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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 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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True Blood Casts Tina Majorino — Season 5 – TVLine

I love Tina’s acting on Veronica Mars and Bones, so I’m sure she’ll be great on True Blood. Will be an interesting departure for her if she’s part of the Authority’s support staff as a vampire and not a human.

True Blood Casts Tina Majorino — Season 5 – TVLine.

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Monday Madness: Favorite TV Couples – Realistic

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

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

Even though there are 40 50-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of couples I left out! You can nominate couples I missed in the comments, and I may add them to the poll. You can also start nominating couples from paranormal, futuristic, and other outside-the-box shows for next week. Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll.

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

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

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

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

Total Voters: 5,341

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5 Long-Shot TV Shows I Want To See Renewed

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

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

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

Nikita

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

Ringer

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

The Finder

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

Awake

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

Bent

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

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TV’s Most Divisive Love Triangles — Gossip Girl, Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Vampire Diaries, Gilmore Girls, Revenge, 90210 – TVLine

Loved this fun slideshow! And the description is very apt – for the shows on the list that I have watched I have VERY distinct opinions on who characters should end up with. Which couples did you root/are you rooting for?

My choices (and yes, if you go to the slideshow, you can see which shows I don’t watch, or haven’t seen enough of to have an opinion on the love triangle):

Fred and Wesley (Angel), not Gunn

 

Spike and Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), not Angel (he goes with Cordy!)

 

Don’t like either Britta or Annie with Jeff – I like Britta and Troy, and Annie and Abed much better (Community)

 

Rory and Jess (Gilmore Girls), not Dean

 

Luke and Lorelai (Gilmore Girls), not Christopher

 

Barney and Robin (How I Met Your Mother), not Ted

 

Dwight and Angela (The Office), not Andy (he goes with Erin!)

 

Logan and Veronica (Veronica Mars), not Duncan

 

Hmm, Spike, Jess, Barney, Logan – I’m sensing a bad boy trend here!

Who are your choices? And are there any divisive love triangles TV Line left out? (I’m thinking of Dollhouse’s Echo/Paul/Mellie.) View the whole slideshow here:

TV’s Most Divisive Love Triangles — Gossip Girl, Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Vampire Diaries, Gilmore Girls, Revenge, 90210 – TVLine.

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Top 10 Canceled Shows That Should Return

The votes are in! A record-setting 9043 people voted for which shows they’d like to see return. Shows were limited to ones that had 3 seasons or less. Here are the results for TV Breakroom’s first-ever Monday Madness poll!

Number 10: Jericho

This show about a small town impacted by a nuclear event barely made it into the top 10, being only 3 votes away from #11, Dark Angel. After it was canceled following its freshman season, fans were able to bring it back for a 7-episode second season. The story continued in comic form, and there are still movie rumors spreading around.

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Monday Madness: Who’s Your Favorite Quirky Character?

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.

Update: voting is over, but you can vote on this week’s poll here! Winners’ post here.

Who's your favorite quirky character? (Choose up to 10)

  • Mozzie from White Collar (27%, 1,712 Votes)
  • Martha Rodgers from Castle (21%, 1,330 Votes)
  • Bobby Singer from Supernatural (19%, 1,203 Votes)
  • Jayne Cobb from Firefly (19%, 1,201 Votes)
  • Abby Sciuto from NCIS (19%, 1,198 Votes)
  • Hoban Washburne from Firefly (19%, 1,182 Votes)
  • Dean Pelton from Community (18%, 1,139 Votes)
  • Squinterns from Bones (17%, 1,092 Votes)
  • Senor Chang from Community (15%, 983 Votes)
  • Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory (15%, 953 Votes)
  • Claudia Donovan from Warehouse 13 (12%, 761 Votes)
  • Schmidt from New Girl (12%, 744 Votes)
  • Sam Axe from Burn Notice (12%, 744 Votes)
  • Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (11%, 717 Votes)
  • Parker from Leverage (11%, 683 Votes)
  • Dwight Schute from The Office (10%, 617 Votes)
  • Bernadette Rostenkowski from The Big Bang Theory (10%, 614 Votes)
  • Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9%, 600 Votes)
  • Eddie Monroe from Grimm (9%, 595 Votes)
  • Morgan Grimes from Chuck (9%, 562 Votes)
  • Donna from Suits (9%, 542 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold from Once Upon a Time (9%, 541 Votes)
  • Astrid Farnsworth from Fringe (9%, 541 Votes)
  • James Wilson from House (8%, 532 Votes)
  • Alec Hardison from Leverage (8%, 517 Votes)
  • Douglas Fargo from Eureka (8%, 514 Votes)
  • Topher Brink from Dollhouse (7%, 426 Votes)
  • Seymour Birkhoff from Nikita (6%, 364 Votes)
  • Nell Jones from NCIS: Los Angeles (5%, 293 Votes)
  • Willa Monday from The Finder (5%, 291 Votes)
  • Gary Bell from Alphas (4%, 255 Votes)
  • Evan R. Lawson from Royal Pains (4%, 250 Votes)
  • Wallace Fennel from Veronica Mars (3%, 190 Votes)
  • Marshall Flinkman from Alias (2%, 158 Votes)
  • Leonardo Prince from Fairly Legal (2%, 153 Votes)
  • Noah Werner from Suburgatory (2%, 117 Votes)
  • Gupta from Outsourced (2%, 106 Votes)
  • Davis from Tru Calling (1%, 82 Votes)
  • Much from Robin Hood (1%, 81 Votes)
  • Max Malini from The Cape (1%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,353

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Monday Madness: What Canceled TV Show Should Return?

Since so many people stopped by this site for March Madness, I wanted to continue the whole Madness thing, this time with actual polls (so if things go crazy like they did with Psych vs. Castle I won’t have to count up 600 votes!). More people seemed to stop by to vote on Mondays, no matter when the bracket match ended, so I decided to continue the “M” trend with weekly match-ups/polls/competitions, and dubbed them “Monday Madness.”

This very first Monday Madness focuses on those beloved shows that ended far too quickly. Sometimes it was a lack of viewers, sometimes schedule changes and episode rearrangement, sometimes poor promotion and network mismanagement. But all of the shows have a dedication group of fans who mourn the small amount of episodes available.

But which of those canceled shows deserves to be brought back? I know most of the cast has moved on to other projects, but if you could, which shows would you bring back?

You can choose up to 10 of the thirty shows below, and if I’ve missed any of your favorites, let me know by voting in the comments! I’ve limited this poll to shows that had 3 seasons or less – if a show gets to four seasons, that usually means syndication, and I don’t want this to be about shows that made it, but the underdogs that need a second chance at life.

You’ll notice that Arrested Development is missing from this poll, because that show has already beat incredible odds to garner another season, thanks to Netflix!

I’ll announce the top 10 canceled shows that should return next week, so be sure to vote and pass along the link so your favorite shows can make it! Again, if I’ve missed a show (canceled with 3 seasons or less), vote in the comments, and I’ll total up those votes against the poll leaderboard.

Update: This poll is closed, and I will be posting about the top 10 soon. But the Monday Madness isn’t over! Go vote for your favorite quirky character!

Which TV show would you bring back if you could? (you can select up to 10)

  • Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles (77%, 6,990 Votes)
  • The Cape (42%, 3,779 Votes)
  • Firefly (23%, 2,052 Votes)
  • V (8%, 730 Votes)
  • Dollhouse (7%, 638 Votes)
  • Pushing Daisies (5%, 414 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars (4%, 389 Votes)
  • Dead Like Me (3%, 307 Votes)
  • Freaks and Geeks (3%, 278 Votes)
  • Jericho (3%, 241 Votes)
  • Dark Angel (3%, 238 Votes)
  • Better Off Ted (3%, 230 Votes)
  • FlashForward (2%, 224 Votes)
  • Wonderfalls (2%, 182 Votes)
  • Deadwood (2%, 172 Votes)
  • Life (2%, 158 Votes)
  • Tru Calling (2%, 151 Votes)
  • Moonlight (2%, 147 Votes)
  • Roswell (1%, 127 Votes)
  • My So-Called Life (1%, 119 Votes)
  • No Ordinary Family (1%, 110 Votes)
  • Party Down (1%, 106 Votes)
  • Robin Hood (BBC) (1%, 105 Votes)
  • Outsourced (1%, 98 Votes)
  • Journeyman (1%, 96 Votes)
  • Kings (1%, 81 Votes)
  • Life on Mars (1%, 72 Votes)
  • Samantha Who? (1%, 71 Votes)
  • Undeclared (1%, 61 Votes)
  • Life Unexpected (0%, 45 Votes)

Total Voters: 9,043

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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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Ryan Hansen Cast in El Jefe — Fox

El Jefe’s description: “a well-off guy in his early 30s who finally gets booted out of his dad and step-mom’s house and moves in with his cleaning woman’s family since he had nowhere else to go” seems like the perfect show for an actor I know best as Dick Casablancas from Veronica Mars.

But Veronica Mars alums seem to be popping up everywhere lately! Kristin Bell is on House of Lies. Max Greenfield is on New Girl. Enrico Colantoli was on Person of Interest. Jason Dohring is on Ringer. And Erica Gimpel (who played Wallace’s mom, Alicia Fennel) just showed up on Nikita.

Ryan Hansen Cast in El Jefe — Fox.

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Netflix less about flicks, more about TV – latimes.com

Interesting look at how Netflix’s model has switched from almost exclusively movies to more than 60% of videos streamed being TV shows. I especially loved the insight on how serialized shows (ones that focus on an overarching story and are best watched in order) are doing well with Netflix, as new viewers can start from the beginning and watch every episode in order. And the service makes TV marathons easy: I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Bones, and Veronica Mars (latter unfortunately not still available via streaming) in rapid succession thanks to Netflix, plus I’m using the service to get my friend hooked on How I Met Your Mother.

I’m also excited about Netflix’s leap into original programming. So far they’ve bought US rights to foreign shows (like Lilyhammer), funded new shows, and ordered new episodes of cult favorites (Arrested Development). This article hints that there are more on the way! What show would you like Netflix to bring back?

Netflix less about flicks, more about TV – latimes.com.

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Farewell to 2011

2011 has been a year of big changes for this blog. At the start of this year, I only had 3 posts and hadn’t even begun sharing the link. Now, I’m working on post 124 and get thousands of views every month.

As you can see, I’m also ending the year with a big change – a new layout. As much as I loved the look of the old layout, it was confusing for some and also probably hurting my chances of being found by search engines (with no text other than categories on the home page). I do plan to keep the same “wall of TV pics” look as my Twitter background, though. I’m still working through some of the kinks (like having to set images as featured images and adding read more links in ALL my old posts), so please let me know if you come across something that’s not working!

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Top 10 Favorite TV Opening Credits

Nothing invokes the memory of a favorite TV show faster than its opening credits. That may be why I always feel a bit cheated when a show doesn’t have any, or when they’re terrible, or when they don’t match the show at all.

White Collar is a prime example of how attached fans get to show intros. When season three debuted with new opening titles, fans were very vocal about their dislike. Eventually the network hosted a poll, and the fans voted the old opening back in.

I didn’t include any classic shows in this list – in fact, only one show had episodes airing before the year 2000. There are no animated shows, and it’s also limited to shows I actually watch. I made my decisions based on the music, visual appeal, how well they meshed, and how well they matched the show. I included some unique ones as well.

I had a terrible time narrowing the list down to just ten, and that’s even with leaving out the shows that only have title and creator in their intros (like White Collar above and How I Met Your Mother) or have voiceover intros (Burn Notice’s “My name is Michael Westen, I used to be a spy” and Castle’s “There are two kinds of folks that sit around thinking about how to kill people – psychopaths and mystery writers”). This list changed several times even as I was writing this article, and the main excuse I gave myself for leaving Bones off was that I couldn’t find a good video for the credits!

#10 – Alphas

I love the music to this theme, and how well the lyrics fit the show. I also love the mysterious quality – it’s hard to catch everything the first few times you watch it, which works well for a show that has a lot under the surface.

 

#9 – The Cape

This theme sticks in my head long after I’ve watched the intro, and I love the way the comics dissolve into the show’s characters. Hate that this got cancelled.

 

#8 – Community

The folded paper design of this intro is just plain fun.

 

#7 – Chuck

The cartoon Buy More guy getting in and out of trouble is perfectly in keeping with the lighthearted tone of this show.

 

#6 – Warehouse 13

I love the mysterious quality of these credits, and the music fits perfectly! It’s cool seeing the artifacts “at work,” too.

 

#5 – Covert Affairs

Unfortunately, this clip cuts off the cool intro whistle (which plays before the credits actually start). I like the juxtaposition of the actors over the virtual background.

 

#4 – Veronica Mars

Yes, this is NOT the season 3 opening, which I disliked (it wouldn’t have been as bad if they’d simply changed the visuals, but they messed up the song, too). Bonus points for perfect lyrics (which were even quoted in an episode)!

 

#3 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Apologies for the quality of this clip. Love how this opening meshes scary and funny. I rock out to these credits whenever I’m watching Buffy by myself. 🙂

 

#2 – NCIS

A classic, solid, intro, with fun music and great transitions. I especially love McGee’s rocket pack impression.

 

#1 – Psych

No, I didn’t make this my top choice simply because it’s my theme this month and I’m giving away a season. I love how it matches the show, with zany moments and apt lyrics. I also love how they change it up to match special episodes – Spanish lyrics, a Christmas version, even a Bollywood rendition.

 

What openings would be in your top 10? Did I miss any good ones?

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New Fall 2011 Comedies

The litmus test for a comedy is simple: does it make you laugh? This fall I’ve tried out 5 new comedies: Free Agents, 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory, How to Be a Gentleman, and New Girl. Here’s a quick rundown on what the shows are like and whether they’re worth watching.

 

New Girl

Laugh rating: A smirk here and there

Fox’s ultra-cutesy comedy about a clueless young woman (Zooey Deschanel) who moves in with three guys after she finds her boyfriend cheating on her. I almost didn’t watch a second episode after I cringed through most of the pilot. Deschanel’s usual quirkiness is pushed way over the top, and her character’s habit of randomly singing quickly became the most annoying thing about the show. Fortunately Jess dials back the singing a bit in episode 2, which was more enjoyable but didn’t put the show on my “will watch” list. I may try a third episode if I’m in the mood for something lighthearted, but the Hallmark movie moments at the end of the episodes tip the scales toward likely not. But if you’re into silly, heartwarming comedies, you might want to give New Girl a try. The three roommates (one who previously played Leo on Veronica Mars) and their frustration with and big brother attitudes toward Jess, are easily the best part of the show.

 

Free Agents

Laugh rating: Laughing out loud

This isn’t the type of show that would normally catch my interest, but I checked it out solely because of Anthony Stewart Head (Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and King Uther on Merlin). I’m so glad I did! The pilot was more raunchy than I would have liked, but the second episode toned it down some, and the third episode was just about perfect. The acting on this show is just superb. The two leads (Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn) say more with their faces in one scene than many shows do in entire episodes (Person of Interest – I’m looking at you!). I’ve heard complaints that the writing in the pilot isn’t so great, but the following episodes stepped things up. (Besides, I think this cast could make reading a cereal box funny.) The side characters are a bit stereotypical, but the show knows that and has fun with it.

The third episode, “Dr. Hu,” made me laugh more than this season’s first 3 episodes of The Big Bang Theory (which I previously considered my favorite currently-airing network comedy) combined. First, they made a lovely Doctor Who joke out of the therapist’s name. Second, watching the irrepressible Emma take over the umbrella ad campaign was hilarious, and I loved her going crazy at the idea of having to pitch. Third, Tony Head made a joke about American sports (which made me flash back to Giles making fun of football – “strap on forty pounds of protective gear just in order to play rugby”). Fourth, Alex and Helen’s individual arguments with Dr. Hu were fun, but nothing compared to their joint meltdown in front of him at the restaurant. And I love that they went from yelling at each other to blaming him, and then settled down to a normal “date.” Fifth, the security guard demonstrating how dangerous an umbrella can be added the perfect closing note to the episode.

 

How to Be a Gentleman

Laugh rating: A few smiles

Unlike the previous shows, I’ve only gotten to see the pilot of this show, most of which was spoiled by the promos. So I may change my mind about it. This show works best when contrasting the two main characters, uptight etiquette columnist Andrew, and gym rat and former bully Bert. I hope Bert’s efforts to bring Andrew into modern times doesn’t ruin their Odd Couple charm. My favorite part of the show is Andrew’s voiceovers about how a gentleman should behave. I’m not too fond of Bert, or sold on Andrew’s family, and the jokes got a little raunchy for my taste, but I’m going to give it at least another episode.

Wow, while checking names for this post I just realized the actor who plays Andrew, David Hornsby, is married to Emily Deschanel (Bones). But seriously, Henry Hornsby? How could they do that to a kid?

 

Suburgatory

Laugh rating: Some snickering

Like Free Agents (with which it shares a time slot), I checked out this “out of my normal type” of show because of a Whedonverse alum, this time Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse). He plays a friend of the dad, and I’ve only seen the pilot of this as well, so I’m not sure how much of a role he’ll have in the show. The premise of the show is fun – a motherless teenager from the heart of the city moves to the suburbs with her dad, and enters a world of overly cheerful, plastic, stay-at-home moms and their mall-trotting daughters. At the end of the pilot she seems to be more okay with her new life, but I hope the show doesn’t lose its fish-out-of-water edge. I’ll definitely be watching the next episode, but most likely online. (Though if I want to help out Free Agents, whose ratings are low, it’s probably better that I watch on Hulu where they can track my viewing than on TV, where they won’t.)

 

2 Broke Girls

Laugh rating: Chuckling

Just as How to Be a Gentleman brings reminders of The Odd Couple, 2 Broke Girls seems to reimagine another classic show about two working girls who share an apartment – Laverne and Shirley. While Shirley was never rich, her prim and proper ways match Caroline’s very well, and Max’s no-nonsense ways seem very Laverne-esque. The show isn’t all that unique, and neither are the characters and the setting, but for some reason the over-the-top acting just works, and the show manages to feel fresh and relatable at the same time. Caroline may be ditzy, and Max may have a tough exterior, but they both have enough heart to make their unlikely friendship believable. I also love the gimmick of having their earnings toward the cupcake shop add up at the end of each episode.

 

My verdict: I’m definitely going to keep watching Free Agents and 2 Broke Girls. It’s highly likely that Suburgatory will make it on my list too, but I have to see more than one episode to know for sure. I”ll probably give New Girl and How to Be a Gentleman one more episode to prove themselves to me, but I’m quite likely to drop them as I run out of time to watch shows.

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