Meant to post this earlier – USA has renewed Royal Pains, White Collar, and Covert Affairs! Glad we’ll be getting more Peter and Neal (who just advanced to round 4 in our duos bracket) and Annie and Auggie! And Royal Pains fans should be extra happy – the show got a 2-season renewal!
For day 6 of competition, we have Royal Pains brothers Hank and Evan squaring off against the crime-fighting duo of Castle and Beckett. Also, best buds on Friends, Chandler and Joey, face the unlikely-turned-adorable couple of Hodgins and Angela on Bones!
Our third matchup just ended! Be sure to check out the results and all our current matchups here. The winning duos will advance to the next round.
Reminder: While there are romantic pairs in this bracket, that’s only one possible aspect of a duo’s relationship. Duos have fun together, work well together, and/or have hilarious interactions. Simply put, they spark.
You can find a full list of upcoming TV duos matchups here. Round one matchups are in teal. Each of the round one matchups will be open for 72 hours (3 days), so spread the word quickly so your favorite pairs will make it into the next round! Our toolbar at the bottom of the page has lots of quick links to help you to get the word out!
Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.11
- Castle and Beckett - Castle (85%, 162 Votes)
- Hank and Evan - Royal Pains (17%, 32 Votes)
Total Voters: 190
Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.12
- Angela and Hodgins - Bones (51%, 101 Votes)
- Chandler and Joey - Friends (50%, 99 Votes)
Total Voters: 197
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 (12%, 123 Votes)
- Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) - Leverage (10%, 108 Votes)
- Spike (James Marsters) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7%, 71 Votes)
- Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (6%, 63 Votes)
- Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) - NCIS (5%, 56 Votes)
- Ducky (David McCallum) - NCIS (5%, 53 Votes)
- Wesley Wyndham-Price (Alexis Denisof) - Angel (5%, 50 Votes)
- Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) - House (4%, 39 Votes)
- Drusilla (Juliet Landau) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 36 Votes)
- Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) - The Mentalist (3%, 34 Votes)
- Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) - Bones (3%, 34 Votes)
- Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) - The Big Bang Theory (3%, 32 Votes)
- Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar) - Burn Notice (3%, 31 Votes)
- Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) - Once Upon a Time (3%, 28 Votes)
- Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) - True Blood (2%, 26 Votes)
- Fred Burkle (Amy Acker) - Angel (2%, 25 Votes)
- Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher) - Bones (2%, 24 Votes)
- Rory Flanagan (Damian McGinty) - Glee (2%, 24 Votes)
- Divya Katdare (Reshma Shetty) - Royal Pains (2%, 23 Votes)
- Crowley, Sterling, Valda, Badger, Ring Director, more (Mark Sheppard) - Supernatural, Leverage, Warehouse 13, Firefly, Chuck, others (2%, 18 Votes)
- Charles Winchester (David Ogden Stiers) - M*A*S*H (2%, 16 Votes)
- Finn Abernathy (Luke Kleintank) - Bones (1%, 15 Votes)
- Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofia Vergara) - Modern Family (1%, 15 Votes)
- Vala Mal Doran (Claudia Black) - Stargate SG-1 (1%, 15 Votes)
- H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray) - Warehouse 13 (1%, 13 Votes)
- Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary) - Hogan's Heroes (1%, 12 Votes)
- Peter Newkirk (Richard Dawson) - Hogan's Heroes (1%, 12 Votes)
- Jim Taggart (Matt Frewer) - Eureka (1%, 11 Votes)
- Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams) - Dollhouse (1%, 11 Votes)
- Derek (Jack Davenport) - Smash (1%, 10 Votes)
- Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd) - Ringer (1%, 8 Votes)
- Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) - Monk (1%, 6 Votes)
- Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) - CSI:NY (1%, 6 Votes)
- Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines) - Suburgatory (1%, 6 Votes)
- Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) - Lost (0%, 5 Votes)
- Olaf (Jonathan Kite) - 2 Broke Girls (0%, 4 Votes)
- Han (Matthew Moy) - 2 Broke Girls (0%, 2 Votes)
- Dev (Raza Jaffrey) - Smash (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 244
So many shows are ending for the season in the next month, but many USA Network shows will return this summer! Royal Pains (season 4) and Necessary Roughness (season 2) come back Wednesday, June 6, Burn Notice (season 6) and Suits (season 2) on Thursday, June 10, and White Collar (season 4) and Covert Affairs (season 3) on Tuesday, July 10.
This round of Monday Madness, it’s time to look at those crazy characters in the shows we love. Often, they’re on the sidelines – not the main character, their romantic interest, or the person in charge. They provide comic relief in otherwise serious shows, or are a main source of laughter in comedies. They can be indispensable, evil, or hopelessly inept. But they refuse to fade into the background, and the shows wouldn’t be the same without them.
This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite quirky characters. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10!
Even though there are 40 options on this list, I know there are many great characters I left out! As always, you can cast write-in ballots 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.
Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM April 16th.
Who's your favorite quirky character? (Choose up to 10)
- Mozzie from White Collar (7%, 1,712 Votes)
- Martha Rodgers from Castle (5%, 1,330 Votes)
- Bobby Singer from Supernatural (5%, 1,203 Votes)
- Jayne Cobb from Firefly (5%, 1,201 Votes)
- Abby Sciuto from NCIS (5%, 1,198 Votes)
- Hoban Washburne from Firefly (5%, 1,182 Votes)
- Dean Pelton from Community (5%, 1,139 Votes)
- Squinterns from Bones (4%, 1,092 Votes)
- Senor Chang from Community (4%, 983 Votes)
- Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory (4%, 953 Votes)
- Claudia Donovan from Warehouse 13 (3%, 761 Votes)
- Schmidt from New Girl (3%, 744 Votes)
- Sam Axe from Burn Notice (3%, 744 Votes)
- Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 717 Votes)
- Parker from Leverage (3%, 683 Votes)
- Dwight Schute from The Office (3%, 617 Votes)
- Bernadette Rostenkowski from The Big Bang Theory (2%, 614 Votes)
- Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2%, 600 Votes)
- Eddie Monroe from Grimm (2%, 595 Votes)
- Morgan Grimes from Chuck (2%, 562 Votes)
- Donna from Suits (2%, 542 Votes)
- Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold from Once Upon a Time (2%, 541 Votes)
- Astrid Farnsworth from Fringe (2%, 541 Votes)
- James Wilson from House (2%, 532 Votes)
- Alec Hardison from Leverage (2%, 517 Votes)
- Douglas Fargo from Eureka (2%, 514 Votes)
- Topher Brink from Dollhouse (2%, 426 Votes)
- Seymour Birkhoff from Nikita (1%, 364 Votes)
- Nell Jones from NCIS: Los Angeles (1%, 293 Votes)
- Willa Monday from The Finder (1%, 291 Votes)
- Gary Bell from Alphas (1%, 255 Votes)
- Evan R. Lawson from Royal Pains (1%, 250 Votes)
- Wallace Fennel from Veronica Mars (1%, 190 Votes)
- Marshall Flinkman from Alias (1%, 158 Votes)
- Leonardo Prince from Fairly Legal (1%, 153 Votes)
- Noah Werner from Suburgatory (0%, 117 Votes)
- Gupta from Outsourced (0%, 106 Votes)
- Davis from Tru Calling (0%, 82 Votes)
- Much from Robin Hood (0%, 81 Votes)
- Max Malini from The Cape (0%, 47 Votes)
Total Voters: 6,353
I’m most familiar with Alyssa Milano for her role as Castle’s former love in “A Rose for Everafter.” And I think Ben Shenkman looks far too much like Royal Pains brothers Hank and Evan for him not to be related to them. Also, the news that a Canadian broadcaster has ordered 13 more episodes of the US-bound The L.A. Complex starring Jewel Staite (Firefly) is great to hear!
I like voting for things. Especially when they have to do with my favorite shows. So I thought I’d provide a quick rundown of this year’s People’s Choice Award Nominees. Just the TV section, mind you, and only the scripted shows. I usually haven’t seen most of the movies (I did vote for Thor over the very close choice of Captain America), and I’ve don’t listen to nearly all of the music artists.
FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA
Pretty much a no-brainer that I was voting for House. Supernatural hasn’t captured my attention, and while The Good Wife looks like a solid show, I’ve never seen it (blame my lawyer aversion). And Grey’s Anatomy and The Vampire Diaries look FAR too soapy for me.
FAVORITE TV DRAMA ACTOR
How can I choose between David Boreanaz and Nathan Fillion? Fortunately, with this award, I can vote as often as I like, so I’ve been alternating between the two. Not so when the two face each other in Round 3 of TV Line’s “Ultimate Law-Enforcement Crushes Bracket Tournament.” I don’t know how I’ll pick. Nathan has Castle and Firefly and Dr. Horrible and now Much Ado About Nothing. David has Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I’m ignoring Nathan as Caleb since I hated him in that role) and Angel and Bones.
Hugh Laurie only gets a distant third in this category, and Ian Somerhalder and Patrick Dempsey are soundly ignored by me.
FAVORITE TV DRAMA ACTRESS
A very easy vote for Emily Deschanel. I haven’t even heard of some of the others on the list: Blake Lively, Ellen Pompeo, Eva Longoria, and Nina Dobrev.
FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA
Another super easy choice, as I only watch White Collar. Game of Thrones does sound good, though, and people have recommended Dexter to me. Don’t know about True Blood and Pretty Little Liars.
FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory gets my vote most of the time for this one, but I’ll occasionally vote for How I Met Your Mother as well. Interesting that Dr. Horrible is competing against his sidekick, Moist. I only enjoy Glee for the music, Two and a Half Men is crude instead of funny, and I’ve never seen Modern Family.
FAVORITE TV COMEDY ACTOR
Hmm, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) or Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)? Same as above, I’ll usually tilt toward the Thursday night show but occasionally choose the Monday night one. Alec Baldwin, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith don’t make me laugh.
FAVORITE TV COMEDY ACTRESS
Kaley Cuoco wins hands down over Courteney Cox, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, and Tina Fey.
FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY
I don’t currently watch any of these, though I used to watch Royal Pains (seriously, why is this a nominee instead of Psych?). I may come back to the show later, I’m just not a huge fan of medical shows (House is the only one I watch now) and not too fond of the main character (loved Evan and Divya, though). It does get my vote over the shows I haven’t seen: Hot in Cleveland, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Nurse Jackie, and Weeds.
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA
When I first saw the nominees for this category, I thought, Are you kidding? I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that Bones, Castle, and NCIS are my top three crime dramas, and all three were nominated this year! I voted for each of them. I’ve only seen bits of CSI and Criminal Minds episodes.
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW
I’ve only seen Supernatural on this list, so I voted for it, but Fringe has been on my to-watch list for a long while. From what I’ve heard, I think I’d prefer True Blood to The Vampire Diaries (too bad my favorite currently-airing vampire show, Being Human, didn’t make the list), and since zombies bore me, The Walking Dead has only appeared on my radar since its ratings are good.
FAVORITE TV GUEST STAR
I loved Jim Carrey’s appearance on The Office, and would have much preferred his character to Robert California. Katy Perry’s appearance on How I Met Your Mother was funny, but I felt like most actresses could have played the role well. I didn’t see the appearances of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Chenoweth, or Michael J. Fox.
FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA
Twelve options is a lot to choose from, but Once Upon a Time has wowed me in all three episodes. Ringer is a close second and gets my vote every once in a while. Person of Interest has built slowly but is improving, and Grimm’s two episodes have been good enough for me to keep watching.
Out of the remaining shows, I’ve only seen Unforgettable, which I hated. Pilots sometimes don’t match the rest of a show, but I couldn’t even get halfway through episode two. I’ve heard good things about Pan Am, Terra Nova, and Revenge, but my “new shows to try out” list already had 11 shows on it (plus more than a dozen returning shows). Medically-minded Hart of Dixie and A Gifted Man didn’t sound like quite my thing, and neither did The Secret Circle or Prime Suspect.
FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY
2 Broke Girls was super-easy choice for this category, though Suburgatory has been good and New Girl has been okay. Guessed to be not my cup of tea by the previews: Whitney, Up All Night, Last Man Standing, and Man Up. I don’t watch animated TV (the only way I think I ever would was if Joss Whedon created an animated show), so no Allen Gregory.
What did you vote for? Are there any shows mentioned that you think I should be watching?