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2014-2015 In Review: Cancellations, Renewals, and Surprises

2014-2015 has been a year of change. In October, I moved to a nearby town with another of my sisters, and both of us being TV fans, we synced our to-watch lists. So far, we watch upwards of 75% of the same shows, and we tried out many of the same new shows. The sheer volume of what we have left to watch is boggling. I have more than 900 episodes on my to-watch list. So it’s not surprising I haven’t devoted time to blogging about TV – I spend too much time watching it!

Fall 2014 brought a bumper crop of new shows to broadcast networks, many of which I tried and many of which were canceled.

 

ABC

New shows I tried that were canceled:

Forever – this show will be greatly missed. I’ve never seen such unanimous disappointment over the cancellation of a new show. At least things wrapped up fairly well in the last episode.

Selfie – Karen Gillan made this a guaranteed watch for me. The humor was probably a bit too niche to garner needed ratings, but I loved the My Fair Lady/Pygmalion parallels.

New shows I tried that were renewed:

Galavant – a fun, crazy musical medieval comedy. It was a big surprise to everyone that this was renewed, but I’m glad it was, especially since season one ended on a cliffhanger. It seems like ABC is going with a lot of shorter season shows to fill in gaps and provide more original content over the year.

Agent Carter – another “gap” show that was easily one of my favorites this year. Can’t wait for more of Peggy and Jarvis!

Other notes:

Agents of SHIELD followed up its amazing end of season one with an uneven season two, though the unevenness was between episodes that were amazing and some that were merely good. No matter – I’ll be watching it until the end because I love these characters. Castle is showing its age, but still tells a decent story each week. I fell behind on Once Upon a Time, so I still have half this season to watch.

 

CBS

New shows I tried that were canceled:

Battle Creek – I probably wouldn’t have tried this if my sister hadn’t been watching, and I ended up dropping it after a few episodes. It was too similar to other crime shows and the team didn’t gel. Five years ago, I probably would have kept watching.

New shows I tried that were renewed:

Scorpion – we watched the first few episodes and loved this, but with the busyness of all the returning and new shows and moving, we fell behind on watching and because CBS hates Hulu, we weren’t able to catch up easily and let it go. We’ll be watching the rest of season one this summer.

The Odd Couple – Matthew Perry was the main draw for watching this, but I preferred his characters on Friends and Go On. The humor is too forced for me to really enjoy it, but I’ll probably keep watching, especially since I have only a handful of returning comedies to watch next fall.

Other notes:

The Hulu-lessness of CBS made on-demand the best option for catching up, but wait too long and the episodes were gone from there too. So I have quite a few episodes of NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles (which has had a rash of terrible episodes lately – get new writers!), and Elementary to watch. I watched Person of Interest by myself, and I’m enjoying the more serialized nature it has taken. I hope that the 13-episode renewal doesn’t signal a final season. The Big Bang Theory has been its usually excellent self, which may be why The Odd Couple failed to shine when paired with it.

 

FOX

New shows I tried that were canceled:

Backstrom – this one I watched because of Hart Hanson and Rainn Wilson. I’ll watch the final 4 episodes, but I think the main character was too unlikable for this show to catch on. We almost stopped watching several times. But Needlemeyer is awesome.

New shows I tried that were renewed:

The Last Man on Earth – I tried this one because of the weird premise, and the main actor is pretty funny. But a couple episodes in, it was getting pretty skeezy. I might try an episode or two more to see if it improves.

Other notes:

Fox has burned me way too many times with shows, so I’m always wary to try their new ones. Empire was buzzy, and I might have tried it out because of Taraji since I liked her on Person of Interest, but the premise didn’t appeal to me. Gotham looked too dark, and while I have enjoyed the recent Batman movies, I’m not invested enough in the characters to be overly interested in their origin stories. Gracepoint (the American remake of Broadchurch, which I love) didn’t get great ratings so I expected its outcome. I thought of watching, but I couldn’t get past David Tennant’s American accent. It was just too weird. The Mindy Project’s cancellation was a shock, less so Hulu’s pickup of the show. We fell behind on Sleepy Hollow and only watched one episode this season of New Girl, but plan to catch up on both this summer.

 

NBC

New shows I tried that were canceled:

A to Z – cute premise, loved that it had the Mother from How I Met Your Mother, but Abbi seemed to always want to watch something else, so we fell behind but will watch the rest of the show later.

Marry Me – a watered-down Happy Endings that was still decent. Liked the main couple (which was a surprise since I only knew the guy as the sleazy PI Vinnie Van Lowe from Veronica Mars) but the supporting characters weren’t as great. Still, was sad to see it go. (Can we get Happy Endings back instead? Please?)

New shows I tried that were renewed:

None.

Other notes:

NBC has gone from being one of my most-watched networks to least-watched. I only have Grimm to watch as a returning show next year, and that’s only if I catch up on it during the summer (wasn’t a fan of what they did to Nick at the end of last season, so have only watched one episode so far this past year). We did start watching Parks and Recreation recently (which ended this season), and after a rocky first season, it has grown to be one of my favorite comedies as we start season 4. Where are your shows like this, NBC?

 

The CW

New shows I tried that were canceled:

None.

New shows I tried that were renewed:

The Flash – a great reminder of how FUN superhero stories can be. As an Arrow spinoff I was guaranteed to watch this, and I liked the characters in the planted pilot.

Jane the Virgin – this sounded like the stupidest show ever, until I watched the promo and loved it! Based on the over-the-top soap-opera style of telenovelas, this show knows its plotlines are ridiculous and embraces that fact fully. It balances that with grounded characters with whom you can both laugh and cry.

iZombie – I usually dislike anything zombie-related, but definitely wanted to try this new show by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. It’s more zombie-lite, with characters affected able to pass as human as long as they have a steady supply of brains. Said brains give the zombies who eat them personality traits of the person who used to own them as well as vision-like bits of memory that pop up when triggered. The result is a darkly hilarious show with a case-of-the week format, voiceovers by the main character, and a strong overarching mystery (much like Veronica Mars).

Other notes:

The CW is the network I watch the most, which is surprising since I didn’t start watching it until Nikita’s debut, what, six years ago? I’ve seen at least one episode of every scripted show airing on the CW this year, with the exception of the DOA The Messengers (with the entire fall lineup renewed and iZombie getting the plum post-Flash spot, the terrible ratings the premiere got only sealed the deal). While Hart of Dixie failed to impress (me, Abbi watched every episode), The 100 was too gruesome, and Reign was mostly dropped because of time, all the other shows keep me watching regularly. I’m caught up on all of those except for Supernatural, which sits on season five.

 

What canceled and renewed new shows did you check out last year?

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May Madness Nominations: Current TV Dramas

Update: Nominations are over, vote in the bracket tournament!

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 The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, 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?, 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 dramas 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 20 of your favorite current TV dramas. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into our bracket tournament next week!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s May Madness nominations! Voting ends around 12AM May 5th, and the top 16 will make it into our bracket.

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

  • White Collar (78%, 658 Votes)
  • Beauty and the Beast (14%, 121 Votes)
  • Castle (12%, 99 Votes)
  • Agents of SHIELD (11%, 91 Votes)
  • Sherlock (11%, 90 Votes)
  • Supernatural (11%, 89 Votes)
  • NCIS (10%, 84 Votes)
  • Arrow (10%, 83 Votes)
  • Once Upon a Time (9%, 77 Votes)
  • Suits (9%, 76 Votes)
  • Doctor Who (8%, 64 Votes)
  • The Vampire Diaries (7%, 61 Votes)
  • Game of Thrones (7%, 59 Votes)
  • Criminal Minds (7%, 55 Votes)
  • Glee (7%, 55 Votes)
  • Bones (6%, 50 Votes)
  • The Mentalist (6%, 50 Votes)
  • Sleepy Hollow (6%, 49 Votes)
  • Psych (6%, 49 Votes)
  • Covert Affairs (6%, 48 Votes)
  • Hawaii Five-O (5%, 46 Votes)
  • Elementary (5%, 46 Votes)
  • Grimm (5%, 45 Votes)
  • Grey's Anatomy (5%, 44 Votes)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (5%, 42 Votes)
  • The Blacklist (5%, 41 Votes)
  • The Walking Dead (5%, 40 Votes)
  • Person of Interest (4%, 38 Votes)
  • The Originals (4%, 38 Votes)
  • Downton Abbey (4%, 38 Votes)
  • Teen Wolf (4%, 37 Votes)
  • Rizzoli & Isles (4%, 35 Votes)
  • The Good Wife (4%, 35 Votes)
  • Law & Order: SVU (4%, 32 Votes)
  • CSI (4%, 31 Votes)
  • Almost Human (4%, 31 Votes)
  • Chicago Fire (4%, 30 Votes)
  • Royal Pains (4%, 30 Votes)
  • Blue Bloods (3%, 28 Votes)
  • Scandal (3%, 27 Votes)
  • True Blood (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Pretty Little Liars (3%, 26 Votes)
  • House of Cards (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Reign (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Warehouse 13 (3%, 25 Votes)
  • Revenge (3%, 24 Votes)
  • The Tomorrow People (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Orphan Black (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Hannibal (3%, 23 Votes)
  • Orange is the New Black (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Graceland (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Parenthood (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Perception (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Mad Men (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Hart of Dixie (2%, 21 Votes)
  • The Following (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Nashville (2%, 20 Votes)
  • Homeland (2%, 20 Votes)
  • Bates Motel (2%, 19 Votes)
  • The Americans (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Da Vinci's Demons (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Chicago PD (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Star-Crossed (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Dracula (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Being Human (US) (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Revolution (2%, 15 Votes)
  • The 100 (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Intelligence (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Justified (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Major Crimes (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Falling Skies (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Franklin & Bash (2%, 13 Votes)
  • American Horror Story (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Continuum (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Believe (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Vikings (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Drop Dead Diva (1%, 11 Votes)
  • The Fosters (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Resurrection (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Devious Maids (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Dallas (2012) (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Witches of East End (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Ripper Street (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Longmire (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Girls (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Lost Girl (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Mr. Selfridge (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Boardwalk Empire (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Switched at Birth (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Sons of Anarchy (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Nikita (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Crisis (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Haven (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Call the Midwife (1%, 8 Votes)
  • The Carrie Diaries (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Shameless (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Masters of Sex (1%, 7 Votes)
  • The Bridge (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Bitten (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Hostages (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Twisted (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Banshee (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Unforgettable (1%, 5 Votes)
  • The Killing (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Defiance (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Betrayal (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Strike Back (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Ray Donovan (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Helix (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Black Sails (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Rake (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Hemlock Grove (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Mob City (0%, 1 Votes)
  • In the Flesh (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Lilyhammer (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Hell on Wheels (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 846

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Monday Madness: Favorite Hero/Villain Duo

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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The CW Picks Up Tomorrow People, The 100, Star-Crossed, and Reign, Renews Nikita and The Carrie Diaries

The CW announced series orders for four pilots today, for a total of five new shows (including The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff The Originals) to debut in the 2013-2014 season. The Carrie Diaries was renewed, as well as Nikita, for a shortened season.

Which of these shows will I watch next season? If I have time and the trailers look good, I’ll probably try to check out the pilots for all four new shows. I still need to catch up on The Vampire Diaries to watch the planted pilot for The Originals, but I’m leaning toward not watching the spinoff. Nikita I will watch till the end, and I probably would have at least given a shot to The Carrie Diaries (especially since it includes Doctor Who’s Freema Agyeman) if I had more time when it started airing.

Tomorrow People has an impressive line-up of executive producers (from Chuck, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and Nikita) and features genre favorite Mark Pellegrino as well as Robbie Amell (Arrow’s Stephen Amell’s cousin – who will play a character named Stephen). People around the world gaining superpowers isn’t new (see Heroes, Alphas, and more), but can be excellent if done right.

Star-Crossed (formerly Oxygen) has a human girl falling in love with an alien boy after he and 8 other alien teens are integrated into a high school ten years after their people landed on Earth. I’m not familiar with many of the actors, so I’m counting on previews to tell me why this intriguing premise is must-see TV.

The 100 refers to a group of juvenile delinquents who are sent to a nuclear-war-ravaged Earth to see if it’s habitable again. The cast includes a few actors I know from their reoccurring guest spots on other shows. It’s based on an upcoming book series – which I think would be a dream come true: being able to write such a great novel that it’s made into a TV show before it even releases.

Reign focuses on 15-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, and her closest friends, three of her ladies-in-waiting, amid the secrets of the French court. I usually don’t watch historical shows, but I may give this one a try as it stars Megan Follows (aka Anne Shirley) and Anna Popplewell (aka Queen Susan of Narnia).

Gone are the days of the CW being the teen girl channel. Nearly all of their scripted programming now has a supernatural/sci-fi/action hero bent (4 out of 5 new programs, 5 out of 7 renewed programs), and the remaining ones have distinctive settings (deep South, 80s New York, 16th century France). And out of their 12 scripted shows for next year, I am currently watching four, want to catch up with Supernatural, would have given The Carrie Diaries a try, and will probably watch all five new pilots. That leaves the lone show I care nothing about, Hart of Dixie (ironic since my last name is also Hart), of which I watched the pilot. I didn’t expect to like it, though, since medical shows I like are few and Southern accents bug me.

So next fall, the CW may go from my least-watched channel (the first show I watched was Nikita when it premiered) to the channel with the highest concentration of shows I watch. And with so many genre shows, perhaps it’s more deserving of the Syfy name than the Syfy channel itself!

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Best TV Show Flashbacks Poll

Which TV show has the best flashbacks? That’s the question you get to answer in this week’s poll! Flashbacks add depth to current storylines and allow us to understand characters’ motivations, and range from heartrending to hilarious.

You can nominate shows missing from the poll below, but be sure the show has a significant amount of flashbacks to be included. The show should have a minimum of two episodes with a large portion of the episode as flashback, preferably more, and they should have some impact on the story/characters (a brief explanation would be appreciated!).  I’ve added some flashback explanations to a few of the shows in the poll, but they are to jog your memory, not represent every flashback in the show. (One more note – I’ve put Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel as one option since their flashbacks revolve around the same characters for the most part.)

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!

Our next poll will be favorite Christmas episodes! Feel free to nominate episodes on our Facebook page, tweeting me at @waterfallbooks, or by leaving a comment below. Please include both the show and episode name, and yes, you can nominate this year’s holiday episodes!

Without further ado, choose up to ten of the shows below, but be sure to vote based on how awesome the flashbacks are! Poll will close Friday night, December 15th, giving you about a week and a half to spread the word!

Which TV show has the best flashbacks? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Once Upon a Time (Fairy Tale Land) (29%, 121 Votes)
  • Leverage (recreated past stories) (25%, 105 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother (Robin Sparkles, hippie Barney, college Ted, Marshall, and Lily) (24%, 102 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel (pasts of Darla, Angel, Drusilla, and Spike) (22%, 91 Votes)
  • Supernatural (19%, 78 Votes)
  • The Vampire Diaries (pasts of Damon, Stefan, Katherine, and Klaus) (17%, 71 Votes)
  • Psych (17%, 70 Votes)
  • Lost (13%, 53 Votes)
  • Friends (11%, 48 Votes)
  • Arrow (scenes on the island) (10%, 43 Votes)
  • Person of Interest (10%, 42 Votes)
  • NCIS (Gibbs' and Tony's pasts) (9%, 39 Votes)
  • White Collar (8%, 32 Votes)
  • Criminal Minds (6%, 27 Votes)
  • True Blood (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Pushing Daisies (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Nikita (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Highlander (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Being Human (BBC) (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Revolution (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Being Human (Syfy) (2%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 421

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Update – here are some pics I’ve edited to promote the poll! Now you have additional images you can pin on Pinterest, or you can share them on Tumblr, Facebook, and more! I’m working on getting more for the other shows, but you can help out by creating your own!

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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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TV Duos Bracket – Round One, Day 10

For day 10 of our duos bracket, two duos that include the show’s titular character face off, with Nikita and Michael from this side of the pond and Merlin and Arthur from the other. Today’s other matchup is a study in opposites, as one of the oldest shows in this competition goes up against one of the newest: The Andy Griffith Show’s Andy and Barney vs. 2 Broke Girls’ Max and Caroline!

Our day 7 matchups just ended! 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 one 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! Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, 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!

Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.19

  • Merlin and Arthur - Merlin (93%, 288 Votes)
  • Nikita and Michael - Nikita (7%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 310

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Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.20

  • Andy and Barney - The Andy Griffith Show (51%, 75 Votes)
  • Max and Caroline - 2 Broke Girls (49%, 71 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

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TV Olympics: Favorite Newborn to Kindergartener

Yes, just about every baby and toddler you see on TV is absolutely adorable. But which ones are your favorites? You can only pick three! From Angel to Up All Night, many shows have featured cute babies and sweet preschoolers.

If you haven’t voted for your favorite married couple or for the cutest couple name, there’s still time! And be sure to keep up to date with the entire event on the TV Show Olympics main page.

Poll with be open for one week, and if I missed any kids, please nominate them! They should be part of the main show, not just flashbacks or special episodes, and live-action, scripted shows only, please.

Who is your favorite newborn to kindergarten-aged kid? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Hope - Raising Hope (73%, 500 Votes)
  • Christine - Bones (24%, 166 Votes)
  • Michael - Bones (16%, 111 Votes)
  • Charlie - Good Luck Charlie (12%, 86 Votes)
  • Amy - Up All Night (9%, 64 Votes)
  • Clara - Chuck (6%, 42 Votes)
  • Connor - Angel (5%, 34 Votes)
  • Harrison - Dexter (4%, 27 Votes)
  • Jenna - Eureka (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Liam - Shameless (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Max - Nikita (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Maya - Six Feet Under (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 689

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Nikita at Comic-Con 2012 – TVLine

Nikita season 3 scoop! I’m kind of glad the first part of the season will be more episodic – yes, the show thrives on big conspiracies, but with all the turmoil at the end of season 2, it’ll be nice to step back and take a bit of breather. Ditto for some relationship peace between major characters. There will be enough going on with the transfer of power at Division, setting things in order, and figuring out hierarchy to keep plenty of tension in the first few episodes.

Nikita at Comic-Con 2012 – TVLine.

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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Villain

This Monday Madness, as nominated by Kathy Manno, we’re looking at TV villains! Some of these villains are pure evil, while others have a redeemable side and eventually begin working with the good guys – but please vote for them as a villain, not a hero! Some of these villains are so evil they can keep you awake at night, while others are so hilarious in their villainy that you almost want them to win.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite TV villains. 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-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of TV villains I left out! You can nominate villains I missed in the comments until Thursday night, and I may add them to the poll (villains from live-action scripted shows only, please).

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 25th.

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

  • Crowley (Mark Sheppard) - Supernatural (30%, 630 Votes)
  • Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) - Sherlock (27%, 572 Votes)
  • Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) - Supernatural (25%, 535 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) - Once Upon a Time (18%, 382 Votes)
  • Regina Mills/Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) - Once Upon a Time (17%, 353 Votes)
  • Spike (James Marsters) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (16%, 344 Votes)
  • Alastair (Christopher Heyerdahl) - Supernatural (15%, 316 Votes)
  • Azazel (Fredric Lehne) - Supernatural (15%, 309 Votes)
  • Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) - Supernatural (14%, 306 Votes)
  • The Master (John Simm) - Doctor Who (11%, 229 Votes)
  • Angelus (David Boreanaz) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (11%, 227 Votes)
  • Matthew Keller (Ross McCall) - White Collar (11%, 223 Votes)
  • Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin) - NCIS (10%, 215 Votes)
  • Drusilla (Juliet Landau) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (10%, 202 Votes)
  • Phil Constantino (Timothy Omundson) - Jericho (8%, 169 Votes)
  • Sylar (Zachary Quinto) - Heroes (7%, 151 Votes)
  • Mr. Yang (Ally Sheedy) - Psych (7%, 146 Votes)
  • Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) - The Vampire Diaries (7%, 138 Votes)
  • Cole Turner (Julian McMahon) - Charmed (6%, 133 Votes)
  • Jim Sterling (Mark Sheppard) - Leverage (6%, 125 Votes)
  • Klaus (Joseph Morgan) - The Vampire Diaries (6%, 123 Votes)
  • Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) - Lost (6%, 122 Votes)
  • Glory (Clare Kramer) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (6%, 120 Votes)
  • Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) - Glee (5%, 116 Votes)
  • The Smoking Man (William B. Davis) - X-Files (5%, 112 Votes)
  • George Foyet (C. Thomas Howell) - Criminal Minds (5%, 108 Votes)
  • The Gravedigger (Diedre Lovejoy) - Bones (5%, 103 Votes)
  • Mayor Wilkins (Harry Groener) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (5%, 103 Votes)
  • Lindsey McDonald (Christian Kane) - Angel (5%, 103 Votes)
  • Anson Fullerton (Jere Burns) - Burn Notice (5%, 100 Votes)
  • Lionel Luthor (John Glover) - Smallville (4%, 90 Votes)
  • Red John - The Mentalist (4%, 86 Votes)
  • Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) - True Blood (4%, 80 Votes)
  • Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev) - The Vampire Diaries (4%, 80 Votes)
  • H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray) - Warehouse 13 (4%, 75 Votes)
  • Gormogon (Laurence Todd Rosenthal) - Bones (3%, 71 Votes)
  • The First - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 55 Votes)
  • J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) - Dallas (3%, 54 Votes)
  • Alexei Volkoff (Timothy Dalton) - Chuck (2%, 51 Votes)
  • Number Six (Tricia Helfer) - Battlestar Galactica (2%, 49 Votes)
  • Carla (Tricia Helfer) - Burn Notice (2%, 49 Votes)
  • Sheriff of Nottingham (Keith Allen) - Robin Hood (2%, 47 Votes)
  • Anna (Morena Baccarin) - V (2%, 43 Votes)
  • Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh) - Chuck (2%, 43 Votes)
  • Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) - Suits (2%, 42 Votes)
  • The Chameleon (Christopher Lambert) NCIS: Los Angeles (2%, 42 Votes)
  • Jasmine (Gina Torres) - Angel (2%, 41 Votes)
  • Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) - The Dukes of Hazzard (2%, 41 Votes)
  • Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) - Revenge (2%, 39 Votes)
  • Nina Meyers (Sarah Clarke) - 24 (2%, 38 Votes)
  • Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee) - Grimm (2%, 37 Votes)
  • Marie Barone (Doris Roberts) - Everybody Loves Raymond (2%, 37 Votes)
  • Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) - Heroes (2%, 37 Votes)
  • Elias (Enrico Colantoni) - Person of Interest (2%, 35 Votes)
  • Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) - The X-Files (2%, 34 Votes)
  • Maryann Forrester (Michelle Forbes) - True Blood (2%, 32 Votes)
  • James MacPherson (Roger Rees) - Warehouse 13 (1%, 31 Votes)
  • Siobhan Martin (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - Ringer (1%, 31 Votes)
  • Amanda (Melinda Clarke) - Nikita (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1%, 27 Votes)
  • Percy (Xander Berkeley) - Nikita (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Valerie Malone (Tiffani Thiessen) - Beverly Hills, 90210 (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Herrick (Jason Watkins) - Being Human (UK) (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Benny (Belita Moreno) - George Lopez (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Daniel Holtz (Keith Szarabajka) - Angel (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Weyoun (Jeffrey Combs) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Roan (Rob Stewart) - Nikita (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Roy Biggins (David Schramm) - Wings (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Peter Fleming (James Frain) - The Cape (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Kai Winn (Louise Fletcher) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,112

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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 (47%, 1,951 Votes)
  • John Winchester (Jeffery Dean Morgan & Matt Cohen) - Supernatural (33%, 1,362 Votes)
  • Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) - Eureka (16%, 681 Votes)
  • Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen) - Psych (15%, 620 Votes)
  • Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) - Bones (14%, 589 Votes)
  • Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) - Bones (9%, 367 Votes)
  • Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley) - Glee (9%, 366 Votes)
  • Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) - Doctor Who (8%, 346 Votes)
  • Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) - The Cosby Show (8%, 324 Votes)
  • Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) - NCIS (7%, 303 Votes)
  • Walter Bishop (John Noble) - Fringe (7%, 283 Votes)
  • Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) - Criminal Minds (6%, 266 Votes)
  • Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) - How I Met Your Mother (6%, 247 Votes)
  • Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) - Smallville (6%, 228 Votes)
  • Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) - Modern Family (5%, 220 Votes)
  • Charming (Josh Dallas) - Once Upon a Time (5%, 214 Votes)
  • Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) - Veronica Mars (5%, 209 Votes)
  • Future Ted Mosby (Bob Saget) - How I Met Your Mother (5%, 208 Votes)
  • Devon "Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin) - Chuck (5%, 206 Votes)
  • John Casey (Adam Baldwin) - Chuck (5%, 200 Votes)
  • Angel (David Boreanaz) - Angel (5%, 193 Votes)
  • Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) - Little House on the Prairie (5%, 187 Votes)
  • Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) - Full House (4%, 169 Votes)
  • Max Keenan (Ryan O'Neal) - Bones (4%, 157 Votes)
  • Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan) - Hawaii Five-O (4%, 157 Votes)
  • Jackson Gibbs (Ralph Waite) - NCIS (4%, 150 Votes)
  • William Adama (Edward James Olmos) - Battlestar Galactica (3%, 143 Votes)
  • Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) - Modern Family (3%, 139 Votes)
  • Reginald "Red" Forman (Kurtwood Smith) - That '70s Show (3%, 136 Votes)
  • Steve Bartowski (Scott Bakula) - Chuck (3%, 134 Votes)
  • Leo White (Brian Krause) - Charmed (3%, 129 Votes)
  • Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) - The Office (3%, 126 Votes)
  • Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) - Married . . . with Children (3%, 123 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) - Once Upon a Time (3%, 120 Votes)
  • Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) - The Andy Griffith Show (3%, 118 Votes)
  • Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) - Modern Family (3%, 115 Votes)
  • Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) The O.C. (3%, 114 Votes)
  • Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) - The Mentalist (3%, 108 Votes)
  • Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) - Happy Days (3%, 105 Votes)
  • Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) - Home Improvement (3%, 105 Votes)
  • Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) - 7th Heaven (3%, 104 Votes)
  • Uther Pendragon (Anthony Stewart Head) - Merlin (2%, 101 Votes)
  • Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) - Leverage (2%, 101 Votes)
  • Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) - Arrested Development (2%, 91 Votes)
  • Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (Robert Wagner) - NCIS (2%, 90 Votes)
  • Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2%, 88 Votes)
  • Marvin Eriksen (Bill Fagerbakke) - How I Met Your Mother (2%, 88 Votes)
  • Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) - Alias (2%, 88 Votes)
  • George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) - Suburgatory (2%, 84 Votes)
  • Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) - Blue Bloods (2%, 75 Votes)
  • Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) - Friday Night Lights (2%, 70 Votes)
  • John Walton (Ralph Waite) - The Waltons (2%, 65 Votes)
  • Michael (Shane West) - Nikita (2%, 65 Votes)
  • Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) - True Blood (2%, 63 Votes)
  • Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) - Falling Skies (1%, 60 Votes)
  • Steven Keaton (Michael Gross) - Family Ties (1%, 59 Votes)
  • Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) - Touch (1%, 45 Votes)
  • Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) - Blue Bloods (1%, 45 Votes)
  • Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) - Awake (1%, 45 Votes)
  • Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) - ER (1%, 42 Votes)
  • Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) - NCIS (1%, 40 Votes)
  • George Bluth, Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) - Arrested Development (1%, 39 Votes)
  • Will Girardi (Joe Mantegna) - Joan of Arcadia (1%, 39 Votes)
  • Noah Werner (Alan Tudyk) - Suburgatory (1%, 36 Votes)
  • Frank Barone (Peter Boyle) - Everybody Loves Raymond (1%, 32 Votes)
  • George Lopez (George Lopez) - George Lopez (1%, 28 Votes)
  • Ray Barone (Ray Romano) - Everybody Loves Raymond (1%, 28 Votes)
  • Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd) - Ringer (1%, 26 Votes)
  • Jim Walsh (James Eckhouse) - Beverly Hills, 90210 (1%, 26 Votes)
  • Lionel Luther (John Glover) - Smallville (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Don Draper (John Hamm) - Mad Men (1%, 22 Votes)
  • Jim (Jim Belushi) - According To Jim (1%, 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 – Realistic

This round of Monday Madness, it’s time to look at TV couples! Because there are so many, I’ve divided this poll into 2 categories – realistic/contemporary and speculative. We’ll cover vampires, time travel, and spaceships next week. This week, we’re looking at couples from dramas, comedies, crime shows, and action. (And yes, it was really hard to decide where to put the couples from Chuck, with the show’s speculative elements, but since the show focuses on the spy aspect, I felt it was best to put it with the other spy shows.)

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 50-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. You can also start nominating couples from paranormal, futuristic, and other outside-the-box shows for next week. 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.

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM May 28th.

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Go vote for this week’s poll – favorite TV couples in speculative shows!

Which is your favorite TV couple? - Contemporary/Realistic Division (Choose up to 10)

  • Rick Castle and Kate Beckett - Castle (43%, 2,303 Votes)
  • Peter and Elizabeth Burke - White Collar (32%, 1,703 Votes)
  • Kensi Blye and Marty Deeks - NCIS: Los Angeles (20%, 1,087 Votes)
  • Anthony DiNozzo and Ziva David - NCIS (15%, 820 Votes)
  • Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey - Grey's Anatomy (15%, 775 Votes)
  • Seeley Booth and Temperance Brennan - Bones (14%, 763 Votes)
  • Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker - Chuck (10%, 531 Votes)
  • Chandler Bing and Monica Gellar - Friends (9%, 505 Votes)
  • Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin - How I Met Your Mother (9%, 498 Votes)
  • Angela Montenegro and Jack Hodgins - Bones (9%, 496 Votes)
  • Timothy McGee and Abby Sciuto - NCIS (9%, 486 Votes)
  • Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky - How I Met Your Mother (8%, 452 Votes)
  • Rachel Green and Ross Geller - Friends (8%, 447 Votes)
  • Leonard Hofstadter and Penny - The Big Bang Theory (8%, 416 Votes)
  • Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes - Gilmore Girls (8%, 406 Votes)
  • Shawn Spencer and Juliet O'Hara - Psych (7%, 391 Votes)
  • Michael Westen and Fiona Glenanne - Burn Notice (7%, 361 Votes)
  • Nell Jones and Eric Beale - NCIS: Los Angeles (6%, 318 Votes)
  • Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah-Fowler - The Big Bang Theory (5%, 292 Votes)
  • Ellie Bartowski and Devon "Awesome" Woodcomb - Chuck (5%, 249 Votes)
  • Gregory House and Lisa Cuddy - House (5%, 242 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls - Veronica Mars (4%, 231 Votes)
  • Alec Hardison and Parker - Leverage (4%, 227 Votes)
  • Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley - The Office (4%, 213 Votes)
  • Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl (4%, 209 Votes)
  • Cliff and Clair Huxtable - The Cosby Show (4%, 200 Votes)
  • Will Schuester and Emma Pillsbury - Glee (4%, 198 Votes)
  • Joey Potter and Pacey Witter - Dawson's Creek (4%, 197 Votes)
  • Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn - Alias (4%, 190 Votes)
  • Howard Wolowitz and Bernadette Rostenkowski - The Big Bang Theory (3%, 183 Votes)
  • Nikita and Michael - Nikita (3%, 181 Votes)
  • Lucy and Ricky Ricardo - I Love Lucy (3%, 179 Votes)
  • Dan Humphrey and Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl (3%, 151 Votes)
  • Cal Lightman and Gillian Foster - Lie To Me (3%, 149 Votes)
  • Nathan Ford and Sophie Devereaux - Leverage (2%, 111 Votes)
  • Rob and Laura Petrie - The Dick Van Dyke Show (2%, 103 Votes)
  • Walter Sherman and Isabella Zambada - The Finder (2%, 100 Votes)
  • Derek Morgan and Penelope Garcia - Criminal Minds (2%, 93 Votes)
  • Angela Bower and Tony Micelli - Who's the Boss? (2%, 92 Votes)
  • Maddie Hayes and David Addison - Moonlighting (2%, 88 Votes)
  • Jonathan and Jennifer Hart - Hart to Hart (2%, 86 Votes)
  • Eric and Tami Taylor - Friday Night Lights (1%, 78 Votes)
  • Molly Flynn and Mike Biggs - Mike & Molly (1%, 75 Votes)
  • Michael Scott and Holly Flax - The Office (1%, 67 Votes)
  • Arthur and Joan Campbell - Covert Affairs (1%, 58 Votes)
  • Sam Malone and Diane Chambers - Cheers (1%, 54 Votes)
  • Michael and Nikita - La Femme Nikita (1%, 51 Votes)
  • Mike and Carol Brady - The Brady Bunch (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Dexter Morgan and Rita Bennett - Dexter (1%, 30 Votes)
  • Whitney and Alex - Whitney (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Charlie Harper and Rosie - Two and a Half Men (0%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,341

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What I Will Be Watching in Fall 2012 – ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW

Now that all of the broadcast networks have revealed their fall schedules, as well as trailers or clips of new shows, it’s time to look at what I will be watching live, what I’ll have to catch online, and how many annoying half hour and hour “dead zones” I’ll have between good shows.

TVLine was nice enough to compile a grid chart of what’s airing when, which you can view at the link below (it will open in a new tab so you can follow along):

Fall TV Schedule Grid 2012-13 — ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW – TVLine.

Thanks to 666 Park Street’s too-much-horror bent, Once Upon a Time remains my only show for Sundays, though if my Sunday evenings stay busy, I’ll be watching online anyway.

Monday has a lot of dead zones. Since I don’t get HD Fox coverage in my area (which makes the picture 2/3 of its normal size), I’ll watch Bones on Hulu and How I Met Your Mother live. But since I’m likely giving up 2 Broke Girls (since it’s become the ladies’ version of Two and a Half Men instead of a smart, funny comedy), I don’t have anything else I plan to watch until Castle at 10. Revolution looks good, but like Smash (which will be back in midseason), I’ll only watch it live if Castle is a repeat or ABC won’t come in.

Tuesday’s first two hours are packed for me. I’ll probably watch NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles live when I can, because if I have to watch a show online I prefer Hulu to CBS’s video player. But if they’re on repeats or I’m in the mood for comedy, I have choices: Ben & Kate on Fox at 8:30, New Girl on Fox or Go On on NBC at 9, and The Mindy Project on Fox (maybe) or Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 at 9:30. Nothing on at 10 that interests me, though I might watch the pilot of Vegas out of curiosity.

Wednesday just has two shows I plan to watch, and of course they conflict – Arrow at 8 and Suburgatory at 8:30. I might try out Animal Practice (at 8) if I’m watching Suburgatory live.

Even with Community’s move, Thursdays remain my busiest night. At 8, I have to choose between The Big Bang Theory and a half hour dead zone, or ABC’s Last Resort. At 9, Person of Interest and CW’s Beauty and the Beast will probably push The Office to online-only. My only conflict-free hour will be at 10, with CBS’s Elementary.

Friday, I will probably watch Community and Grimm (NBC, 8:30 and 9) live, and catch Nikita online.

All told, that’s 22-26 shows every week, out of which up to 12 are 1/2 hour comedies. Up to 20 hours total every week for broadcast shows, if I like all the new shows I’m trying out. Seems like a lot, but I guess not really for someone who runs a TV site. 🙂

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The CW Eyes ‘The Selection’, Two Comedies For Midseason – Deadline.com

Awesome news for The Selection! The CW hasn’t given up on the show, though the pilot wasn’t working for them. Apparently it followed the book too closely, and now the scriptwriters (most likely still Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain) will be given more leeway with the story, using the book as a jumping-off place. There may be some recasting, though lead Aimee Teegarden is likely to stay (here’s hoping William Moseley will stick around as well).

This article also talks about the CW wanting to add two comedies to their slate, and the fact that Nikita’s move to 9PM was done so the network’s local news affiliates would have a better lead-in for their 10PM airings.

CW president Mark Pedowitz was also proud to have Ringer on the air, though the “complicated serial show” was hurt by a long hiatus. The CW will be premiering their fall shows in early October instead of mid-September to lessen repeats and hiatuses next season. He also noted that Ringer star Sarah Michelle Gellar “is coming back to this network as a producer or as an actress.”

What I want to know, is Ioan Gruffudd going to be back on my TV any time soon?

The CW Eyes ‘The Selection’, Two Comedies For Midseason – Deadline.com.

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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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