Big stars on the small screen

The much talked about renaissance in American television has attracted many big stars to the small screen over the past few years.

Here's a guide to who is starring in what on the small screen, according to CNN.

Scarlett Johansson


The 29-year-old actress whose movies include Girl with a Pearl Earing (2003), the Woody Allen murder drama Match Point (2005), The Avengers (2012) and the thriller Lucy (2014), has signed up for an eight-episode TV series based on Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country, Variety reported.

Wharton's 1913 novel followed an ambitious social climber Undine Spragg. Johansson is also an executive producer.

Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn


They will lead the cast for the second season of HBO's hit series True Detective.

The first season of True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, received critical acclaim.

Farrell, 38, will play Ray Velcoro, whom HBO says is "a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department, and the mobster who owns him."

Vaughn, 44, plays Frank Seymon, "a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner."

Keanu Reeves


The dude is said to be producing and starring in the television series Rain, which is about an assassin who grapples with his identity.

Reeves, 50, was one of the biggest stars in the 1990s and 2000s with films such as Speed (1994) and the ground-breaking The Matrix trilogy.

Katherine Heigl


The former Grey's Anatomy star will be returning to television in November in the White House drama, State of Affairs.

Heigl, 35, has enjoyed great success in her movies career - Knocked Up (2006) and 27 Dresses (2008). But recent movies such as One for the Money (2012) have been box office duds.

Terrence Howard


The actor, 45, known for his roles in Crash (2004), Hustle & Flow (2005) and Iron Man (2008), is teaming up with filmmaker Lee Daniels (Precious, 2009, The Butler, 2013) to make a Fox drama called Empire, a family drama about a hip hop empire.

Jamie Lee Curtis


The 55-year-old actress will play a doctor and the mother of quadruplets, all of whom grew up as the subjects of a reality show, in a CBS drama pilot.

Curtis became a star in her film debut in Halloween (1978) and her movies include Trading Places (1983), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), and True Lies (1994).

Jennifer Lopez


The actress-singer, 45, is set to produce and star in a new NBC police drama called Shades of Blue. She will play a detective who goes undercover in the FBI's anti-corruption task force.

Her breakout role was in the Selena biopic (1997) and other mccc

ovies include The Wedding Planner (2001) and the box office dud Gigli (2003).

Meg Ryan


Ryan, at one time one of the biggest box office stars in the world (When Harry Met Sally, 1989, Sleepless in Seattle, 1993, You've got Mail, 1998), has not had a hit movie over the last 10 years.

At the age of 52, she plans to make her grand return on TV by signing on to produce and star in an NBC comedy about a single mom who decides to return to work at a New York City publishing house.

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