Sunday, December 26, 2010

TV TALK BEST OF 2010 – NOMINEES

Happy Holidays to you all! As another year ends, I select the best of television in the year gone by. This list is special, as it gives credit to a lot of people and shows that don’t get their due at all the big awards, and I know that many of you will be more familiar with these shows than those. Read on, and let me know what you liked most on television during 2010

As the year comes to an end, I look back at all that I’ve watched on television, and I can safely say that television has had a major role to play in my life this year. Besides having started TV TALK, I also started watching a few extraordinary shows, and a few that may not have been extraordinary, but have touched me at some level. I started watching House MD, which exceeded every expectation I had from the show, and it showed me what a fantastic actor Hugh Laurie is. I also started Modern Family, which has certainly broken new ground in comedy, with fabulous writing. I saw a major part of Dexter’s last few seasons, and the thriller had me hooked and gripped throughout. And then there was Glee, which was just such a feel-good show, with music that always lifts my spirits.

It was the year Ugly Betty came to an end, which was bittersweet, and it was also the year Damages outdid itself in ways no one could have thought was possible. While Brothers & Sisters saw new levels of intensity, another family drama Parenthood had me in awe of how well every aspect of families and relationships could be portrayed on screen. I also started watching a few rather entertaining crime shows like Castle and White Collar, and I even began watching the very interesting Mad Men, which I’d wanted to do ever since the show started sweeping away every TV award that exists.

Over and above all of that, my favourite shows—Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, which I’ve grown with, over the last six-plus years, had me falling in love with them all over again. It’s been a great year for television, so I wanted to pick out the best of everything that matters to me in a show. I decided to do it with nominees and all, because I feel that even those shows and performances that come close to being the best deserve some mention here. 


So here are my nominees for the TV TALK BEST OF 2010...

Best Series – Drama
Brothers & Sisters
Damages
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD

Best Series – Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family
Ugly Betty

Performance by an Actress in A Leading Role – Drama
Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Glenn Close, Damages
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
Rose Byrne, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Performance by an Actor in A Leading Role – Drama
Hugh Laurie, House MD
John Hamm, Mad Men
Michael C Hall, Dexter
Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
Peter Krause, Parenthood

Performance by an Actress in A Leading Role – Musical or Comedy
America Ferreira, Ugly Betty
Courtney Cox, Cougar Town
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Lea Michele, Glee

Performance by an Actor in A Leading Role – Musical or Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
Drea de Matteo, Desperate Housewives
Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Lisa Edelstein, House MD
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama
Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl
James Pickens Jr, Grey’s Anatomy
Johnny Lee Miller, Dexter
Justin Chambers, Grey’s Anatomy
Matthew Rhys, Brothers & Sisters
Omar Epps, House MD

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical or Comedy
Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother
Becki Newton, Ugly Betty
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical or Comedy
Chris Colfer, Glee
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Fergusson, Modern Family
Michael Urie, Ugly Betty
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Writing – Storylines & Dialogues
Damages
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD
Modern Family

Character Development
Damages
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD

Art Direction
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Gossip Girl
Mad Men
Modern Family

Costume Design
Desperate Housewives
Glee
Gossip Girl
Mad Men
Ugly Betty

Make-up
Damages
Dexter
Glee
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD
Mad Men

Music – Background Score
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Glee
House MD
Ugly Betty

Music – Compilation
Brothers & Sisters
Glee
Gossip Girl
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice

Titles – Opening & Closing Credits
Damages
Dexter
House MD
How I Met Your Mother
Mad Men

Please feel free to copy and paste the list in a comment, with only your picks in each category. If you just want to vote for the main categories, you can do so in the polls alongside. Either way, I’d love to know what you guys think, so I look forward to your comments. And before I go, I’d like to wish you all the best for 2011!

The TV TALK BEST OF 2010 will be declared soon (watch this space)!

6 comments:

  1. First superb idea to have a year end poll. I agree with you this year has been a good one for TV fans. Dexter has surprisingly managed to keep the suspense going even after so many seasons and is one of my favourite shows. Grey's on the other hand despite being a big favourite I think has been a big disappointment this season. I did start watching HIMYM and it's probably the only comedy show I like. Glee still falls short for me song and dance alone can't do it for me. This year Gossip Girl did surprise me a bit and seems to be building a good story line. Just to mention a few shows that you don't watch and I still think deserve a mention Vampire Diaries has been fab for any vampire fan and thankfully these vampires dont glisten in the sun. Also Supernatural is probably having one of it's strongest seasons ever. Was tempted to vote for McDreamy over Dexter in the best actor category just out of my love for Patrick Dempsey but had to go with Michael C Hall who has definitely given the better performance this season. On that note great 2010 hope 2011 throws up a few more good shows that we can get addicted to. PS: I think you should watch Bones too that is one fantabulous show

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  2. Thank you, Serine! Dexter's fifth season has indeed been fantastic, except for the epilogue of the finale, which was quite disappointing; more on that later... I'm still loving Grey's Anatomy, despite all the changes that have taken place on the show this year, cause I love it when they explore so many different sides to characters... It is frustrating at times, but I'm just being patient, cause Shonda always makes it worth our while eventually. Glee is too flaky, and lacks substance, I agree, but the music and some of the humour makes it a must-watch for me. And if HIMYM is the only comedy you like, you should watch Modern Family, which is a very superior comedy. Gossip Girl has been entertaining this season, and even though it's flaky, it's still got that scandalous shock-value that makes it fun to watch. Patrick Dempsey was really good in the end of S6, Grey's, which is why I think he deserved a nomination, but yes, Michael C Hall is outstanding in Dexter. I've been meaning to start Vampire Diaries, but I always have new episodes of shows I already watch, so I've never gotten down to it. Bones is something I'm very keen on starting... I think I will in 2011, and it might just feature in next year's nominee list! Thanks for your votes and inputs.

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  3. Best Series – Drama
    Desperate Housewives


    Best Series – Musical or Comedy
    Modern Family


    Performance by an Actress in A Leading Role – Drama
    Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives


    Performance by an Actor in A Leading Role – Drama
    Hugh Laurie, House MD


    Performance by an Actress in A Leading Role – Musical or Comedy
    Lea Michele, Glee

    Performance by an Actor in A Leading Role – Musical or Comedy
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory


    Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama
    Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

    Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama
    Omar Epps, House MD

    Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical or Comedy
    Jane Lynch, Glee


    Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical or Comedy
    Chris Colfer, Glee

    Writing – Storylines & Dialogues
    Modern Family

    Character Development
    House MD

    Art Direction
    Desperate Housewives

    Costume Design
    Glee

    Make-up
    Glee

    Music – Background Score
    Glee

    Music – Compilation
    Glee

    Titles – Opening & Closing Credits
    How I Met Your Mother

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  4. This list is ridiculous. Where's Breaking Bad and its cast?
    #FAIL

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  5. @Anonymous This list is based on the shows mentioned in the right-hand column of this blog. It's an appreciation of the best in television in the year 2010, from among the shows that I watch. Breaking Bad is a show I've wanted to watch, but I haven't been able to get the episodes.

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  6. you should have a poll for the other categories - writing, screenplay, direction, costumes, et al - too. i like the nominations!

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