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Keri Russell’s The Americans Makes Us Wish These 5 Other Former Teen Stars Would Turn TV Spies

Keri Russell, Kristen Bell, Katie Holmes, Alexis Bledel, Linda Cardellini, Neve Campbell

Former TV teens we love: Keri Russell, Kristen Bell, Katie Holmes, Alexis Bledel, Linda Cardellini and Neve Campbell

Now that we’ve seen how much potential Keri Russell’s upcoming FX series, The Americans, has — thanks to a trailer posted last week and an eerie scene up on Buzzfeed this morning — we are crossing our fingers that she is part of a trend. With former My So Called Life star Claire Danes busting terrorists on Homeland, and Felicity alum Russell working as a Soviet spy living deeply undercover on this new show, the way has been paved for other former TV teens to make huge comebacks in dramas of their own.

Kristen Bell’s been making a career of quirky romantic comedies, but now that she’s expecting her first child, we can imagine her going back to her Veronica Mars roots and settling down into another sassy detective role. (It doesn’t have to be the long-promised grown-up version of VM, but pretty please, TV gods, can it be?) We got all excited for Alexis Bledel’s small guest stint on Mad Men — could the Gilmore Girl have been testing waters for a bigger part on the small screen? Seeing that Vanity Fair Freaks and Geeks reunion made us eager to see more of Linda Cardellini. And though Neve Campbell and Katie Holmes probably got their fill of soapy angst on Party of Five and Dawson’s Creek, we think they could thrive in good procedural mysteries or the like.

What kinds of TV shows would you pick for these ladies? Flip through photos of them in their memorable roles and today, and then share your ideas in the comments below!

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Downton Abbey Prequel: We Fantasy Cast Robert And Cora!

Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, Alexis Bledel and Matthew Lewis

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes must have known he’d make fans across the globe froth at the mouth in excitement over his statements at a BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture. When the ITV series is over, he wants to write a prequel book. Which, we assume, would become another TV show.

“I do actually have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship of Robert and Cora, when all those American heiresses were arriving in London,” he said, per the BBC. “They had a slightly troubled courtship, because she was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money.”

This sounds beyond fun. And immediately, we started dreaming up who could step into the roles made famous by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern. According to the very extensive Downton Abbey Wikia, Robert and Cora were about 20 when they got married. Based on that, these photos of Hugh and Elizabeth when they were younger (the earliest one of Hugh we have is from 10 years ago, when he was 39; this pic of Elizabeth is of her at about 25), and just our own personal wishes, we arrived at Matthew Lewis and Alexis Bledel. Since the end of Harry Potter, when everyone realized that Neville Longbottom was suddenly hot, we’ve been hoping to see more of Lewis. Bledel really looks like a young McGovern, and that bit we saw of her on Mad Men last season left us eager for more grown-up Rory Gilmore. What do you think? Share your own casting ideas with us on Twitter @VH1Celebrity! Read more…

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TV Worlds Collide! Mad Men‘s Pete Campbell Is Dating Rory Gilmore In Real Life!

Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser hooks up with guest star Alexis Bledel

It was weird enough when Rory Gilmore (better known as Alexis Bledel) time traveled back into 1966 and turned up on Mad Men as a clinically bummed out housewife. It got even weirder when the blue eyed beauty turned her affections toward Vincent Kartheiser’s character Pete Campbell of all people. Yes, he of the legendary bitch face! But now we have a report that the two actors are hooking up in real life, and our TV loving minds can’t handle it.

A witness spotted Alexis and Vincent getting cuddly while boring an airplane at JFK, and immediately shot Crushable the following email:

They came over to the gate right as I was boarding and I saw him first. His hair is fuller and he’s got a beard, but I recognized him right away. Then he walked over and a girl with him sat down and it was Rory fucking Gilmore. They are not sitting in first class but him right in front of her in middle seats. Guess they booked last minute. He was leaning over the back of his seat talking to her and leaned over and kissed her.

It’s an impressive score for Vincent, considering the scuzzy make under he received for this season of Mad Men. To give the illusion of a receding hairline, the dedicated actor had a small portion of his head shaved! “It would be shaved back every couple of episodes another quarter of an inch,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “Later, when it grew back in, it looked completely ridiculous, like a five o’clock shadow.” He also had to pack on the pounds to complete the whole “disgruntled middle aged dude without hope” look. “I gained about 25 pounds — none of it muscle. It was a very thin layer of hot fudge sundae, chicken wings and pizza.”

But at the end of the day, we guess Alexis was able to look past appearances and see Vincent for what he really is: a man without a toilet. Or maybe she has a thing for coworkers. She’s already dated fellow Gilmore Girls actor Milo Ventimiglia. We’re guessing she’s a method actress.

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Red Carpet Report Card

Welcome to the Red Carpet Report Card, where the stars are put to the test on their red carpet fashion choices. In today’s episode, The FABlife‘s Fashion 101 teacher, Libby Keatinge, grades Drew Barrymore, Alexis Bledel, Mischa Barton, and Katie Holmes on their red carpet style. Who balances work and play and who lets Spring Fever interfere with their studies?