In the television industry, it can frequently be very difficult for new shows coming out of the gate to assert themselves on the landscape. Sadly, many series, regardless of their creative premises, are cut short after only a few seasons. Jon Hardman Feldman’s Tru Calling is one such series. Premiering in 2003, the show followed the adventures of Tru Davies, a twenty-two-year-old medical student who discovers that she has the ability to relive days in order to prevent people from dying. As a result, she finds herself leading a double life, struggling to juggle her personal responsibilities with her newfound power.
Starring Eliza Dushku, Matt Bomer, Zach Galfinakis, A.J. Cook and Jason Priestly, the show seemed poised to become the next big sci-fi hit. Nevertheless, it lasted for only one and a half seasons, with the last episode airing on January 21, 2008, almost three years after the rest of season two. For that reason, this show has often been described by those that remember it as “the one that got away”—the one that could still be great if it found its way into the hands of an ambitious new showrunner.
With any luck, this is something that could happen in the future, especially given the recent wave of remakes and reprisals ordered by Netflix, Hulu and several television networks. However, until that occurs, let’s take some time to explore what the show’s stellar cast is up to now!
Eliza Dushku (Tru Davies)
Before Eliza Dushku was cast as Tru Davies in Tru Calling, she was making a name for herself as Missy in the widely popular comedy Bring It On, as Faith on the cult classic series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as Jessie in the horror film Wrong Turn. After Tru Calling ended, Dushku bounced between projects, scoring roles in the movies On Broadway, Nobel Son, Sex and Breakfast, The Coverup, The Alphabet Killer, Open Graves, Locked In, Noah, The Scribbler and Jane Wants a Boyfriend. In addition, she landed parts in the shows Dollhouse and Leap Year, and did voice-acting in Torchwood: Web of Lies and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. She is currently starring on the show Banshee and can be seen in the upcoming film Eloise.
Matt Bomer (Luc Johnston)
Like many others in the cast, Matt Bomer has become a household name in the years following his role in Tru Calling. In addition to guest-starring in the shows Traveler, Chuck and Glee, he scored roles in the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, In Time, Magic Mike, Winter’s Tale, Space Station 76, The Normal Heart, Magic Mike XXL and The Nice Guys. In 2009, he landed his most notable part: that of Neal Caffrey in White Collar. When that show ended in 2014, he immediately joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel. Fans can expect to see him in the upcoming films Monty Clift, The Last Tycoon, The Magnificent Seven and Walking Out.
Shawn Reaves (Harrison Davies)
For the most part, Shawn Reaves’s acting credits have been few and far between since Tru Calling ended. He guest-starred on Law and Order: SVU, CSI: Miami and Life. He also landed parts in the films Damages, Shadowheart and Parallel Worlds: A New Rock Music Experience. His most recent role was in the 2015 short film Anonymous Addiction.
Zach Galifanakis (Davis)
Tru Calling was one of Zach Galifanakis’s first major television roles, and it wouldn’t be his last! Over the last decade and a half, Galifanakis has landed prominent roles in television and movies. Some of his film credits include: Into the Wild, What Happens in Vegas, Visioneers, Gigantic, The Hangover, G-Force, Up in the Air, Youth in Revolt, Little Fish Strange Pond, Dinner for Schmucks, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Due Date, The Hangover Part II, Puss in Boots, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, The Campaign, The Hangover Part III and Are You Here. He also starred in the shows Dog Bites Man, Reno 911, Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show: Great Job, Bored to Death, Baskets and Bob’s Burgers. Fans can expect to see him in the upcoming films Tulip Fever, Masterminds, Keeping Up With the Joneses, The Lego Batman Movie and The Something.
A.J. Cook (Lindsay Walker)
Since playing Lindsay Walker on Tru Calling, A.J. Cook has worked on a variety of different small and big screen projects. She landed roles in the films Final Destination 2, I’m Reed Fish, Night Skies, Misconceptions, Mother’s Day, Least Among Saints and Wer. She also guest-starred on the show Law and Order: SVU and is currently starring as Jennifer Jareau on the hit show Criminal Minds.
Jason Priestly (Jack Harper)
Best known for playing Brandon Walsh on 90210, Jason Priestly had already made a name for himself as an actor long before he joined the cast of Tru Calling. In the years after the show ended, he continued to take on roles that challenged him. Some of his post-Tru Calling film credits include Going the Distance, Hot Tamale, Made in Brooklyn, Enter the Dangerous Mind and Zoom. He also scored leading roles in the shows Love Monkey, Side Order of Life, Call Me Fitz, and most recently, Raising Expectations and Private Eyes. He also starred in several made-for-TV movies, such as Don’t Cry Now, The Other Woman and Expecting a Miracle, and guest-starred on Medium, My Name is Earl, Psych, Haven, How I Met Your Mother and Hot in Cleveland.
Jessica Collins (Meredith Davies)
After playing Meredith Davies in Tru Calling, Jessica Collins went on to have quite a successful acting career. In addition to starring in the films The Ranch, Dirty Love, Live! and Open House, she scored roles in the shows Everwood, Unscripted, Big Shots, Nip/Tuck, Scoundrels, NCIS, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Benjamin Benitez (Gardez)
Last but not least, we have Benjamin Benitez, who played Gardez in Tru Calling. In the years after the show ended, Benitez scored roles in the shows Wanted, CSI Miami, Cold Case, Smith, My Name is Earl, Moonlight, Geminin Division, Knight Rider, Eleventh Hour, Life on Mars, Prison Break, The Young and the Restless, Three Rivers, True Detective and Castle. He also starred in the films Che: Part 2, Madea Goes to Jail, Love Sick Diaries and Rushlights.