HECTOR ELIZONDO, 74: Elizondo plays Ed, owner of Outdoor Man sporting goods, for which Tim Allen serves as marketing director, on ABC's Last Man Standing. He tells us Ed is "a delight. It's a great opportunity to explore a character this eccentric. He's going through his past-mid-life crisis into another crisis." His character and Allen's are long-time friends, but in real life, Elizondo barely met Allen before beginning the show. "It took us about 30 seconds to get accustomed to each other," he says.
JAMES SPADER, 51: Fans of The Office who feared the show might not survive the departure of Steve Carell were heartened to learn that James Spader's cocksure character, Robert California, Dunder-Mifflin-Sabre CEO, would be returning to the show as its new star. The three-time Emmy winner has said the evolution of his role into a full-time job came as a surprise to him, and he's looking forward to more surprises. His hair-raising creepy stare is featured in Season 8 promos and makes you want to see more.