The presidential candidates may not appear on this list but a couple of souvenirs from the Election have made it onto this list, recognizing the best performances on TV this year. For the first time, comedy
performances outnumber dramatic performances. There is a fictional vice president and a real-life vice presidential contender. A woman whose job is to cover up mysteries and scandals and a man whose obsessed with solving them. We will go behind the scenes in the nation's capital, the private quarters of Downton Abbey, and a weird little shop in Gravity Falls.
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus as VP/emotional and political timebomb|
Selina Meyer, a role which earned her a 3rd Emmy Award
(Best Actress in a Comedy) and 13th career nomination.
|Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters in Ryan Murphy's even more|
frightening second anthology of "American Horror Story"
|Paulson as Nicole Wallace, nominated for a|
Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe for her
performance in "Game Change"
|Dr. Mindy (Mindy Kaling), with Dr. Danny (Chris Messina),|
work advisory/frenemy/inevitable love interest
"Speaking as a doctor, you should be dead. Speaking as a person, that was hilarious."
|Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, who was once given the cool|
nickname "Ben-to-Bot" by Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari)
This remarkably addictive series, focusing on the upstairs and downstairs portions of the giant Downton Abbey, upped the stakes in the second season (or series, as they call them across the pond). The Great War (WWI) arrived, taking many of the men at the estate away from to fight for the Crown and their lives, which would never be the same postwar. Matthew (Hugh Bonneville), who seemed to grow restless at home, wanted to contribute to the cause, even go over to the continent. (He was given a sedentary position, which decreased his morale.)
|Prior to "Girls", Zosia Mamet appeared in "Mad Men",|
"Parenthood", The Kids Are All Right and a failed TV
pilot for "Absolutely Fabulous" (as Saffron) with Kathryn
Hahn (who also appeared in "Girls")
|Julianne Moore as Palin, who earned an Emmy for Best Actress|
and is the favorite to win the Golden Globe and SAG Award
for Best Actress-Miniseries/TV Movie
|The very talented Benedict Cumberbatch as the very compelling|
and polarizing detective, Sherlock Holmes.
Even though there has only been six outings (over the course of two years) with the modern-day Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, who has the best name ever) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, who has the best post-Office--both versions--career ever), we have learned so much about them it feels like they have been around for much longer.
From the beginning, AMC's The Walking Dead, was a heart stopping, gruesome story of the fall of mankind as the Zombie apocalypse takes place. This adrenaline pumping addiction of a show makes us all think twice about the future that awaits us. While following our group of survivors the past 3 seasons one actor/character in particular stands out. Daryl, the red neck, cross bow wielding, "FUCK OFF" American has evolved from his caveman like ways into one of the most important people in the series. Honestly as a religiously dedicated viewer, without Daryl, the group would have fallen apart. True that without the leadership of Rick they probably would have been in slight chaos but Daryl probably would have whipped them into shape. As a promising character that might be a potential next leader of the group, so Rick watch your back, Daryl is not going to be guarding it for long. -Diana Sayago
Character: Kim Jong-Il
Program: 30 Rock
The stand-up comedian and performance artist known as Margaret Cho was a delightful in her brief appearances as the late Dear Leader once known as Kim Jong-Il, who moonlighted as the "greatest waiter of all time."
Actor: Mandy Patinkin
Character: Saul Berenson
The second season of "Homeland" upped the stakes from an already ingenious debut season. Mandy Patinski's Saul Berenson is the MVP of this season. This short video pretty shows his excellence.
Characters(s): Eddy Monsoon and Patsy Stone
Program: Absolutely Fabulous
Twenty years after its debut, "Absolutely Fabulous" still has bite and the sharp tongue to comment on the lifestyles of "celebrities" and other vapid pieces of pop culture. ("There's a new disease called the Kardashians. They just spread--" "Like herpes, each one with its own reality show, they multiply like head lice.")
After all these years, Eddy and Patsy are still trying to reach the top, whether it's trying to revive an aging actress's career by getting her to sing at the Royal Albert Hall or trying to cash in on Patsy's Social Security and numerous pensions. Who knows where they will be in another 5 or 10 years, but hopefully creator-writer Saunders will fill us in the five ladies in that giant house in Shepherd's Bush (sorry, Holland Park), London.
Character: John Dos Passos
Program: Hemingway and Gellhorn
So this HBO movie proves that not all things from the network are solid gold hits. Inserting the movie into historical archivey-footage was a lousy idea. And Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman hamming it up for two-and-a-hours (which a good 30-45 minutes could have been cut out) didn't do much to improve this. But David Strathairn's performance as the fiery writer John Dos Passos, however brief, was one of the very few positive highlights of the movie.
Character: Elaine Barrish
Program: Political Animals
This summer soap opera was very addicting even when the storylines were too dramatic to be taken seriously (that gay son really had an awful lot of bad luck throughout the miniseries). Sure, Elaine Barrish was at times a carbon copy of Hillary Clinton, but Sigourney Weaver was never boring, as she tackled the Oval Office, her family, and her frenemy relationship with a political journalist (Carla Gugino) who also jumped into the deep end without protection.
Best TV Series of the Year
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Chaos on Bulls**t Mountain|
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Chaos on Bulls**t Mountain - The Entitlement Society|