For 2 years, we all have asked... WHO KILLED ROSIE LARSEN? Tonight we find out on The Killing. I know for sure, it was not me.
So tonight we find out... After 2 years (and 1 woefully planned bait & switch by AMC) Who Killed Rosie Larsen?
The season 2 finale of The Killing will solve the murder finally. Showrunner Veena Sud has assured fans you will know the killer tonight. After the poorly thought out bait & switch of last season where they sold the idea of "solving Rosies murder" in season 1, only to not, they made it very clear, they wont try the same thing twice.
The suspect pool is plenty, and few at the same time. In the 23 weeks (25 episodes) prior that we have sat thru watching the investigation come together, learning the characters & their secrets. We the collective fanbase have all put the clues, pieces & outright red herrings together & summarized a literal series of novels on why "so & so had to have killed her", there has been 12 suspects (Jamie, Gwen, Bennett, Amber, Belko, Terry, Darren, Janek, Alexi, Michael, Nicole, Lesley) who the public have considered the #1 top suspect on AMC's well thought out website app "suspect tracker" where you can see week by week who the publc thinks is her killer http://suspecttracker.amctv.com/breakdown.php .
So the public has essentially suspected a dozen people "had to have done it" at 1 point or another thru the shows run. This is of course assuming the final choice WONT be someone that the writers havent pointed the heat at for weeks, or even all season. I've still heard people think Tom Drexler or Belko (yes, the same Belko who died earlier this season) are the killer. With the way The Killing has written the story, frankly, these theories arent impossible still.
Going into tonights finale, on the AMC suspect tracker, here are the current leaders voted by the public.
JAMIE WRIGHT 28% (5X #1 suspect on the tracker... including season 1 week 1, season 2 wk 1, and the last 2 wks, has been top 3 18X..incl last 16 wks in a row)
TERY MAREK 13% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... 1st became a top 3 suspect in S1 W5, #1 in S1 W9, has been in the top 3 8X)
GWEN EATON 10% (2X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W2 was #1, S1 finale was leader, has been in top 3 7X)
NICOLE JACKSON 7% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W6 was #1, has been top 3 2X)
DARREN RICHMOND 6% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W11 was #1, has been top 3 3X, has not been this high on the tracker SINCE he was #1 in S1W11)
SENATOR EATON 5% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 4th on tracker)
MICHAEL AMES 5% (2X #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W4 & 5 was #1, has been top 3 3X)
BENJAMIN ABANI 3% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 3X)
TOM DREXLER 3% (0x #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 4th on tracker)
RICK FELDER 2% (0x #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 4x)
LESLEY ADAMS 2% (3x #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W7,8 & 9 was #1, has been top 3 4X)
SALLY AMES 2% (0x #1 suspect on the tracker... has bever been higher than 8th on tracker)
STAN LARSEN 2% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 9th on tracker)
RUTH YITANES 2% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 1X)
STEPHERN HOLDER 1% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 1X)
BELKO ROYCE 1% (3X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W6,7 & 8 was #1, has been top 3 5X)
STERLING FITCH 0.9% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 7th on tracker)
JASPER AMES 0.9% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 7th on tracker)
ROBERTA DRAYS 0.8% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 6th on tracker)
ALEXI GIFFORDS 0.8% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W3 was #1, has been top 3 1X)
GIL SLOANE 0.7% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 16th on tracker)
BENNETT AHMED 0.5% (2X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W3 & 4 was #1, has been top 3 5X)
AMBER AHMED 0.4% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W5 was #1, has been top 3 1X)
Of course, everyone wants to know everyone elses picks. So here goes my top 3.
1- Terry. It saddens me to say it, but she makes the most sense. Linden suspected from the way the body was placed & put in the trunk that it might be someone she knew & who had an emotional attachment to Rosie (like her aunt). Terry has connections to several prominent players in the story, and many people have suggested she showed emotions such as guilt or remorse when she saw the photos of Rosie from the murder scene in Stans desk in a recent episode. I have tried denying she could be it for so long that it makes sense she is. This season shes been a very prominent character, moved from the background to the forefront & she was 1 of the 1st people AMC signed on for season 2. Of course, if she is the killer, the bigger question is WHO put her up to it?
2- Nicole. She has lots to gain & lose. She was clearly on the 10th floor. Shes physically capable of running down someone thru the woods if needed. She is prone to violence & has convinced another person in the past to take the fall for a murder she is suspected of.. and is willing to do whatever is needed to cover up her tracks. (also - she is relatively new to my top 3 list... 3 wks ago, I didnt consider her)
2- Janek. A hired thug. Janek will kill for a price... or protection from city officials. His racket clearly needs to have people of influence protecting him. Its not unreasonable he owed a person of note a favour & was called in to handle it & asked to make it look like someone else did it. The question has always been "WHO killed Rosie" not "WHY". Janek may have been the killer.... with someone else pulling the strings to call on him to do it.
The tracker leader contenders - why I didnt pick them
JAMIE - Even though Jamie has statistically been the most likely suspect to the public, I just am not buying it. Yes, he might know who did. he may have even ok'ed it. I am just simply not convinced. He has been the ultimate red herring several times & with the way this show has been done, its absurd to assume they havent sold us a lie 1 more time.
GWEN - Although the crime sort of seems like a womans type of murder (not bloody & violent like a shooting/stabbing) I sincerely buy her alibi of being with Richmond out of town at the time. I think she didnt know exactly how long Darren might be gone, so it would be illogical of her to get up, leave & go all the way to the casino for a meeting/hunt down/murder. The ONLY scenario where she COULD be a suspect, is if Darren is also involved in it & they left together.... but since we know Darren was on his suicide attempt at that time, this to me, counts out Gwen.
DARREN - The suicide attempt aside (which is pretty much as solid of an alibi as anyone has), he just doesnt fit to me. Jamie was clearly at the casino without his knowledge, he practically spit in the face of the idea of working with Nicole on anything. If he were involved, he likely would be far more willing to work with someone who knows his secret. Plus, lets face it, everyone HOPES its not him. The shining beacon of hope for Seattle... of course, Harvey Dent comes to mind.
In the end, I think whoever they put in as Rosie Larsen's killer will likely just be a "hired gun" & the person who actually hatched the plan, gave out the order, will be someone different. Lesley Adams, or Senator Eaton, maybe even Jamie?
The question has always been WHO Killed Rosie Larsen. Not WHY did they kill Rosie Larsen. To me, after 2 seasons, the why is as big as the who to me. I hope we have the answer to both questions in the season 2 finale. The answer will be revealed tonight on AMC.
Below I have attached some photos I have taken of the cast in the few interactions I have had with them (including some of Brent Sexton filming the scene where Stan finds Rosie's backpack on his front step)
In the Favorite TV Show tournament there was a few mild upsets in the later rounds, but in the end... 2 shows who got overshadowed in the nomination round by heavy multiple voting from a couple users, prevailed in the final. Due to the "top seeds go to the top vote getter of each network" rule I implemented, the 5th & 6th highest nominated shows Fringe & Supernatural, actually came into the tourney as the 7th seed in both their respective draws. The top 6 seeds in every group went to network leaders, and thus, the 7th seeds were far more popular than their ratings might have suggested.
Unlike on the character side of the draw, most of the final 4 here were made up of challengers who were not the top seed. Only Game Of Thrones managed to make the final 4 & be a #1 seed as they competed against a #3 seed (Sanctuary) & the eventual finalists, the previously mentioned two #7 seeds Fringe & Supernatural.
Fringe & Supernatural making the finals were not too big of a shock to me, as I get a lot of traffic from fans of those shows to my site. With an incredibly hard road that included fights against finalist Supernatural, 2 #2 seeds "Castle" & "Burn Notice", as well as 2 #1 seeds, including Game Of Thrones & newfound powerhouse of online polls, Lost Girl, the eventual champs from the FOX network, Fringe prevailed against some pretty strong competitors.
The little show that could, Sanctuary, bucked almost every prediction I made for it, as fans of the show showed their support for the recently cancelled Syfy program & beat out the seemingly strong Nikita to make it to the final 4. I had several "I hope they do well" shows & the 1 that made it further than any other was "Community" before it eventually fell to the powerfull Game Of Thrones. An early fight with eventual winner Fringe thwarted the chance of "Castle" who went into the tourney ranked #2 in their group.
I dont think any tourney had more attempted cheating than this tourney. One obsessive IP proxy user in China actually went thru the trouble of voting 2,466 times in a 24hr span on 1 poll. A nuisance sure, but in the end, had no effect on the final results.
I am strongly considering doing a poll like this for all-time TV Characters.... but there will obviously be, some clear changes in how its handled.
Vote leaders per round
Round 1- 1) Lost Girl 1173, 2) Robot Chicken 964, 3) Chuck 464
Round 2- 1) Lost Girl 914, 2) Chuck 685, 3) Game Of Thrones 368
Round 3- 1) Lost Girl 546, 2) Fringe 506, 3) Burn Notice 487
Round 4- 1) Fringe 328, 2) Lost Girl 326, 3) Supernatural 232
Round 5- 1) Supernatural 222, 2) Fringe 208, 3) Sanctuary 194
(7) Fringe 404-303 (7) Supernatural
(7) Fringe 208-190 (1) Game Of Thrones
(7) Supernatural 222-194 (3) Sanctuary
(1) Game Of Thrones 196-179 (3) Community
(3) Sanctuary 212-121 (1) NCIS
(7) Supernatural 232-189 (1) Nikita
(7) Fringe 328-326 (1) Lost Girl
(1) NCIS 146-102 (13) Covert Affairs
(3) Community 125-122 (2) Rizzoli And Isles
(7) Fringe 506-487 (2) Burn Notice
(7) Supernatural 412-343 (3) The Walking Dead
(1) Lost Girl 546-412 (12) Chuck
(1) Game Of Thrones 277-140 (13) Warehouse 13
(1) Nikita 186-94 (4) The Listener
(3) Sanctuary 201-63 (2) Breaking In
(1) Nikita 517-72 (9) House MD
(3) The Walking Dead 50-30 (11) Unforgettable
(4) The Listener 33-28 (5) Justified
(7) Supernatural 146-52 (2) Dexter
(1) NCIS 72-50 (8) Person Of Interest
(2) Breaking In 106-78 (10) Leverage
(3) Sanctuary 47-38 (11) True Blood
(13) Covert Affairs 29-25 (12) Fairly Legal
(1) Game Of Thrones 368-253 (8) Once Upon A Time
(2) Rizzoli And Isles 185-156 (7) The Big Bang Theory
(3) Community 70-44 (11) The Office
(13) Warehouse 13 102-56 (12) Touch
(1) Lost Girl 914-57 (8) The Killing
(3) Burn Notice 106-97 (11) Doctor Who
(7) Fringe 357-228 (2) Castle
(12) Chuck 685-245 (4) Arctic Air
(1) NCIS 28-7 (16) Republic Of Doyle
(2) Breaking In 105-24 (15) CSI
(3) Sanctuary 22-6 (14) Family Guy
(8) Person Of Interest 19-15 (9) Criminal Minds
(10) Leverage 22-13 (7) How I Met Your Mother
(11) True Blood 17-9 (6) Mr. Young
(12) Fairly Legal 14-12 (5) Red Dwarf
(13) Covert Affairs 15-12 (4) Sherlock
(1) Nikita 464-46 (16) Law & Order SVU
(2) Dexter 24-21 (15) 30 rock
(3) The Walking Dead 24-15 (14) Homeland
(4) The Listener 20-15 (13) Falling Skies
(5) Justified 24-15 (12) Glee
(7) Supernatural 44-26 (10) Revenge
(9) House MD 35-26 (8) The Secret Circle
(11) Unforgettable 24-20 (6) Coronation Street
(1) Lost Girl 1173-964 (16) Robot Chicken
(2) Castle 137-134 (15) The Simpsons
(3) Burn Notice 111-92 (14) General Hospital
(4) Arctic Air 78-64 (13) Grey's Anatomy
(7) Fringe 175-106 (10) Psych
(8) The Killing 90-67 (9) The Vampire Diaries
(11) Doctor Who 87-35 (6) Hot In Cleveland
(12) Chuck 464-69 (5) The Client List
(1) Game Of Thrones 34-9 (16) Sons Of Anarchy
(2) Rizzoli And Isles 40-39 (15) The LA Complex
(3) Community 31-14 (14) Eastbound And Down
(7) The Big Bang Theory 42-12 (10) Hawaii Five-O
(8) Once Upon A Time 28-10 (9) 2 Broke Girls
(11) The Office 20-8 (6) Victorious
(12) Touch 18-15 (5) Children's Hospital
(13) Warehouse 13 27-25 (4) Futurama
2012 Favorite TV Character May Madness Tournament Winner is - Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" (played by Zoie Palmer)
In the Favorite TV Characther tournament there was not a lot of surprises after we got past the 1st round.
With the defeat of potential final 4 challenger Kate Beckett of Castle in round 1, I pretty early on was able to anticipate who the final 4 probably would be... and I wasnt far off.
The 2012 Favorite TV Character Poll winn Dr. Lauren Lewis of "Lost Girl" (played by Zoie Palmer) seemed to have very little competition throughout the tournament. Winning by totals of 1008, 1206, 317, 111 & 134 before her final victory by the closest margain of 55. Not until the final did she even have to compete against anyone in the top 4 seed of their group.
With my site having a large pressence of Supernatural, Fringe & Once Upon A Time fans I expected the total 6 characters from those 3 shows to compete long in this tourney.... and sure enough, 3 of the final 4 spots belonged to 2 of those programs, as Olivia Dunham from Fringe & Castiel & Dean Winchester from Supernatural made the final 4 against the other perennial powerhouse that I have learned to expect in these polls, Dr. Lauren Lewis of Lost Girl.
While I didnt expect Castiel in the final 4 (I expected a bigger fight on his hands with Emma Swan in Round 3), the other 3 in the final pairings didnt come as any shock, and the inevitable winner, Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" came as even less of a shock.
Like with any online voting based tournament.... there is always efforts to cheat. Yeah I dont know who would waste their time trying to circumvent rules for a site that gets on average less than 1,000 unique viewers a day... but, some do. This year I had some help from a friend on minimizing it (I am not naive enough to think there still wasnt SOME cheating...but overall, probably not enough to sway results too critically). The constant babysitting need of these polls in the later rounds has made me re-assess how to do these in the future.
As those of you who followed the event from the beginning know, after round 2 I changed from repeat voting being allowed to just 1 vote per person being allowed. While webiste traffic grew from this, vote numbers decreased (as was expected with the removal of people voting 100+ times in some instances). The 1st 3 rounds saw the same 2 characters lead in votes as Dean Winchester "Supernatural" & eventual winner Dr. Lauren Lewis were 1st & 2nd each round. Most amazing stat, Dean lead every round but the 1 he was eventually eliminated in.
I am strongly considering doing a poll like this for all-time TV Characters.... but there will obviously be, some clear changes in how its handled.
Vote leaders by round
Round 1- 1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 1404, 2) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl 1100, 3) Olivia Dunham "Fringe" 902
Round 2- 1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 1766, 2) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" 1512, 3) Temperence Brennan "Bones" 1067
Round 3- 1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 784, 2) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" 558, 3) Tyrion Lannister "Game Of Thrones" 418
Round 4- 1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 404, 2) Olivia Dunham "Fringe" 392, 3) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" 328
Round 5- 1) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl", 2) Olivia Dunham "Fringe" 245, 3) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 226
(1) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl 290-235 (1) Olivia Dunham "Fringe"
PLAYOFF ROUND 5
(1) Olivia Dunham "Fringe" 245-226 (1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural"
(1) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" 346-212 (15) Castiel "Supernatural"
PLAYOFF ROUND 4
(1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 404-226 (14) Dr. Arizona Robbins "Greys Anatomy"
(1) Olivia Dunham "Fringe" 392-248 (2) Parker "Leverage"
(15) Castiel "Supernatural" 219-205 (9) Stephen Holder "The Killing"
(1) Dr. Lauren Lewis 328-217 (6) The Doctor "Doctor Who"
PLAYOFF ROUND 3
(1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 784-418 (9) Tyrion Lannister "Game Of Thrones"
(2) Parker "Leverage" 126-81 (3) Daryl Dixon "The Walking Dead"
(6) The Doctor "Doctor Who" 103-90 (10) Temperence Brennan "Bones"
(9) Stephen Holder 76-70 (5) Abed Nadir "Community"
(1) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" 558-241 (5) John Reece "Person Of Interest
(1) Olivia Dunham "Fringe 402-156 (4) Dr. Helen Magnus "Sanctuary"
(14) Dr. Arizona Robbins "Grey's Anatomy" 217-151 (2) Alexandra Udinov "Nikita"
(15) Castiel "Supernatural" 346-212 (3) Emma Swan "Once Upon A Time"
PLAYOFF ROUND 2
(10) Temperence Brennan "Bones" 1067-945 (2) Eric Northman "True Blood"
(1) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" 1512-306 (8) Dr. Gregory House "House MD"
(5) John Reese "Person Of Interest" 94-80 (4) Auggie Anderson "Covert Affairs"
(6) The Doctor "Doctor Who" 87-79 (3) Kate Reed "Fairly Legal"
(2) Parker "Leverage" 114-86 (7) Emily Thorne "Revenge"
(1) Olivia Dunham "Fringe" 418-123 (8) Jesse Pinkman "Breaking Bad"
(4) Dr. Helen Magnus "Sanctuary" 211-190 (5) Michael Westen "Burn Notice"
(3) Daryle Dixon "The Walking Dead" 198-192 (11) Homer Simpson "The Simpsons"
(9) Stephen Holder "The Killing" 128-62 (16) Rumplestiltskin "Once Upon A Time"
(15) Castiel "Supernatural" 356-264 (7) Steve McGarrett "Hawaii Five-O"
(5) Abed Nadir "Community" 79-47 (13) Turanga Leela "Futurama"
(3) Emma Swan "Once Upon A Time" 145-46 (8) Oz "Breaking In"
(14) Dr. Arizona Robbins "Greys Anatomy" 278-64 (6) Max Black "2 Broke Girls"
(5) Tyrion Lannister "Game Of Thrones" 74-70 (4) Dexter Morgan "Dexter"
(2) Alexandra Udinov "Nikita" 576-244 (7) Barney Stinson "How I Met Your Mother"
(1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 1766-895 (8) Carrie Wells "Unforgettable"
PLAYOFF ROUND 1
(2) Alexandra Udinov "Nikita" 314-86 (15) Dalia Royce "Suburgatory"
(1) Dean Winchester "Supernatural" 1404-1102 (16) Annie Edison "Community"
(2) Parker "Leverage" 106-28 (16) Enoch "Nucky" Thompson "Boardwalk Empire"
(1) Olivia Dunham "Fringe" 902-165 (16) Dr. Walter Bishop "Fringe"
(15) Castel "Supernatural" 505-436 (2) Emily Prentiss "Criminal Minds"
(16) Rumplestiltskin "Once Upon A Time" 196-177 (1) Kate Beckett "Castle"
(2) Eric Northman "True Blood" 95-18 (15) Allan harper "2 & 1/2 Men"
(1) Dr. Lauren Lewis "Lost Girl" 1100-92 (16) Kenzi "Lost Girl"
(4) Dexter Morgan "Dexter" 12-2 (13) Jackson "Jax" Teller "Sons Of Anarchy"
(14) Dr. Arizona Robbins "Greys Anatomy" 20-14 (3) Dr. Sheldon Cooper "The Big Bang Theory"
(13) Turanga Leela "Futurama" 10-6 (4) Kate Murphy "Body Of Proof"
(3) Emma Swan "Once Upon A Time" 16-15 (14) Elena Gilbert "The Vampire Diaries"
(4) Auggie Anderson "Covert Affairs" 9-5 (13) Sue Sylvester "Glee"
(3) Kate Reed "Fairly Legal" 9-2 (14) Molly Flynn "Mike And Molly"
(4) Dr. Helen Magnus "Sanctuary" 33-7 "13) Horatio Caine "CSI: Miami"
(3) Daryl Dixon "The Walking Dead" 28-5 (14) Liz Lemon "30 Rock"
(5) John Reese "Person Of Interest" 24-12 (12) Mayor Adam West "Family Guy"
(6) The Doctor "Doctor Who" 15-8 (11) Eric Cartman "South Park"
(5) Abed Nadir "Community" 10-9 (12) Carrie Mathison "Homeland"
(6) Oz "Breaking In" 27-5 (11) Don Draper "Mad Men"
(5) Michael Westen "Burn Notice' 20-4 (12) Harriet Korn "Harrys Law"
(11) Homer Simpson "The Simpsons" 12-2 (6) Gabrielle Solis "Desperate Housewives"
(5) Tyrion Lannister "Game Of Thrones" 57-21 (12) Abby Sciuto "NCIS"
(6) Max Black "2 Broke Girls" 7-5 (11) Leslie Knope "Parks And Recreation"
(7) Emily Thorne - "Revenge" 18-6 (10) Alicia Florrick "The Good Wife"
(8) Jesse Pinkman "Breaking Bad" 12-8 (9) Raylan Givens "Justified"
(8) Dr. Gregory House "House" 41-10 (9) Sarah Sidle "CSI"
(7) Temperence Brennan "Bones" 18-15 (10) Shawn Spencer "Psych"
(7) Steve McGarrett "Hawaii Five-O" 29-6 (10) Julia Houston "Smash"
(9) Stephen Holder "The Killing" 12-10 (8) Mel Ivarsen "Arctic Air"
(8) Carrie Wells "Unforgettable" 20-8 (9) Jane Kerkovich-Williams "Happy Endings"
(7) Barney Stinson "How I Met Your Mother" 24-12 (10) Dwight K. Schrute "The Office"
The 2012 Leo Awards took place Friday & Saturday May 25th & 26th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
This was the 2nd consecutive year the historic Hotel Van housed the awards. Last year, they had the red carpet out on the very busy Georgia Street. While this was great for publicity for the awards, it was a major safety concern as traffic tends to zip by on there & there was several (including myself) instances last year of people needing to step out onto the street to walk by, thus risking their lives somewhat. The red carpet dominated about 4/5 of the sidewalk. This year, they went with a safer approach, which was too far in the other direction. They had the red carpet upstairs in a ballroom, 2 floors up... and while the public was allowed to wait around the check in counter outside the red carpet area, they were not allowed in this time to wait on the red carpet.....meaning, the ONLY red carpet pics this year, will be the very limited number that the very few reporters & bloggers who were accredited opt to put out there. This is IMHO a disservice to the nominees who often would appreciate any free press they can get, and the awards themselves.
For an event that has always been a very fan friendly event (even when those fans were protesting a show being cancelled, as was the case in 2007 with CBC series jPod), this was a small smudge on their image. Next year, I suspect they will need to work on a new design for how to have things. Even several of the nominees & presenters we chatted with seemed VERY dismayed and shocked at this turn of events.
The limited access this year however didnt stop the "in the know" people of the city, who figured out where we could go & made good of what we were given. When I got to the hotel, my friends from www.outlaw-hobbies.com told me the bad news & worse, 1 of my top 10 names that I wanted to get, was already in, Ben Cotton. I became a huge fan of the adult themed puppet mockumentary "Sunflower Hour" this past year when I saw it at the Vancouver International Film Festival. So I made a couple cast images to get signed, since most of them were expected to be there. But I had already missed Ben. I was then given the news "you can go upstairs, you just cant go inside... maybe he's hanging around up there" so I went up, didnt see him though.
I returned to the lobby, JUST IN TIME to see the next celeb roll in. "Sanctuary" star (Winner - Best Lead Male in a Feature Length Film) Ryan Robbins was coming in. We got Ryans attention & he proceeded to sign for us, and enthusiastically talk about his other project "Falling Skies" & he was asked about if he was going to be on AMC's "Hell On Wheels" & he wasnt sure if he could talk about it much but said yes. He was terrific as always, and quite candid & open as he told us about a pretty serious accident he had on the set of Sanctuary this past year that left him not doing well for a couple weeks.
After that we went back upstairs to see who we missed as several people seemed to come in. I 1st managed to get another "Sunflower Hour" star (winner - Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Length Film) Johannah Newmarch. Upon seeing my cast item I was working on, she went inside & found Ben Cotton for me. Ben signed and chatted about the movie & how much fun it was to do. I asked him if he had any other projects on the go, and he told me not currently... so dear god, SOMEONE, give this brilliant acting specimen a regular gig. He was 1 of the few shining lights from Hellcats.
It didnt take long before things started rolling along at a pretty frequent pace. Next up was "Vampire Diaries" star (nominee - Best Lead Actress in a Feature Length Film - Hannah's Law) Sara Canning, now a member of Vancouver shot series "Primeval New World". She signed for me & the others there, and stopped to chat a bit with a couple people. She was 1 of the bigger people I was hoping for, so it was exciting to get her out of the way early on.
Then things became a scramble. I might have (some/much) of this out of order. At some point, I got "The Killing" star (nominee - Best Lead Actress in a Feature Length Film - Sisters & Brothers) Kacey Rohl. Like Johannah & Ben prior, she had just great things to say about doing the film Sunflower Hour and loved the pics I had. Around that same time, another "The Killing" & "SGU" star (nominee - Best Lead Actor in a Feature Length Film - Sunflower Hour ) came by, Patrick Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore was his usual jovial self. He willingly signed what we had and chatted with us for a bit. Sometime a little later a bunch of the cast of "Sunflower Hour" came back out & right towards where I was... seemed they were trying to help me get Ben Cotton's autograph, but I already had him. They then stopped and by this point a few other autograph collectors had made their way upstairs, and there was new people looking for autographs from the likes of Patrick Gilmore. While that was going on, I was introduced to Aaron Houston (nominee - Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Film - Sunflower Hour) and had him also sign my cast poster photo. I then asked him when it might get a DVD release, he said "soon" and I told him I have been impatiently waiting for it, as I have wanted to see it again. He promised it should be "in the next couple of months in the States, then up here" for a DVD release, which I was a tad disappointed to hear, but long as its out SOMEWHERE, I wouldnt groan too much where I got it from at this point. One of the last people I would get was Peter New (nominee Best Supporting Actor in a feature length film) to sign my Sunflower Hour item, leaving it completed by the main cast, minus Amitai Marmorstein (who was not there).
The most bizaare event of the evening, and if it were not for Robin Dunne dropping his pants on Georgia Street last year, I would suggest strangest moment in my history at the Leo Awards, Patrick Gilmore signed the stomach of 1 of the local autograph hounds after they chatted about his tattoos, which included 1 from a Harlem Globetrotter who had signed his arm & he had it tattooed over. Patrick even had Ben Cotton photograph the event while his guest/date this evening, the often entertaining in her own right, @KeepinltLeal (1/3 of the entertainingly odd "music" group "Coupla Hot Chicks...Maybe 3") stood by probably regretting getting dressed up for such an affair as she witnessed Patrick sipping champagne while signing a guys body. In typical Gilmore fashion, it became of course, a tweet of his https://twitter.com/PatrickGilmore/status/206546263917862912 in the documentation of his evening that he tweeted that evening (Seriously, if you dont follow him on twitter.... do it, more often than not, entertaining tweets) as he showed the world the adventures he was having (really, Patrick is 1 of twitters best celebrity tweeters 93.5% of the time). Only at the Leo Awards would you see a nominee for Best actor in a feature movie sign the chest of a male fan while drinking champagne & then have that said actor boast about it on twitter... this is why the Leos are 1 of my favorite events annually.
As the evening went on, eventually we would nab several of the "Sanctuary" cast as they showed up for the shows big last hurrah at the awards. Outside of Ryan Robbins, we also got Christopher Heyerdahl (Winner - Best Performance in a Youths or Childrens Program - The Haunting Hour) to sign, and he said he's really enjoying working on the AMC series "Hell On Wheels". Robin Dunne (nominee - Best Actor in a Drama Series) would come by a bit later, and although he seemed rushed (he was 1 of the awards hosts as well as nominee) stopped to sign for those there. Emilie Ullerup (nominee - Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Arctic Air) also took the time to stop and sign (finally) which was a big relief for me, after I tried to get her at a fan expo not that long ago but was told from her she cant sign there for free, and I suggested how about the Leo Awards & she said sure if she is nominated. So in the end, it all worked out. One of the last people to show up was Amanda Tapping (nominee - Best Actress in a Drama Series) and she still had the time to stop & sign for everyone. Agam Darshi was also there, but I had nothing for her and watched as she signed for a couple other people who did have things for her.
With "Hiccups" being nominated for a few awards, former "Corner Gas" stars Brent Butt & Nancy Robertson were there of course. Butt seemed a bit hesitant to sign at first, but eventually stopped and did so, while Nancy stood there for the mostpart watching her husband sign for everyone till 1 of the other hounds came up with a Hiccups photo. Shortly after, I got wedged my way by Brent (we were standing in a very crowded confined space near a wall) to go get Nancy as well. She was so amazed by my "Dead Like Me" photo I had she almost forgot to sign it. Everytime I have pulled a DLM photo on someone, they have been amazed by them.
"Arctic Air" had several reps there, besides Ullerup, Carmen Moore (nominee - Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) was asked by a few fans to sign & she did so happily, while I tracked down Stephen Lobo (nominee - Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series & Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Length Film). Sadly, Kevin McNulty, the only cast member I actually needed (on my Robson Arms cast items) wasnt there. Somehow, we never saw Pascale Hutton, even though she was apparently there.
I saw "Once Upon A Time" cast members "Blue Fairy" Keegan Connor Tracy (nominee - Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series) & "Hansel" Quinn Lord (nominee - Best Actor in Short Drama Film - Last Christmas) there as well, but I had nothing for Keegan, and didnt see Quinn till it was too late.
I saw "Robson Arms" & "Once Upon A Tiime" star Gabrielle Rose. I asked her for an autograph & she was willing to sign, but it was going to take me a few moments to figure out where the item was (by this point, things had been pulled out of my binder, moved, misplaced etc) and said I would get her after she checked in. UNFORTUNATELY, they sent her along the table till she was right at the door, and once out of sight, I was also out of mind, and missed my chance. I saw "The Killing" star Tyler Johnston as he was heading in & didnt have time to get him to sign the item I got for him. I saw another "The Killing" star Brandon Jay McLaren show up, but had nothing for him sadly, although I wish I had the "Tucker & Dale VS Evil" photo 1 of the others had.
All in all, almost 40 autographs at this years Leo Awards made it a venture worth my time. my nearly complete Sunflower Hour poster photo (gonna have to track down Amitai Marmorstein now) being my favorite item of the evening.
I will do a report on the actual winners (actors and films/shows... and maybe a couple others) soon.
Here is some of the pics of the evenings successes and adventures.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.