The Best Action/Drama Program of 2011 as voted by you the fans was.. Castle.
This year, the ABC show Castle did something that no other show did. It won every category in its genre. While other shows dominated their genres as well, only Castle can lay claim to winning best show, best actor & best actress honours in its said genre. The crime drama about a murder mystery writer & his character inspiration for his new series of books, a homicide detective in New York City has been on the air for 4 years now & seems to only be getting stronger. The cocky, smart & smug writer, Richard Castle has faced lots of battles in his 4 yrs of unofficially fighting crimes, none more prominent however than the battle of winning over his partner, the sometimes sharp tongue & sharper witted Det. Kate Beckett. They have been shot at multiple times, pushed, punched, nearly frozen to death & even almost fed to a tiger. Yet the unlikely crime fighting duo manage to keep going. The secondary characters on the show have become stronger as well, Castles mother Martha & daughter Alexis are brilliant, bringing a level of zany & wisdom that makes Castle who he is. The other detectives in the 12th Precinct Esposito & Ryan have themselves added texture to the show. Its appeal is understandable, and it is no shock to me it won.
"Castle" dominated voting in this category. Its closest competitor "Criminal Minds" was well back, nearly 300 votes back. 3rd place "House" was in 2nd for much of the voting, but slipped to 3rd on the final day. 4th place was last years Best Drama winner "Dexter". 5th was "Grey's Anatomy" who started strong, but faded 1/2 way thru voting. 6th was "Leverage" just slightly ahead of 7th place "The Mentalist". In 8th "Hawaii Five-O" beat out 9th place "CSI" by 1 vote, and rounding out the finalists was "Burn Notice"
Final Vote results
Criminal Minds 466
Grey's Anatomy 390
The Mentalist 296
Hawaii Five-O 230
Burn Notice 217
The Best Actor in an Action/Drama of 2011 as voted by you the fans was.. Nathan Fillion - Castle.
Like his co-star in the actress category, Nathan Fillion won over the fans this year as the smooth talking, smart ass, rich murder mystery drama writer who is shadowing a homicide detective for inspiration for his next series of novels. Like with many characters, it is hard to imagine anyone else now playing the part of Richard Castle. Nathan has made that character come to life for some many the way his fictional characters fictional characters seem to come to life to his fans on the show thru his fictional characters writing.
Nathan won fairly handily. His runner up "House" star Hugh Laurie did close the gap in the final days, but still came up well short. Further back in 3rd was "Game Of Thrones" star Sean Bean, narrowly beating 4th place "Once Upon A Time" star Robert Carlyle. 5th place for "Criminal Minds" Matthew Gray Gubler, 6th was "Game Of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage, 7th went to another "Criminal Minds" star Shemar Moore, beating out the 3rd "Criminal Minds" star Thomas Gibson. 9th was "Burn Notice" star Jeffrey Donova, rounding out the finalists was last years Best Actor runner up "Private Practice" star Taye Diggs.
This category was the only category The Big Bang Theory didnt win in the comedy genre.
Final vote results
Nathan Fillion "Castle" 754
Hugh Laurie "House" 612
Sean Bean "Game Of Thrones" 353
Robert Carlyle "Once Upon A Time" 336
Matthew Gray Gubler "Criminal Minds" 317
Peter Dinklage "Game Of Thrones" 289
Shemar Moore "Criminal Minds" 269
Thomas Gibson "Criminal Minds" 211
Jeffrey Donovan "Burn Notice" 192
Taye Diggs "Private Practice" 131
The Best "Supporting" Actress of 2011 as voted by you the fans was.. Julia Maxwell -Supernatural.
Our supporting actress & actor awards had a little different style to it than the mainstream supporting acting awards. Ours was based on appearances, not screen-time. This gave several characters who otherwise might get ignored for their roles, a chance to win for their work. Julia Maxwell as "Eve" on the last season of Supernatural was a little bit of a surprise to me, even as an SPN fan. As voting wound down, it seemed the SPN fans rallied behind many of their finalists, voting for anyone attached to the show. Maxwell was in a very close race with How I Met Your Mother challenger Jennifer Morrison for much of the voting, each leapfrogging the other several times. In the last 2 days, Ms. Maxwell was down by 10 votes, but the SPN fans rallied late in the voting to grab her a win.
Julia narrowly beat out runner up Jennifer Morrison from "How I Met Your Mother". Well back in 3rd was a tie between Jayne Atkinson "Criminal Minds" & Charlyne Yi "House. A similar battle for the final 2 spots was playing out till the last day in voting when "The Killing" star Kacey Rohl, who was last by 3 votes just 48 hrs earlier, pulled away on "Hellcats" Magda Apanowicz in the final day of voting.
This was 1 of the more interesting categories to me, as the high traffic volume I get on this site for Vancouver based shows really seemed to define the finalists. There was a finalist from a cancelled show, another finalist from a show whose only other finalist was another supporting acting category, and the winner was from a show, where her role was, to many fans, not overly relevant..and they all have ties to Vancouver. Add in the runner up is now on a Vancouver based show, and it really shows how my coverage of Vancouver based shows kind of defines the average viewers of my site.
This award also goes down this year as the NARROWEST margain of victory this year. 14 votes.
Final vote results
Julia Maxwell "Supernatural" 450
Jennifer Morrison "How I Met Your Mother" 436
Jayne Atkinson "Criminal Minds" 203
Charlyne Yi "House" 203
Kacey Rohl "The Killing" 170
Magda Apanowicz "Hellcats" 131
The finalists for the TV programs in 5 categories have been decided.
Below is a break down of the voting in each category.
Photos of the final vote tallies are at the bottom.
Like last year, the 1st group I went thru had quite low totals. I gotta learn from this, have smaller categories 1st, THEN bigger categories like best shows.... anyways, the results/
BEST ANIMATED (bold = finalist) (vote total - red)
FAMILY GUY 35, FUTURAMA 14, THE SIMPSONS 14, SOUTH PARK 10, BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD 6, PHINEAS & FERB 1 (write in vote), AMERICAN DAD 0, THE CLEVELAND SHOW 0
THE BIG BANG THEORY 26, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 24, COMMUNITY 21, PARKS AND RECREATION 16, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL 14, 30 ROCK 12, ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA 12, PSYCH 12, GLEE 10, LOUIE 10, COUGAR TOWN 6, BEING ERICA 5, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM 5, MODERN FAMILY 5, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 1, HAPPY ENDINGS 1 (write in vote), UP ALL NIGHT 1 (write in vote), THE MIDDLE 0
DEXTER 20, CRIMINAL MINDS 17, HOUSE 17, BURN NOTICE 15, LEVERAGE 15, JUSTIFIED 13, GOSSIP GIRL 11, COVERT AFFAIRS 10, BREAKING BAD 9, CASTLE 9, HAWAII FIVE-O 8, BONES 7, FLASHPOINT 7, GREY'S ANATOMY 7, CSI 6, LAW & ORDER SVU 6, SONS OF ANARCHY 6, MAD MEN 6, THE MENTALIST 6, HEARTLAND 4, WHITE COLLAR 4, THE LISTENER 3, BLUE BLOODS 2, NIKITA 2, SUITS 2, BOARDWALK EMPIRE 1, BODY OF PROOF 1, IN PLAIN SIGHT 1, PRIVATE PRACTICE 1
SMALLVILLE 77, SUPERNATURAL 48, FRINGE 28, THE WALKING DEAD 17, SANCTUARY 13, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 13, TRUE BLOOD 10, LOST GIRL 6, EUREKA 2, TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL 1, WAREHOUSE 13 1, DOCTOR WHO (write in vote) 1, BEING HUMAN 0
BEST NEW SHOW
BREAKING IN 931, GAME OF THRONES 344, ONCE UPON A TIME 167, GRIMM 124, THE SECRET CIRCLE 117, PERSON OF INTEREST 106, REVENGE 86, UNFORGETTABLE 79, THE KILLING 77, ALPHAS 69, TERRA NOVA 67, HOMELAND 65, NEW GIRL 46, AMERICAN HORROR STORY 44, BREAKOUT KINGS 44 (write in votes), 2 BROKE GIRLS 40, A GIFTED MAN 35, HELL ON WHEELS 22, UP ALL NIGHT 22, PAN AM 20, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS 18, HARRY'S LAW 15, PRIME SUSPECT 14, WHITNEY 12, FALLING SKIES 10 (Write in votes), HAPPY ENDINGS 10, LUCK 9, CHARLIES ANGELS 6, RINGER 5 (write in votes), HART OF DIXIE 2 (write in votes), PLAYBOY CLUB 1 (write in vote), SUITS 1 (write in vote)
The finalists for actors, actresses and other categories will be coming soon.
The voting for the winners and finalists will start sometime in the 2nd week of November.
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 other night I caught a scene being shot for a new TV Pilot for ABC called "Once Upon A Time".
The series stars Jennifer Morrison ("House", "How I Met Your Mother" & "Bringing Ashley Home"), Ginnifer Goodwin ("Big Love" & "Walk The Line"), Robert Carlyle ("Stargate Universe" & "Trainspotting" ), Lana Parilla ("24", "Boomtown", "Spin City"), Josh Dallas ("Thor" & "The Descent 2") & Raphael Sbarge ("The Guardian" & "prison Break").
The show is based on the premised that all the fairy tales you have heard of, actually are real.
On this particular day I caught Jennifer Morrison portraying her character "Anna" driving around with a young boy who I only heard the name "Kevin" for.( Not sure anymore details of who it is, anyone with a good knowledge of local young actors...feel free to let me know & I will revise this...UPDATE - It is Jared Gilmore). The scene takes place in Massachusets. Earlier in the day I was at another location for them, but was uunable to see what the scene was since it was covered with large black screens...but it entailed "Anna" being in a high end restaurant with dozens of well dressed extras.
So thats the 1st report from the new ABC TV Pilot "Once Upon A Time".
Below are a few pics of "House" cutie, Jennifer Morrison on the set of her current project, a TV Movie Of The Week for the Lifetime network called "Bringing Ashley Home" where Morrison plays a woman who may be mentally ill, and goes missing while moving across the country, her sister (played by A.J. Cook from "Criminal Minds") starts a search for her.
Later this week or next week I will have more pics from this set, including more of Morrison, and a few of A.J. Cook, who was not in the scenes I saw, but was on set.
I should also have some autographs of them added to my gallery later this week.
As always, all my photos can be had for your blogs or sites untagged for a price ;)
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