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It's like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it
Nearly 15 years ago (yes, we're all old now!), the teen romance A Walk To Rememberwas released to teach impressionable teenage girls (and their guilt-tripped boyfriends) about love, redemption and faith.
The movie remains one of the definitive films of its genre and helped to define Nicholas Sparks' obsessive, cult-like following. It also aided Mandy Moore in her transition from sugar-coated pop star to legitimate actress. This fall, the romantic film, about a teenage girl with leukemia who finds her soulmate in the final months of her life, will have new relevance: the weepy drama has staged a quiet takeover of the fall TV season.
Four -- that's right four -- of the movie's then-budding stars have leading roles this season. Here is where you can catch them all.
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, who played A Walk to Remember's ill-fated heroine Jamie Sullivan, will continue to make you weep this fall as she stars in NBC's Parenthood-replacement series This Is Us. She's a new mother who suffers a very traumatic delivery in the show's first episode. The series will follow her and her husband (Gilmore Girls' Milo Ventimiglia) as they raise their newly expanded family and find their way as parents.
This Is Us premieres Sept. 20 at 10/9c on NBC.
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Shane West, Salem
Shane West took on the role of the bad boy with a heart of gold in A Walk to Remember, but he's given in to the dark side on his WGN America series Salem. Jamie's Bible lessons probably won't help him much now that he's playing John Alden, the lover of the show's head witch Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery). This season, John will be up to his head in hell beasts and satanic creatures in the wake of Mary's death. We can only bet he misses those "secret friend" sessions with Jamie now.
Salem Season 3 premieres Nov. 2 at 9/8c on WGN America.
Clayne Crawford, Lethal Weapon and Rectify
SundanceTV reveals final season premiere date for Rectify
It's probably hard to recognize Clayne Crawford as Landon's (West) barely redeemable former best friend Dean now that he's grown out his hair and is sporting serious facial hair, but he'll be pulling double duty this fall. Later this month he'll take over Mel Gibson's iconic role of Martin Riggs in Fox's Lethal Weaponremake, and mark our words, he'll be on everyone's MVP list later this year for what he's able to accomplish in the series. However, if reboots aren't your thing, you can see Crawford in a much more subdued performance in the final season of SundanceTV's critically beloved drama Rectify. When Crawford becomes a household name this fall, you'll be able to say you knew him when, by which we mean you'll have known he was special from that emotional fight scene between him and West in the A Walk to Remember high school cafeteria.
Lethal Weapon premieres Sept. 21 at 8/9c on Fox and Rectify returns Oct. 26 at 10/9c on SundanceTV.
Lauren German, Luficer
Lauren German had to battle inner demons as Belinda, Landon's jilted ex in A Walk To Remember. Now she's babysitting Satan himself on Fox's Lucifer. In the show's second season, German's Detective Chloe Decker will have her hands full with Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and his mom (Tricia Helfer), who has also shown up to wreak havoc amongst mortals. The good news here is that the Lucifer triangle is finally one where German can come out on top and make up for Belinda's bitter loss in the A Walk to Remember war for Landon's heart.
Lucifer Season 2 premieres Sept. 19 at 9/8c.