Sunday, February 12, 2012

THE TV TALK BEST OF 2011, NOMINEES

I look back at the year of TV that 2011 was, recognizing the best in popular television


From starting new shows, to catching up on the old ones, to bidding adieu to others, 2011 was an interesting year in television for me. I started watching BONES, and it became my favorite crime show. BROTHERS & SISTERS ended after its five-year run. It was announced that one of my all-time favorite shows DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES would be ending after its eighth season. Hit comedies like HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and THE BIG BANG THEORY got renewed for multiple seasons. Actors like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ashton Kutcher and Rachel Bilson returned to television with RINGER, TWO AND A HALF MEN and HART OF DIXIE, respectively. DEXTER took a deadly turn with its sixth season finale… And so much more! 2011 was an exciting year to say the least. And here’s a small way to acknowledge my favorites from the year gone by. Presenting the nominees for the TV TALK Best of 2011…

Series – Drama
Bones
Damages
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD

Series – Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family
Two Broke Girls

Performance by an Actress in A Leading Role – Drama
Emily Deschanel, Bones
Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives
Glenn Close, Damages
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Performance by an Actor in A Leading Role – Drama
David Boreanaz, Bones
Hugh Laurie, House MD
Michael C Hall, Dexter
Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
Peter Krause, Parenthood
Tom Seleck, Blue Bloods

Performance by an Actress in A Leading Role – Musical or Comedy
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kat Dennings, Two Broke Girls
Lea Michele, Glee

Performance by an Actor in A Leading Role – Musical or Comedy
Breckin Meyer, Franklin & Bash
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Johnny Galecki, 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
Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter
Kadee Strickland, Private Practice
Lisa Edelstein, House MD
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Sara Ramirez, Grey’s Anatomy
Vanessa Williams, Desperate Housewives

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama
Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl
John Goodman, Damages
Justin Chambers, Grey’s Anatomy
Kevin McKidd, Grey’s Anatomy
Matthew Rhys, Brothers & Sisters
Paul Adelstein, Private Practice

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical or Comedy
Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother
Cobie Smulders, How I Met Your Mother
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical or Comedy
Chris Colfer, Glee
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Fergusson, Modern Family
Kunal Nayyar, The Big Bang Theory
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Writing – Storylines & Dialogues
Bones
Damages
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
How I Met Your Mother

Character Development
Damages
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
House MD
Private Practice

Art Direction
Desperate Housewives
Gossip Girl
Modern Family
Pan Am
Revenge
Ringer

Costume Design
Desperate Housewives
Glee
Gossip Girl
Pan Am
Ringer

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

Music – Background Score
Body of Proof
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Grey’s Anatomy
Pan Am
Revenge

Music – Compilation
Glee
Gossip Girl
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Ringer

Titles – Opening & Closing Credits
Damages
Dexter
House MD
Modern Family
Parenthood
Ringer

Like last year (Click for results of TV TALK Best of 2010), there will be a Readers’ Choice also for the series and acting categories. For that, you may vote in the polls that are in the right-hand panel of this page.

The TV TALK BEST OF 2011 will be declared soon…(watch this space)

**Please note: The nominated series are only from the list of shows that I watch. The list of those is also further down in the right-hand panel. 

8 comments:

  1. I think Revenge should have also been nominated in the costume design category 'coz their outfits are top notch. Especially what the ladies wear week in and week out. Haven't had the time to catch the latest season of Dexter but am sure that it is brilliant as always. I did like the return of Rachel Bilson to the small screen. Though the story line of Hart of Dixie doesn't seem to be progressing too much. Bilson is adorable as always and seems to be holding the show together. The one show I was disappointed with was the Ringer, maybe because I was expecting the show to be outstanding considering it has SMG starring in it but somehow it never clicked for me and was a huge disappointment. Not a big fan of comedy but I think New girl is pretty decent thanks to zoey Deschanel. So glad you included Franklin and Bash also in the list. Really enjoyed season 1 and thought the show struck a good balance between law and humour. Look forward to seeing the winners

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  2. I agree that the dressing in Revenge is impeccable and I love it, but the outfits are mostly basic, and quite low on design innovation, and I wanted acknowledge more creative costume design. I haven't seen much of Hart of Dixie yet, but I look forward to catching up. Dexter's latest season was interesting, even though it wasn't outstanding, the biggest moment being the cliffhanger in the finale. Ringer wasn't all that impressive in the beginning, but as the show is progressing, with the twists and the various being introduced, I think it's picking up really well, and has potential to become even better. I enjoyed Franklin & Bash too. It brings back the legal-comedy genre that I'd grown to love in the '90s, with Ally McBeal. New Girl is something I will watch at some point, mainly because of Deschanel, after seeing her in 500 Days of Summer and also because she's got great acting genes. Thank you for your comments and for voting for the Readers' Choice TV TALK BEST OF 2011. The winners will be announced shortly.

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  3. why cant we vote for more than one actor in each category?

    Also, New Girl is kinda overrated. Hart of Dixie seems like decent entertainment, but a bit too forced. Once Upon A Time is great — it exceeded my expectations. Oh, and Homeland rocks. It really was the best new show of 2011 in the Drama category.

    And you really have to include The Good Wife next time. That became my favourite show in 2011, it's that good!

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  4. Also, why cant I vote on the costume, art direction and background score categories, basically, all the technical stuff?
    Or will I be part of the panel of consultants? (wink, wink!)

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  5. oh, and you should also add white collar to some list. it's a good show.

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  6. And you hate supernatural stuff, which I totally understand but The Vampire Diaries has some classic acting and some very good story telling. Every episode feels like a season finale.

    But, well, Mr. Analyst you MUST include The Good Wife and Homeland (we should start watching it. SOON).

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  7. @geetanjali: You can't vote for more than one actor, because an award should go to only one from each set of nominees. I look forward to watching The Good Wife and Homeland. I'm sure it'll make it here next year, as will Sherlock.

    @Perfect Imperfection: We shall watch Homeland soon.

    Thank you for reading TV TALK and expressing your views. Your comments are always appreciated.

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  8. Have to agree with @Perfect Imperfection though The Vampire Diaries is a supernatural show it is a phenomenal show. The writing is good and they keep the viewers hooked with the gazillion twists and turns every week. Like the pace of the show and story telling as well. With the inclusion of the Originals the show has just gotten better. Speaking of which Supernatural is also a great show and still going strong in season 7 though this season may be a little below power considering the show's high standards. I think next time you could include a genre of best supernatural show for fans of genre to vote on. We could have The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, Supernatural, True Blood and Teen Wolf as the nominees :) These the five that were top of mind

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