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Monday Madness: Favorite Christmas Episode

It’s hard to believe Christmas will be here in about a week! One of my favorite parts of the season are the awesome holiday episodes shows put out, and now it’s your turn to vote for your favorites! I purposely saved this poll for right before Christmas so I could add in some of 2012’s holiday episodes.

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I know I’m missing some of your favorite Christmas episodes, so feel free to nominate more 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! (Be sure to stick with live-action, scripted shows, though it’s fine if just this one episode has some animation, like with a certain Community episode.) Please only nominate Christmas episodes that are part of a regular show, not one-off specials like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or movie-related specials like “Shrek the Halls.”

Without further ado, vote for up to fifteen of the episodes below! Poll will close Sunday night, December 23rd, giving you one week to spread the word!

What's your favorite Christmas episode? (Choose up to 15!)

  • Leverage - The Ho Ho Ho Job (56%, 154 Votes)
  • Supernatural - A Very Supernatural Christmas (28%, 76 Votes)
  • Doctor Who - The Christmas Invasion (16%, 43 Votes)
  • Doctor Who - Voyage of the Damned (13%, 35 Votes)
  • Doctor Who - A Christmas Carol (13%, 35 Votes)
  • Doctor Who - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (12%, 34 Votes)
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Bath Gift Item Hypothesis (11%, 31 Votes)
  • Psych - Gus's Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Bones - The Man in the Fallout Shelter (9%, 24 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Amends (9%, 24 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - How Lily Stole Christmas (8%, 23 Votes)
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Santa Simulation (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Castle - Secret Santa (8%, 21 Votes)
  • NCIS - Faith (7%, 20 Votes)
  • NCIS - Newborn King (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Bones - The Santa in the Slush (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Friends - The One With the Holiday Armadillo (7%, 18 Votes)
  • NCIS - Silent Night (6%, 17 Votes)
  • Psych - Christmas Joy (6%, 17 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - Symphony of Illumination (6%, 16 Votes)
  • The Vampire Diaries - O Come, All Ye Faithful (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Community - Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (5%, 14 Votes)
  • New Girl - Santa (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Psych - The Polarizing Express (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Community - Regional Holiday Music (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Community - Comparative Religion (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Eureka - O Little Town (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Warehouse 13 - Secret Santa (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Eureka - Do You See What I See (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Warehouse 13 - The Greatest Gift (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Arrow - Year's End (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Chuck - Chuck vs Santa Claus (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars - An Echolls Family Christmas (4%, 10 Votes)
  • House - It's a Wonderful Lie (4%, 10 Votes)
  • The OC - The Best Chrismukkah Ever (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Glee - A Very Glee Christmas (3%, 9 Votes)
  • The X-Files - How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (3%, 8 Votes)
  • M*A*S*H - Death Takes a Holiday (3%, 8 Votes)
  • The West Wing - In Excelsis Deo (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Seinfeld - Festivus (2%, 5 Votes)
  • The Office - Dwight Christmas (2%, 5 Votes)
  • The Office - A Benihana Christmas (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Go On - The World Ain't Over 'Til It's Over (1%, 4 Votes)
  • The Office - Christmas Wishes (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Monk - Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa (1%, 4 Votes)
  • The Mindy Project - Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Suburgatory - Krampus (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Smallville - Lexmas (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Monk - Mr. Monk and the Miracle (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Neighbors - Merry Crap-mas (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Guys With Kids - Christmas (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 276

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IMDb: Fall TV: Top Ten New Shows – a list by IMDb-Editors

IMDb presents a list of their picks for the top ten new shows – and I agree with just about the entire thing! Each show has a photo and a brief description, followed by thoughts from the site’s editors. I enjoy that they push past all of the hype and nitpicking to give an honest look at how well the pilot episodes work and where they see shows going from there, both good and bad.

#1 Last Resort

My favorite of the pilots I’ve seen so far (admittedly mostly comedy). Great suspense, great characters, awesome possibilities for future stories. I just hope it’s not handicapped by a competitive time slot. Full pilot review here.

#2 Arrow

Dark Knight, archery division. While I haven’t seen the pilot yet, IMDb puts Stephen Amell’s acting somewhere between Tom Welling’s Superman and Christian Bale’s Batman, which is good enough for me! An awesome superhero show for the fall is needed after enjoying superhero movies and Alphas all summer.

#3 The Mindy Project

This was a “see if the pilot’s any good” show for me, but since episode one had an unexpected quirky rom-com charm, I plan to stick around for several more episodes. Pairing this with New Girl is brilliant. Here’s my review of the first episode.

#4 Nashville

One of the few shows I disagree with on this list, mostly since I hate country music and don’t usually like shows that run solely on relational drama (give me murders, spies, bombs, crimes, aliens, cool powers, and other worlds for my drama fix). But if it’s your cup of tea, enjoy away!

#5 Elementary

The third in my trifecta of most-anticipated new dramas this fall (for the others, see #1 and 2 above). I have a feeling the pilot will be a bit spoiled by the promos, so I’m more looking forward to the second episode. And since Sherlock is already reimagining the traditional Holmes stories, I’m glad this show will focus on new stories. Update: my review of the pilot is here.

#6 Ben and Kate

A heartwarming little gem that I look forward to seeing more of. See my full review of the pilot here.

#7 Hunted

I don’t follow many cable shows unless they air on USA, Syfy, or TNT, so I had no idea this cool-looking spy drama from Cinemax even existed. If the pilot shows up online I may have to try it out.

#8 Go On

The pilot was great, the second episode a little less so, but I’m definitely giving this show a few more episodes to find its stride. I think the main thing is that the characters don’t feel like family yet, but that usually requires several episodes for most shows. I just hope the writers will be able to find the right balance between humor and pathos as most of the characters deal with pretty significant losses.

#9 Vegas

One of the other exceptions I’d take off this list – not that it isn’t well made, it’s just not a show I care to watch. I don’t watch many historical shows, unless they’re set in a time and place I love (looking at my list of tags, that’s pretty much medieval England, but there are others). Las Vegas doesn’t interest me at all. Neither does the 60s. I don’t really care about the conflict between a sheriff and a mob boss, and the main cast doesn’t feature any actors of whom I’m a huge fan. So even though I have no other broadcast shows to watch at 10pm on Tuesdays, I won’t be watching (at least this sounds better than Unforgettable, though).

#10 Revolution

This, along with Beauty and the Beast, was in my second tier of new dramas to try out, so my anticipation level wasn’t as high, but I was still hoping to be pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t. While the pilot had some great moments, very little about it pushes me to watch the next episode. Since it conflicts with Castle, I’ll probably save it to watch online, but I have a feeling this is one of those shows that’ll get put off until I’m so far behind I stop watching. I do plan to watch at least the second episode, to see if it gets better.

For pics, plot descriptions, and IMDb editors’ thoughts on these 10 shows, visit the link below.

IMDb: Fall TV: Top Ten New Shows – a list by IMDb-Editors.

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Supernatural – Bugs

I went into watching this episode expecting it to be terrible (perhaps remembering Smallville’s cringe-worthy bug episode of its first season), but to my surprise it wasn’t half bad. I even laughed a few times, including when Dean stuck his towel-wrapped head out of the bathroom.

One of the things that made me enjoy the episode was getting some backstory on Sam’s relationship with his dad. Even though it was presented awkwardly (come on, writers, this isn’t the 80s), it really gave me a better idea of how the brothers relate.

Since the description gave away that a Native American burial ground had something to do with the bug attacks, I had the Buffy episode “Pangs” in my head the entire time, but the two didn’t have all that much in common. I did think the much more specific curse on “Bugs” made an interesting difference. (And now I have an arrow-riddled Spike yelling, “A bear! You made a bear! Undo it, undo it!” going on a constant loop in my head.)

I really disliked how the final attack was supposed to be 6 hours long (a little after midnight until dawn), and yet the way it was shot it seemed like a half hour at most. It made the sunrise seem like a cop-out.

All in all, while “Bugs” was a little corny in places, it was much better than the last episode, and is giving me a little hope for the show.

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TV Olympics: Favorite Father/Son Duos

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

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

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

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

  • John and Dean/Sam - Supernatural (46%, 269 Votes)
  • Henry and Shawn - Psych (45%, 264 Votes)
  • Walter and Peter - Fringe (25%, 144 Votes)
  • Alan and Don/Charlie - Numb3rs (16%, 92 Votes)
  • Jackson and Jethro - NCIS (10%, 61 Votes)
  • Jonathan and Clark - Smallville (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Uther and Arthur - Merlin (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Marvin and Marshall - How I Met Your Mother (5%, 28 Votes)
  • Nathan and Jamie - One Tree Hill (5%, 27 Votes)
  • Stephen and Chuck - Chuck (4%, 24 Votes)
  • Cliff and Theo - The Cosby Show (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Frank and Danny - Blue Bloods (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Vince and Trip - The Cape (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 582

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TV Olympics: Favorite Dual Role

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

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

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

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

  • Angel/Angelus (David Boreanaz) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (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: Favorite Thanksgiving Episode

The early holidays continue here on TV Breakroom with favorite Thanksgiving episodes! Whether you get to see Alan Tudyk in braids (Suburgatory), have a turkey thaw in a dryer (New Girl), or watch Buffy make a bear (Undo it! Undo it!), these episodes offer lots of laughter, food, and friends.

If there are any great Thanksgiving episodes missing from the poll, please nominate them in the comments! Please note – stand-alone Thanksgiving specials, animated shows, and unscripted programming are not eligible.

Poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 3 episodes. Be sure to check out our other ongoing Olympic polls and the medal results on our main event page!

What's your favorite Thanksgiving episode? (Choose up to 3!)

  • NCIS - Child's Play (35%, 39 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Pangs (35%, 39 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - Slapsgiving (32%, 35 Votes)
  • Friends - The One with All the Thanksgivings (28%, 31 Votes)
  • Gilmore Girls - A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving (15%, 17 Votes)
  • New Girl - Thanksgiving (14%, 16 Votes)
  • Friends - The One with the Rumor (13%, 14 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - Blitzgiving (13%, 14 Votes)
  • WKRP in Cincinnati - Turkeys Away (11%, 12 Votes)
  • Smallville - Ambush (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Suburgatory - Thanksgiving (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Chuck - Chuck Versus the Nemesis (5%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 111

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TV Olympics: Cutest Couple Name

We’re launching this year’s TV Olympics with the ever-so-cute (you can read that as sarcastic if you lean toward a more jaded view of the world) category of couple names! Often these are used by fans to promote their preferred pairing in shows with love triangles, but occasionally they’ve shown up in actual episodes:

The Big Bang Theory (The Zazzy Substitution):

Penny: Hey look, it’s Shamy.
Amy: Shamy?
Sheldon: Juvenile amalgamation of our names. Sheldon, Amy. Shamy.
Amy: Oh. I don’t like that. Don’t do that.

NCIS (Life Before His Eyes):

Tony: I remember you. Riva. No, Visa. No, no, no. Tiva!
Ziva: Ziva.

You can vote for up to 3 options, and the top 3 answers will receive medals for their shows! Poll closes in one week. Be sure to check out our other polls and results on the main event page!

Which is your favorite couple name? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Tiva (Tony and Ziva) - NCIS (49%, 456 Votes)
  • Densi (Deeks and Kensi) - NCIS: Los Angeles (31%, 284 Votes)
  • Caskett (Castle and Beckett) - Castle (25%, 235 Votes)
  • McAbby (McGee and Abby) - NCIS (20%, 186 Votes)
  • Shamy (Sheldon and Amy) - The Big Bang Theory (13%, 117 Votes)
  • Spuffy (Spike and Buffy) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7%, 68 Votes)
  • Bangel (Buffy and Angel) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (6%, 58 Votes)
  • Shules (Shawn and Jules/Juliet) - Psych (6%, 52 Votes)
  • LoVe (Logan and Veronica) - Veronica Mars (5%, 45 Votes)
  • Chair (Chuck and Blair) - Gossip Girl (3%, 30 Votes)
  • Mikita (Michael and Nikita) - Nikita (3%, 27 Votes)
  • Clois (Clark and Lois) - Smallville (3%, 25 Votes)
  • Finchel (Finn and Rachel) - Glee (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Dair (Dan and Blair) - Gossip Girl (1%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 923

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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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New Extended Trailers for CW’s Arrow and Emily Owens, MD

The CW has finally corrected its too-short preview clips of new fall shows Arrow and Emily Owens, MD by releasing extended trailers!

Emily Owens, MD will air Tuesdays at 9, following fellow medical drama, Hart of Dixie. The show stars Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley (who played the Green Arrow on Smallville), Kelly McCreary, and Michael Rady (who I’m most familiar with as Kostos in the Sisterhood movies; he’s also been reoccurring on The Mentalist and House of Lies recently). WARNING: This preview seems to give away the entire plot of the pilot, so if you’re already eager to watch it, I’d skip the trailer.

 

Arrow will air Wednesdays at 8, and will be followed by Supernatural. From this trailer, Arrow looks dark, intriguing, and awesome! This isn’t No Ordinary Family, or even The Cape – bad guys aren’t likely to be tied up and left for the police. And from The Hunger Games to The Avengers, archers are “in” right now. I’d describe this show as Hawkeye meets Batman meets The Count of Monte Cristo (only with an island instead of a prison). Arrow stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy (Monte Carlo, Melrose Place), Susanna Thompson (Kings, NCIS), Willa Holland, and Paul Blackthorne (The River).

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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Couples – Speculative

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

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

Even though there are 40-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of couples I left out! You can nominate couples I missed in the comments, and I may add them to the poll. Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!

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

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

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

  • Mary and John Winchester - Supernatural (44%, 959 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin and Belle - Once Upon a TIme (28%, 608 Votes)
  • Charming and Snow - Once Upon a Time (19%, 414 Votes)
  • The Doctor and Rose - Doctor Who (16%, 352 Votes)
  • Arthur and Gwen - Merlin (14%, 301 Votes)
  • Elena and Damon - The Vampire Diaries (13%, 283 Votes)
  • Emma and Graham - Once Upon a Time (12%, 256 Votes)
  • Buffy and Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (11%, 235 Votes)
  • Mal and Inara - Firefly (10%, 223 Votes)
  • Wash and Zoe - Firefly (10%, 213 Votes)
  • Leo and Piper - Charmed (10%, 209 Votes)
  • Buffy and Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9%, 190 Votes)
  • Scully and Mulder - The X-Files (8%, 178 Votes)
  • Ned and Chuck - Pushing Daisies (8%, 172 Votes)
  • Simon and Kaylee - Firefly (7%, 161 Votes)
  • Eric and Sookie - True Blood (7%, 154 Votes)
  • Peter and Olivia - Fringe (7%, 149 Votes)
  • Willow and Oz - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7%, 144 Votes)
  • Cole and Phoebe - Charmed (6%, 139 Votes)
  • Elena and Stefan - The Vampire Diaries (6%, 130 Votes)
  • Lois and Clark - Smallville (6%, 126 Votes)
  • Wesley and Fred - Angel (5%, 113 Votes)
  • Jack and Sam - Stargate SG-1 (5%, 111 Votes)
  • Xander and Anya - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (5%, 110 Votes)
  • Mick and Beth - Moonlight (4%, 85 Votes)
  • Robin and Marion - Robin Hood (4%, 77 Votes)
  • Monroe and Rosalee - Grimm (3%, 74 Votes)
  • John and Aeryn - Farscape (3%, 74 Votes)
  • Max and Logan - Dark Angel (3%, 72 Votes)
  • Bill and Sookie - True Blood (3%, 72 Votes)
  • Nick and Juliette - Grimm (3%, 63 Votes)
  • Max and Liz - Roswell (3%, 63 Votes)
  • Jo and Zane - Eureka (3%, 63 Votes)
  • Sierra and Victor - Dollhouse (3%, 59 Votes)
  • Hoyt and Jessica - True Blood (3%, 55 Votes)
  • The Doctor and River Song - Doctor Who (2%, 52 Votes)
  • Fargo - Eureka and Claudia - Warehouse 13 (2%, 52 Votes)
  • Carter and Allison - Eureka (2%, 51 Votes)
  • Tru and Luc - Tru Calling (2%, 38 Votes)
  • Echo and Paul - Dollhouse (2%, 35 Votes)
  • George and Nina - Being Human (UK) (1%, 30 Votes)
  • Angel and Cordelia - Angel (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Josh and Nora - Being Human (US) (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Kara and Anders - Battlestar Galatica (1%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,191

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Monday Madness: Favorite Series or Season Finale

This week on Monday Madness, it’s time to vote for your favorite TV finales! This poll is for season and series finales of both cable and broadcast shows. But this week there’s a twist – for the first seven days, you can nominate your favorite finales and I’ll add them to the poll! I’m doing this because I got so few nominations, and I didn’t want to limit the poll to just my favorites.

This poll will be open for TWO weeks, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite finales. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10! And as shows finish up their runs this year, you can nominate them for a spot on 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 AND next week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM May 21th.

Update: this poll has closed. I planned to do a results post like I do with other Monday Madness polls, but I realized any pictures I posted would be full of spoilers (or else very boring). So I decided to skip that part this time.

What's your favorite series or season finale? (Choose up to 10)

  • Castle - season 4 finale "Always" (55%, 529 Votes)
  • Castle - season 3 finale "Knockout" (33%, 322 Votes)
  • Once Upon a Time - season 1 finale "A Land Without Magic" (23%, 223 Votes)
  • Leverage - season 2 finale "The Maltese Falcon Job" (17%, 161 Votes)
  • Leverage - season 4 finale - "The Last Dam Job" (13%, 130 Votes)
  • Angel - series finale "Not Fade Away" (8%, 73 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season 5 finale "The Gift" (7%, 68 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season 2 finale "Becoming: Part 2" (6%, 62 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - series finale "Chosen" (6%, 61 Votes)
  • Sherlock - season 2 finale "The Reichenbach Fall" (6%, 60 Votes)
  • NCIS - season 6 finale "Aliyah" (6%, 55 Votes)
  • Bones - season 4 finale "The End in the Beginning" (5%, 51 Votes)
  • White Collar - season 1 finale "Out of the Box" (5%, 46 Votes)
  • Chuck - season 2 finale "Chuck Versus the Ring" (5%, 45 Votes)
  • Bones - season 3 finale "The Pain in the Heart" (4%, 42 Votes)
  • House - season 4 finale "Wilson's Heart" (4%, 42 Votes)
  • Supernatural - season 3 finale "No Rest for the Wicked" (4%, 41 Votes)
  • Supernatural - season 5 finale "Swan Song" (4%, 40 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - season 1 finale "Come On" (4%, 39 Votes)
  • Community - season 2 finale "For a Few Paintballs More" (4%, 37 Votes)
  • Smallville - series finale "Finale" (4%, 36 Votes)
  • Dollhouse - series finale "Epitaph Two: Return" (4%, 35 Votes)
  • Warehouse 13 - season 1 finale "MacPherson" (3%, 32 Votes)
  • Burn Notice - season 4 finale "Last Stand" (3%, 25 Votes)
  • The Office - season 3 finale "The Job" (2%, 23 Votes)
  • NCIS - season 2 finale "Twilight" (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Newhart - series finale "The Last Newhart" (2%, 19 Votes)
  • The Mentalist - season 3 finale "Strawberries and Cream" (1%, 14 Votes)
  • The Finder - series finale "The Boy with the Bucket" (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Numb3rs - series finale "Cause and Effect" (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Robin Hood - season 2 finale "We Are Robin Hood" (1%, 10 Votes)
  • The Mentalist - season 2 finale "Red Sky in the Morning" (1%, 9 Votes)
  • St. Elsewhere - series finale "The Last One" (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Community - season 3 finale - "Introduction to Finality" (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Dallas - season 2 finale "A House Divided" (Who Shot J.R.?) (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Numb3rs - season 5 finale "Angels and Devils" (1%, 6 Votes)
  • GCB - series finale "Liplocks and Revelations" (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Dynasty - season 5 finale "Royal Wedding" (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 965

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Monday Madness: Favorite Long-Running Show

Update: this poll is now closed. You can find this week’s poll here.

This time on Monday Madness, it’s time to vote for your favorite TV show that has run at least 7 seasons! Whether they are still wrapping up their season 7 or have reached the double-digits, these shows have endured to become TV legends.

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

Even though there are 45 50 options on this list, I know there are shows 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 30th.

This poll sponsored by Nannerbug Designs.

What's your favorite long-running TV show? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Bones (42%, 3,564 Votes)
  • Supernatural (36%, 3,042 Votes)
  • Doctor Who (24%, 1,994 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (22%, 1,850 Votes)
  • Friends (20%, 1,681 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother (18%, 1,522 Votes)
  • NCIS (17%, 1,416 Votes)
  • Stargate SG-1 (15%, 1,244 Votes)
  • House (14%, 1,155 Votes)
  • Criminal Minds (12%, 981 Votes)
  • Gilmore Girls (11%, 947 Votes)
  • X-Files (11%, 935 Votes)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (10%, 833 Votes)
  • M*A*S*H (9%, 769 Votes)
  • That 70s Show (8%, 714 Votes)
  • Law & Order: SVU (7%, 630 Votes)
  • Full House (7%, 590 Votes)
  • The Office (7%, 578 Votes)
  • Scrubs (7%, 577 Votes)
  • Smallville (7%, 551 Votes)
  • Monk (6%, 521 Votes)
  • Will & Grace (6%, 472 Votes)
  • ER (5%, 429 Votes)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (5%, 426 Votes)
  • The Cosby Show (5%, 392 Votes)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (4%, 345 Votes)
  • 24 (4%, 344 Votes)
  • One Tree Hill (4%, 341 Votes)
  • JAG (4%, 341 Votes)
  • Cheers (3%, 285 Votes)
  • Married . . . with Children (3%, 285 Votes)
  • 7th Heaven (3%, 274 Votes)
  • Law & Order (3%, 273 Votes)
  • Magnum, PI (3%, 262 Votes)
  • Happy Days (3%, 236 Votes)
  • Weeds (3%, 219 Votes)
  • Medium (2%, 205 Votes)
  • The Andy Griffith Show (2%, 201 Votes)
  • Fraiser (2%, 199 Votes)
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2%, 187 Votes)
  • Without a Trace (2%, 183 Votes)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (2%, 169 Votes)
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 (2%, 135 Votes)
  • Entourage (1%, 124 Votes)
  • Bonanza (1%, 122 Votes)
  • Matlock (1%, 108 Votes)
  • Perry Mason (1%, 106 Votes)
  • Gunsmoke (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Rescue Me (1%, 76 Votes)
  • The Shield (1%, 59 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,438

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Monday Madness: Favorite Undead/Nonhuman Characters

This time on Monday Madness, it’s time to vote for your favorite undead/nonhuman characters! Whether they are ghosts, vampires, aliens, werewolves, or something a bit more unconventional, they add color and plot twists to every show they are a part of.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite undead or nonhuman 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 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 April 23rd.

Update: this poll has ended – results post is here. You can vote on this week’s poll, Favorite Long-Running TV Show, here.

Who's your favorite undead/nonhuman character? (Choose up to 10)

  • Cameron from Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles (27%, 12,122 Votes)
  • Castiel from Supernatural (24%, 10,904 Votes)
  • The Doctor from Doctor Who (22%, 9,891 Votes)
  • Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (19%, 8,661 Votes)
  • Spock from Star Trek (10%, 4,451 Votes)
  • Teal'c from Stargate SG-1 (2%, 711 Votes)
  • Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (1%, 571 Votes)
  • Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1%, 446 Votes)
  • Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1%, 445 Votes)
  • Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1%, 442 Votes)
  • Lorne from Angel (1%, 388 Votes)
  • Eric from True Blood (1%, 386 Votes)
  • Damon from The Vampire Diaries (1%, 340 Votes)
  • Illyria from Angel (1%, 328 Votes)
  • Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine (1%, 261 Votes)
  • Clark Kent from Smallville (1%, 235 Votes)
  • Number Six from Battlestar Galactica (0%, 218 Votes)
  • Monroe from Grimm (0%, 199 Votes)
  • Thing from The Addams Family (0%, 185 Votes)
  • George from Dead Like Me (0%, 181 Votes)
  • Stefan from The Vampire Diaries (0%, 177 Votes)
  • Mitchell from Being Human (UK) (0%, 154 Votes)
  • Red/Ruby from Once Upon a Time (0%, 139 Votes)
  • Ka D'Argo from Farscape (0%, 131 Votes)
  • George from Being Human (UK) (0%, 127 Votes)
  • Josh from Being Human (US) (0%, 123 Votes)
  • Bill from True Blood (0%, 121 Votes)
  • Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie (0%, 112 Votes)
  • Annie from Being Human (UK) (0%, 110 Votes)
  • Aiden from Being Human (US) (0%, 107 Votes)
  • Bo from Lost Girl (0%, 95 Votes)
  • Mork from Mork and Mindy (0%, 95 Votes)
  • Bob from The Dresden Files (0%, 79 Votes)
  • Josef from Moonlight (0%, 78 Votes)
  • Sally from Being Human (US) (0%, 77 Votes)
  • Herman from The Munsters (0%, 64 Votes)
  • Grandpa from The Munsters (0%, 60 Votes)
  • Anna from V (0%, 40 Votes)
  • Martin from My Favorite Martian (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Ryan from V (0%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 45,198

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The CW – Pilots and Cancellations for 2012-2013

I promised I’d continue the discussion on TV show pilots in the future, and now, a month later, I’m finally getting to it. But what a difference a month can make! Many of these pilots have now signed major cast, so we can get a far better idea of what the show will be like.

And for every show a network picks up, another must depart, so we’ll be looking at which shows aren’t likely to get another season. Since scripted shows are this site’s focus, I’ll ignore any changes to unscripted shows and assume they’ll have the same amount of hours next year.

To make things a little easier as I get started, I’m beginning with the lowest-rated broadcast network with limited hours, the CW.

For 2011-2012, the CW has nine regular-season scripted shows, all hour-long dramas. Three are freshmen (Ringer, The Secret Circle, Hart of Dixie), and one is in its final season (One Tree Hill). Ringer is heading for cancellation, and Hart of Dixie isn’t far behind. Sophomore Nikita isn’t much better, but being on a Friday may give the show some leeway, and Gossip Girl hasn’t left the danger zone.

That means there will be 3-4 (or even 5 if the network wants to make drastic changes to improve in the demo) slots open for new shows next season. The CW has ordered 8 pilots, and most look like strong contenders.

Arrow

A modern retelling of DC Comic’s Green Arrow, this show has a strong cast and good buzz (especially for a superhero that looks like a caricatured Robin Hood). Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen, with Susanna Thompson (Kings) and Willa Holland as his mother and sister, Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne as his love interest and her father, and Colin Donnell (Pan Am) as his best friend. As I mentioned earlier, there’s a dearth of superhero shows, which may give Arrow an extra edge to make it to series. And having a Warehouse 13 vet helping helm the show should only help.

Beauty and the Beast

A pretty odd choice for a remake show, but since it’s only “loosely based” on the 1980s procedural and stars Kristin Kreuk and Austin Basis, the show may do okay. Since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, I’m going to at least check this out if it makes it to series. Fairy tales are in right now, but I have no clue what direction this show plans to take.

The Carrie Diaries

I had no interest in this show whatsoever until I heard it cast AnnaSophia Robb, whose acting I’ve loved since Bridge to Terebithia. I still don’t think I’ll watch. Sex and the City plus the 1980s? Ugh. And even if it does make it to series based off the other show’s (and movies’) popularity, the demographic that would likely watch it aren’t going to be very familiar with a show that aired a decade ago.

Cult

Mysterious disappearances surrounding a cult TV show? Sorry, but I need more than a minor character from Veronica Mars (Alona Tal) showing up to perk my interest.

First Cut

Medical shows don’t really interest me, and I’m not familiar with Justin Hartley (the CW show Smallville’s Green Arrow) or Mamie Gummer. Michael Rady I know as Kostas on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I don’t even remember Kelly McCreary’s brief appearances on White Collar. Working at a hospital being like high school all over again could work, but I fear the concept would either disappear or be overplayed.

Joey Dakota

Romantic time-travel musical sounds a bit far-fetched, and the name of the show sounds like a cross between the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana. I’m not familiar with Amber Stevens or Leah Renee, the only cast announcements made so far. I’ll check it out for the novelty if it makes it to series, but I think it’s unlikely.

The Selection

“An epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.” That was intriguing enough. Then I found out it was being headed up by Angel and Dollhouse scribes Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. I’m not familiar with leads Aimee Teegarden or Ethan Peck, and I’ve only seen Sean Patrick Thomas in a few episodes of Ringer. Still, I’m definitely rooting for this one, even though many are claiming it sounds too similar to The Hunger Games.

Shelter

The Help. New England resort. J.J. Abrams. That’s pretty much all that’s known about this show so far.

 

If I had my choice on which pilots make it to series, I’d pick The Selection, Arrow, and Beauty and the Beast (in that order). Based on buzz and cast, I’m guessing First Cut and The Carrie Diaries are more likely to be picked up than the remaining Cult, Joey Dakota, and Shelter.

What shows do you think the CW should pick up, and which shows should it cancel?

Update: cancellation and pickup verdicts for the CW here!

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