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March Madness: Winner – Psych!

After an arduous month-long war, USA Network’s Psych has emerged as the victor of the first annual TV Breakroom March Madness!

The head-to-head final against Castle was the most difficult battle of the tournament. Each show garnered more than 300 votes, but in the end, Psych won by a mere eight votes! (There were some instances of double voting on both sides – I hope the perpetrators were simply casting votes for family members and not stuffing the ballot box.)

Psych’s odds were helped by some noteworthy accounts tweeting about the match-up. The official Psych twitter, Dulé Hill (who plays Gus on the show), and Maggie Lawson (who plays Juliet), among others, helped spread the news. Some Castle twitter accounts got in on the buzz as well, including fan site Castle TV and Molly Quinn (who plays Alexis Castle).

To celebrate Psych’s win, I’ve updated the background of this site with some Shawn and Gus awesomeness.

The winner of the $15 Amazon gift card will be announced tomorrow. You still have time to leave comments anywhere on the site (one per post) to get entries for the drawing. Giveaway will close at 11:59 PM EDT tonight.

Because of the wonderful reception you all gave to this March Madness tournament, I’m planning to bring in other head-to-head match-ups throughout the year. Check back on April 2 for the debut of Monday Madness!

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March Madness: Psych vs. Castle

After weeks of voting, it is down to the final match! Whenever I mentioned the Psych versus Community matchup, people groaned about making the choice, and the buzz made it my most-viewed post ever within a week! 163 brave souls made a decision, and Psych won, 91 to 72. Castle’s victory over Warehouse 13 was easier, as the SyFy show only managed to garner 4 votes.

And now, lovable rogue Nathan Fillion, who really is ruggedly handsome (and who is celebrating his birthday by raising money for charity: water – donate now!), along with the beautiful Stana Katic and the rest of the cast of Castle, goes up against the kings of comedy and 80s pop culture, the unstoppable James Roday and the smooth Dulé Hill. Shawn and Gus. Castle and Beckett. Which team do you want on your side?

The last battle begins. Which show will emerge victorious? It’s up to you! Vote in the comments below! And be sure to spread the word so your show can win!

Also remember, every comment (one per person per post, but you can comment on any or all of the hundreds of posts on this site) will give you one entry toward the $15 Amazon gift card!

Update: go here to see which show won!

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March Madness: Warehouse 13 vs. Castle

The Final Four continues! Warehouse 13 barely eked out a victory over Burn Notice, but Castle trounced How I Met Your Mother. Now, two shows featuring charming jokesters and their more uptight partners face off for a chance to make it to the final match.

Show descriptions, in case you’ve been asleep for the past three rounds:

Warehouse 13 – After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an Authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of new ones.

Castle – After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle (Nathan Fillion) gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. He partners with Detective Kate Beckett, and uses a fictionalized version of her as the main character of his new series.

Make your choice in the comments below, and don’t forget to vote for Psych vs. Community!

Update: Castle won! Go vote for it against Psych here!

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March Madness: Psych vs. Community

It is down to the Final Four, and the choices are getting harder! Now shows on four different channels – two broadcast, two cable – compete for a coveted spot in the final match. Psych won a heated battle (35-21) against Rizzoli & Isles, and for fans of delicious flavor, they can almost taste victory. But they face a formidable opponent: Community, fresh off a 8-to-4 triumph over the freshman fairy tale Once Upon a Time, and season-high ratings for their mid-season return, won’t be giving their USA Network neighbor an inch.

And in case you’ve been living in a bubble and don’t remember what these two shows are about:

Psych features novice sleuth Shawn Spencer (James Roday), who is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers that help solve crimes. With this assistance of his reluctant best friend, Gus (Dule Hill), the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Community features smart-aleck lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), whose education is deemed void by the bar and is forced to attend a local community college with an extremely eclectic staff and student body.

Round 4 will end around 1AM EDT March 25th, so vote by leaving a comment with your choice below! Also, don’t forget to vote on Warehouse 13 vs. Castle!

Update: Psych won, by a mere 19 votes! Go vote for it against Castle here.

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March Madness: How I Met Your Mother vs. Castle

HIMYM barely won over The Finder as an out-of-place comment broke the tie. Person of Interest came out ahead initially, but a huge outpouring of fan support gave Castle the victory amid over 100 comments left! Now two NYC-based shows with strong Joss Whedon ties battle it out for a spot in the final four!

How I Met Your Mother is about a man in the year 2030 who begins telling his kids about how he met his wife via flashbacks from the future. The story starts in the year 2005, when then twenty-seven year old architect Ted Mosby was spurred on to want to get married after lawyer Marshall Eriksen and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin, his best friends, got engaged. Ted’s new quest in life was much to the dismay of his womanizing friend, Barney Stinson. But soon after Marshall and Lily’s engagement, Ted believed that his life mate was going to be news reporter and aspiring news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, who, despite having had a romantic relationship with her after this time, ended up being who the kids know as their “Aunt” Robin.

Castle – After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle (Nathan Fillion gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. He partners with Detective Kate Beckett, and uses a fictionalized version of her as the main character of his new series.

Will you go with Willow or Malcolm Reynolds? Dr. Horrible or Captain Hammer? Wesley Wyndham-Pryce or Firefly Easter eggs? Vote below, and be sure to vote in the other matchups!

Update: Castle won! Vote for it here.

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March Madness: Burn Notice vs. Warehouse 13

Another close race with a misplaced tiebreaker let Burn Notice beat out Suburgatory, and Bones put up a decent but ultimately futile fight against Warehouse 13. So now it’s time to decide between a Florida- and a South Dakota-based team, though to be fair, both offer a decent amount of globetrotting.

Burn Notice – After he’s set up and fired from the CIA, a special ops agent puts his training to use by doing a variety of dangerous and undercover jobs for people as he tries to figure out who betrayed him.

Warehouse 13 – After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an Authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of new ones.

Which show has your vote? Sound off below, and be sure to vote for the other matchups!

Update: Warehouse 13 won! Vote for it here.

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March Madness: Community vs. Once Upon a Time

Two VERY close races. The competing shows Community and The Big Bang Theory ended in a tie on its official post, but a misplaced vote gave the win to Community (which returns this week!). Newbie Once Upon a Time triumphed over popular NCIS by just a few votes. Now, two shows that couldn’t be more different face each other. (Trying to think of something they have in common . . . occasional capes, perhaps?)

Community features smart-aleck lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), whose education is deemed void by the bar and is forced to attend a local community college with an extremely eclectic staff and student body.

Once Upon a Time – There is a town in Maine, where every storybook character you’ve even known is trapped by an evil curse. Trapped in time, with all their happy endings stolen, they don’t remember who they are or where they came from. Only one can break the spell.

Which show has your vote? Comment below, and be sure to check out the other matches here!

Update: Community won! Vote for it here.

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March Madness: Rizzoli & Isles vs. Psych

Leverage fought valiantly, garnering six votes to Rizzoli & Isles’ seventeen, but the female duo’s fan base won out. And White Collar only got one vote against fellow USA Network show Psych. Now two girls and two guys battle to solve the murder first – or at least win your vote!

Rizzoli & Isles follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

Psych features novice sleuth Shaun Spencer (James Roday), who is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers that help solve crimes. With this assistance of his reluctant best friend, Gus (Dule Hill), the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Leave a comment with your choice, and don’t forget to vote for all the matchups listed here!

Update: Psych won! Vote for it here.

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March Madness: Person of Interest vs. Castle

Two USA Network shows bit the dust as Person of Interest squeezed past Suits, and Castle knocked out Covert Affairs. Now the two NYC-based procedurals, both featuring civilians with unorthodox relationships with cops, face off.

Person of Interest – A crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent, Reese, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire, Finch, to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice.

Castle – After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle (Nathan Fillion gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. He partners with Detective Kate Beckett, and uses a fictionalized version of her as the main character of his new series.

Which show are you rooting for? Vote in the comments! And be sure to check out the other March Madness match-ups!

Update: Castle won! It’s up against How I Met Your Mother now, so keep voting here!

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March Madness: The Finder vs. How I Met Your Mother

Struggling freshman show The Finder (which will likely be canceled if the Friday factor doesn’t come into play) beat the steady Blue Bloods, and veteran How I Met You Mother passed up its Monday night companion, 2 Broke Girls.

The Finder – Walter Sherman is an Iraq War vet who suffered brain damage in an IED explosion, which triggered the ability to “find” things: he sees connections between seemingly unrelated events, objects or people that other investigators would miss. Walter is assisted by his “legal adviser” and bar owner Leo Knox, US Deputy Marshal Isabel Zambada, and teen parolee and thief Willa Monday, who is serving her probation with the team.

How I Met Your Mother is about a man in the year 2030 who begins telling his kids about how he met his wife via flashbacks from the future. The story starts in the year 2005, when then twenty-seven year old architect Ted Mosby was spurred on to want to get married after lawyer Marshall Eriksen and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin, his best friends, got engaged. Ted’s new quest in life was much to the dismay of his womanizing friend, Barney Stinson. But soon after Marshall and Lily’s engagement, Ted believed that his life mate was going to be news reporter and aspiring news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, who, despite having had a romantic relationship with her after this time, ended up being who the kids know as their “Aunt” Robin.

Which motley crew gets your vote? Let me know in the comments!

Update: though tied below, a vote on the main post gave HIMYM the win! Keep voting here!

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March Madness: Bones vs. Warehouse 13

Bones’ FBI triumphed over NCIS: Los Angeles, and Warehouse 13 didn’t give SyFy companion Alpha (featuring Bones’ Ryan Cartwright) one vote.

Bones – Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist in Washington, DC. FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) calls on her to assist with investigations when the standard methods of identifying a body are useless – when the remains are badly decomposed, burned or destroyed beyond recognition.

Warehouse 13 – After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an Authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of new ones.

So do you want Booth and Brennan or Pete and Myka? Vote below!

Update: it’s Pete and Myka! Vote in the next round here!

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March Madness: Suburgatory vs. Burn Notice

Freshman comedy Suburgatory beat on-its-final-lap House, and the sunny skies of Miami’s Burn Notice won over dreary Scranton’s Office (and even some of their employees are currently sojourning in Florida!).

Suburgatory – Single dad George Altman moves his 15-year-old daughter Tessa out of New York City and into the suburbs, where she’s horrified by plastic moms, superficial peers, and nosy neighbors.

Burn Notice – After he’s set up and fired from the CIA, a special ops agent puts his training to use by doing a variety of dangerous and undercover jobs for people as he tries to figure out who betrayed him.

Spies or suburbanites? Vote in the comments below!

Update: A comment on the main March Madness post broke the tie below, and Burn Notice has gone onto round three!

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March Madness: NCIS vs. Once Upon a Time

NCIS beat out the vampires, werewolves, and ghosts of Being Human, and Once Upon a Time unanimously won over Eureka – poor SyFy! Now TV’s most viewed drama faces a popular and magical freshman – which will advance to the next round?

NCIS is an action drama with liberal doses of humor that focuses on the sometimes complex dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. These special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes – from murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines – with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

Once Upon a Time – There is a town in Maine, where every storybook character you’ve even known is trapped by an evil curse. Trapped in time, with all their happy endings stolen, they don’t remember who they are or where they came from. Only one can break the spell.

Will you back the veteran or the rookie? Post your favorite in the comments!

Update: Once Upon a Time won, now vote for it here!

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March Madness: Community vs. The Big Bang Theory

Two competing comedies got all the votes against CW dramas Nikita and Ringer. But now it’s time to decide: what will you watch at 8/9c Thursday nights, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory or NBC’s Community? More importantly, which one will advance to round three of March Madness?

Community features smart-aleck lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), whose education is deemed void by the bar and is forced to attend a local community college with an extremely eclectic staff and student body.

The Big Bang Theory – A woman who moves into an apartment next door to two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Vote and send your favorite onward!

Update: Though tied below, an additional vote on the main March Madness post gave Community the win! Vote for it here!

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March Madness: White Collar vs. Psych

Poor Chuck. The show didn’t get one vote against White Collar! And Psych easily beat out newbie Grimm. USA Network triumphed over NBC, but how will two USA shows fare against each other?

White Collar criminal Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter and racketeer.

Psych features novice sleuth Shaun Spencer (James Roday), who is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers that help solve crimes. With this assistance of his reluctant best friend, Gus (Dule Hill), the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Make your choice, and leave a comment!

Update: Psych won, vote for them here now!

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