Magazine article Variety

Multiple Dimensions

Magazine article Variety

Multiple Dimensions

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Whether it's Timothy Olyphant moonlighting as one of Mindy Kaling's love interests - a 180- degree turn from his Marshal Raylan Givens in "Justified" - or Patton Oswalt's almost ubiquitous presence as a character actor, these performers relish the opportunity to show their range.

Compiled by Steue Chagollan, Whitney Friedlander, Tim Gray, Laura Prudom

KRISTEN REEL

Her Jeannie Van Der Hooven Is the sawiest one of the guys on "House of Lies." Her properly coiffed Ingrid de Forest and the other Eagletonians on "Parkt and Recreation" play dirty, too. They just need to have brunch first.

MICHAEL J. FOX

Exudes warmth and good humor as Mike Henry, a newscaster with Parkinson's in "The Michael J. Fox Show." But Louis Canning on "The Good Wife" is like Henry's evil twin: so calculating and smart that he's irresistible.

FRED ARMISEN

He plays multiple roles in quirky sketchcomedy "Portlandia," but few characters can compare to his kooky turn as potential witness Melipnos on two episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

BEAU BRIDGES

He's a closeted university provost who can't control his impulses in "Masters of Sex," while on "The Millers," he's past the point of wanting to control anything (including his own family).

ALISON BRIE

As long-suffering Trudy Campbell on "Mad Men," she's had to contend with the foibles of highmaintenance husband Pete - who would probably get along well with her Type-A peoplepleaser Annie Edison on "Community."

MARTIN FREEMAN

The actor commits heinous crimes on "Fargo," but solves them on "Sherlock." His sadsack Minnesota insurance salesman is the complete opposite of brilliant and vulnerable Dr. Watson, who proves an invaluable ally to Sherlock Holmes.

WALTON GOGGINS

Whether stealing scenes as the silver-tongued Kentucky crime boss Boyd Crowder in "Justified" or as the vulgar, transvestite prostitute Venus Van Dam in "Sons of Anarchy," Coggins commits grand larceny in just about any role he plays.

ALLISON JANNEY

If her repressed housewife Margaret Scully on "Masters of Sex" had gone to therapy, the result might have been her Bonnie Plunkett on "Mom" - wanting to make up for lost time and build a relationship with her adult daughter (Anna Faris).

MICHIEL HULSMAN

His rugged warrior Daario Naharis on "Came of Thrones" claims to have two talents: war and women. His Cal Morrison on "Orphan Black" and Liam McCuinnis on "Nashville" certainly have no problem with the latter. And they're not immune from trouble either.

NATHAN LANE

Plays the sober finance guy on "The Good Wife" who tries to bring order to chaos. …

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