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TV Duos Bracket – Round Two, Day 19

Next in our second round of competition: Brenda and Fritz from The Closer face Tony and Ziva of NCIS, while Moonlighting’s David and Maddie go up against The Big Bang Theory’s Leonard and Sheldon!

Our day 16 matchups just ended (finishing round one) – 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 (edited to show all our round one eliminations!). Round two matchups are in burgundy. Each of the round two matchups will be open for 72 hours (3 days), so spread the word quickly so your favorite pairs will make it into the next round! Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, blogs, and chatboxes to get the word out about past polls. Our toolbar at the bottom of the page has lots of quick links to help you share this post, or you can mouse over the image above!

Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 2.5

  • Brenda and Fritz - The Closer (58%, 470 Votes)
  • Tony and Ziva - NCIS (42%, 343 Votes)

Total Voters: 811

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Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 2.6

  • Leonard and Sheldon - The Big Bang Theory (74%, 170 Votes)
  • David and Maddie - Moonlighting (26%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 231

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Last Resort – Pilot

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I’ve been rooting for Last Resort since pilot season. The premise was intriguing – a US sub disobeys orders to fire nuclear missiles and sets up its own government on a small  tropical island – but the cast really got my attention. I especially looked forward to seeing Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) and Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family) back on my TV screen.

An excellent promo only whet my appetite, so when ABC offered an online pilot preview, I dived right in. And was blown away.

Two reasons I enjoyed it much more than the other new high-concept ensemble drama I plan to watch (Revolution): it had many twists and turns the promo didn’t give away, and more potential/untold history with the characters.

Spoilers below!

The action starts immediately with the sub picking up a group of Navy SEALs (one of whom is badly injured) in hostile territory. There’s a bit of a breather then, where you get a glimpse at how the crew interacts – the mutual respect between Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and his XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), the difficulties Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) faces as the daughter of an admiral, and some tension between the COB Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick) and the other officers, as well as between the SEALs and the officers.

But just as the crew is celebrating crossing the equator, the ominous message comes in from a secondary command post (in Antarctica!): the Colorado is ordered to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. Chaplin and Kendal follow procedure until the last step, when they both acknowledge that something doesn’t feel right. The secondary post is only supposed to be used when Washington is under attack or similar circumstances, but according to D.C. television stations, everything’s fine. Chaplin calls in and asks to speak with someone whose authority he recognizes, or at least to receive the command via normal channels before he wipes out millions of people in a country the US isn’t even at war with.

He gets a call back and is relieved of his command. He passes the phone to Kendal, now acting captain, who also asks that the order come through normal channels. Shortly afterwards, an incoming missile is detected, and the sub dives, but is still hit and damaged before it crashes to the bottom of the ocean. There are several casualties, including one of the SEALs.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser) shares techy details about the Colorado as she romances a senator’s aide, trying to get her device (which cloaks the Colorado’s unique signature) onto other subs with his senator’s help (all the geek-speak reminded me of Autumn’s role on No Ordinary Family, but Kylie acts more confidant and sexy than Katie did). A cryptic text sends her rushing to confront Admiral Shepard with what she figured out – the missile that hit the Colorado wasn’t from Pakistan, like the media claims. It was from another US submarine. “You killed your own daughter,” she accuses, but his shocked reaction convinces her he has no idea what’s really going on. Also, uniformed officers show up at the door of Kendal’s wife, Christine (played by Jessy Schram – Once Upon a Time’s Cinderella).

Chaplin, with Kendal’s support and despite open defiance from the COB and others, comes up with a plan. With some of their command equipment damaged, they head to a small nearly island with a NATO station and take it over. There they find out that the attack was from a US sub, and that someone else followed orders and fired nukes into Pakistan. Chaplin calls Admiral Shepard and gives the phone to Grace so she can assure her father that she’s alive, and Kendal is able to call his wife.

One of the SEALs, James King (Daniel Lissing), connects with island barkeep Tani Tumrenjack (Dichen Lachman, who gets little screen time in this episode, but I hope that will change!) as he requests storage for his fallen comrade’s body and alcohol to drink his sorrow away. He’s soon challenged by the self-proclaimed “mayor” of the island, Julian Serrat (Michael Sahr Ngaujah) and his goons. After stating in detail how he will kill each one of them if they don’t quit keeping him from his drink, they leave (don’t mess with Navy SEALs!). However, they only retreat to take a more aggressive approach toward these unwelcome “tourists,” later kidnapping two members of the crew.

Since now the US knows the Colorado survived (thanks to the phone calls and a betrayal from the COB and several crew who aligned with him – Lt. Shepard was forced to shoot one of them before he executed Kendal), two bombers head toward the island. Knowing they’ll bomb the island even if the sub dives to avoid the attack, Chaplin issues an ultimatum – turn them back or he fires a nuke at Washington. They retreat at the last minute, and the nuke lands in the Atlantic. Chaplin declares a 200-mile no man’s land around the island, and threatens to nuke anyone who breaches it.

And the final twist? The injured SEAL ranting about how they had the wrong intel, that they killed the wrong people, and the one at the bar, sobbing at the attack footage and saying all this is his fault. The latter scene had added shock because of how unflappable King had been until that moment.

It’s hard to think of something I didn’t like about this pilot episode. The action kept things moving, the actors fit their roles, for all the drama there were moments with the right touch of humor, and the whole episode felt as polished as a summer blockbuster.

But unlike most summer blockbusters (no matter how many unwanted sequels get made), what hit me most was the potential for future storytelling in these characters. You don’t get to spend much time with most of them, but just about every character leaves you wanting to know more about their story.

Since the initial setting is a Navy sub, it did have a bit of an NCIS feel, especially those episodes that have taken place on a ship/sub. Caplin reminded me a little of Battlestar Galactica’s Adama – protective, but not afraid to be ruthless.

If Last Resort keeps up this quality, I will be watching every episode of the show. It has a rough time slot at 8PM on Thursday, especially against The Big Bang Theory, The X Factor, 30 Rock, and The Vampire Diaries. ABC hasn’t had a new show succeed in that time slot since Ugly Betty. But Last Resort has the mettle to stick around, so I hope viewers will give it a chance. You’ll be glad you did.

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TV Duos Bracket – Round One, Day 8

Round one reaches its halfway point as Claudia and Jinks from Warehouse 13 face Howard and Raj from The Big Bang Theory. Also, finished shows from both sides of the pond battle it out as Robin and Much from Robin Hood go up against Angel and Cordelia from Angel!

Be sure to check out the results and all our current matchups here. The winning duos will advance to the next round (which will launch in just over a week).

Reminder: While there are romantic pairs in this bracket, that’s only one possible aspect of a duo’s relationship. Duos have fun together, work well together, and/or have hilarious interactions. Simply put, they spark.

You can find a full list of upcoming TV duos matchups here. Round one matchups are in teal. Each of the round one matchups will be open for 72 hours (3 days), so spread the word quickly so your favorite pairs will make it into the next round! 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 1.15

  • Claudia and Jinks - Warehouse 13 (61%, 183 Votes)
  • Howard and Raj - The Big Bang Theory (39%, 116 Votes)

Total Voters: 299

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Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.16

  • Angel and Cordelia - Angel (76%, 200 Votes)
  • Robin and Much - Robin Hood (24%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 263

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TV Duos Bracket – Round One, Day 7

Today wraps up our first full week of competition! Already, some worthy opponents have bit the dust, from Leverage’s Hardison and Eliot, to Gibbs and Abby from NCIS! But there are more matchups to come! For day 7, Moonlighting’s David and Maddie battle another coworker duo, 30 Rock’s Liz and Jack! And geeks may have quite a dilemma as Fringe’s Peter and Olivia face Leonard and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory!

Be sure to check out the results and all our current matchups here. The winning duos will advance to the next round (which will launch in just over a week).

Reminder: While there are romantic pairs in this bracket, that’s only one possible aspect of a duo’s relationship. Duos have fun together, work well together, and/or have hilarious interactions. Simply put, they spark.

You can find a full list of upcoming TV duos matchups here. Round one matchups are in teal. Each of the round one matchups will be open for 72 hours (3 days), so spread the word quickly so your favorite pairs will make it into the next round! 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 1.13

  • David and Maddie - Moonlighting (61%, 82 Votes)
  • Liz and Jack - 30 Rock (40%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

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Which is your favorite TV duo? Round 1.14

  • Leonard and Sheldon - The Big Bang Theory (60%, 99 Votes)
  • Peter and Olivia - Fringe (40%, 66 Votes)

Total Voters: 165

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TV Olympics: Favorite Halloween Episode

The holidays are coming to TV Breakroom a little early this year, as today we kick a three-poll arc celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas episodes! First up on the calendar, it’s time to vote for the spooky and funny episodes that either give you great ideas for costumes and pranks or make you afraid to sleep at night.

If there are any great Halloween episodes I left out, please nominate them in the comments! Side note – I love the vampire/Spanish symmetry of the left and right pictures above.

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 Halloween episode? (Choose up to 3!)

  • Supernatural - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester (34%, 130 Votes)
  • NCIS - Code of Conduct (8%, 30 Votes)
  • Bones - Mummy in the Maze (7%, 28 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - Slutty Pumpkin (6%, 24 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Fear Itself (6%, 22 Votes)
  • Castle - Vampire Weekend (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Criminal Minds - Devil's Night (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Halloween (5%, 19 Votes)
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Middle Earth Paradigm (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Chuck - Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror (4%, 15 Votes)
  • The Big Bang Theory - The Good Guy Fluctuation (4%, 14 Votes)
  • Angel - Life of the Party (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Community - Epidemiology (3%, 10 Votes)
  • Community - Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps (2%, 8 Votes)
  • The Office - Halloween (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Suburgatory - Halloween (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Freaks and Geeks - Tricks and Treats (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Happy Endings - Spooky Endings (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Community - Introduction to Statistics (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 204

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Community’s Dan Harmon Fox Pilot – TVLine

Catching up on posting some news from the past few days! Considering the awesomeness that is Community, I’m glad Dan Harmon’s doing a pilot for another show.

But a multi-camera show? I’ve found most of those boring. The only two I really enjoy are The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, and even they have quite a few off episodes and plotlines.

And Fox? They’re way too cancel-happy. Though they do seem a bit kinder to comedies than dramas, and they seem to be expanding their comedy time after the success of New Girl.

Community’s Dan Harmon Fox Pilot – TVLine.

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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 (28%, 456 Votes)
  • Densi (Deeks and Kensi) - NCIS: Los Angeles (18%, 284 Votes)
  • Caskett (Castle and Beckett) - Castle (15%, 235 Votes)
  • McAbby (McGee and Abby) - NCIS (11%, 186 Votes)
  • Shamy (Sheldon and Amy) - The Big Bang Theory (7%, 117 Votes)
  • Spuffy (Spike and Buffy) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (4%, 68 Votes)
  • Bangel (Buffy and Angel) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (4%, 58 Votes)
  • Shules (Shawn and Jules/Juliet) - Psych (3%, 52 Votes)
  • LoVe (Logan and Veronica) - Veronica Mars (3%, 45 Votes)
  • Chair (Chuck and Blair) - Gossip Girl (2%, 30 Votes)
  • Mikita (Michael and Nikita) - Nikita (2%, 27 Votes)
  • Clois (Clark and Lois) - Smallville (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Finchel (Finn and Rachel) - Glee (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Dair (Dan and Blair) - Gossip Girl (1%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 923

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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 (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

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Monday Madness: Favorite Brilliant Yet Crazy Characters

This Monday Madness, in honor of TNT’s new show, Perception (which premieres Monday, July 9th, at 10/9c), we’re looking at TV’s brilliant yet crazy characters. Perception centers around a schizophrenic neuroscientist (Eric McCormack) who works with FBI Agent Kate Moretti (Rachel Lee Cook) to solve complex criminal cases. Perception also stars Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan, with special appearances by Levar Burton.

For the purposes of this poll, I’m defining “crazy” as anywhere from clinically insane to mild disorders to kind of quirky. “Brilliant” ranges anywhere from off-the-charts IQ to uniquely skilled in a certain area (though most lean toward high IQ).

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite smart, zany characters. 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 20-some options on this list, I know there are brilliant-crazy characters 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 avoid villains unless they’re a major part 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 July 9th.

Who's your favorite brilliant but crazy character? (Choose up to 10)

  • River Tam (Summer Glau) - Firefly (16%, 1,291 Votes)
  • Castiel (Misha Collins) - Supernatural (11%, 916 Votes)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) - Sherlock (7%, 549 Votes)
  • Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) - The Finder (6%, 456 Votes)
  • Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) - The Big Bang Theory (5%, 411 Votes)
  • The Doctor (various) - Doctor Who (5%, 402 Votes)
  • Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) - NCIS (4%, 318 Votes)
  • Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) - House (4%, 317 Votes)
  • Parker (Beth Riesgraf) - Leverage (3%, 259 Votes)
  • Shawn Spencer (James Roday) - Psych (3%, 244 Votes)
  • Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi) - Community (3%, 234 Votes)
  • Zack Addy (Eric Mulligan) - Bones (3%, 220 Votes)
  • Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) - Dexter (3%, 214 Votes)
  • Walter Bishop (John Noble) - Fringe (3%, 210 Votes)
  • Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) - Monk (2%, 192 Votes)
  • Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) - The Big Bang Theory (2%, 188 Votes)
  • Mozzie (Willie Garson) - White Collar (2%, 185 Votes)
  • Fred Burkle (Amy Acker) - Angel (2%, 181 Votes)
  • Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) - Warehouse 13 (2%, 134 Votes)
  • Topher Brink (Fran Kranz) - Dollhouse (2%, 132 Votes)
  • Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) - Chuck (2%, 127 Votes)
  • Murdoch (Dwight Schultz) - The A-Team (2%, 125 Votes)
  • Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar) - Burn Notice (2%, 123 Votes)
  • Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) - Lie to Me (1%, 108 Votes)
  • Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) - The Office (1%, 94 Votes)
  • Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright) - Alphas (1%, 86 Votes)
  • Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo) - Bones (1%, 83 Votes)
  • Gaius Baltar (James Callis) - Battlestar Galactica (1%, 79 Votes)
  • Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) - Homeland (1%, 42 Votes)
  • Seymour Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) - Nikita (0%, 39 Votes)
  • Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) - Law & Order: Criminal Intent (0%, 34 Votes)
  • Billy Chenowith (Jeremy Sisto) - Six Feet Under (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Jeffrey Geiger (Mandy Patinkin) - Chicago Hope (0%, 14 Votes)
  • Tony Hill (Robson Green) - Wire in the Blood (0%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,717

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Top 15 Favorite Non-Original Cast Members

As chosen by you, the voters, here are the top 15 favorite non-original cast members! I expanded this list from 10 to 15 because six of the top 10 were from two related shows. Feel free to consider #11-15 honorable mentions if you’re a top 10 purist. 🙂

The poll, while it didn’t quite receive the most votes, set a new record for most-viewed poll (and post) to date – and all in one week! Thanks to everyone who voted, and especially to those who spread the word about the poll!

Here are the results!

 

#15 – Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) from NCIS: Los Angeles

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Monday Madness: Favorite Non-Original Cast Members

This Monday Madness, we’re looking at non-original cast members! Sometimes these characters replaced fan favorites who had left the show (for plot, personal, or business reasons), and often their presence upset the show’s dynamics. Many had a difficult time being accepted by long-time fans of the show, while with others it seemed like they had always been a part of the story. But, begrudgingly or with open arms, we learned to love most of these characters, and now you get to choose which ones are worthy of recognition!

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

Even though there are 50-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of characters I left out! You can nominate people I missed in the comments, and I may add them to the poll. I tried to limit this mostly to characters who joined after the complete first season, though with shorter-running shows I was more lenient. 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 11th.

UPDATE: this poll has ended. Vote for this week’s poll here: Favorite TV Dads.

Who is your favorite character who joined their show later? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Spike (James Marsters) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9%, 3,410 Votes)
  • Castiel (Misha Collins) - Supernatural (8%, 3,064 Votes)
  • Winifred "Fred" Burkle (Amy Acker) - Angel (5%, 1,712 Votes)
  • Anya (Emma Caulfield) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (4%, 1,606 Votes)
  • Oz (Seth Green) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (4%, 1,602 Votes)
  • Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) - NCIS (4%, 1,557 Votes)
  • Lorne (Andy Hallett) - Angel (4%, 1,481 Votes)
  • Woody (Kurt Fuller) - Psych (4%, 1,437 Votes)
  • Tara Maclay (Amber Benson) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 1,230 Votes)
  • Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) - The Big Bang Theory (3%, 1,096 Votes)
  • Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) - Bones (3%, 1,059 Votes)
  • Gwaine (Eoin Macken) - Merlin (3%, 1,045 Votes)
  • Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) - Doctor Who (3%, 995 Votes)
  • Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) - Glee (2%, 827 Votes)
  • Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) - NCIS: Los Angeles (2%, 727 Votes)
  • Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch) - The Big Bang Theory (2%, 585 Votes)
  • Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) - True Blood (2%, 555 Votes)
  • Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) - Lost (1%, 549 Votes)
  • Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde) - House (1%, 522 Votes)
  • Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) - Criminal Minds (1%, 519 Votes)
  • Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) - Bones (1%, 507 Votes)
  • Nell Jones (Renée Felice Smith) - NCIS: Los Angeles (1%, 503 Votes)
  • Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) - True Blood (1%, 491 Votes)
  • Sir Leon (Rupert Young) - Merlin (1%, 479 Votes)
  • Dawn Summers (Michelle Trachtenberg) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1%, 476 Votes)
  • Sir Percival (Tom Hopper) - Merlin (1%, 456 Votes)
  • Col. Potter (Harry Morgan) - M*A*S*H (1%, 445 Votes)
  • David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) - Criminal Minds (1%, 431 Votes)
  • Lois Lane (Erica Durance) - Smallville (1%, 429 Votes)
  • Capt. B.J. Honeycut (Mike Farrell) - M*A*S*H (1%, 416 Votes)
  • Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia) - Gilmore Girls (1%, 389 Votes)
  • August W. Booth (Eion Bailey) - Once Upon a Time (1%, 363 Votes)
  • Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard) - Monk (1%, 347 Votes)
  • Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) - The Office (1%, 346 Votes)
  • Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) - NCIS (1%, 323 Votes)
  • Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan) - Charmed (1%, 319 Votes)
  • Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson) - Cheers (1%, 305 Votes)
  • Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) - Burn Notice (1%, 287 Votes)
  • Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) - NCIS (1%, 259 Votes)
  • Riley Finn (Marc Blucas) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1%, 258 Votes)
  • Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton) - White Collar (1%, 256 Votes)
  • Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) - Parks and Recreation (1%, 252 Votes)
  • Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) - Stargate Atlantis (1%, 245 Votes)
  • Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) - Gilmore Girls (1%, 240 Votes)
  • Alex McHugh (Mekenna Melvin) - Chuck (1%, 236 Votes)
  • Maj. Charles Winchester (David Ogden Stiers) - M*A*S*H (1%, 230 Votes)
  • Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) - Grey's Anatomy (1%, 227 Votes)
  • Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) - The Office (0%, 177 Votes)
  • Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) - Warehouse 13 (0%, 163 Votes)
  • Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner) - Grimm (0%, 159 Votes)
  • Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson) - House (0%, 127 Votes)
  • Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) - Grey's Anatomy (0%, 126 Votes)
  • David Hodges (Wallace Langham) - CSI (0%, 124 Votes)
  • Hal (Damien Molony) - Being Human (UK) (0%, 115 Votes)
  • Ben Grogan (Ryan Johnson) - Fairly Legal (0%, 112 Votes)
  • Tom (Michael Socha) - Being Human (UK) (0%, 107 Votes)
  • Olivia Kendall (Raven-Symoné) - The Cosby Show (0%, 85 Votes)
  • Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) - Private Practice (0%, 85 Votes)
  • Tom (Bob Cledenin) - Cougar Town (0%, 80 Votes)
  • Jo Danville (Sela Ward) - CSI: NY (0%, 78 Votes)
  • Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) - Cheers (0%, 76 Votes)
  • Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) - Two and a Half Men (0%, 70 Votes)
  • Tuck (David Harewood) - Robin Hood (0%, 55 Votes)
  • Valerie Malone (Tiffani Thiessen) - Beverly Hills, 90210 (0%, 52 Votes)
  • Sgt. Baker (Kenneth Washington) - Hogan's Heroes (0%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,576

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NBC Fall TV Schedule 2012 — Community to Friday – TVLine

NBC has unveiled its schedule for Fall 2012, and the most notable change is Community’s move to Fridays at 8:30. While Fridays are usually where shows go to die, quite a number of shows (usually niche genres) thrive there for years. While Community has a terrible lead-in (Whitney), at least it’s being put with Grimm, which has thrived in its Friday slot.

And with much less competition (no behemoth American Idol or The Big Bang Theory ratings to strive against), Community might do well enough for a back nine order and/or season 5 renewal. I’m not too unhappy since this means probably the only two shows I’ll watch live on NBC will be back to back.

Unfortunately, most of NBC’s schedule looks like a mess. Two new comedies I’m interested in watching (Go On, and to a lesser extent Animal Practice) are paired with comedies I plan to avoid at all costs (The New Normal, Guys With Kids). Thursday night’s all-veteran comedy lineup means I’ll probably just catch The Office online, and if Castle stays in the same slot, I’ll do the same with the new Revolution (which NBC does show a lot of faith in by putting after The Voice and holding Smash off till midseason).

Also on hold until midseason: Next Caller, 1600 Penn, Save Me, Do No Harm, Infamous, and Hannibal. But you can still get a sneak peak at many of these shows at the link below!

NBC Fall TV Schedule 2012 — Community to Friday – TVLine.

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[PHOTOS] The Big Bang Theory Wedding — Season 5 Finale – TVLine

Some adorable and fun pics of the events surrounding Howard and Bernadette’s wedding. Love the ones of Amy in her tiara!

[PHOTOS] The Big Bang Theory Wedding — Season 5 Finale – TVLine.

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Top 15 Quirky Characters on TV

This was supposed to be a top 10 post, but I couldn’t limit this great character list to just 10! These are the top quirky characters as chosen by voters in last week’s poll. (Be sure to vote in this week’s poll here!) As an added bonus for this top 15 list (and as a thank you for all the actor retweets!), I’ve included links to actor twitter accounts!

Number 15: Parker from Leverage (played by Beth Riesgraf)

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