Fall TV: New Shows' Hottest Guys
The Class (CBS)
Jason Ritter, 26, has big comedic shoes to fill following in the footsteps of his late father John Ritter. "Right before I went on (an audition), someone would go, 'Oh, we all loved your dad,'" he told the Newark Star-Ledger. "My insecurities would overwhelm me." Now, though, Ritter – who's an uptight guy arranging a reunion on Class – is fiercely confronting comparisons. "I really feel like I am putting my head into the lion's jaws."
Six Degrees (ABC)
While his lawyer character Carlos isn't sure "if he's in the right place in his life" on Six Degrees, a show about finding interpersonal links in New York City, Hernandez, 28, has found his soulmate offscreen: girlfriend Daniella, a child-psychology student. "It's just some connection that you can't find with the majority of people out there," he says about their relationship. "It's really about building a very strong friendship."
The Nine (ABC)
Wolf has grown up since his days playing teenaged Bailey Salinger on Party of Five, but the 38-year-old actor (who plays a doctor in the bank-heist drama The Nine) embraces his maturing looks. "I like that I still look younger than I am," says Wolf, who's married to Real World alum Kelly Limp. "But I like seeing the life I've lived on my face."
The Game (The CW)
Before the acting bug bit, Pooch Hall, 30, was a college football star. Now he's going to the pros in the comedy The Game. A child of divorce, Hall says it was his athletic prowess that helped him through his tough teenage years. "My way of trying to make it out was through sports," he said recently.
Friday Night Lights (NBC)
"The most important thing (for Taylor) is the big W: the win," Chandler told Entertainment Weekly about his driven football coach on Lights. But offscreen, the King Kong star aims for balance between work and family: He's married to writer Katherine Kyl, with whom he has two daughters.
Playing a buttoned-up FBI kidnapping expert is a far cry from his baring-it-all role as sexed-up ad exec Brian on the Showtime series Queer As Folk. But the art-school dropout is ready to tackle any acting challenge. "I feel lucky that I was able to discover an art form and reconnect with the creativity I was completely unconnected to," he told New York's Newsday.
He may be a brash FBI hostage negotiator on Standoff, but in real life, the 39-year-old actor best known for his turn on Sex and the City and the cult classic Office Space is a shy guy. "There are some people who are naturally outgoing," he says. "I'm not that way." What subjects get him talking? Music (he plays piano) and home repair. "That's about my only sport."