Fringe: this is such an obvious choice for Sheppard I had to double check that he hadn’t been in it already, but can’t you just see him as a shadowy force trying to interfere with the fate of the universe(s)? Plus, I think he’d work well with Walter, a cynical counterpoint to his craziness.
Downton Abbey: the last series was widely acknowledged to be tepid, so introduce Mark as a cocky American who is mistrusted by the servants, clashes with the household but ultimately wins the respect of the Dowager Countess by giving as good as he gets in the barbed remark stakes. Maggie Smith and Mark Sheppard in the same scene? My TV might explode in joy.
Torchwood: an obvious and an easy one, this: he’s already in the Whoniverse, so why not just shunt him into this show? After the flailing mess that was Miracle Day, it could certainly use the boost. Plus, his character Canton Delaware is gay, which would open the door to some high octane flirting between him and Jack (and also give the actor a rare chance to flirt – it’s odd that despite his attractiveness and undeniable charisma, he rarely gets given any sort of romantic role.). As an aside, bring him back to Doctor Who, please?
Good Omens: seriously, I won’t stop going on about this till it happens. Having played Crowley so successfully in Supernatural – where he waltzes off with every scene he is in with demonic ease – surely it makes sense to have him play his namesake in an adaptation of the book that, ahem, seems to have inspired a lot of the Supernatural storylines. Make it happen, Gaiman!
Homeland: Sheppard’s inscrutability is one of his biggest draws – you are never entirely sure what is going on behind those eyes, so why not put that to use in a show that trades on false perception? He’d be great as a shadowy agent for an undisclosed military organisation.
Castle: OK, this thriving police show doesn’t need the help, but having given viewers a fan-pleasing reunion of Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion, how about reuniting Badger and Mal one more time?
Glee: given this show’s dramatic fall from grace, only a Sheppard infusion can… oh, who am I kidding? Not even Mark Sheppard can save Glee now…
*OK, I made that statistic up. But it feels true.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – what shows do you think Mark should enliven? And of course I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with more Fangirl Unleashed. In the meantime, do feel free to pop over to my blog, Body of a Geek Goddess, and remember you can check out my urban fantasy novel dark Dates on Amazon (click here for UK, here for US).