar only pops up on HBO’s “Entourage” every now and then as Vince’s (Adrian Grenier‘s) publicist Shauna Roberts, she’ll have plenty of time to cut a rug as one of the contestants on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”(HBO)
When MacFarlane isn’t voicing numerous characters on his FOX animated comedies “Family Guy” or its spinoff “The Cleveland Show,” the writer-actor-producer actually gets to show his mug in a recurring role on ABC’s“FlashForward” as a special agent who’s helping to puzzle out the meaning of a two-minute blackout during which everyone in the world saw a vision of their future. (FOX)
On the ABC series remake of “V,” Mitchell plays Homeland Security agent Erica Evans, who’s part of the resistance movement against alien visitors who claim to be friends. Over on the network’s hit show “Lost,” she’ll reprise her role as Dr. Juliet Burke -- who may or may not still be alive. Sniffle. (ABC)
Chef Gordon Ramsay will go from haranguing the risotto-challenged “Hell’s Kitchen” contestants to chiding audiences at home during his one-hour special “Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live,” in which he gives viewers step-by-step instructions how to cook a three-course meal. (FOX)
On the “90210" second-season premiere, Rohm will play a rather catty socialite who will get all up in Naomi’s (AnnaLynn McCord) grill. Later on “Heroes,” she’ll play Lauren Gilmore in a guest appearance, the details of which remain under wraps. (Slaven Vlasic/Abaca-MCT)
This season, Trachtenberg has the opportunity to play good -- newbie nurse Chloe Payne on NBC’s “Mercy” -- and evil -- Georgina Sparks stirring up trouble for the Upper East Siders on The CW‘s “Gossip Girl.”(NBC)
As if being brooding antihero Chuck Bass on “Gossip Girl” weren’t enough, Westwick will head to the West Coast for a guest appearance on “Californication” as a college student a wee bit obsessed with vampire literature. (The CW)