Saturday, August 16, 2014

THE TV TALK BEST OF 2013-14 – NOMINEES

The TV TALK Best of… moves to the beginning of the new fall season this time, recognizing my favorites in television from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. Here are the nominees. Please vote for your favorite shows, actors and actresses in the polls alongside. The results will be declared here, mid-September 2014


Television is at its all-time best currently, with some of the biggest names in Hollywood venturing into TV, believing that television is where the best writing is these days. While Oscar winner Halle Berry stars in the new EXTANT, Matthew McConaughey made waves earlier this year with his performance in TRUE DETECTIVE, fresh off his Oscar win. Major movie stars such as Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Jeff Daniels, Vera Farmiga and Michael Sheen continue to do good work in their various TV series, while others make impressive guest appearances on popular and acclaimed shows.

This time, I have several new nominated series, with slightly revised guidelines. See the fine print below.

Series – Drama
THE AMERICANS
BREAKING BAD
DOWNTON ABBEY
THE GOOD WIFE
HOMELAND
HOUSE OF CARDS
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
THE NEWSROOM
PARENTHOOD

Series – Comedy/Musical
THE BIG BANG THEORY
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
EPISODES
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
MODERN FAMILY
VEEP


Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role – Drama
Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings in THE AMERICANS
Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in THE GOOD WIFE
Claire Danes as Agent Carrie Matthison in HOMELAND
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in HOUSE OF CARDS
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olsen in MAD MEN
Lizzie Caplan as Virginia Johnson in MASTERS OF SEX

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role – Drama
Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in THE AMERICANS
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in BREAKING BAD
Kevin Spacey as Vice/President Frank Underwood in HOUSE OF CARDS
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in MAD MEN
Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters in MASTERS OF SEX
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in THE NEWSROOM
Matthew McConaughey as (Detective) Rust Cohle in TRUE DETECTIVE

Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role – Comedy/Musical
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting as Penny in THE BIG BANG THEORY
Wendy McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg in THE GOLDBERGS
Margo Martindale as Carol Miller in THE MILLERS
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice/President Selina Meyer in VEEP
Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallice in WEB THERAPY

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role – Comedy/Musical
Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper in THE BIG BANG THEORY
Johnny Galecki as Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in THE BIG BANG THEORY
Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc in EPISODES
Will Arnett as Nathan Miller in THE MILLERS
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in TWO AND A HALF MEN

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – Drama
Anna Gunn as Skyler White in BREAKING BAD
Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in DOWNTON ABBEY
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in THE GOOD WIFE
Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang in GREY’S ANATOMY
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in MAD MEN
Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes in NASHVILLE
Monica Potter as Kristina Braverman in PARENTHOOD

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role – Drama
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in BREAKING BAD
Dean Norris as Agent Hank Schrader in BREAKING BAD
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in DOWNTON ABBEY
Josh Charles as Will Gardner in THE GOOD WIFE
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in HOMELAND
John Slattery as Roger Sterling in MAD MEN
Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in MAD MEN

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical
Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in THE BIG BANG THEORY
Stephanie Beatriz as Detective Rosa Diaz in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in MODERN FAMILY
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett in MODERN FAMILY
Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Diane Buckley in TROPHY WIFE
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer in VEEP

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role – Comedy/Musical
Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz in THE BIG BANG THEORY
Andre Braugher as Capt. Ray Holt in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in MODERN FAMILY
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in MODERN FAMILY
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in MODERN FAMILY
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh in VEEP

Performance By A Guest Actress – Drama
Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in DOWNTON ABBEY
Gillian Anderson as Bedelia Du Maurier in HANNIBAL
Allison Janney as Margaret Scully in MASTERS OF SEX
Julianne Nicholson as Dr. Lillian DePaul in MASTERS OF SEX
Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing in THE NEWSROOM
Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston in SCANDAL

Performance By A Guest Actor – Drama
Matthew Goode as Finn Polmar in THE GOOD WIFE
Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning in THE GOOD WIFE
Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in MAD MEN
Beau Bridges as Barton Scully in MASTERS OF SEX
Ray Romano as Hank Rizzoli in PARENTHOOD

Performance By A Guest Actress – Comedy/Musical
June Squibb as Maggie Banks in GLEE
Frances Conroy as Loretta Stinson in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Sherri Shepherd as Daphne in HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Meg Ryan as Karen Sharpe in WEB THERAPY
Megan Mullally as Franny Marshall in WEB THERAPY

Performance By A Guest Actor – Comedy/Musical
Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries in THE BIG BANG THEORY
Patton Oswalt as Fire Marshall Boone in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
Jesse Eisenberg as Asher in MODERN FAMILY
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman in MODERN FAMILY
Matt LeBlanc as Nick Jericho in WEB THERAPY

Writing
DOWNTON ABBEY
EPISODES
THE GOOD WIFE
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
MODERN FAMILY

Character Development
THE AMERICANS
BATES MOTEL
DOWNTON ABBEY
THE GOOD WIFE
MAD MEN
PARENTHOOD

Cinematography
BREAKING BAD
HANNIBAL
HOUSE OF CARDS
MASTERS OF SEX
SHERLOCK
TRUE DETECTIVE

Art Direction
THE AMERICANS
BREAKING BAD
HANNIBAL
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
TRUE DETECTIVE

Costume Design
THE AMERICANS
DOWNTON ABBEY
THE GOLDBERGS
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
SCANDAL

Make-Up And Hairstyling – Prosthetic And Non-Prosthetic
THE AMERICANS
DOWNTON ABBEY
GREY’S ANATOMY
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
TRUE DETECTIVE

Music – Background Score
THE AMERICANS
DOWNTON ABBEY
THE GOOD WIFE
HOMELAND
SHERLOCK
TRUE DETECTIVE

Music – Compilation
GLEE
GREY’S ANATOMY
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
MAD MEN
MASTERS OF SEX
NASHVILLE

Titles – Opening And Closing Credits
THE AMERICANS
ELEMENTARY
HOUSE OF CARDS
THE NEWSROOM
SHERLOCK
TRUE DETECTIVE




Fine Print ▪ The eligible series are those that I follow (2 BROKE GIRLS, AMERICAN IDOL, THE AMERICANS, BATES MOTEL, THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE BLACKLIST, BLUE BLOODS, BONES, BREAKING BAD, BROADCHURCH, CASTLE, CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO P.D., DALLAS, DEVIOUS MAIDS, DEXTER, DOWNTON ABBEY, ELEMENTARY, EPISODES, THE FOLLOWING, FRANKLIN & BASH, GIRLS, GLEE, THE GOLDBERGS, THE GOOD WIFE, GREY'S ANATOMY, HANNIBAL, HART OF DIXIE, HOMELAND, HOUSE OF CARDS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, LOOKING, MAD MEN, MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA, MASTERS OF SEX, THE MILLERS, MISTRESSES, MODERN FAMILY, MOM, NASHVILLE, THE NEWSROOM, THE ORIGINALS, PARENTHOOD, PERCEPTION, REVENGE, RIZZOLI & ISLES, SCANDAL, SHERLOCK, SUITS, TRUE DETECTIVE, TWO AND A HALF MEN, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, VEEP, WEB THERAPY, WHITE COLLAR) ▪ The episodes being judged are those that have aired between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2013 ▪ The maximum number of nominees for Best Series (Drama and Comedy/Musical) is 10 ▪ The minimum number of nominees for Best Series (Drama and Comedy/Musical) is 6 ▪ The maximum number of nominees for all other categories is 7 ▪ The minimum number for all other categories is 5 ▪ The ‘Readers’ Choice’ is based on the polls alongside ▪ The other ‘Best of…’ are according to my judgment ▪ The ‘TV TALK Best Of 2013-14’ is only an expression of what I considered as excellence in television in the years 2013-14 ▪

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