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2012 Black Friday Deals on TV Shows

Amazon has some amazing deals on TV shows this weekend, so I thought I’d share them with you here. Prices are accurate at the time of posting, and I expect they’ll remain the same through the weekend, but there’s no guarantee, so order now!

Prices are for DVD sets, unless otherwise noted

How I Met Your Mother, seasons 1-5: $7.99 each

Burn Notice, seasons 1-5

White Collar, seasons 1-3

Community, seasons 1-3

Happy Endings, seasons 1-2

Modern Family, seasons 1-2: $11.99 each

The Walking Dead, seasons 1-2

Firefly, complete series: $7.99

The Office, seasons 1-7

Downton Abbey, series 2: $13.00

Psych, seasons 1-4: $7.99

The Big Bang Theory, season 5: $19.49

House, seasons 2-7: $11.99 each

Breaking Bad, seasons 1-4

Supernatural, seasons 1-7: $9.99 each

Fringe, seasons 1-4: $9.99 each

The Tudors, complete series: $34.99

Mad Men, seasons 1-4

Blue Bloods, season 1: $10.96

Bones, seasons 1-5: $7.99 each

Friday Night Lights, complete series: $53.99

Lie To Me, seasons 1-3: $10.49 each

The West Wing, complete series: $89.99

Charmed, complete series: $49.96

True Blood, seasons 1-3: $16.99 each

Gilligan’s Island, complete series: $32.99

The Good Wife, season 1: $9.99

Justified, seasons 1-2: $9.99 each

Parks & Recreation, seasons 1-2

 

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Favorite TV Couples Ultimate Showdown

Back when we did our favorite TV couples polls (with realistic and speculative divisions) last spring, I promised that in the fall, we’d have the winners from those polls face each other in an ultimate showdown. Friends, that time is now. The top 20 couples in each of the two polls have joined together with 10 newbie wild card competitors to determine which couples are truly TV’s top 10!

Since this poll will take place over Thanksgiving (for us Americans), I’ll keep the poll open through the end of the month, giving you a full 15 days to get the word out for your favorite couples. You can vote for up to 10 couples, but choose carefully, as you only get to vote once! (Oh, and be sure to enter our Friends giveaway!)

Unlike most of our polls, you can’t nominate other couples, since this is based on the results of two previous polls. Even for our ten wild card additions, I only choose couples that did not appear in the previous polls. Some were overlooked, some are newer shows or newer couples, but I chose 5 from speculative shows and 5 from shows without speculative elements: Brad and Jane from Happy Endings, Nick and Jess from New Girl, Auggie and Annie from Covert Affairs, Troy and Britta from Community, Daniel and Kate from Perception, Oliver and Laurel from Arrow, John and Rachel from Alphas, Fargo and Holly from Eureka, Nathan and Audrey from Haven, and Adama and Roslin from Battlestar Galactica.

Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, Pinterest, blogs, and chatboxes to get the word out about past polls. Our toolbar at the bottom of the page has lots of quick links to help you share this post, or you can mouse over the image above!

Without further ado, choose your favorite 10 out of the 50 couples below! Poll will close Friday night, November 30th.

Which is your favorite TV couple? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Castle and Beckett (Castle) (9%, 1,283 Votes)
  • Tony and Ziva (NCIS) (8%, 1,160 Votes)
  • Elena and Damon (The Vampire Diaries) (5%, 680 Votes)
  • Derek and Meredith (Grey's Anatomy) (4%, 621 Votes)
  • Arthur and Gwen (Merlin) (4%, 555 Votes)
  • Scully and Mulder (The X-Files) (4%, 517 Votes)
  • Booth and Brennan (Bones) (3%, 474 Votes)
  • The Doctor and Rose (Doctor Who) (3%, 462 Votes)
  • McGee and Abby (NCIS) (3%, 461 Votes)
  • Barney and Robin (How I Met Your Mother) (3%, 398 Votes)
  • Chandler and Monica (Friends) (3%, 389 Votes)
  • Kensi and Deeks (NCIS: Los Angeles) (3%, 387 Votes)
  • Luke and Lorelai (Gilmore Girls) (2%, 330 Votes)
  • Rachel and Ross (Friends) (2%, 311 Votes)
  • Charming and Snow (Once Upon a Time) (2%, 304 Votes)
  • Marshall and Lily (How I Met Your Mother) (2%, 276 Votes)
  • Hodgins and Angela (Bones) (2%, 273 Votes)
  • Buffy and Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (2%, 265 Votes)
  • Nick and Jess (New Girl) (2%, 262 Votes)
  • Leonard and Penny (The Big Bang Theory) (2%, 244 Votes)
  • Peter and Olivia (Fringe) (2%, 240 Votes)
  • Chuck and Sarah (Chuck) (2%, 238 Votes)
  • Wash and Zoe (Firefly) (2%, 232 Votes)
  • Peter and Elizabeth (White Collar) (2%, 231 Votes)
  • Mal and Inara (Firefly) (2%, 227 Votes)
  • Leo and Piper (Charmed) (2%, 223 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin and Belle (Once Upon a Time) (2%, 217 Votes)
  • Auggie and Annie (Covert Affairs) (1%, 206 Votes)
  • Sheldon and Amy (The Big Bang Theory) (1%, 192 Votes)
  • Buffy and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (1%, 188 Votes)
  • Shawn and Juliet (Psych) (1%, 175 Votes)
  • Emma and Graham (Once Upon a Time) (1%, 170 Votes)
  • Michael and Fiona (Burn Notice) (1%, 169 Votes)
  • Adama and Roslin (Battlestar Galactica) (1%, 166 Votes)
  • Eric and Sookie (True Blood) (1%, 166 Votes)
  • Eric and Nell (NCIS: Los Angeles) (1%, 164 Votes)
  • Elena and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries) (1%, 163 Votes)
  • Simon and Kaylee (Firefly) (1%, 144 Votes)
  • Cole and Phoebe (Charmed) (1%, 138 Votes)
  • Willow and Oz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (1%, 114 Votes)
  • John and Mary (Supernatural) (1%, 104 Votes)
  • Ned and Chuck (Pushing Daisies) (1%, 97 Votes)
  • Nathan and Audrey (Haven) (1%, 89 Votes)
  • Oliver and Laurel (Arrow) (1%, 85 Votes)
  • Ellie and Awesome (Chuck) (1%, 74 Votes)
  • Troy and Britta (Community) (0%, 53 Votes)
  • Brad and Jane (Happy Endings) (0%, 43 Votes)
  • Daniel and Kate (Perception) (0%, 27 Votes)
  • Fargo and Holly (Eureka) (0%, 26 Votes)
  • John and Rachel (Alphas) (0%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,413

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News: Burn Notice Gets Season 7, NCIS: LA Launches Mobile Spinoff, Nikita Moves Back to 8PM Fridays

Personal note: Windows failed to load on my computer Monday, leading to frantic attempts to fix and use of super-slow old computers – and no new posts on this blog. I reinstalled Windows several hours ago, and have been working to get my computer back to normal (fortunately most stuff was backed up). In the meantime, TV news kept coming in! Here are some highlights:

Burn Notice has been renewed for a 13-episode season 7! This is notably shorter than its usual 16-18 episode seasons, but it has not been announced as the final season (there was some speculation that it would). The second half of season 6 resumes today at 9/8c with a special two-hour premiere.

NCIS: Los Angeles is preparing a special two-part episode to launch a potential spin-off  series. The potential series would focus on a mobile NCIS unit that travels around the country solving Navy-related crimes. This two-part-planted-pilot has become a mainstay in the franchise. NCIS: Los Angeles had one on the original NCIS, while NCIS itself was a spin-off of JAG. Expect the episode to give a good feel of what the potential show would look like, but there will likely be some tweaking (on NCIS: Los Angeles, Hetty replaced Macy when the show started the following fall; on NCIS, Kate Todd replaced Vivian Blackadder).

Nikita is moving back to its old 8PM timeslot on November 30 and will be followed by Arrow repeats. The show has struggled in its 9PM slot against increased scripted competition (Grimm, Fringe, and CSI:NY all also air at that time). This week will be its final 9PM outing, and then it will take two weeks off – for the two-hour season final of America’s Next Top Model, and for Thanksgiving weekend.

FX has released the first trailer for its Cold War spy drama, The Americans, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Take a look:

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Monday Madness: Favorite Characters Over 50

This week, Monday Madness returns with a look at those TV characters who buck the 18-49 demographic trend and prove that interesting characters make for great TV, no matter their age!

One important note: this poll does not include characters who have lived for many decades (or even centuries), but through supernatural means still look and act like 20somethings. So no vampires, Alphas who never age, or characters frozen in time for 28 years, unless they were 50+ beforehand. I tried to find actual ages for characters closer to the cut-off point, but when in doubt, I went by the portraying actor’s age when the show came out. And for long-running shows, some characters may have been under 50 at the beginning, but aren’t now.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite TV characters over 50. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10! Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, blogs, and chatboxes to get the word out about past polls. Get creative!

Important: I know there are dozens of TV characters over 50 who are missing from this list. You can nominate characters I missed in the comments until Thursday night, and I may add them to the poll (characters from live-action scripted shows only, please, and the character must be a main cast member or appear in at least 10 episodes of the show).

Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter or like TV Breakroom on Facebook, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM October 23rd.

Who is your favorite TV character over 50? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Bobby Singer - Supernatural (20%, 183 Votes)
  • Gibbs - NCIS (11%, 98 Votes)
  • Ducky - NCIS (10%, 95 Votes)
  • Henry Spencer - Psych (6%, 53 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin - Once Upon a Time (5%, 50 Votes)
  • Walter Bishop - Fringe (5%, 45 Votes)
  • Hetty Lange - NCIS: Los Angeles (5%, 43 Votes)
  • Martha - Castle (5%, 43 Votes)
  • Shepherd Book - Firefly (4%, 41 Votes)
  • Madeline Westen - Burn Notice (4%, 39 Votes)
  • Artie - Warehouse 13 (4%, 38 Votes)
  • Cliff Huxtable - The Cosby Show (4%, 34 Votes)
  • Clair Huxtable - The Cosby Show (3%, 30 Votes)
  • Jay Pritchett - Modern Family (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Dr. Lee Rosen - Alphas (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Gaius - Merlin (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Uther Pendragaon - Merlin (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Earl - 2 Broke Girls (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Frank Reagan - Blue Bloods (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Pierce Hawthorne - Community (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Creed - The Office (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Violet Crawley - Downton Abbey (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Sheriff of Nottingham - Robin Hood (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Jack McCoy - Law & Order (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 290

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TV Duos Bracket – Round One, Day 7

Today wraps up our first full week of competition! Already, some worthy opponents have bit the dust, from Leverage’s Hardison and Eliot, to Gibbs and Abby from NCIS! But there are more matchups to come! For day 7, Moonlighting’s David and Maddie battle another coworker duo, 30 Rock’s Liz and Jack! And geeks may have quite a dilemma as Fringe’s Peter and Olivia face Leonard and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory!

Be sure to check out the results and all our current matchups here. The winning duos will advance to the next round (which will launch in just over a week).

Reminder: While there are romantic pairs in this bracket, that’s only one possible aspect of a duo’s relationship. Duos have fun together, work well together, and/or have hilarious interactions. Simply put, they spark.

You can find a full list of upcoming TV duos matchups here. Round one matchups are in teal. Each of the round one matchups will be open for 72 hours (3 days), so spread the word quickly so your favorite pairs will make it into the next round! Our toolbar at the bottom of the page has lots of quick links to help you to get the word out!

Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.13

  • David and Maddie - Moonlighting (61%, 82 Votes)
  • Liz and Jack - 30 Rock (40%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

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Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.14

  • Leonard and Sheldon - The Big Bang Theory (60%, 99 Votes)
  • Peter and Olivia - Fringe (40%, 66 Votes)

Total Voters: 165

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2012 TV Olympics Results

The results are in and the votes have been tallied! Tied for the most medals in our 2012 TV Olympics are Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, with 9 medals each! But since Supernatural got 6 gold medals to Buffy’s 4, Supernatural is the winner!

In all, 31 shows went home with medals! Bones received the most medals without taking home a gold, 6. Angel, NCIS, and Psych each took home 5 medals. Once Upon a Time earned 4 medals. The remaining 24 shows took home 3 or less medals, with 20 of those shows only garnering one medal. Castle and Doctor Who took home 3 medals, while NCIS: Los Angeles and Fringe earned 2 each.

See below for the final medal count per show and individual winners for each event, with links to each of our 21 completed mini-polls.

 

Medal Count

ShowGoldSilverBronze
Supernatural621
Buffy the Vampire Slayer432
Angel320
NCIS230
Psych221
Castle201
Once Upon a Time121
Doctor Who111
The Sarah Jane Adventures100
The Vampire Diaries100
Merlin100
Jericho100
Raising Hope100
Torchwood100
NCIS: Los Angeles020
Bones015
Fringe011
Leverage010
Dark Angel010
White Collar010
Scrubs010
Burn Notice001
True Blood001
Warehouse 13001
Teen Wolf001
The Finder001
Firefly001
Community001
Grey's Anatomy001
How I Met Your Mother001
Friends001

 

Poll Medalists

Cutest Couple Name

Gold – Tiva (NCIS)

Silver – Densi (NCIS: Los Angeles)

Bronze – Caskett (Castle)

 

Best Married Couple

Gold – John and Mary Winchester (Supernatural)

Silver – Snow and Charming (Once Upon a Time)

Bronze – Angela and Hodgins (Bones)

 

Favorite Newborn to Five-Year-Old Character

Gold – Hope (Raising Hope)

Silver – Christine (Bones)

Bronze – Michael (Bones)

 

Favorite Elementary-Aged Character

Gold – Henry (Once Upon a Time)

Silver – Young Shawn (Psych)

Bronze – Young Gus (Psych)

 

Favorite Musical Episode

Gold – “Once More With Feeling” (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Silver – “My Musical” (Scrubs)

Bronze – “Song Beneath the Song” (Grey’s Anatomy)

 

Favorite Animated/Alternate Media Episode

Gold – “Smile Time” (Angel)

Silver – “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” (Fringe)

Bronze – “Digital Estate Planning” (Community)

 

Most Annoying Teen Character

Tied for Gold – Connor (Angel) and Dawn (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Bronze – Harmony (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

 

Favorite Crossover Episode

Gold – Doctor Who (Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures) – The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End

Silver – NCIS: Los Angeles (NCIS) – Random on Purpose

Bronze – The Finder (Bones) – Little Green Men

 

Favorite Halloween Episode

Gold – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester (Supernatural)

Silver – Code of Conduct (NCIS)

Bronze – Mummy in the Maze (Bones)

 

Favorite Thanksgiving Episode

Tied for Gold – Child’s Play (NCIS) and Pangs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Bronze – Slapsgiving (How I Met Your Mother)

 

Best Vampire Effects and Rules

Gold – Supernatural

Silver – Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

Bronze – True Blood

 

Best Werewolf Effects and Rules

Gold – The Vampire Diaries

Silver – Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

Bronze – Teen Wolf

 

Favorite Dual Role

Gold – Angel/Angelus (David Boreanaz) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

Silver – Willow/Vampire Willow (Alyson Hannigan) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bronze – Snow White/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) – Once Upon a Time

 

Favorite Switched-Body Performance

Gold – Jared Padalecki as Lucifer – Supernatural

Silver – Matt Cohen as Michael – Supernatural

Bronze – Joanne Kelly as Pete and Eddie McClintock as Myka – Warehouse 13

 

Favorite TV Animal

Gold – Dragon (Merlin)

Silver – Satchmo (White Collar)

Bronze – Marcel (Friends)

 

Favorite Dad/Daughter Duo

Gold – Castle and Alexis (Castle)

Silver – Eli and Ziva (NCIS)

Bronze – Max and Temperance (Bones)

 

Favorite Mother/Son Duo

Gold – Martha and Castle (Castle)

Silver – Emma and Henry (Once Upon a Time)

Bronze – Madeline and Michael (Burn Notice)

 

Favorite Father/Son Duo/Trio

Gold – John and Dean/Sam (Supernatural)

Silver – Henry and Shawn (Psych)

Bronze – Walter and Peter (Fringe)

 

Favorite Mother/Daughter Duo

Gold – Ellen and Jo (Supernatural)

Silver – Jackie and Rose (Doctor Who)

Bronze – Amy and River (Doctor Who)

 

Favorite Hero/Villain on Different Shows

Gold – Timothy Omundson: Carlton Lassiter (hero) on Psych, Phil Constantino (villain) on Jericho

Silver – Jensen Ackles: Dean Winchester (hero) on Supernatural, Ben/X5-493 (villain) on Dark Angel

Bronze – Nathan Fillion: Malcolm Reynolds (hero) on Firefly, Caleb (villain) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

Favorite Cast-Performed Song

Gold – “Shout” sung by Shawn and Gus (Psych)

Silver – “Thinking of You” sung by Eliot (Leverage)

Bronze – “Dead or Alive” sung by Dean and Sam (Supernatural)

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TV Olympics: Favorite Hero/Villain Performance

In this penultimate round of the TV Olympics, we’re looking at actors who have excelled at playing both heroes and villains. Two distinct roles in two different shows were nominated, and now, based on those two performances, it’s time for you to judge which actor embraced their good guy and bad guy sides best.

I know there could have been other roles nominated for these actors, but I went with your suggestions – Nathan Fillion was nominated for Firefly, not Castle, and Jensen Ackles had more votes for Dark Angel than Smallville. There’s still room to nominate additional actors who have played both heroes and villains, but both roles must be on different TV shows (no movies), and the actor should be a main cast member in at least one of those shows.

Tomorrow, the final mini-poll event, cast-performed songs (nominate away, but avoid all-musical shows), will launch, and a week from then we will tally the medals and see who won the 2012 TV Olympics! The current top shows only have 6-8 medals so this is still very much any show’s game!

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 3 options. Please spread the word so your favorites will win medals, and be sure to vote in all our current Olympic polls!

What's your favorite hero/villain performance by the same actor on different shows? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Timothy Omundson - Carlton Lassiter (hero) on Psych, Phil Constantino (villain) on Jericho (31%, 878 Votes)
  • Jensen Ackles – Dean Winchester (hero) on Supernatural, Ben/X5-493 (villain) on Dark Angel (25%, 716 Votes)
  • Nathan Fillion - Malcolm Reynolds (hero) on Firefly, Caleb (villain) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9%, 263 Votes)
  • Christian Kane - Eliot Spencer (hero) on Leverage, Lindsey McDonald (villain) on Angel (8%, 240 Votes)
  • Tim DeKay - Peter Burke (hero) on White Collar, Kieran Ryker (villain) on Chuck (8%, 225 Votes)
  • Leonard Nimoy - Spock (hero) on Star Trek, William Bell (villain) on Fringe (5%, 155 Votes)
  • Tiffani Thiessen - Elizabeth Burke (hero) on White Collar, Valerie Malone (villain) on Beverly Hills, 90210 (3%, 90 Votes)
  • Ross McCall – Joe Liebgott (hero) on Band of Brothers, Matthew Keller (villain) on White Collar (2%, 64 Votes)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers (hero) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Siobhan Martin (villain) on Ringer (2%, 60 Votes)
  • Gina Torres - Zoe Washburne (hero) on Firefly, Jasmine (villain) on Angel (2%, 55 Votes)
  • Michael Emerson - Harold Finch (hero) on Person of Interest, Ben Linus (villain) on Lost (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Morena Baccarin - Inara Serra (hero) on Firefly, Anna (villain) on V (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Enrico Colantoni - Keith Mars (hero) on Veronica Mars, Elias (villain) on Person of Interest (1%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,951

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TV Olympics: Favorite Father/Son Duos

For this round of our TV Olympics (our final poll will launch Sunday), we’re looking at father/son duos! There are a few trios in this poll, since for several of these dads, the bond between both sons seemed equally strong. For others, one father/son relationship seemed more dynamic that the other (and hence more worthy of the term “duo”).

This poll is for actual fathers (biological and adoptive, but not simply father-figures), and since the relationship between dad and son is a key part of the poll, they need to have appeared in a number of episodes together, and infant sons are excluded. If you know of any duos you believe should be in the poll, leave their names and the show in a comment!

Poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 3 of your favorite dad/son duos. Remember to keep checking the main event page for all the current polls and results!

What's your favorite father/son duo? (Choose up to 3!)

  • John and Dean/Sam - Supernatural (27%, 269 Votes)
  • Henry and Shawn - Psych (27%, 264 Votes)
  • Walter and Peter - Fringe (15%, 144 Votes)
  • Alan and Don/Charlie - Numb3rs (9%, 92 Votes)
  • Jackson and Jethro - NCIS (6%, 61 Votes)
  • Jonathan and Clark - Smallville (3%, 34 Votes)
  • Uther and Arthur - Merlin (3%, 32 Votes)
  • Marvin and Marshall - How I Met Your Mother (3%, 28 Votes)
  • Nathan and Jamie - One Tree Hill (3%, 27 Votes)
  • Stephen and Chuck - Chuck (2%, 24 Votes)
  • Cliff and Theo - The Cosby Show (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Frank and Danny - Blue Bloods (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Vince and Trip - The Cape (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 582

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TV Olympics: Favorite Dual Role

This round of the TV Olympics, we’re looking at dual roles in TV! Whether it’s distinct personae within the same being, or entirely different people, both are portrayed by the same actor for a number of episodes. Whether twins, clones, alternate dimensions, artificial memories, or hostile takeovers, these roles require excellent acting to pull off. Which are your favorites?

I know there are several great dual roles missing from this poll (seems to be a lack of space-set shows) – please let me know which ones in the comments! They should all be from live-action, scripted shows, and the dual role should be in at least several episodes. This shouldn’t be a temporary switched-body thing, where one actor plays a role typically portrayed by another actor – we’ll be doing that poll tomorrow!

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 3 options. Please spread the word so your favorites will win medals, and be sure to vote in all our current Olympic polls!

What's your favorite dual role? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Angel/Angelus (David Boreanaz) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (18%, 50 Votes)
  • Willow/Vampire Willow (Alyson Hannigan) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (12%, 34 Votes)
  • Snow White/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) - Once Upon a Time (12%, 32 Votes)
  • Olivia/Fauxlivia (Anna Torv) - Fringe (11%, 31 Votes)
  • Fred/Illyria (Amy Acker) - Angel (11%, 30 Votes)
  • Elena/Katherine (Nina Dobrev) - The Vampire Diaries (8%, 21 Votes)
  • Buffy/Buffybot/The First (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Charming/David (Josh Dallas) - Once Upon a Time (6%, 17 Votes)
  • Bridget/Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - Ringer (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Clark Kent/Kal-El (Tom Welling) - Smallville (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Mellie/November/Madeline (Miracle Laurie) - Dollhouse (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Tara/T/Buck/Alice/Gimme (Toni Collette) - United States of Tara (2%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 117

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TV Olympics: Favorite Alternate Media Episode

TV Breakroom doesn’t cover animated shows, but we do cover live-action shows that have an animated or other alternate media episode. Only a few were nominated for this poll, so if you know of any others, please mention them! They should be a main part of the episode, not just a brief clip. For example, Community’s anime scene in “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism” doesn’t count, but the puppetry in Angel’s “Smile Time” was a driving force in the episode, so it’s allowed.

Poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 3 episodes. Please spread the word, and be sure to check out all our ongoing polls in this Olympic event!

Which is your favorite animated/alternate media episode? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Angel - Smile Time (26%, 37 Votes)
  • Fringe - Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (19%, 27 Votes)
  • Community - Digital Estate Planning (17%, 24 Votes)
  • Community - Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (15%, 21 Votes)
  • Eureka - Do You See What I See (13%, 18 Votes)
  • Warehouse 13 - Don't Hate the Player (11%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 75

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2012 TV Olympics

Welcome, voters! TV Breakroom is hosting an Olympic-themed competition between scripted live-action TV shows, and you decide which shows take home the medals!

Every day during this event, a new mini-poll will launch, and you’ll have one week to vote. The top three answers in each mini-poll will receive medals (gold, silver, and bronze), which will be awarded to their respective shows.

Here on the main event page, you will find:

  • Links to current and past polls
  • Schedule of upcoming polls
  • Medal winners for completed polls
  • Up-to-date medal tally by show

You may want to bookmark this page and come back to it over this four-week event! Here you can also add late nominations in the comments for current and upcoming polls.

Event is Over!

Click here for our results post.

 

Medal Count

ShowGoldSilverBronze
Supernatural621
Buffy the Vampire Slayer432
Angel320
NCIS230
Psych221
Castle201
Once Upon a Time121
Doctor Who111
The Sarah Jane Adventures100
The Vampire Diaries100
Merlin100
Jericho100
Raising Hope100
Torchwood100
NCIS: Los Angeles020
Bones015
Fringe011
Leverage010
Dark Angel010
White Collar010
Scrubs010
Burn Notice001
True Blood001
Warehouse 13001
Teen Wolf001
The Finder001
Firefly001
Community001
Grey's Anatomy001
How I Met Your Mother001
Friends001

 

Poll Medalists

Cutest Couple Name

Gold – Tiva (NCIS)

Silver – Densi (NCIS: Los Angeles)

Bronze – Caskett (Castle)

 

Best Married Couple

Gold – John and Mary Winchester (Supernatural)

Silver – Snow and Charming (Once Upon a Time)

Bronze – Angela and Hodgins (Bones)

 

Favorite Newborn to Five-Year-Old Character

Gold – Hope (Raising Hope)

Silver – Christine (Bones)

Bronze – Michael (Bones)

 

Favorite Elementary-Aged Character

Gold – Henry (Once Upon a Time)

Silver – Young Shawn (Psych)

Bronze – Young Gus (Psych)

 

Favorite Musical Episode

Gold – “Once More With Feeling” (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Silver – “My Musical” (Scrubs)

Bronze – “Song Beneath the Song” (Grey’s Anatomy)

 

Favorite Animated/Alternate Media Episode

Gold – “Smile Time” (Angel)

Silver – “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” (Fringe)

Bronze – “Digital Estate Planning” (Community)

 

Most Annoying Teen Character

Tied for Gold – Connor (Angel) and Dawn (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Bronze – Harmony (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

 

Favorite Crossover Episode

Gold – Doctor Who (Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures) – The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End

Silver – NCIS: Los Angeles (NCIS) – Random on Purpose

Bronze – The Finder (Bones) – Little Green Men

 

Favorite Halloween Episode

Gold – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester (Supernatural)

Silver – Code of Conduct (NCIS)

Bronze – Mummy in the Maze (Bones)

 

Favorite Thanksgiving Episode

Tied for Gold – Child’s Play (NCIS) and Pangs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Bronze – Slapsgiving (How I Met Your Mother)

 

Best Vampire Effects and Rules

Gold – Supernatural

Silver – Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

Bronze – True Blood

 

Best Werewolf Effects and Rules

Gold – The Vampire Diaries

Silver – Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

Bronze – Teen Wolf

 

Favorite Dual Role

Gold – Angel/Angelus (David Boreanaz) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

Silver – Willow/Vampire Willow (Alyson Hannigan) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bronze – Snow White/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) – Once Upon a Time

 

Favorite Switched-Body Performance

Gold – Jared Padalecki as Lucifer – Supernatural

Silver – Matt Cohen as Michael – Supernatural

Bronze – Joanne Kelly as Pete and Eddie McClintock as Myka – Warehouse 13

 

Favorite TV Animal

Gold – Dragon (Merlin)

Silver – Satchmo (White Collar)

Bronze – Marcel (Friends)

 

Favorite Dad/Daughter Duo

Gold – Castle and Alexis (Castle)

Silver – Eli and Ziva (NCIS)

Bronze – Max and Temperance (Bones)

 

Favorite Mother/Son Duo

Gold – Martha and Castle (Castle)

Silver – Emma and Henry (Once Upon a Time)

Bronze – Madeline and Michael (Burn Notice)

 

Favorite Father/Son Duo/Trio

Gold – John and Dean/Sam (Supernatural)

Silver – Henry and Shawn (Psych)

Bronze – Walter and Peter (Fringe)

 

Favorite Mother/Daughter Duo

Gold – Ellen and Jo (Supernatural)

Silver – Jackie and Rose (Doctor Who)

Bronze – Amy and River (Doctor Who)

 

Favorite Hero/Villain on Different Shows

Gold – Timothy Omundson: Carlton Lassiter (hero) on Psych, Phil Constantino (villain) on Jericho

Silver – Jensen Ackles: Dean Winchester (hero) on Supernatural, Ben/X5-493 (villain) on Dark Angel

Bronze – Nathan Fillion: Malcolm Reynolds (hero) on Firefly, Caleb (villain) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

Favorite Cast-Performed Song

Gold – “Shout” sung by Shawn and Gus (Psych)

Silver – “Thinking of You” sung by Eliot (Leverage)

Bronze – “Dead or Alive” sung by Dean and Sam (Supernatural)

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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Dads

This Monday Madness, in honor of Father’s Day this coming Sunday here in the US, we’re looking at TV dads! These dads, whether grounded or goofy, often set the tone of their shows, and no matter how difficult or stubborn, always have a soft spot for their kids. This poll is focusing on actual (both biological and adoptive) dads, since including father-like figures would have made it too lengthy – though many of the dads on this poll do have a father-like role in other characters’ lives.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite TV dads. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10! Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, blogs, and chatboxes to get the word out about past polls. Get creative!

Even though there are 50 70-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of TV dads I left out! You can nominate fathers I missed in the comments until Thursday night, and I may add them to the poll (dads from live-action scripted shows only, please, and the dad must be in at least 3 episodes of the show).

Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter or like TV Breakroom on Facebook, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM June 18th.

Who is your favorite TV dad? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) - Castle (14%, 1,951 Votes)
  • John Winchester (Jeffery Dean Morgan & Matt Cohen) - Supernatural (10%, 1,362 Votes)
  • Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) - Eureka (5%, 681 Votes)
  • Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen) - Psych (4%, 620 Votes)
  • Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) - Bones (4%, 589 Votes)
  • Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) - Bones (3%, 367 Votes)
  • Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley) - Glee (3%, 366 Votes)
  • Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) - Doctor Who (3%, 346 Votes)
  • Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) - The Cosby Show (2%, 324 Votes)
  • Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) - NCIS (2%, 303 Votes)
  • Walter Bishop (John Noble) - Fringe (2%, 283 Votes)
  • Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) - Criminal Minds (2%, 266 Votes)
  • Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) - How I Met Your Mother (2%, 247 Votes)
  • Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) - Smallville (2%, 228 Votes)
  • Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) - Modern Family (2%, 220 Votes)
  • Charming (Josh Dallas) - Once Upon a Time (2%, 214 Votes)
  • Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) - Veronica Mars (2%, 209 Votes)
  • Future Ted Mosby (Bob Saget) - How I Met Your Mother (2%, 208 Votes)
  • Devon "Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin) - Chuck (1%, 206 Votes)
  • John Casey (Adam Baldwin) - Chuck (1%, 200 Votes)
  • Angel (David Boreanaz) - Angel (1%, 193 Votes)
  • Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) - Little House on the Prairie (1%, 187 Votes)
  • Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) - Full House (1%, 169 Votes)
  • Max Keenan (Ryan O'Neal) - Bones (1%, 157 Votes)
  • Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan) - Hawaii Five-O (1%, 157 Votes)
  • Jackson Gibbs (Ralph Waite) - NCIS (1%, 150 Votes)
  • William Adama (Edward James Olmos) - Battlestar Galactica (1%, 143 Votes)
  • Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) - Modern Family (1%, 139 Votes)
  • Reginald "Red" Forman (Kurtwood Smith) - That '70s Show (1%, 136 Votes)
  • Steve Bartowski (Scott Bakula) - Chuck (1%, 134 Votes)
  • Leo White (Brian Krause) - Charmed (1%, 129 Votes)
  • Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) - The Office (1%, 126 Votes)
  • Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) - Married . . . with Children (1%, 123 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) - Once Upon a Time (1%, 120 Votes)
  • Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) - The Andy Griffith Show (1%, 118 Votes)
  • Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) - Modern Family (1%, 115 Votes)
  • Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) The O.C. (1%, 114 Votes)
  • Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) - The Mentalist (1%, 108 Votes)
  • Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) - Happy Days (1%, 105 Votes)
  • Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) - Home Improvement (1%, 105 Votes)
  • Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) - 7th Heaven (1%, 104 Votes)
  • Uther Pendragon (Anthony Stewart Head) - Merlin (1%, 101 Votes)
  • Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) - Leverage (1%, 101 Votes)
  • Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) - Arrested Development (1%, 91 Votes)
  • Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (Robert Wagner) - NCIS (1%, 90 Votes)
  • Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1%, 88 Votes)
  • Marvin Eriksen (Bill Fagerbakke) - How I Met Your Mother (1%, 88 Votes)
  • Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) - Alias (1%, 88 Votes)
  • George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) - Suburgatory (1%, 84 Votes)
  • Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) - Blue Bloods (1%, 75 Votes)
  • Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) - Friday Night Lights (1%, 70 Votes)
  • John Walton (Ralph Waite) - The Waltons (0%, 65 Votes)
  • Michael (Shane West) - Nikita (0%, 65 Votes)
  • Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) - True Blood (0%, 63 Votes)
  • Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) - Falling Skies (0%, 60 Votes)
  • Steven Keaton (Michael Gross) - Family Ties (0%, 59 Votes)
  • Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) - Touch (0%, 45 Votes)
  • Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) - Blue Bloods (0%, 45 Votes)
  • Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) - Awake (0%, 45 Votes)
  • Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) - ER (0%, 42 Votes)
  • Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) - NCIS (0%, 40 Votes)
  • George Bluth, Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) - Arrested Development (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Will Girardi (Joe Mantegna) - Joan of Arcadia (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Noah Werner (Alan Tudyk) - Suburgatory (0%, 36 Votes)
  • Frank Barone (Peter Boyle) - Everybody Loves Raymond (0%, 32 Votes)
  • George Lopez (George Lopez) - George Lopez (0%, 28 Votes)
  • Ray Barone (Ray Romano) - Everybody Loves Raymond (0%, 28 Votes)
  • Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd) - Ringer (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Jim Walsh (James Eckhouse) - Beverly Hills, 90210 (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Lionel Luther (John Glover) - Smallville (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Don Draper (John Hamm) - Mad Men (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Jim (Jim Belushi) - According To Jim (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson) - The Office (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Roland Burton (Sterling K. Brown) - Army Wives (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Trevor LeBlanc (Drew Fuller) - Army Wives (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Frank Sherwood (Terry Serpico) - Army Wives (0%, 16 Votes)
  • Michael Holden (Brian McNamara) - Army Wives (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) - The Firm (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Walt Riggins (Jeffrey Tambor) - Bent (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,136

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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Couples – Speculative

In part two of our TV couples Monday Madness, we’re looking at couples in speculative TV shows! Whether it’s sci fi, fantasy, paranormal, historical myths, or just a futuristic bent, these shows all have something out of the ordinary, even if the couples in them are perfectly normal human beings.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite TV couples. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10!

Even though there are 40-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of couples I left out! You can nominate couples I missed in the comments, and I may add them to the poll. Want more of a say in who 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. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM June 4th.

UPDATE: poll has ended. Go vote in this week’s poll!

Which is your favorite TV couple? - Speculative Division (Choose up to 10)

  • Mary and John Winchester - Supernatural (14%, 959 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin and Belle - Once Upon a TIme (9%, 608 Votes)
  • Charming and Snow - Once Upon a Time (6%, 414 Votes)
  • The Doctor and Rose - Doctor Who (5%, 352 Votes)
  • Arthur and Gwen - Merlin (4%, 301 Votes)
  • Elena and Damon - The Vampire Diaries (4%, 283 Votes)
  • Emma and Graham - Once Upon a Time (4%, 256 Votes)
  • Buffy and Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 235 Votes)
  • Mal and Inara - Firefly (3%, 223 Votes)
  • Wash and Zoe - Firefly (3%, 213 Votes)
  • Leo and Piper - Charmed (3%, 209 Votes)
  • Buffy and Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 190 Votes)
  • Scully and Mulder - The X-Files (3%, 178 Votes)
  • Ned and Chuck - Pushing Daisies (2%, 172 Votes)
  • Simon and Kaylee - Firefly (2%, 161 Votes)
  • Eric and Sookie - True Blood (2%, 154 Votes)
  • Peter and Olivia - Fringe (2%, 149 Votes)
  • Willow and Oz - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2%, 144 Votes)
  • Cole and Phoebe - Charmed (2%, 139 Votes)
  • Elena and Stefan - The Vampire Diaries (2%, 130 Votes)
  • Lois and Clark - Smallville (2%, 126 Votes)
  • Wesley and Fred - Angel (2%, 113 Votes)
  • Jack and Sam - Stargate SG-1 (2%, 111 Votes)
  • Xander and Anya - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2%, 110 Votes)
  • Mick and Beth - Moonlight (1%, 85 Votes)
  • Robin and Marion - Robin Hood (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Monroe and Rosalee - Grimm (1%, 74 Votes)
  • John and Aeryn - Farscape (1%, 74 Votes)
  • Max and Logan - Dark Angel (1%, 72 Votes)
  • Bill and Sookie - True Blood (1%, 72 Votes)
  • Nick and Juliette - Grimm (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Max and Liz - Roswell (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Jo and Zane - Eureka (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Sierra and Victor - Dollhouse (1%, 59 Votes)
  • Hoyt and Jessica - True Blood (1%, 55 Votes)
  • The Doctor and River Song - Doctor Who (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Fargo - Eureka and Claudia - Warehouse 13 (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Carter and Allison - Eureka (1%, 51 Votes)
  • Tru and Luc - Tru Calling (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Echo and Paul - Dollhouse (1%, 35 Votes)
  • George and Nina - Being Human (UK) (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Angel and Cordelia - Angel (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Josh and Nora - Being Human (US) (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Kara and Anders - Battlestar Galatica (0%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,191

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CW Fall 2012 Schedule, Supernatural to Wednesdays, Video Clips For ‘Arrow,’ ‘Beauty And The Beast,’ & ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’

The CW is the last of the broadcast networks to announce their fall schedule, with some major changes.

90210 moves to Mondays at 8, followed by a shortened finale season for Gossip Girl, and in midseason, The Carrie Diaries.

As I predicted, the CW’s two medical shows are on the same night, with Hart of Dixie on at 8 on Tuesdays, and Emily Owens, MD (formerly First Cut) at 9. A great slot, as the only similar show they’re competing against would be The Mindy Project at 9:30.

Wednesdays, new show Arrow will lead off the night, followed by “finally out of the Friday death slot” Supernatural.

The Vampire Diaries remains on Thursdays at 8, while Beauty and the Beast gets the plum slot following it.

Nikita moves to 9 following America’s Next Top Model, which means competition with Grimm and Fringe, but Supernatural didn’t do too bad in that slot, so there’s hope.

All in all, it seems like a very solid schedule for the CW, and I hope the network’s ratings next fall will reflect that. Cult will be a midseason show as well. For clips of the fall CW shows, click below.

CW’s New Show Video Clips For ‘Arrow,’ ‘Beauty And The Beast,’ & ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’ – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.

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Fox 2012-13 Primetime Schedule Announced: ‘Touch’ & ‘Fringe’ Friday, ‘Bones’ & ‘Mob Doctor’ Monday, ‘Glee’ To Thursday, 4 Comedy Tuesday – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers

I guess the Glee move to Thursdays is the big news about the new Fox schedule, but since I don’t watch the show and rarely watch Fox live (thanks to the local station not broadcasting in high def), I don’t really care (unless CBS keeps Person of Interest in that same slot and it suffers in the ratings, but since they’re such different shows I don’t think this is likely).

Fox is keeping Bones on Mondays and pairing it with a new doctor show instead of House. Touch is moving to Fridays (yay! I hope the ratings sink terribly and Fox realizes they should have renewed The Finder instead).

Full weekday schedule below (new shows in all caps):

MONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          Bones

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE MOB DOCTOR (new)

  THE FOLLOWING (new) joins in midseason.

 

TUESDAY

8:00-8:30 PM                          Raising Hope

8:30-9:00 PM                          BEN AND KATE (new)

9:00-9:30 PM                          New Girl

9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (new)

  THE GOODWIN GAMES (new) joins in midseason.

 

WEDNESDAY

8:00-10:00 PM                        The X Factor (fall) / American Idol (midseason)

 

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          The X Factor Results (fall) / American Idol Results (midseason)

9:00-10:00 PM                        Glee

 

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          Touch

9:00-10:00 PM                        Fringe (fall)

 

At the link below, there’s lots more info including Facebook and Twitter links for the new shows and new series synopses.

Fox 2012-13 Primetime Schedule Announced: ‘Touch’ & ‘Fringe’ Friday, ‘Bones’ & ‘Mob Doctor’ Monday, ‘Glee’ To Thursday, 4 Comedy Tuesday – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.

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