Sunday, January 09, 2011

THE TV TALK BEST OF 2010 – RESULTS

The votes are in and it's time to declare the results. So here's the TV TALK Best of 2010... 
(The Readers' Choice is indicated in the series and acting categories)



Best Series – Drama
Brothers & Sisters
Damages
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD (Readers' Choice)

One of the most superior shows on television, House MD definitely deserved to win. Besides the fact that I watched watched all seasons in 2010 itself, I think this victory was due simply for the show's transitions from season five to six and six to seven! 

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

Modern Family is undoubtedly one of the smartest shows on television, and it deserves all the acclaim it receives.

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

It was close between Felicity Huffman and Glenn Close for me in this one; but we all know that Close is a class apart!

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

I didn't need to watch over six seasons of House MD to acknowledge Laurie's phenomenal performance. Michael C Hall came very close!

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

I love the way Julie Bown portrays Claire Dunphy. She plays the glue that binds the family together with finesse.

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


Parsons displays his exceptional talents playing Sheldon Cooper, definitely one of the most memorable characters on television!

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 (Readers' Choice)
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

As much as I would have liked to acknowledge Julia Stiles for her performance in Dexter, I cannot forget the chilling image of Miranda Bailey, played by Chandra Wilson, being dragged out from under the bed by the shooter in the season six finale of Grey's Anatomy. Wilson was extraordinary!

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 (Readers' Choice)
Matthew Rhys, Brothers & Sisters
Omar Epps, House MD


Omar Epps has been consistent on House MD, but this one goes to him for his performance back in season two, when Foreman, his character was sick and in isolation, on his deathbead, and how he very convincingly portrays every element of the desperation and frustration that comes with deteriorating health. 

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

Jane Lynch was a strong contender, but Sofia Vergara deserved this one because of the contribution she has made to Modern Family, and the life that she lends to Gloria Pritchett's character.

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 (Readers' Choice)

Cameron is definitely the most memorable character from Modern Family, and Eric Stonestreet does a fabulous job of playing him.

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

Grey's Anatomy's storylines are almost flawless and every twist and turn is handled with great sensibility for the show and sensitivity for the characters.

Character Development
Damages
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD

Season six of Grey's Anatomy was the 'Season that changed everything', and it did, and when season seven was publicised with the tagline, 'Let the healing begin', that was true on so many levels, for every character and how they've all changed. And, the way each character's dimensions were explored made it all so real!

Art Direction
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Gossip Girl
Mad Men
Modern Family


The flawless perfection of Wisteria Lane, and the transformation of Bree's, Susan/Paul's and Edie/Renee's homes in season seven earns Desperate Housewives this acknowledgement.

Costume Design
Desperate Housewives
Glee
Gossip Girl
Mad Men
Ugly Betty

The 60s sense of style is epitomised perfectly by Mad Men, and that's why they deserve this acknowledgement.

Make-up – Prosthetic & Non-Prosthetic
Damages
Dexter
Glee
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD
Mad Men

The baffling visuals of medicine and surgery on Grey's Anatomy, achieved by outstanding prosthetic make-up is why the show deserved this victory.

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

The background music in the thrilling sequences on Dexter make the show all the more gripping, complementing everything else beautifully!

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

The best part of Glee is the music. Not only are the performances excellent, the selection and slotting of all the songs is flawless!

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

Do comment and let me know what you think...

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad you chose deserving winners.

    Thank god — no, thank you — for not giving away awards to glee. it's a stupid teen show that does not deserve to get any notice/attention from an intelligent blogger/viewer.

    So glad House, Big Bang Theory and Damages won a few categories. While House may be getting its fair share of criticism/awards, BBT and Damages are seriously underrated. (As mentioned in your earlier post on Damages http://www.television-talk.com/2010/12/thing-about-damages.html)

    I agree about the art direction in Desperate Housewives and makeup in Grey’s Anatomy.

    BTW, I love how you’ve explained why you’ve given a particular show the awards you have and also how you’ve clearly marked ‘viewer’s choice’. Good show!

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  2. Thank you! While I somewhat disagree with your views on Glee, I have to agree that it's not a smart show. The acclaim it gets is because of how its mediocre storylines are fantastically packed with a fabulous song selection and excellent performances of those songs, with lovely visual theatrics to complement the show. As for Damages, it is definitely highly underrated. But The Big Bang Theory is not underrated. How often do you hear of a show being renewed for three seasons in advance? That's what The Big Bang Theory is today, what began as a comedy that tried to be among the best, having begun after How I Met Your Mother, is now a show that everyone immediately thinks of when you mention comedy television.

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  3. Fine, so BBT is getting its due. YAY!

    As for glee... i rest my case.

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  4. This year The Big Bang Theory TV Show is on number 1 position. Its really hilarious show.

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