Since January 24, 2011 my site has hosted a league and playoff tournament to find out my readers favorite Male & Female TV characters.
After almost 6 months, over 29000 playoff votes counted, over 28000 regular season votes counted, plus thosands more that were discarded for various reasons....we have some champions.
144 characters, 80 male, 64 female characters started out with hopes & dreams back then. Early on, it became clear there was 8 or 10 characters whose fans had become quite determined to push their favorites to the top. I guess its no surprise, considering my site talks primarily about Vancouver based shows, most of those characters were from Vancouver shows.
Smallville had 4 characters in Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Oliver Queen & Chloe Sullivan who early on emerged as serious contenders. A twitter campaign by Olivers 1st round opponent thwarted his chance to go far. Clark Kent had an indominable regular season, but once the playoff format of no multiple voting was in place, his support tailed some. Still Clark pushed thru to the mens finals, before finally falling. Chloe managed to hold on till the elite 8 of the womens tourney before she finally gave way to her castmate, Lois Lane....the eventual winner of the womens division & the only undefeated contestant in either side of the tournament.
Supernatural super hunter Dean Winchester looked unstopable early, while the shows other characters like Sam Winchester, Bobby Singer, Castiel & Crowley all started slow, but gained momentum as things rolled along in the regular season. In the playoffs Castiel went out early, losing to eventual finalist Clark Kent in round 2. Crowley would meet the same fate in round 3, losing to Clark Kent. Bobby Singer came within 1 game of knocking off his buddy Dean Winchester in round 3, but eventually gave way to the man who would eventually go on to win the Mens title, Dean.
Fringe lead female character Agent Olivia Dunham looked poised to also take a run at the title in the regular season, as was agent Astrid Farnsworth who won her division in the regular season. Astrid could not continue the success in the playoffs, bowing out in the sweet 16 round of the womens division. The shows male counterparts Peter & Walter Bishop both had strong regular seasons, playoff success didnt follow them as much, with each bowing out before their own division finals. Agent Olivia Dunham pushed thru to the womens final, before eventually being swept by womens champion Lois Lame.
Sanctuary lead character Dr. Helen Magnus had a slow start & only barely got into the playoffs with a losing record none the less...but once there, she proved to be a formidable opponent as her fanbase caught on to the game & pushed her to the final 4 of the womens tournament before losing to eventual champ Lois Lane.
Stargate Universe had many challengers in the playoffs. But playoff success was limited for the SGU crew. With all the contestants, including 3 regular season division champs in Eli Wallace, Dr. Dale Volker & Vanessa James, from the now cancelled show bowing out by the sweet 16 draw of each side.
There was some success for shows not from the 604.
The Big Bang Theory had 3 male playoff contestants, with Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Raj Koothrappali & Howard Wolowitz all making it. None however found a terribly successful playoff formula. However, lead female Penny made it to the final 4 on the womens side & even had a 2-0 series lead before falling to Agent Olivia Dunham.
How I Met Your Mother had 3 division champs in the regular season. Robin Scherbatsky, & Lily Aldrin on the womens side. Both however fell in the womens sweet 16 round. On the mens side, Legen..wait for it...DARY ladies man Barney Stinson made it to the mens final 4 before falling to Clark Kent.
The Simpsons mastermind Homer Simpson made the mens final 4 finals before bowing out to eventual champion Dean Winchester.
Several other challengers like Richard Castle from Castle, Dr. Gregory House of House, Daphne Powell from No Ordinary Family, Penelope Garcia of Criminal Minds, Seeley Booth from Bones & Turanga Leela from Futurama also flirted with some playoff success before leaving in the elite 8 rounds of their respective genders.
In the end. Dean Winchester from Supernatural won the mens tournament over Clark Kent of Smallville, while Clarks main squeeze, Lois Lane defeated Agent Olivia Dunham from Fringe for the womens title.
So congratulations to your 2011 favorite TV character winners
Mens- DEAN WINCHESTER (Jensen Ackles) "Supernatural"
Womens- LOIS LANE (Erica Durance) Smallville
THE WALKING DEAD
From out of nowhere, AMC's The Walking Dead won critical acclaim this year. The zombie apocalypse themed horror, based on graphic novels did the same in our polls, quietly moving up the ranks & eventually taking a stranglehold on victory.
Despite a back & forth fight with The CW's new cheerleader drama "Hellcats", The Walking Dead eventually won this fairly handily with a big surge in the final 2 days of voting to take it by a commanding 131 votes 405 to 284.
CBS crime drama "Hawaii Five-O", despite a slow start, finished 3rd with 234 votes.
The CW drama "Nikita" finished 4th with 189 votes. While ABC's superhero family "No Ordinary Family" finished 5th with 169 votes.
1ST - THE WALKING DEAD 405
2ND - HELLCATS 284
3RD - HAWAII FIVE-O 234
4TH - NIKITA 189
5TH - NO ORDINARY FAMILY 169
There is only 1 day left for voting on the Best Of TV 2010 awards on my site.
With the People's Choice Awards done, this is the chance for some shows, who got shafted at the largest public voted awards to get a 2nd chance.
If you have not already voted...You can vote here...
Despite lots of attempts to cheat/sabotage people, voting has continued. With each attempt to cheat or sabotage someone has come a new security issue I have had to deal with & create a way to sidestep the cheating. While I concede SOME cheater votes may have gotten mixed into the totals, MOST (i'll even say well over 95%) were thwarted.
Unfortunately for the likes of House, Smallville & Private Practice, some of their contenders were disqualified for either blatant cheating, or being sabotaged before proper defenses were put in place. It should be noted that while House, Smallville & Private Practice candidates were caught using automated voting bots, MANY legitimate votes from these shows were also cast. unfortunately, it just took 1 jerk to ruin your chances. I apologize to those who took the effort to rally support for their shows, only to have it go for nothing. Trust me when I say, future polls will have far more advanced steps in place to prevent this from happening again.
With that aside....with 1 day left of voting....here are the current results.
BEST COMEDY PROGRAM
1 The Big Bang Theory (270)
2 Glee (168)
3 How I Met Your Mother (157)
4 Community (56)
5 It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (45)
BEST ACTION/DRAMA PROGRAM
1 The Vampire Diaries (203)
2 Dexter (197)
3 Criminal Minds (126)
4 Burn Notice (104)
5 Greys Anatomy (91)
BEST NEW PROGRAM
1 The Walking Dead (206)
2 Hellcats (190)
3 Nikita (109)
4 No Ordinary Family (104)
5 Hawaii Five-O (101)
BEST SCI-FI PROGRAM
1 Smallville (548)
2 Supernatural (538)
3 Stargate Universe (230)
4 Fringe (177)
5 Warehouse 13 (82)
1 Anna Paquin "True Blood" (345)
2 Anna Torv "Fringe" (297)
3 Julianna Margulies "The Good Wife" (231)
4 Maggie Q "Nikita" (152)
5 Glenn Close "Damages" (136)
1 Taye Diggs "Private Practice" (874)
2 Jensen Ackles "Supernatural" (690)
3 John Noble "Fringe" (234)
4 David Blue "Stargate Universe" (230)
5 Jeffrey Donovan "Burn Notice" (186)
MOST ENTERTAINING OR FASCINATING CHARACTER
1 Lois Lane "Smallville" (462)
2 Dean Winchester "Supernatural" (444)
3 Sam Winchester "Supernatural" (286)
4 Castiel "Supernatural" (263)
5 Oliver Queen/Green Arrow "Smallville" (252)
6 Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Big Bang Theory" (191)
7 Barney Stinson "How I Met Your Mother" (150)
8 Eli Wallace "Stargate Universe" (140)
9 Parker "Leverage" (128)
10 Dr. Walter Bishop "Fringe" (128)
11 Crowley "Supernatural" (123)
12 Dexter Morgan "Dexter" (91)
13 Sam Axe "Burn Notice" (85)
14 Michael Westen "Burn Notice" (62)
15 Amy Farrah Fowler "The Big Bang Theory" (55)
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.