May Madness Nominations: Current TV Comedies

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I love TV-related bracket tournaments. What I don’t love is said tournaments leaving out so many great shows (yes, Hulu, I’m looking at you), and not giving TV fans a chance to pick which shows are included.

So in preparation for TV Breakroom’s May Madness bracket tournament, you, this site’s readers, get to choose which 64 shows will battle it out for the best show of all time!

I’m dividing this competition into four sections (though the bracket itself will be randomized), between past and present shows, as well as comedies and dramas. Present shows will include renewed shows and any shows that have aired episodes October 2013 or later (even if they have since been canceled). Comedies will include all 20-30 minute shows, while dramas will include 40 minute plus shows, even if they are very funny. So Psych, which you might consider a past TV comedy, will actually be among the present TV dramas. Each of these 4 sections will have their own nomination poll, in consecutive weeks. Last week’s poll selected great dramas like Leverage, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and 14 others! (Update: A three-way tie for 16th place was broken by a one-day Facebook poll, and Veronica Mars secured the last spot.)

This site’s typical guidelines (scripted, live-action, primetime shows) apply. So don’t look for (or nominate) The Simpsons, Whose Line is It Anyway?, daytime soaps, or variety shows. Online shows like those created by Netflix and Amazon are eligible, web series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes (no matter how much we love The Guild) are not. Shows must have aired either a full season or at least 5 episodes to be eligible as well.

I did my best to include all the current TV comedies that meet the guidelines. Feel free to nominate any great ones I missed, and if they meet the guidelines I’ve outlined above, I will add them to the poll.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 10 of your favorite current TV comedies. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into our bracket tournament next month!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s May Madness nominations! Voting ends around 12AM April 28th, and the top 16 will make it into our bracket.

Which current TV comedies deserve to be in our May Madness bracket? (Choose up to 10!)

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May Madness Nominations: Past TV Dramas

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I love TV-related bracket tournaments. What I don’t love is said tournaments leaving out so many great shows (yes, Hulu, I’m looking at you), and not giving TV fans a chance to pick which shows are included.

So in preparation for TV Breakroom’s May Madness bracket tournament, you, this site’s readers, get to choose which 64 shows will battle it out for the best show of all time!

I’m dividing this competition into four sections (though the bracket itself will be randomized), between past and present shows, as well as comedies and dramas. Present shows will include renewed shows and any shows that have aired episodes October 2013 or later (even if they have since been canceled). Comedies will include all 20-30 minute shows, while dramas will include 40 minute plus shows, even if they are very funny. So Psych, which you might consider a past TV comedy, will actually be among the present TV dramas. Each of these 4 sections will have their own nomination poll, in consecutive weeks. Last week’s poll selected great comedies like M*A*S*H, Friends, and 14 others!

This site’s typical guidelines (scripted, live-action, primetime shows) apply. So don’t look for (or nominate) The Simpsons, Whose Line is It Anyway?, or daytime soaps. Online shows like those created by Netflix and Amazon are eligible, web series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes (no matter how much we love The Guild) are not. Shows must have aired either a full season or at least 5 episodes to be eligible as well.

Especially for these past show nomination rounds, there are dozens of shows that aren’t included in the 100+ options below. Feel free to nominate any great ones I missed, and if they meet the guidelines I’ve outlined above, I will add them to the poll.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 20 of your favorite past TV dramas. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into our bracket tournament next month!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s May Madness nominations! Voting ends around 12AM April 21st, and the top 16 will make it into our bracket. Update: The three-way tie for 16th place was broken by a one-day Facebook poll, and Veronica Mars secured the last spot!

Which past TV dramas deserve to be in our May Madness bracket? (Choose up to 20!)

  • Leverage (58%, 159 Votes)
  • Angel (40%, 110 Votes)
  • Dark Angel (33%, 90 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (24%, 66 Votes)
  • Firefly (24%, 66 Votes)
  • Charmed (19%, 53 Votes)
  • House (14%, 39 Votes)
  • The X-Files (12%, 33 Votes)
  • Gilmore Girls (12%, 32 Votes)
  • Magnum, PI (12%, 32 Votes)
  • JAG (11%, 30 Votes)
  • ER (11%, 29 Votes)
  • Dexter (11%, 29 Votes)
  • Dollhouse (10%, 28 Votes)
  • Moonlight (10%, 27 Votes)
  • Star Trek (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Stargate: SGI (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Burn Notice (9%, 25 Votes)
  • Merlin (9%, 24 Votes)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (9%, 24 Votes)
  • The Ghost Whisperer (8%, 23 Votes)
  • 24 (8%, 23 Votes)
  • Eureka (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Monk (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Smallville (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Lost (8%, 21 Votes)
  • CSI: Miami (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Fringe (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Prison Break (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Chuck (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Breaking Bad (7%, 19 Votes)
  • 7th Heaven (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Stargate: Atlantis (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Pushing Daisies (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Vegas (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Miami Vice (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (6%, 17 Votes)
  • The Rockford Files (6%, 17 Votes)
  • Sex and the City (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Lie to Me (6%, 16 Votes)
  • One Tree Hill (6%, 16 Votes)
  • The Closer (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Matlock (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Columbo (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Tru Calling (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Northern Exposure (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Jericho (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Moonlighting (5%, 15 Votes)
  • The Twilight Zone (5%, 15 Votes)
  • V (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Battlestar Galactica (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Sliders (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Dead Like Me (5%, 14 Votes)
  • South of Nowhere (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Alias (5%, 14 Votes)
  • The West Wing (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Hart to Hart (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Terra Nova (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Hill Street Blues (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Roswell (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Gunsmoke (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Heroes (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Beverly Hills 90210 (5%, 13 Votes)
  • The Finder (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Hawaii Five-O (1968) (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Farscape (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Alphas (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Twin Peaks (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Gossip Girl (4%, 11 Votes)
  • The Waltons (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Dark Shadows (4%, 11 Votes)
  • St. Elsewhere (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Medium (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (4%, 11 Votes)
  • NYPD Blue (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Law & Order (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Perry Mason (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Le Femme Nikita (4%, 10 Votes)
  • China Beach (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Being Human (UK) (4%, 10 Votes)
  • The Sopranos (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Dallas (1978) (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Ringer (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Robin Hood (BBC) (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Six Feet Under (3%, 8 Votes)
  • The O.C. (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Rescue Me (3%, 8 Votes)
  • The Secret Circle (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Babylon 5 (3%, 7 Votes)
  • My So-Called Life (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Friday Night Lights (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Life Unexpected (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Private Practice (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Entourage (2%, 6 Votes)
  • The Cape (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Carnivale (2%, 6 Votes)
  • SGU Stargate Universe (2%, 6 Votes)
  • 90210 (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Smash (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Deadwood (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Blood Ties (2%, 5 Votes)
  • No Ordinary Family (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Oz (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Wonderfalls (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Freaks and Geeks (1%, 4 Votes)
  • L.A. Law (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Kyle XY (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Trauma (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Shield (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Wire (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Event (1%, 2 Votes)
  • FlashForward (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Rome (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Life (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Last Resort (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Awake (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Life on Mars (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Journeyman (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Caprica (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Mental (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Made in Jersey (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Mob Doctor (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Kings (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Felicity (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Terriers (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Undeclared (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rubicon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 274

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May Madness Nominations: Past TV Comedies

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I love TV-related bracket tournaments. What I don’t love is said tournaments leaving out so many great shows (yes, Hulu, I’m looking at you), and not giving TV fans a chance to pick which shows are included.

So in preparation for TV Breakroom’s May Madness bracket tournament, you, this site’s readers, get to choose which 64 shows will battle it out for the best show of all time!

I’m dividing this competition into four sections (though the bracket itself will be randomized), between past and present shows, as well as comedies and dramas. Present shows will include renewed shows and any shows that have aired episodes fall 2013 or later (even if they have since been canceled). Comedies will include all 20-30 minute shows, while dramas will include 40 minute plus shows, even if they are very funny. So Psych, which you might consider a past TV comedy, will actually be among the present TV dramas. Each of these 4 sections will have their own nomination poll, in consecutive weeks.

This site’s typical guidelines (scripted, live-action, primetime shows) apply. So don’t look for (or nominate) The Simpsons, Whose Line is It Anyway?, or daytime soaps. Online shows like those created by Netflix and Amazon are eligible, web series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes (no matter how much we love The Guild) are not. Shows must have aired either a full season or at least 5 episodes to be eligible as well.

Especially for these past show nomination rounds, there are dozens of shows that aren’t included in the 60+ options below. Feel free to nominate any great ones I missed, and if they meet the guidelines I’ve outlined above, I will add them to the poll.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 10 of your favorite past TV comedies. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into our bracket tournament next month!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s May Madness nominations! Voting ends around 12AM April 14th, and the top 16 will make it into our bracket.

Which past TV comedies deserve to be in our May Madness bracket? (Choose up to 10!)

  • M*A*S*H (33%, 18 Votes)
  • Hogan's Heroes (28%, 15 Votes)
  • Friends (26%, 14 Votes)
  • Gilligan's Island (22%, 12 Votes)
  • Scrubs (22%, 12 Votes)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (20%, 11 Votes)
  • The Cosby Show (19%, 10 Votes)
  • 30 Rock (19%, 10 Votes)
  • Will & Grace (17%, 9 Votes)
  • The Andy Griffith Show (17%, 9 Votes)
  • That 70s Show (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Golden Girls (17%, 9 Votes)
  • I Love Lucy (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Get Smart (17%, 9 Votes)
  • The Office (US) (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Seinfeld (15%, 8 Votes)
  • The Addams Family (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Full House (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Arrested Development (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Happy Endings (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Night Court (11%, 6 Votes)
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The Bob Newhart Show (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Laverne & Shirley (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Home Improvement (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Taxi (7%, 4 Votes)
  • The Office (UK) (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Fawlty Towers (7%, 4 Votes)
  • All in the Family (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Happy Days (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Saved By the Bell (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Fraiser (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Boy Meets World (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Cheers (6%, 3 Votes)
  • The Brady Bunch (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Roseanne (6%, 3 Votes)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Married . . . with Children (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Newhart (4%, 2 Votes)
  • NewsRadio (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Better Off Ted (4%, 2 Votes)
  • The IT Crowd (4%, 2 Votes)
  • My Name is Earl (4%, 2 Votes)
  • WKRP in Cincinnati (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Gomer Pyle: USMC (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Outsourced (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Guys With Kids (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Mr. Bean (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Reno 911! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Go On (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Party Down (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Up All Night (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sanford and Son (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Malcolm in the Middle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Honeymooners (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Weeds (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ben & Kate (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Bernie Mac Show (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

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Favorite Brother/Sister Duo Results

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In one week, our brother/sister poll received votes from nearly 1500 voters, 60% of which included our winning duo among their up to 5 choices! Also, our top four sets of siblings are all from CW shows! Check out the results below:

 

#10 – Ellie and Chuck Bartowski (Chuck), with 78 votes!

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 #9 – Dan and Jenny Humphrey (Gossip Girl), with 85 votes!

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#8 - Claire Dunphy and Mitchell Pritchett (Modern Family), with 91 votes!

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#7 – Sookie and Jason Stackhouse (True Blood), with 121 votes!

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#6 – Simon and River Tam (Firefly), with 162 votes!

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#5 – Ross and Monica Gellar (Friends), with 211 votes!

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 #4 – Annie and Dixon Wilson (90210), with 244 votes!

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#3 Oliver and Thea Queen (Arrow), with 269 votes!

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#2 – Elena and Jeremy Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries), with 467 votes!

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And our winner, #1 – Roman and Sophia (Star-Crossed), with 872 votes!!!

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Monday Madness: Favorite Hero/Villain Duo

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This Monday Madness, vote for your favorite hero/villain duos! The hero of any TV show, whether comic-book-based, sitcom, or procedural drama, always faces opposition in the pursuit of his/her goals. Often, that opposition comes from the people around our hero. But sometimes, one opposing person stands out from the crowd. They may be a twisted version of our hero, or just amazing at being evil. But you can be sure that an epic battle (of wits, weapons, or fisticuffs) is about to begin!

The pairs below are some of the more popular hero/villain duos, along with several nominated by readers of this blog. Which are your favorites? Go forth and vote!

Also, this poll is not as limited as previous ones – feel free to include older shows and villains who aren’t around for very long – just be sure to nominate ones that make an impression!

The winners of last week’s poll are here.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 5 of your favorite TV hero/villain duos. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will win!

I had a hard time coming up with duos for this list, and I know there are many more epic heroes and villains out there! As always, you can cast write-in ballots by leaving a comment, and if I receive several nominations, I may add them to the poll! Want more of a say in what makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Stay tuned – I have something special in mind for the rest of April and May!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 12AM April 7th.

Which is your favorite TV hero/villain duo? (Choose up to 5!)

  • Elena Gilbert vs. Katherine Pierce (The Vampire Diaries) (30%, 38 Votes)
  • Sherlock Holmes vs. Jim Moriarty (Sherlock) (26%, 32 Votes)
  • The Doctor vs. the Master (Doctor Who) (23%, 29 Votes)
  • Emma Swan vs. Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time) (20%, 25 Votes)
  • Steve McGarrett vs. Wo Fat (Hawaii Five-O) (16%, 20 Votes)
  • Nick Burkhardt vs. Adalind Schade (Grimm) (13%, 16 Votes)
  • Sheldon Cooper vs. Wil Wheaton (The Big Bang Theory) (12%, 15 Votes)
  • Dr. Horrible vs. Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Col. Robert Hogan vs. Col. Wilhelm Klink (Hogan's Heroes) (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Will Schuester vs. Sue Sylvester (Glee) (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Temperance Brennan vs. Christopher Pelant (Bones) (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Richard Castle vs. 3XK (Castle) (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Merlin vs. Morgana (Merlin) (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Patrick Jane vs. Red John (The Mentalist) (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Agent Phil Coulson vs. the Clairvoyant (Agents of SHIELD) (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Luke Danes vs. Taylor Doose (Gilmore Girls) (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Robin Hood vs. the Sheriff of Nottingham (BBC Robin Hood) (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Chuck Bartowski vs. Daniel Shaw (Chuck) (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Buffy Summers vs. Glory (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Nikita vs. Amanda (Nikita) (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Harold Finch vs. Root (Person of Interest) (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars vs. Sheriff Lamb (Veronica Mars) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Sydney Bristow vs. Arvin Sloane (Alias) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • John Bates vs. Thomas Barrow (Downton Abbey) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Annie Walker vs. Henry Wilcox (Covert Affairs) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Alice vs. Jafar (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Agent G. Callen vs. Marcel Janvier (NCIS: Los Angeles) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Jane Rizzoli vs. Charles Hoyt (Rizzoli & Isles) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Claire vs. Sylar (Heroes) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Michael Westen vs. Anson Fullerton (Burn Notice) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Dr. Lee Rosen vs. Stanton Parrish (Alphas) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Tessa Altman vs. Dalia Royce (Suburgatory) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Dr. Gregory House vs. Michael Tritter (House) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Ryan Hardy vs. Joe Carroll (The Following) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Vince Farraday vs. Peter Fleming (The Cape) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jessica Pearson vs. Daniel Hardman (Suits) (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 125

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Doctor Who Celebrates Nine Years Back on TV

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 9 years since Doctor Who returned to TV with the airing of “Rose”. The modern show feels like such a part of British culture that I can’t imagine the BBC without it.

It’s also difficult to realize that it’s been less than 18 months since I got into the show. Like with my first watching of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I was initially so-so about the show, a bit put off by the weirdness (whether aliens or vampires) and the cheesy special effects. Then the characters started to grip me, a plot twist blew my socks off, and the show became my new favorite!

I haven’t blogged much about Doctor Who since catching up with the modern show, thanks to a busy job and dying computer. And now that I have no job and a new computer, there are no new episodes to blog about. But that hasn’t meant that I’ve not been sharing my love of Doctor Who with the world. Just check out my British TV board on Pinterest, nearly 3,000 pins strong and focusing mostly on the Doctor (be wary of Doctor Who and Sherlock spoilers if you’re not caught up!). I also have a lot of Doctor Who on my Tumblr. I’ve introduced the show to many people and have started to collect quite a bit of DW-related paraphernalia.

Here’s a promo from the first series of the rebooted show – I would have loved the chance to watch this when it first aired!

What is your opinion of Doctor Who?

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Casts Amy Acker

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Another Whedonverse alum is joining Agents of SHIELD (the more, the merrier!) – Amy Acker! She will be appearing on at least one episode this spring as the cellist Coulson was dating before the events of The Avengers. Are you excited by this casting choice? Do you think Fred will share any scenes with Gunn? What other Whedonverse actors would you love to see on the show?

2013-2014 Save One Show Results

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Our Save One Show poll this year had nearly 3000 voters over a singular week! Each of the 14 shows below received at least 100 votes (voters could choose up to 5 shows they wanted to save), with the top show receiving almost 1600! Here are the results:

#14 – The Neighbors, with 104 votes!

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 #13 – Intelligence, with 123 votes!

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#12 – Revolution, with 126 votes!

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#11 – Enlisted, with 138 votes!

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#10 – The Crazy Ones, with 140 votes!

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#9 – Dracula, with 171 votes!

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 #8 – The Mentalist, with 178 votes!

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#7 – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, with 190 votes!

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#6 – The Tomorrow People, with 235 votes!

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#5 – Star-Crossed, with 250 votes!

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#4 – Hannibal, with 380 votes!

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#3 – Community, with 595 votes!

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#2 – Almost Human, with 612 votes!

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#1 – Beauty and the Beast, with 1597 votes!

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Monday Madness: Favorite Brother/Sister Duo

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Update: This poll is now closed. View the winners here, and check out this week’s poll!

This Monday Madness, vote for your favorite brother/sister duos! While many shows include 3, 4, or more siblings, this poll only focuses on a brother/sister pair – there may be other siblings, but only if they are less of a focus. (I may do a families poll in the future to cover families with multiple siblings like the Bluths.) As in the previous polls, I only included more recent shows, and included both half- and step-siblings, as well as adopted siblings (but not siblings-in-law).

I also did not include siblings when one of them is only in a handful of episodes.  My general rule of thumb was going with siblings who had both been in at least 1/3 of the episodes. Be sure to keep that in mind with any nominations!

The winners of last week’s poll are here.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 5 of your favorite TV brother/sister duos. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will win!

I had a hard time coming up with duos for this list, so I know there are brother/sister pairs I left out! As always, you can cast write-in ballots by leaving a comment, and if I receive several nominations, I may add them to the poll! Want more of a say in what makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll.

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 12AM March 31st.

Which is your favorite TV brother/sister duo? (Choose up to 5!)

  • Roman and Sophia (Star-Crossed) (60%, 874 Votes)
  • Elena and Jeremy Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries) (32%, 468 Votes)
  • Oliver and Thea Queen (Arrow) (18%, 269 Votes)
  • Annie and Dixon Wilson (90210) (17%, 244 Votes)
  • Ross and Monica Gellar (Friends) (14%, 211 Votes)
  • Simon and River Tam (Firefly) (11%, 162 Votes)
  • Sookie and Jason Stackhouse (True Blood) (8%, 121 Votes)
  • Claire Dunphy and Mitchell Pritchett (Modern Family) (6%, 91 Votes)
  • Dan and Jenny Humphrey (Gossip Girl) (6%, 85 Votes)
  • Chuck and Ellie Bartowski (Chuck) (5%, 78 Votes)
  • Casey and Rusty Cartwright (Greek) (4%, 54 Votes)
  • Frankie and Jane Rizzoli (Rizzoli and Isles) (3%, 40 Votes)
  • Lindsay and Sam Weir (Freaks and Geeks) (2%, 26 Votes)
  • Amber and Drew Holt (Parenthood) (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Ryan and Lisa Shay (Suburgatory) (1%, 17 Votes)
  • Daphne and J.J. Powell (No Ordinary Family) (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Ben and Kate Fox (Ben and Kate) (1%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,462

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Monday Madness: Save One Show 2013-2014

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Update: this poll is now closed. You can vote for this week’s poll here, or click the image under “Weekly Poll” in the upper left sidebar. You can also see the results post here.

It’s that time of year, when TV fans wait with bated breath to see if their favorite shows will be back next year or will suffer the horrors of cancellation!

But if you had the opportunity and could save one show, which one would it be? For the purposes of this poll, I used TV By the Numbers Renew/Cancel Index. Every live-action scripted broadcast show that they rate as on the bubble or lower, and has not yet been officially canceled or renewed, I included in the poll below.

The site will update their predictions on Tuesday, so I had to base this on last week’s results. Also, if a show is canceled or renewed while this poll is active, I will remove the option for that show. Since you can choose up to 5 shows to save in the poll, you can vote for one on every network or mix it up!

The winner of last week’s poll were the sisters of Charmed! Second place went to Buffy and Dawn (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), followed by a tie for third place between Mary, Edith, and Sybil (Downton Abbey) and Abby and Jenny (Sleepy Hollow). Fifth place was a tie between Beth and Maggie (The Walking Dead) and Mary, Lucy, and Ruthie (7th Heaven).

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 5 of your favorite TV shows. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will win!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 12AM March 24th.

Which 2013-2014 broadcast show would you save? (Choose up to 5!)

  • Beauty and the Beast (The CW) (54%, 1,597 Votes)
  • Almost Human (Fox) (21%, 612 Votes)
  • Community (NBC) (20%, 595 Votes)
  • Hannibal (NBC) (13%, 380 Votes)
  • Star-Crossed (The CW) (8%, 250 Votes)
  • The Tomorrow People (The CW) (8%, 235 Votes)
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) (6%, 190 Votes)
  • The Mentalist (CBS) (6%, 178 Votes)
  • Dracula (NBC) (6%, 171 Votes)
  • The Crazy Ones (CBS) (5%, 140 Votes)
  • Enlisted (Fox) (5%, 138 Votes)
  • Revolution (NBC) (4%, 126 Votes)
  • Intelligence (CBS) (4%, 123 Votes)
  • The Neighbors (ABC) (4%, 104 Votes)
  • The Carrie Diaries (The CW) (3%, 83 Votes)
  • Parenthood (NBC) (3%, 82 Votes)
  • Nashville (ABC) (3%, 77 Votes)
  • Trophy Wife (ABC) (2%, 51 Votes)
  • Super Fun Night (ABC) (1%, 42 Votes)
  • Mind Games (ABC) (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Rake (Fox) (1%, 18 Votes)
  • Betrayal (ABC) (1%, 17 Votes)
  • Mixology (ABC) (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Dads (Fox) (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Hostages (CBS) (0%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,957

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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Sisters

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Since our last poll featured TV brothers, now it’s time to vote for TV sisters!

Sisters seem to be a lot less common on TV than brothers. Like the previous poll, I only included more recent shows (2000-present, hence the absence of the Huxtable sisters), and included both half- and step-sisters (but not sisters-in-law). There are some slight spoilers for a few shows (two characters actually being sisters, a sister being still alive to be in multiple episodes, etc.).

I also did not include sisters when one of them is only in a handful of episodes. For example, Robin Scherbatsky’s sister Katie is only in 2 episodes (so far).  My general rule of thumb was going with sisters who had both/all been in at least 1/3 of the episodes. Be sure to keep that in mind with any nominations!

The winner of last week’s poll was Dean and Sam Winchester of Supernatural! Second place went to the Holmes brothers (Sherlock), followed by Klaus and Elijah (The Originals), Damon and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries), and Pete, Derrick, and Randy (Enlisted)!

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 5 of your favorite TV sister duos (or trios). Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will win!

Even though there are many options on this list, I know there are sisters I left out! As always, you can cast write-in ballots by leaving a comment, and if I receive several nominations, I may add them to the poll! Want more of a say in what makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll.

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 12AM March 17th.

Who are your favorite TV sisters? (Choose up to 5!)

  • Prue, Piper, and Phoebe Halliwell, and Paige Matthews (Charmed) (34%, 21 Votes)
  • Buffy and Dawn Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (31%, 19 Votes)
  • Mary, Edith, and Sybil Crawley (Downton Abbey) (27%, 17 Votes)
  • Abbie and Jenny Mills (Sleepy Hollow) (27%, 17 Votes)
  • Beth and Maggie Green (The Walking Dead) (24%, 15 Votes)
  • Mary, Lucy, and Ruthie Camden (7th Heaven) (24%, 15 Votes)
  • Annie Walker and Danielle Brooks (Covert Affairs) (15%, 9 Votes)
  • Laurel and Sara Lance (Arrow) (11%, 7 Votes)
  • Meredith and Lexie Grey (Grey's Anatomy) (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Sarah and Julia Braverman (Parenthood) (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Kristin, Mandy, and Eve Baxter (Last Man Standing) (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Siobhan Martin and Bridget Kelly (Ringer) (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Amber and Abby Weaver (The Neighbors) (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Emily Thorne and Charlotte Grayson (Revenge) (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Cassie Blake and Diana Meade (The Secret Circle) (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Amy and Ashley Juergens (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jane Kerkovich-Williams and Alex Kerkovich (Happy Endings) (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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Rebuttal to the Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who

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Just read the following article: The Actual Plot Holes in Doctor Who | Doctor Who TV. While I like that it makes the point that there are fewer plot holes in the modern version than people think, I disagree with the article about many of these being actual plot holes.

1. An out-of-place comment in the Russian translation? I’m guessing the author added this just to make it an even 10. Ludicrous that this is even included.

2. The Angels Take Manhattan end. A lot of people have a problem with this one. I explain it away in my head with the Doctor feeling he can’t mess with Amy and Rory’s timelines anymore. The gravestone indicates they should grow old and die in NYC. If he tries to mess with that, even by visiting (because how can he be sure he/they won’t try to travel together again?), it could have disastrous results.

3. Telepathic circuits. I’m not sure where it is established that only people who have been inside the TARDIS get the automatic translations. But the TARDIS is smart, and is shown in the future as extending force fields and air tunnels outside her doors. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind extending the translation ability temporarily to a few of the Doctor’s allies in a pinch.

4. Meta-Crisis Doctor. Having the same memories as the Doctor does not equal having the Doctor’s exact personality (see every single other regeneration). While Meta-Crisis is similar to Ten, the different physiology means that other things can be different as well. The same battle-born PTSD symptoms that Nine had, for example.

5. People have mentioned in the comments that whistling and snapping can be done with gloves on. Even if it couldn’t, this is far more a continuity error than a plot hole.

6. Zombie-like patients running. I see this as more of a dramatic timing thing than an actual plot hole. Some could be more sick than others, they could have grabbed a shot of adrenaline somewhere – there could be a dozen reasons for this. It’s very unimportant to the storyline, and I’m glad they didn’t waste valuable screen time explaining.

7. The Doctor’s age. This is quite easily explained with the Earth vs. Gallifreyan years theory. It’s also hard to calculate the age of a time-traveler at the best of time, let alone when years have different lengths depending on where you are in space.

8. Blink – angels moving at different speeds. Another dramatic timing issue. Who knows if weeping angels all move at the same speed? Further episodes show that they can decay and move more slowly at times.

9. Father’s Day. This is a straight up date error made by the writers, not a plot hole. Rose being missing for a whole year meant she was 19 in 2006 as well as 2005, which likely led to the error.

10. The reality bomb went off in a parallel universe. This is the one plot hole in the entire article which I feel had some merit (I might also include the Amy/Rory one). The easiest way to explain away this one is that Davros is mistaken. We know the reality bomb can effect other parallel universes, but there is nothing beyond Davros’s boast to indicate it could affect all universes. Maybe it does wipe out a dozen, a hundred, or even a million parallel universes. All we know for sure is that it doesn’t go off in our world, and Pete’s world still exists.

What do you think? Do these explanations make sense? Are there any other plot holes you see in modern Doctor Who that this article failed to mention?

The CW 2014-2015 Schedule Predictions

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I’ve been browsing through pilot options for next fall lately, especially as some exciting cast announcements have been made. A bunch of TV ratings geeks often come up with possible schedules for the coming year, so I thought I’d try my hand at one of my own!

Since the CW has only 10 hours of primetime TV to schedule and 6 pilots in contention, I’m starting with them! I’m basing this off the TVLine pilot list and renewal predictions from TV By the Numbers.

Out of the CW’s 6 pilots, The Flash, Supernatural: Bloodlines, and iZombie seem like the strongest options. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the other 3 is picked up for midseason, but two of them (Identity and Jane the Virgin) sound soapy and convoluted, and the third (The Messengers) sounds like a Heroes clone (including the Apocalypse adds a bit of a Sleepy Hollow vibe, but I doubt it could improve on the awesomeness that is Sleepy Hollow).

Supernatural, Arrow, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals have all been renewed, and it is likely Hart of Dixie will be as well, as a 4th season is needed for syndication. There may be one more renewal for under-performing The Tomorrow People, low-rated Star-Crossed (I know it’s a long shot, but I adore this show!), or yet-to-premiere The 100.

Last fall, after a special premiere after The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, The Originals moved to its own time slot as an anchor for Tuesday night. New shows tend to do better following established shows for their first year or so, but The Originals has done well at 8PM. One of the reasons I believe this occurred is due to 4 of the main characters being already well-established on The Vampire Diaries. A lot of spin-offs in TV today are set in the same world as the original show and are introduced in an episode or two, but it’s rare for so many main and reoccurring cast members to move to a new show.

As far as  I can tell, The Flash and Supernatural: Bloodlines won’t have that advantage, so I believe they will do best airing after their respective original shows. The Originals has already shown it can anchor a night, so I would move it to the troublesome Mondays, to avoid having to launch a new show on that night. I think Reign would be well-suited to follow The Originals – the frequent historical flashbacks in the vampire show would make it the best match to the network’s only historical drama.

For the plum post-Vampire Diaries spot on Thursdays, I’d put iZombie. Both contemporary shows with supernatural creatures masquerading as humans, I hope Rob Thomas’s input will be able to keep up with Damon’s snark, and there’s the David Anders connection. I can also see iZombie as a special 13-episode season (like Sleepy Hollow), followed by a midseason new or sophomore show taking its place.

Just-needs-one-more-season Hart of Dixie can eek out its final run on Fridays, paired with the mercy-renewal/unscripted TV/midseason downgrade/so-so pilot of the network’s choosing.

 

To recap, how I think the CW should schedule 2014-2015:

Monday: The Originals/Reign

Tuesday: Supernatural/Supernatural: Bloodlines

Wednesday: Arrow/The Flash

Thursday: The Vampire Diaries/iZombie

Friday: Hart of Dixie/???

 

This schedule would also be gentle with the network’s 4 top-rated shows: 2 would stay in their original spots, one would move an hour earlier, and one would air at the same time a day earlier.

How would you schedule the CW? Which shows do you want to see renewed and which pilots would you want to be picked up?

Fox Renews New Girl, Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Following – TVLine

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I actually yelled “Yes!” amid a group of friends when I saw this news! So glad to hear that The Mindy Project has been renewed! New Girl was a given and Brooklyn Nine-Nine a strong contender for renewal, so I wasn’t surprised they were included. I was a bit disappointed at the renewal of The Following, as the show doesn’t interested me at all, and I’ve seen some less-than-stellar reviews of it. Almost Human is a far more deserving drama.

It remains to be seen whether bubble show Almost Human and awesome but struggling Enlisted will be granted renewals as well. Fox has three extra hours to fill next year with the cancellation of The X Factor, but has already ordered 3 dramas and 2 comedies to series from their list of prospective pilots.

Fox Renews New Girl, Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Following – TVLine.

Which “Mindy Project” Character Are You?

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BuzzFeed has this fun quiz to keep you occupied while we wait for The Mindy Project to return. Unlike most TV quizzes, this one asks you to pick pictures! Aside from a glaring omission in the “Pick a TV doctor” category, this was pretty fun, and I think they got my personality matched up well!

TMP quiz result

Which “Mindy Project” Character Are You?

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