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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Sisters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total Voters: 62

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Favorite TV Show We Said Farewell to in 2012

No, we didn’t get the end of the world in 2012, but it was the end for several story worlds we’ve grown to love. Which of these dearly departed shows are your favorites?

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!

I know I’m missing a few shows that ended in 2012, so feel free to nominate other shows on our Facebook page, tweeting me at @waterfallbooks, or by leaving a comment below. (Be sure to stick with live-action, scripted shows.) Also, there are several shows that have been canceled, but will air their final episodes in 2013, and are therefore not included below (Fringe, Last Resort, The Office, etc.).

Without further ado, vote for up to five of the shows below! Poll will close Monday night, December 31st, so spread the word quickly!

What's your favorite show we said farewell to in 2012? (Choose up to 5!)

  • Leverage (78%, 556 Votes)
  • Merlin (16%, 117 Votes)
  • Chuck (13%, 96 Votes)
  • House (11%, 77 Votes)
  • Eureka (10%, 71 Votes)
  • The Finder (7%, 48 Votes)
  • The Closer (6%, 45 Votes)
  • Fairly Legal (4%, 28 Votes)
  • Common Law (3%, 25 Votes)
  • The Secret Circle (3%, 19 Votes)
  • Ringer (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Gossip Girl (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Awake (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Alcatraz (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Bent (1%, 5 Votes)
  • NYC 22 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • One Tree Hill (1%, 5 Votes)
  • GCB (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 715

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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 (45%, 878 Votes)
  • Jensen Ackles – Dean Winchester (hero) on Supernatural, Ben/X5-493 (villain) on Dark Angel (37%, 716 Votes)
  • Nathan Fillion - Malcolm Reynolds (hero) on Firefly, Caleb (villain) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (13%, 263 Votes)
  • Christian Kane - Eliot Spencer (hero) on Leverage, Lindsey McDonald (villain) on Angel (12%, 240 Votes)
  • Tim DeKay - Peter Burke (hero) on White Collar, Kieran Ryker (villain) on Chuck (12%, 225 Votes)
  • Leonard Nimoy - Spock (hero) on Star Trek, William Bell (villain) on Fringe (8%, 155 Votes)
  • Tiffani Thiessen - Elizabeth Burke (hero) on White Collar, Valerie Malone (villain) on Beverly Hills, 90210 (5%, 90 Votes)
  • Ross McCall – Joe Liebgott (hero) on Band of Brothers, Matthew Keller (villain) on White Collar (3%, 64 Votes)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers (hero) on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Siobhan Martin (villain) on Ringer (3%, 60 Votes)
  • Gina Torres - Zoe Washburne (hero) on Firefly, Jasmine (villain) on Angel (3%, 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 (2%, 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 Dad/Daughter Duo

For this round of our TV Olympics (can you believe we only have 5 more rounds left? ), we’re looking at dad/daughter duos!

This poll is for actual fathers (not father-figures), and since the relationship between dad and daughter is a key part of the poll, they need to have appeared in a number of episodes together, and infant daughters 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/daughter duos. Remember to keep checking the main event page for all the current polls and results!

What's your favorite dad/daughter duo? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Castle and Alexis - Castle (74%, 205 Votes)
  • Eli and Ziva - NCIS (21%, 59 Votes)
  • Max and Temperance - Bones (17%, 48 Votes)
  • Danny and Grace - Hawaii Five-O (12%, 34 Votes)
  • Keith and Veronica - Veronica Mars (12%, 33 Votes)
  • Carter and Zoe - Eureka (11%, 31 Votes)
  • George and Tessa - Suburgatory (9%, 25 Votes)
  • Jay and Claire - Modern Family (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Phil and Haley - Modern Family (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Frank and Laverne - Laverne & Shirley (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Casey and Alex - Chuck (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Walt and Cady - Longmire (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Jack and Sydney - Alias (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Andrew and Juliet - Ringer (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Will and Joan - Joan of Arcadia (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Silas and Michelle - Kings (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 278

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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 (43%, 50 Votes)
  • Willow/Vampire Willow (Alyson Hannigan) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (29%, 34 Votes)
  • Snow White/Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) - Once Upon a Time (27%, 32 Votes)
  • Olivia/Fauxlivia (Anna Torv) - Fringe (26%, 31 Votes)
  • Fred/Illyria (Amy Acker) - Angel (26%, 30 Votes)
  • Elena/Katherine (Nina Dobrev) - The Vampire Diaries (18%, 21 Votes)
  • Buffy/Buffybot/The First (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (16%, 19 Votes)
  • Charming/David (Josh Dallas) - Once Upon a Time (15%, 17 Votes)
  • Bridget/Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - Ringer (12%, 14 Votes)
  • Clark Kent/Kal-El (Tom Welling) - Smallville (11%, 13 Votes)
  • Mellie/November/Madeline (Miracle Laurie) - Dollhouse (9%, 10 Votes)
  • Tara/T/Buck/Alice/Gimme (Toni Collette) - United States of Tara (4%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 117

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TV Olympics: Most Annoying Teenage Character

I almost didn’t make this one of the mini-polls for this event, because how do I score this? Should I award negative medals for the characters that win? Award the bottom three?

In the end, I decided to award the top three, as usual. Why give an award for a negative attribute? Because most of the time, these characters are the one or two flies in the ointment of an otherwise awesome show. They seem all the more annoying because the rest of the characters are so great. Diehard fans of a show tend to be the most annoyed by these characters, as well, and to know how annoying a character is (and therefore vote for him/her), you most likely have to be already watching the show.

But I know there are tons of annoying teens who aren’t on this list yet, because there were only a few nominations in this category, and there are tons of teen-dominated shows I don’t watch. So come on, Glee fans and CW watchers – let me know which ones I missed!

Poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 3 annoying teens.

Who is the most annoying teenage character? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Connor - Angel (32%, 29 Votes)
  • Dawn - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (32%, 29 Votes)
  • Harmony - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (27%, 25 Votes)
  • Elena - The Vampire Diaries (23%, 21 Votes)
  • Dalia - Suburgatory (18%, 16 Votes)
  • Caroline - The Vampire Diaries (16%, 15 Votes)
  • Kim - 24 (15%, 14 Votes)
  • Juliet - Ringer (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Cassidy "Beaver" - Veronica Mars (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Tyler - V (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Jackie - Veronica Mars (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Cassidy - Nash Bridges (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Dana - Homeland (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 91

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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Accents

This Monday Madness, we’re looking at (listening to?) awesome accents on TV! Some are real, some are pretend, but all help define the character who speaks them. Whether the accent is straight-laced British, sultry Spanish, or down-home Southern, and whether the character reinforces or subverts the accent’s stereotypes, these accents add flair and texture to their shows.

Special note: I’m choosing to feature accents that stand out in a show – aka the majority of characters in the show don’t have similar accents. Otherwise, accents from shows set in Great Britain, the southern US, India, etc. would make this poll extremely long.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite accents. 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 30-some options on this list, I know there are TV characters with great accents I left out! You can nominate ones I missed in the comments until Thursday night, and I may add them to the poll (from live-action scripted shows only, please, and the accents should differ from the majority of the cast).

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 July 16th.

Which character has your favorite accent? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) - Leverage (50%, 123 Votes)
  • Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) - Leverage (44%, 108 Votes)
  • Spike (James Marsters) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (29%, 71 Votes)
  • Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (26%, 63 Votes)
  • Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) - NCIS (23%, 56 Votes)
  • Ducky (David McCallum) - NCIS (22%, 53 Votes)
  • Wesley Wyndham-Price (Alexis Denisof) - Angel (20%, 50 Votes)
  • Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) - House (16%, 39 Votes)
  • Drusilla (Juliet Landau) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (15%, 36 Votes)
  • Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) - The Mentalist (14%, 34 Votes)
  • Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) - Bones (14%, 34 Votes)
  • Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) - The Big Bang Theory (13%, 32 Votes)
  • Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar) - Burn Notice (13%, 31 Votes)
  • Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) - Once Upon a Time (11%, 28 Votes)
  • Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) - True Blood (11%, 26 Votes)
  • Fred Burkle (Amy Acker) - Angel (10%, 25 Votes)
  • Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher) - Bones (10%, 24 Votes)
  • Rory Flanagan (Damian McGinty) - Glee (10%, 24 Votes)
  • Divya Katdare (Reshma Shetty) - Royal Pains (9%, 23 Votes)
  • Crowley, Sterling, Valda, Badger, Ring Director, more (Mark Sheppard) - Supernatural, Leverage, Warehouse 13, Firefly, Chuck, others (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Charles Winchester (David Ogden Stiers) - M*A*S*H (7%, 16 Votes)
  • Finn Abernathy (Luke Kleintank) - Bones (6%, 15 Votes)
  • Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofia Vergara) - Modern Family (6%, 15 Votes)
  • Vala Mal Doran (Claudia Black) - Stargate SG-1 (6%, 15 Votes)
  • H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray) - Warehouse 13 (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary) - Hogan's Heroes (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Peter Newkirk (Richard Dawson) - Hogan's Heroes (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Jim Taggart (Matt Frewer) - Eureka (5%, 11 Votes)
  • Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams) - Dollhouse (5%, 11 Votes)
  • Derek (Jack Davenport) - Smash (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd) - Ringer (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) - Monk (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) - CSI:NY (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines) - Suburgatory (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) - Lost (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Olaf (Jonathan Kite) - 2 Broke Girls (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Han (Matthew Moy) - 2 Broke Girls (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Dev (Raza Jaffrey) - Smash (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 244

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Made in Jersey Casts Kristoffer Polaha — Season 1 – TVLine

Kristoffer Polaha, who played Ringer’s smarmy Henry, has joined Made in Jersey as a regular cast member. This doesn’t increase my desire to watch the show at all, but it does raise the question – when will other Ringer cast members join other shows? Particularly Ioan Gruffudd – I want him back on my TV screen!

Made in Jersey Casts Kristoffer Polaha — Season 1 – 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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Dallas Returns on TNT Wednesday, June 13

TNT is reviving the classic show Dallas with new episodes that extend the family rivalry, backstabbing, and secrets to a new generation. Every member of the family is hiding something from someone. Every member thinks they know what’s best for Southfork Ranch. And you can choose a member of the family to stand with and enter to win prizes by clicking the picture below:

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The image above shows the preview copy I received of tonight’s two-hour premiere (which begins on TNT at 9/8 central). I was selected to participate in TNT’s Dallas Roundup Network. I was not compensated for writing this post, but have received a screener of the first two episodes. Having never watched the original Dallas, I was a little confused at the beginning of how the family all fit together, but after I realized John Ross and Christopher were cousins, it began to make sense. Three actors reprise their roles from the original series – JR (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Patrick Duffy), and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray). If you also haven’t seen the original series, the catch-up clip below will help you out:

I thought the premiere episodes were excellent, though the constant friction as family members (and others) tried to outmaneuver each other was a little wearing. It’s definitely a serial show – you’ll want to watch every episode in order – but it’s not necessary to have watched the original Dallas to enjoy it. Out of all the shows I watch, I find it most similar to Ringer – almost a guy’s version of Ringer. Anyone could enjoy either show, but with Ringer the women have the biggest secrets and relationships are the focus, with business and wealth secondary concerns. In Dallas, the focus is on the guys – four strong male characters who want different things for the ranch and their lives. The four female characters have secrets and influence, but for the first episodes at least, the Ewing men steal the show.

I definitely will stick around for the next episode.

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship with Dallas.  This could include Dallas providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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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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Broadcast Freshmen Grading – How Did I Do With 2011-2012’s New Shows?

Aside from a few midseason debuts and several likely-canceled shows, ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, and NBC have all made their decisions about which new shows are returning, and which aren’t. How did I do at picking which shows to watch this year?

ABC

Canceled: Charlie’s Angels, GCB, Man Up, Missing, Pan Am, The River, Work It

Renewed: Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Last Man Standing, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Scandal, Suburgatory

I tried out Missing but wasn’t hooked. I fell in love with Once Upon a Time and Suburgatory, and my feelings for the B—- are a little mixed, but generally positive. I would have tried Revenge if I had time, and I planned to preview Scandal but was deterred by less-than-stellar reviews.

I give myself an A+ for ABC.

 

CBS

Canceled: A Gifted Man, How to Be a Gentleman, NYC 22, Rob, Unforgettable

Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest

I watched How to Be a Gentleman since it was the only 1/2 hour show in an empty timeslot. I disliked both Rob and Unforgettable, giving up on episode 2 for both after allowing the pilot a little leeway. I watched 2 Broke Girls and Person of Interest from the start, and liked both (though 2 Broke Girls has degraded some over the year).

I give myself an A+ for CBS.

 

The CW

Canceled: Ringer, The Secret Circle

Renewed: Hart of Dixie

I only watched Ringer, which I wanted to love more than I did. Sarah Michelle Gellar and the unexpected yumminess of Ioan Gruffudd kept me watching through a rough start, but I’m glad I saw the whole thing through till the end. I watched the Hart of Dixie pilot, but medicial + the South wasn’t my cup of tea.

I give myself a C- for the CW.

 

Fox

Canceled: Alcatraz, The Finder, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Terra Nova

Renewed: New Girl, Touch

I watched two new Fox shows, The Finder and New Girl. Didn’t even try the others. New Girl took a bit to grow on me, but I loved The Finder from the start, and am glad I watched it.

I give myself a C+ for Fox.

 

NBC

Canceled: Are You There, Chelsea?, Awake, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Free Agents, The Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, The Firm

Renewed: Grimm, Smash, Up All Night, Whitney

NBC canceled 8 new shows (of which I watched 3), and renewed 4 (of which I watched 2). I didn’t watch a single episode of the other 7. Grimm and Smash deserved the renewal for being fresh and catchy, something that Awake’s excellent but dour presentation could have used. Cop shows seem to work best with a bit of lightheartedness thrown in, a fact that Grimm realized by bringing in Monroe more. Awake’s twin tragedies prevented all but a slight wry sense of humor. The conspiracy behind Awake’s two realities could have counterbalanced that, but the show’s creators seemed to be saving most of that for future seasons, which ironically prevented future seasons by not hooking viewers. Bent and Free Agents were under-promoted and misrepresented, which almost caused me to miss out on them – how much more a casual TV viewer?

I give myself a C for NBC.

 

What new shows did you watch this year?

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Arrow, Beauty and the Beast TV Shows Picked Up, Nikita, Hart of Dixie Renewed By The CW – TVLine

The CW has renewed Nikita for its 3rd season (which also makes a 4th season more likely), and picked up 5 pilots to series: Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Cult, and First Cut. No mention has been made of the much buzzed about Hunger-Games-meets-The-Bachelor drama The Selection.

Update: more renewal news! Fellow bubble show  Hart of Dixie has been renewed (anyone think they won’t pair it with First Cut?). Also, Gossip Girl was picked up for a shortened 11-episode season 6. Already renewed: Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and 90210, bringing the CW’s total to 11 hour-long shows. Freshmen dramas Ringer and The Secret Circle have been canceled.

The link below leads to full descriptions of the new shows picked up to series:

The Carrie Diaries, Arrow and Beauty and the Beast TV Shows Picked Up By The CW – TVLine.

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5 Long-Shot TV Shows I Want To See Renewed

I’ve watched the ratings and predictions, and it seems like many of the shows I love are coming back next year. But there are a handful of shows that seem headed toward cancellation that I’m hoping against hope will beat the odds and get another shot. These aren’t shows that have been yanked from the schedule (like Free Agents), or that spent a lot of time in the danger zone, yet got renewed (like Fringe) or will likely be renewed (like Community). These are shows that most TV experts consider “bubble shows” or “long-shots” or “beyond hope.” I do think perhaps one of them will be fortunate enough to get a renewal; I’d be very happy if 2 or more made it.

UPDATE: I was correct. One – and only one – of these shows did get renewed: Nikita. Which if I’d had to guess which one might make it, I would have chosen.

Here are the shows, in no particular order, that in my perfect dream world would be coming back in 2012-2013:

Nikita

This is the show that got me to take the CW seriously for the first time. It perfectly filled the void left by Dollhouse’s cancellation (except for the mind-bending stuff). I love the “family of rogue agents” that has formed in this second season. Most recent spy shows have a lighter, humorous feel. This show manages to remain dark, but still be awesomely fun to watch.

Ringer

I started watching this show because of the intriguing premise and because I was curious to see what Sarah Michelle Gellar was like as not-Buffy. I stayed because of Ioan Gruffudd. I’d seen him in several movies (102 Dalmatians, Amazing Grace, Fantastic Four), but I didn’t fall in love with his acting until this show. It was nice to have Veronica Mars’ Jason Dohring around again too. The show was almost too twisty (I found myself saving up several episodes to watch so I could avoid agonizing cliffhangers), but it was very engaging and always kept me wanting more.

The Finder

My brother thought this show was on USA Network, and the humor on it matches the tone of that network perfectly. Walter could be Shawn Spencer’s long-lost cousin. I just love how zany and lighthearted and pure fun this show is. Plus it’s much more flexible than typical crime shows – finding things can take you anywhere. It’s also nice to have Bones characters dropping by occasionally.

Awake

I’ll admit, this was much more of a crime drama than a mind-twister than I was expecting. Still, it’s excellent, and piecing clues together from different worlds adds a great new dimension. I realize you can’t give away the entire “story behind the story” in the first season, but I really want to know more of what’s going on. Hopefully the show will get a second season (even if abbreviated) to dive into things, like Dollhouse was able to get.

Bent

This under-promoted comedy won my heart by the first episode. It’s not just the two leads, who have great chemistry, it’s the entire fun family formed by Alex’s daughter and sister, and Pete’s dad and crew. I couldn’t wait to see where their adventures would take them next.

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Monday Madness: Favorite New Show

This week on Monday Madness, it’s time to vote for your favorite new TV shows! This poll is for all live-action scripted shows that aired their first US episode between June 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012, and includes both broadcast and cable shows.

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

Even though there are 50 options on this list, I know there are some shows I left out (I think there are only a few canceled shows or lesser-known cable shows left out this week)! As always, you can cast write-in ballots (for new live-action scripted shows only please) by leaving a comment. 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.

Next week’s poll will focus on favorite season and series finales. Please nominate your favorite finales by leaving a comment! In your comment, be sure to note the show, season, episode title, and not-too-spoilery descriptive phrase (think of what a promo for that episode would say). For example: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 2, “Becoming, Part Two.” Aided by an unlikely ally, Buffy must face Angel to save the world.

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM May 7th.

UPDATE: This poll has closed. You can view the top ten list here.

This poll sponsored by Nannerbug Designs. Contact me if you would like to sponsor next week’s poll!

What's your favorite new show? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Once Upon a Time (30%, 168 Votes)
  • Person of Interest (25%, 144 Votes)
  • Grimm (25%, 144 Votes)
  • The Finder (20%, 111 Votes)
  • Bent (14%, 78 Votes)
  • New Girl (12%, 70 Votes)
  • Alphas (10%, 55 Votes)
  • 2 Broke Girls (8%, 48 Votes)
  • Falling Skies (8%, 48 Votes)
  • Revenge (7%, 41 Votes)
  • Suburgatory (7%, 40 Votes)
  • Alcatraz (7%, 39 Votes)
  • GCB (7%, 39 Votes)
  • Touch (7%, 38 Votes)
  • Awake (6%, 36 Votes)
  • The Secret Circle (6%, 36 Votes)
  • Terra Nova (6%, 35 Votes)
  • Smash (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Ringer (6%, 33 Votes)
  • Hart of Dixie (6%, 33 Votes)
  • Scandal (6%, 32 Votes)
  • Suits (5%, 30 Votes)
  • American Horror Story (5%, 29 Votes)
  • Last Man Standing (5%, 26 Votes)
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (4%, 25 Votes)
  • Franklin & Bash (4%, 25 Votes)
  • Switched at Birth (4%, 23 Votes)
  • Homeland (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Pan Am (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Unforgettable (3%, 19 Votes)
  • Up All Night (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Necessary Roughness (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Missing (3%, 17 Votes)
  • A Gifted Man (3%, 16 Votes)
  • The River (3%, 16 Votes)
  • Spartacus: Vengence (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Whitney (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Prime Suspect (2%, 9 Votes)
  • NYC 22 (1%, 8 Votes)
  • House of Lies (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Are You There, Chelsea? (1%, 8 Votes)
  • The Firm (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Best Friends Forever (1%, 7 Votes)
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Rob (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Boss (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Charlie's Angels (0%, 2 Votes)
  • How to Be a Gentleman (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Free Agents (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Man Up (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 568

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