20- Getting Jerry Seinfeld two nights in a row
TV icon & comedian Jerry Seinfeld came to Vancouver for a couple shows this past summer on his current tour.
I have gotten Mr. Seinfeld before, and really, if it were not for hearing a few horror stories from around the continent, I likely wouldnt be including him in my top 20 for this past year.
Jerry had 2 shows here & it was night & day for how he acted after each show. Going in he told us "get me after the show". So we came back after the show & Mr. Seinfeld signed a moderate handful, but got far from everyone. Many went away empty handed as the funnyman signed for a handful before leaving. I managed 1 that night but was hoping for more. So I went back the 2nd night.
The encore night was much better, as Mr. Seinfeld stood outside for about 5 minutes signing, and everyone ran out of items. Another 3 for me the second evening took away the disappointment of the day prior.
It was after me reporting on getting him that I was made aware that several people had been shut out by him in other cities recently. He has apparently been elusive at venues where the option to get in unconfronted is an option. I heard from others at the city right after here, this was the case there as well.... which made me all the more thankful that he played a venue with only outside entrances.
With 2011 just around the corner, a new batch of bests should arise by the end of the year. With the likes of Mission Impossible 4, Twilight Breaking Dawn, Underworld 4 & Superman already slated for here, and the rumour that part of Die Hard 5 might come here, big names will certainly be in stock in Vancity in 2011. But, just like this past year many stars were here, its rarely the case of the big names that garner the best attention. The few times they do, they are worth noting though.
19- Benji & Joel Madden of Good Charlotte at the airport.
This past summer, the brother from Good Charlotte came to Vancouver for some hanging out time.
For a long time they were considered terrible signers, and we had not heard anything recent about them, so we prepared for the worst. My friend who got the tip of them coming in was hesitant to get too many things (which for him is rare), but I hastily raced to various used CD stores to get stuff for them.
Total, there was 5-6 hounds there all with CDs at the ready. All with blue sharpies, and proof cams at the ready. The old GC I had heard about would have snapped at such a scenario. I have heard on multiple occasions in multiple cities, the band arguing & even being physically aggressive towards hounds. So we were prepared for the worst.
Instead, we got a friendly, meek & personable Benji & Joel. They not only signed, they did multiples without complaint. A situation NONE of us expected, but were all happy to partake in.
18 - Getting 3X Olympic Gold Medal winner Hayley Wickenheiser at her tournament
Sure, I know, I got like a dozen Hayley's at the Olympics. So whats the deal with getting her 1 more time thats so special?
Well, first, theres the fact that it was after Olympic photos were out, thus giving us a good chance to get autographs from her on items from the 2010 games. The games that will, because of where they were, always be the most special to me. Second, it is 1 of my favorite athletes of all time, so I am always finding new things I want to get done.
But what topped that was how cool she was about it & how she essentially held up her speaking engagement to sign for the group of us. She had an autograph session in a hotel that was housing her & some of the teams playing in her tournament. It was open to the public, so a handful of us went. Hayley the day prior had told 2 of the hounds to "bring everything tomorrow" & they did. I only came with 5 items and soon felt grossly underprepared as I watched my friends roll about 20 & 50 items each on her.
Hayley did it all, said she didnt care what they were doing with it & even suggested she hoped they got good $ for it, and chatted at length with us in between piles. She took photos with my friends & their kids with her Gold medal.
At the end, my friends both gave her collections, 1 in CD form, and 1 in actual print form of many of her greatest moments. She had apparently told them the day before that she had not seen much or any of the items they had... so they both did different things to show their appreciation to her. As you can imagine, she was thoroughly impressed & thankful.
I dont know how many sports you can find where the undisputed best player of all time in that sport would sit down & sign 50 items for someone, without complaining and expecting nothing back.
17- Vancouver actors going to & coming back from Comic-Con
Every year a variety of Vancouver based shows send a few of their cast to San Diego for the annual Comic-Con event.
This gives Vancouver autographers a good chance to clean up on some of the more elusive of casts. Shows like Smallville, Stargate Universe & Sanctuary, who primarily shoot in studios are easier to find when there is only 1 flight in & out of town (granted some did take connecting flights thru other places.)
A literal plethora of action happened going in & coming out. From Smallville, we got the likes of Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, and Tower Prep/Smallville cutie Elise Gatien. From Fringe we got Anna Torv, Blair Brown, Lance Reddick & Jasika Nicole (also saw Josh Jackson & John Noble, but neither were too receptive on departures). Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki were terrific on departures, as was Sanctuary star Amanda Tapping returning. We also saw a few others from shows I was not prepared for like Eureka & Psych.
There was plenty to get, and often, you would miss 1 person getting another as they would come & go in groups. But in the end, it was still worth the effort, as there are no less than 5 people from that weekend that I got that I have not been able to get since.
16- Getting Lady Gaga after a show
Lady Gaga did 2 shows in Vancouver this past summer. The first night, she signed for everyone outside after the show.
I am not going to sit here & tell you I was "really excited" or "thrilled" to get her, or even that she was coming. Personally, I think shes grossly overhyped. That being said, I really had to respect the P.R. job she did after her first show here. She signed, signed some more & didnt care what the item was or who was handing it to her.
With the venues security actually trying to prevent me from getting an autograph, she reached for my item with a seeming purpose as to say "I dont care. Just hand it to me". She signed without hesitation for several minutes, and didnt shy away from the flashes of cameras.
Although she was less willing to sign the 2nd day, the 2 time Grammy Award winning artist was still a willing signer the day after her show & the night of the 1st show. For someone of her status, at the peak of her career, to sign 2 out of 3 days is pretty decent.
With 2 autographs on the trip, I consider her trip to Vancouver a success.
15- Getting Tom Welling... TWICE
In the 10th season of Smallville I have gotten Tom Welling to sign TWICE. In the 9 seasons prior- ZERO.
Long regarded as the worst signer in Vancouver, Welling this season has quite literally gone into a signing frenzy.... if you count about 8-10 autographs this season a frenzy. Prior to this season I only knew 2 people who had got the current Clark Kent in this town. Suddenly, this year I know of 4 people who have gotten him now... funny enough, each of us have got him on multiple occasions.
My first epic shocking moment came back in late July, only a week earlier Mr. Welling had outright denied me... as he had many times prior over the years. So I was not expecting a change in results...but this time, there was a good luck charm in tow I didnt know about. See, Tom was coming back from a trip to L.A. with Matt Barr, a cast member from the TV show Hellcats that Tom produces. Matt as I will tell you later, is quite chummy with us. So when I saw him with Tom, I was hopeful that maybe Matt's persona would rub off on Tom.
I broke the ice with "will you sign TONIGHT Tom" *emphasising the tonight to remind him that just a week earlier he turned me down standing in practically the same spot* with a somewhat unimpressed roll of the eyes, he reached over, grabbed the pen & signed. I was in shock for a minute or two. I walked over and snapped a quick photo of Matt & Tom going their seperate ways, then joked with Matt as he left that he was my good luck charm. I got him on a magazine that i had, no joke, carried with me on & off for TEN YEARS.
Proof Matt is my good luck charm would come a bit later in the summer/fall when at an event for the Smallville's 200th episode party, Matt was in attendance and wouldnt you know it, Tom signed for everyone that waited it out that night...all 4 of us. It was without a doubt, the largest "autograph session" Tom has done for any experienced autograph hounds in Vancouver ever.
14- Jensen Ackles, almost any given weekend.
When the biggest star of a hit TV show comes thru an airport, they expect some level of notoriety. Some handle it poorly, some handle it well.
Jensen Ackles, for the mostpart, handles it quite well. The man who plays the sharp tongued Dean Winchester on Supernatural has been quite good about the growing attention this past couple years. For the first 4-5 yrs here, him & his castmates came thru Vancouver with little to no attention on them most days. now, any given weekend, odds are, there will be at least 1 person out there waiting for them.
To top it off, the recently crowned "Best Lead actor in a drama" on the highly popular SpoilerTV polls is not just willing with signatures & photos with, but he is quite willing to give an opinion on most anything if asked. In fact, I have on multiple occasions have opted not to post things hes said, because I didnt know if its something that might come back to bite him in the ass later if the wrong people in the wrong position were to read it.
It was the attitudes of Ackles & his co-star Jared Padalecki that have made me a fan of the show. I started watching it because of them, and found it to be one of the best shows on....but I never would have given it a chance, if it werent for their off screen actions.
13- Steven Segal signing day after day
A lot of actors who are iconic names tend to be grumpy as their star fades. Steven Segal is not one of those people.
The action icon has been in Vancouver for awhile doing a show/series of movies. In the early days of shooting, he was staying at a local hotel, and would be seen at least once or twice a day on average. Every time, he would willingly sign for whoever asked. Even those who he knew he had already signed for.
Since moving to a permanant residence, he has not been seen around much, but for his efforts in the early days of shooting here, Segal earns a spot on the list.
12- The cast of Hellcats around town.
Sure, Ashley Tisdale is a bit unfriendly at times, but she does show flashes of niceness. Her aside, the cast of the new CW show Hellcats is pretty great.
Aly Michalka (along with her now guest starring sister AJ) is the real star of the show, and her off screen personality is absolutely spectacular. With the exception of 1 evening recently, she always seems up to the task of signing, chatting or taking photos with whoever is asking, regardless how many times she knows shes seen them.
Matt Barr has been elusive in the past few months, but when he is seen around, he is a willing signer & chatter. Barr is one of the few stars who if he sees a hound or pap will make the effort to give a head nod or a hello before you see him. He also holds the distinction of being at the same place on BOTH occasions where I got Tom Welling this past year.... so hes also a good luck charm it would seem.
Heather Hemmens is quite pleasant. Says alot about her acting that she can pull of the ruthless Alice character after you meet her. Sweet & friendly, Hemmens has been known to be so nice that she was still signing for me, while a driver (not even HER personal driver, but a hired one by Ms. Tisdale) was grabbing at her arm trying to make her go.
Robbie Jones seems to always be all smiles. Recently upon returning from California, he was spotted by a larger than usual group & willingly signed for everyone & joked about how cold it was here & that he wasnt used to the weather.
As a unit, this cast has been great. The few minor souring experiences with Ashley are more than made up for by Michalka, Barr, Hemmens & Jones.
11- Getting Misha Collins on the set of Supernatural
There is an unwritten, enforced rule on the set of Supernatural. Dont ask people for autographs there.
While this rule is predominantly enforced on the regulars for the shows two top stars Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles, its implied on everyone with the rest of the cast as well.
So I was more than excited when I had the lucky break of being able to get Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel on the show, on set, in wardrobe. It was my first time meeting Collins with items to get signed. I had met the man 1 time prior, the season before, but was not yet aware of who he was, since I hadnt got to that point in the show yet.
Another hound broke the ice, by encroaching into the area where Misha was, and with approval from Mr. Collins, we were allowed to wait for him as he came out of a tent to sign for us. After he signed, he chatted for a bit, and took a photo with me, in his Castiel wardrobe, then went back to the set.
A couple of unamused glares from the security on the set mostly rolled off me as I was sincerely excited to get the 1 main cast member from the show that had eluded me to that point.
Since then I have gotten him a couple more times, but that first meeting with him was the most memorable for the situation & how he dealt with it.
When I started this, I wasnt too sure that many more people than those who already know about this site would vote. But, a couple large voting campaigns for House, Smallville, Private Practice & Warehouse 13, helped leave some shows & people out of the finals that I assumed probably would be in.
Throughout the nominations section, I kept adding people to the ballots who had incredibly large write in campaigns. There was 4 such individuals. 3 in the actors category, where Jensen Ackles, Tom Welling & David Blue all gained such a massive early write in vote response I was compelled to add them for no other reason than so I didnt have to read thru more than there already were of their write in votes when the polls closed. Erica Durance was added to the actress side. There were over 130 write in votes that were properly cast. Another couple dozen that were miscast (Smallville for Best character?? Really??)
A total of 72,739 registered votes were tallied. Another 23,861 votes were disqualified because of the Automated voting scam that likely alienated some voters early on when they would see the results & think "whats the use trying... X has 85% of the vote already". Another 406 votes were uncounted due to being in the wrong categories. A total of 98,006 votes were made.
My own unofficial count thru twitter & manual marks I left myself showed that there was a total of 30 different leaders & even more lead changes in the 7 categories, including some who would in the end, not even make it to the final ballots.
4 (comedy- 1 that did not make the finals),
3 (New show)
4 (Drama/action - 1 that did not make the finals)
6 (actress- 2 that did not make the finals)
7 (actor- 4 that did not make the finals)
The most voted on categories were Best Sci-Fi Show, Most entertaining or fascinating character & Best Actor. All of which garnered over 15000 votes each. Smallville received the most votes by any nominee for its Best Sci-Fi nod with 5620 votes. There was 16 nominees who received over 1000 votes, including all 5 finalists in the Sci-Fi category.
There were a few close races as well
Final spot for the Comedy award went to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia...who earned it with a 17 vote margain over Modern Family.
Julianna Margulies beat out Glenn Close for the final spot in the actress voting by a mere 9 votes.
While poor Dexter Morgan lost out on making the finals in the character category by 1 single vote to Amy Farrah Fowler.
Jeffrey Donovan, Michael C Hall & Neil Patrick Harris did not make it to the finals for Best Actor, because of write in campaigns for Ackles, Welling & Blue. Ms. Close can claim the same disappointment in Best actress voting.
The smallest vote total to get a spot was It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia in the Comedy section, with only 216.
So, without further analyzing...here it is.... the final totals for the Nomination section of the Best Of TV 2010 Awards.
(Finals start December 27,2010)
Best Comedy Program - 2397 registered votes
1- THE BIG BANG THEORY 456 votes
2- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 386
3- COMMUNITY 258
4- GLEE 230
5- IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA 216
6- MODERN FAMILY 199
7- 2 & A 1/2 MEN 175
8- THE SIMPSONS 149
9- FAMILY GUY 134
10- THE OFFICE 100
11- 30 ROCK 67
Cougar Town (11)
The League (4)
American Dad (2)
Parks and Recreation
Best New Show in 2010 - 2647 registered votes
1- HAWAII FIVE-O 488 votes
2- HELLCATS 455
3- NIKITA 397
4- THE WALKING DEAD 395
5- NO ORDINARY FAMILY 283
6- BLUE BLOODS 241
7- CONAN 188
8- RAISING HOPE 98
9- LOUIE 50
10- RUBICON 35
Pretty Little Liars (2)
The Event (2)
Mike and Molly
Best Action/Drama of 2010 - 4897 registered votes
1- HOUSE MD 1540 votes
2- DEXTER 565
3- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 512
4- BURN NOTICE 489
5- CRIMINAL MINDS 391
6- GREYS ANATOMY 328
7- LAW & ORDER SVU 244
8- MAD MEN 160
9- GOSSIP GIRL 154
10- BOARDWALK EMPIRE 148
11- TRUE BLOOD 145
12- C.S.I 110
Sons of Anarchy (62)
Private Practice (10)
Life Unexpected (3)
The Good Wife (2)
White Collar (2)
write in votes with 1 vote each
Lie to me
Best Sci-Fi show in 2010 - 18040 regestered votes
1- SMALLVILLE 5620
2- SUPERNATURAL 5592
3- WAREHOUSE 13 3885
4- STARGATE UNIVERSE 1259 votes
5- FRINGE 1081
6- V (THE VISITORS) 242
7- SANCTUARY 231
8- EUREKA 65
9- FLASH FORWARD 61
BEST ACTRESS in 2010 - 12780 registered votes
1- Lisa Edelstein - HOUSE 4274 votes
2- Erica Durance- SMALLVILLE 3434
3- Kate Walsh- PRIVATE PRACTICE 2266
4- Anna Torv- FRINGE 824
5- Anna Paquin- TRUE BLOOD 242
6- Julianna Margulies- THE GOOD WIFE 231
7- Glenn Close- DAMAGES 222
8- Maggie Q- NIKITA 204
9- Tina Fey- 30 ROCK 186
10- Alyson Hannigan- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 173
11- Lea Michele- GLEE 144
12- Mariska Hargitay- LAW & ORDER SVU 127
13- Jane Lynch- GLEE 122
14- Sandra Oh- GREYS ANATOMY 99
15- Kyra Sedgewick- THE CLOSER 96
Alaina Huffman - STARGATE UNIVERSE (33)
Ming-Na - STARGATE UNIVERSE (23)
Beth Riesgraf - LEVERAGE (19)
Kaley Cuoco - THE BIG BANG THEORY (9)
Julia Benson - STARGATE UNIVERSE (8)
Amanda Tapping - SANCTUARY (5)
Courtney Cox - COUGAR TOWN (5)
Melissa Rauch - THE BIG BANG THEORY (4)
GRACE PARK - HAWAII 5-O (3)
Jennifer Morrison - HOUSE (3)
Mayim Bialik - THE BIG BANG THEORY (2)
Emily Deschanel - BONES (2)
Jennifer Carpenter - DEXTER (2)
Amy Poehler - PARKS AND RECREATION (2)
write in votes with 1 vote each
Gabrielle Anwar - BURN NOTICE
Allison Mack - SMALLVILLE
Alessandra Toressani - CAPRICA
Elyse Levesque - STARGATE UNIVERSE
Jorja Fox - CSI
Nina Dobrev - THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Paget Brewster - CRIMINAL MINDS
Caterina Scorsone - PRIVATE PRACTICE
Connie Britton - FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Sela Ward - CSI:NY
Kelly MacDonald - BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Anna Silk - LOST GIRL
Alison Brie - COMMUNITY
Gina Bellman - LEVERAGE
Yvonne Strahovski - CHUCK
AJ Cook - CRIMINAL MINDS
BEST ACTOR in 2010 - 15111 registered votes
1- Hugh Laurie- HOUSE 4081 votes
2- Jensen Ackles - SUPERNATURAL 3897
3- Taye Diggs- PRIVATE PRACTICE 2624
4- Tom Welling - SMALLVILLE 1109
5- John Noble- FRINGE 697
6- David Blue - STARGATE UNIVERSE 387
7- Jeffrey Donovan- BURN NOTICE 355
8- Michael C Hall- DEXTER 341
9- Neil Patrick Harris- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 287
10- Ian Somerhalder- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 242
11- Bruce Campbell- BURN NOTICE 240
12- Jim Parsons- THE BIG BANG THEORY 215
13- Robert Carlyle- STARGATE UNIVERSE 144
14- Jon Hamm- MAD MEN 72
15- Matthew Morrison- GLEE 59
16- Steve Carell- THE OFFICE 56
17- Steve Buscemi- BOARDWALK EMPIRE 48
18- Bryan Cranston- BREAKING BAD 35
Jared Padalecki - SUPERNATURAL (125)
Louis Ferreira- STARGATE UNIVERSE (45)
Robbie Jones - HELLCATS (10)
Thomas Gibson - CRIMINAL MINDS (5)
Timothy Hutton - LEVERAGE (5)
Misha Collins - SUPERNATURAL (5)
Joshua Jackson - FRINGE (3)
Chris Colfer - GLEE (2)
Robert Sean Leonard - HOUSE (2)
Matthew Gubler - CRMINAL MINDS (2)
all with 1 vote each
Eric Dane - GREYS ANATOMY
Patrick Dempsey - GREYS ANATOMY
Tim Roth - LIE TO ME
Christian Kane - LEVERAGE
Tim Daly - PRIVATE PRACTICE
Peter Kelamis- STARGATE UNIVERSE
Tracy Morgan - 30 ROCK
Scott Caan - HAWAII FIVE- O
Justin Hartley - SMALLVILLE
Jim Beaver - SUPERNATURAL
Zachary Levi - CHUCK
Paul Wesley - THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Johnny Galecki - THE BIG BANG THEORY
Christopher Meloni - LAW & ORDER SVU
Brent Butt - HICCUPS
Alec Baldwin - 30 ROCK
Josh Charles - THE GOOD WIFE
Michael Pitt - BOARDWALK EMPIRE
Sasha Roiz - CAPRICA
Most entertaining & fascinating character of 2010 - 16867 registered votes
1- Dean Winchester- SUPERNATURAL 4791 votes
2- Sam Winchester- SUPERNATURAL 2338
3- Dr. Gregory House- HOUSE 1679
4- Castiel- SUPERNATURAL 1637
5- Lois Lane- SMALLVILE 769
6- Oliver McQueen/Green Arrow- SMALLVILLE 684
7- Crowley- SUPERNATURAL 536
8- Eli Wallace- STARGATE UNIVERSE 488
9- Michael Westen- BURN NOTICE 314
10- Barney Stinson- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 303
11- Dr. Walter Bishop- FRINGE 288
12- Parker- LEVERAGE 286
13- Sam Axe- BURN NOTICE 257
14- Sheldon Cooper- THE BIG BANG THEORY 257
15- Amy Farrah Fowler- THE BIG BANG THEORY 218
16- Dexter Morgan- DEXTER 217
17- Damon Salvatore- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 197
18- Marti Perkins- HELLCATS 160
19- Charlie Harper- 2 & 1/2 MEN 154
20- Dr. Spencer Reid- CRIMINAL MINDS 122
21- Charlie Kelly- ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA 120
22- Agent Olivia Dunham- FRINGE 118
23- Dr. Nicholas Rush- STARGATE UNIVERSE 118
24- Patrick Jane- THE MENTALIST 111
25- Agent Astrid Farnsworth- FRINGE 110
26- Ari Gold- ENTOURAGE 104
27- Alec Hardison- LEVERAGE 101
28- Penelope Garcia- CRIMINAL MINDS 85
29- Alice Verdura- HELLCATS 82
30- Robin Scherbatsky- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 63
31- Howard Wolowitz- THE BIG BANG THEORY 62
32- Sue Sylvester- GLEE 59
33- Lumen Ann Pierce- DEXTER 55
34- Nathan Ford- LEVERAGE 54
35- Stephen Colbert- THE COLBERT REPORT 52
36- Joseph Quinn- DEXTER 44
37- Liz Lemon- 30 ROCK 41
38- Dr. Christina Yang- GREYS ANATOMY 41
39- Lily Aldrin- HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 41
40- Nikita- NIKITA 31
41- Dwight K. Schrute- THE OFFICE 29
42- Lux Cassidy- LIFE UNEXPECTED 28
43- Rachel Berry- GLEE 26
44- Don Draper- MAD MEN 26
45- Walter White- BREAKING BAD 17
'Other' Answers (total write in votes)
Col. Everett Young - STARGATE UNIVERSE (39)
Penny - THE BIG BANG THEORY (14)
Dr Addison Montgomery - PRIVATE PRACTICE (14)
Fiona Glenanne - BURN NOTICE (8)
Clark Kent- SMALLVILLE (7)
Eliot Spencer - LEVERAGE (6)
Kurt Hummel- GLEE (6)
Peter Bishop- FRINGE (4)
Dr. Lisa Cuddy - HOUSE (4)
Dr. Helen Magnus - Sanctuary (3)
Jo Harvelle - SUPERNATURAL (3)
Savannah Monroe - Hellcats (2)
Bobby Singer - SUPERNATURAL (2)
Temprance Brennan - BONES (2)
all with 1 vote each
Kat - THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Louie C.K. - LOUIE
Zoe Greystone - CAPRICA
Abed - COMMUNITY
Chuck Bartowski - CHUCK
Eric Cartman - SOUTH PARK
Jack Donaghy - 30 ROCK
Derek Morgan - CRIMINAL MINDS
Jules Cobb - COUGAR TOWN
Pete Wilder - PRIVATE PRACTICE
Richard Castle - CASTLE
Cal Lightman - LIE TO ME
Danny Williams - HAWAII FIVE-O
Patty Hewes - DAMAGES
Nikola Tesla - SANCTUARY
Chloe Sullivan - SMALLVILLE
Jane Bingum/Deb - DROP DEAD DIVA
Matt Passmore - THE GLADES
Jim Halpert - THE OFFICE
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.