Meet the 10 rising stars of fall TV you need to know

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From left, Alfonso Herrera, Tori Anderson, and Corey Hawkins.

There's a fantastic crop of talent starring on new television shows this fall.

Business Insider took a look at the pilots, canvassed the first-look clips, and chose a pretty dynamic list of newbies to watch over the next few months.

This year's list represents some real dedication among TV producers to reflect diversity in their casting. It also includes actors and actresses you may recognize from some of your favorite shows already.

Unlike our list of fall TV's biggest stars, these people have yet to lead a series (though some will do that now) or become a household name. But among fall's freshman class, these are the talented individuals who will likely become the center of water-cooler conversations.

Meet 10 fresh faces of the fall 2016 TV season:

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Chrissy Metz, "This Is Us" (NBC)

Chrissy Metz, "This Is Us" (NBC)

You may recognize Chrissy Metz from FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show" as Barbara, aka the "Fat Lady."

On "This Is Us," she plays Karen, who struggles with an eating disorder and romantic issues.

William Jackson Harper, "The Good Place" (NBC)

William Jackson Harper, "The Good Place" (NBC)

Since 2007, William Jackson Harper has appeared in small roles on several TV shows, including "Person of Interest," "The Blacklist," and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

On "The Good Place," he plays Kristen Bell's charismatic guide to heaven.

Kylie Bunbury, "Pitch" (Fox)

Kylie Bunbury, "Pitch" (Fox)

Last seen on CBS now-canceled "Under the Dome," Kylie Bunbury also starred on Spike TV's first scripted project, "Tut."

This fall, she heads up her own show as Ginny, the first female pitcher for the San Diego Padres on Fox's "Pitch."

Lucas Till, "MacGyver" (CBS)

Lucas Till, "MacGyver" (CBS)

Fans of the "X-Men" movie franchise may recognize Lucas Till in the role of Alex Summers, aka Havoc. He has also appeared in several small roles on TV shows, including "Comedy Bang! Bang!" "House," and "Medium."

This fall, he'll fill Richard Dean Anderson's boat shoes in the title role of MacGyver in Fox's remake of the '80s detective series.

Tori Anderson, "No Tomorrow" (The CW)

Tori Anderson, "No Tomorrow" (The CW)

For years, Tori Anderson has been a fixture on Canadian TV shows. A couple, such as "The LA Complex," have made it to the US.

On "No Tomorrow," Anderson plays a woman whose neighbor believes the world is ending and convinces her to join him as he makes the most of the life he has.

Corey Hawkins, "24: Legacy" (Fox)

Corey Hawkins, "24: Legacy" (Fox)

After playing a young Dr. Dre in the acclaimed NWA biopic "Straight Outta Compton," Corey Hawkins has gotten a taste of fame. He also had a short stint on "The Walking Dead."

But all eyes will be on Hawkins come fall, because he's the new face of the "24" franchise. On "24: Legacy," he plays Eric Carter, a military man who discovers a past mission has followed him back to American soil and, of course, the clock is ticking.

Augustus Prew, "Pure Genius" (CBS)

Augustus Prew, "Pure Genius" (CBS)

Augustus Prew has appeared in several movies, including "Kick-Ass 2," "Charlie St. Cloud," and "About a Boy." But TV viewers may recognize him from a recurring role on Showtime's "The Borgias" as the young prince of Naples.

On "Pure Genius," he plays James Bell, a tech billionaire who strives to revolutionize medical care with a state-of-the-art hospital.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, "Fleabag" (Amazon)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, "Fleabag" (Amazon)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is best known in the UK, but American viewers who love British series will probably know her from the crime drama "Broadchurch."

On Amazon's "Fleabag," Waller-Bridge plays a nutty, edgy woman who just bumps into one awkward situation after another in London.

Alfonso Herrera, "The Exorcist" (Fox)

Alfonso Herrera, "The Exorcist" (Fox)

Up until now, Alfonso Herrera's acting and singing career has been in his native Mexico. He has starred in several movies and shows there. But Netflix subscribers may remember him in the role of Hernando on "Sense8."

On Fox's "The Exorcist," he plays a Catholic priest who not only has his own internal demons, but is called to battle actual ones that are causing havoc in his town.

Issa Rae, "Insecure" (HBO)

Issa Rae, "Insecure" (HBO)

Issa Rae found fame on YouTube with her web series "Awkward Black Girl."

On "Insecure," Rae finds comfort in the sisterhood of her black best friend, while her days are spent at her job at an all-white social service agency and navigating the racial waters of Los Angeles.

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