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The 2013-2014 End of Season Awards: Worst Acting

I may have disappeared again since my last post but I was presented with a plethora of shows heading into finale week and found myself desperately trying to catch up on all my favorite shows before their inevitable conclusion, some of which were more permanent than others. But that is besides the point. I decided to do what I did last year and put my obsessive television watching to good use as I have put together my Annual End of Season Awards. So without anything else left to say here is the first of five posts about this years TV season and all the great (and terrible) things that happened.

 

Part 1: Bad Acting

 

While most reading will want to know my favorite actors and actresses this year I also had plenty of performers to list whose performances were more than lackluster and while people in my life have taught me its never nice to be mean I find myself thinking where is the fun in that. Here are my choices for the worst TV performers of the season.

 

Worst Supporting Actor

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While I have felt that this actor has been coasting on his good looks for the multiple seasons he has been on our screens as part of the sprawling cast of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries its his work in the shows current 5th season that highlights his severe inadequacies when it comes to portraying his supernatural character. As Tyler Lockwood, Michael Trevino was pushed to provide more than his usual type of brooding rich kid charisma when his character was taken over by villainous traveller Julian, forcing him to do unspeakable acts without knowing it. However Trevino’s attempts to bring Julian to life felt forced and he never really convinced as the impatient and vindictive Julian highlighting the weak link in TVD’s usually outstanding cast.

 

Worst Supporting Actress

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While I found it harder to find an actress who had failed to deliver this season I found myself wondering what the purpose of certain characters were in various new shows this season. One of these characters, Agent Mira Malick on NBC’s The Blacklist was one such example but what made this character different from the rest was her portrayer, Parminder Nagra. Not only did Nagra provide little detail to Mira but she also never quite meshed with the rest of the cast leaving Mira out of place and, more importantly, an annoying addition to a show that would struggle to keep people invested in its later episodes. While people may have loved her as Neela in ER there was no such adoration for the paper thin CIA agent, making her removal from the series almost laughable instead of tragic.

 

Worst Actor

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Beauty and the Beast has always been a show you can only really enjoy if you’re part of the joke, the joke being that this rehash of the 1980s series is filled with more cheddar than a grilled cheese sandwich. The problem is that lead actor Jay Ryan doesn’t seem to have picked up on it and it makes his hyper serious Vincent a bit of a buzz kill and a character that doesn’t mesh tonally from the fast paced, fun silliness that we have come to expect. Ryan is still trying to turn the show into high art but when it comes down to it he should really just be enjoying himself.

 

Worst Actress

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Back in 2011 people were elated that everyone’s favorite quirky girl was coming to television after having starred in cult classics like Almost Famous and Elf on the big screen. However it wasn’t long before peoples opinion shifted on the once popular actress. This season New Girl has dropped dramatically in the ratings and peoples opinion of the show has dropped even further. While a fan from the beginning, season 3 put too much pressure on Zooey Deschanel to deliver the dramatic goods as well as the comedic ones and it ultimately proved there is little to Deschanel’s interpretation of Jess. Her performance hinges on what she thinks will be seen as cute instead of what action is right for the character and while you can put this at the writers feet it would be foolish to not mention Deschanel as well considering she acts as one of the shows producers as well. While watching Schmidt and Nick get up to god knows what is still a treat, its the titular New Girl that I can’t stand.

 

What Actors and Actresses can you not stand? Let me know your least favorite performers in the comments.

 

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The Year in Review: The 5 Worst Shows of 2013

Considering the number of high profile dramas that launched this year and the many returning shows that took audience by storm last year that there would be very few shows that people should outright loathe…and yet, there are plenty. Here are the five worst series of the year and some reasons why.

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5. True Blood – Lets face it, True Blood has been in freefall for years, it’s ever expanding character base, its increasingly out there story ideas and its not so thinly veiled political satire has been ruining the show for years, ever since the shows season 2 finale. However this year took the biscuit. Not only did they turn Bill (Stephen Moyer) into an all powerful super prick but for the first time in series history the shows lead Sookie (Anna Paquin) felt like a character in a different show. The writers have lost their compass and have no clue of how to find it again. Considering that the show is ending next year with its much anticipated final season, one can only hope that someone might be able to reign in a once proud and powerful show.

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4. Beauty and the Beast -There are many series out there that do not need to be remade, shows like Breaking Bad and The Sopranos (although Bad is being adapted in Mexico), but one show that could use a revamp is the classic 80s series Beauty and the Beast. The original starred Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton as Vincent and Catherine, the titular duo and was a fun bit of 80s cheese. The revamped version, set in modern day New York City stars Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan. While Perlman’s Vincent hid in an underground community of other creatures, Ryan’s interpretation of Vincent is an army experiment gone awry, a soldier on the run who collides with Kreuk’s Chandler and together they solve crimes. However this year, the show entered its 2nd season and without the procedural element the show has lost its focus and the show has become a series of repetitive declarations of love and other shmaltzy gimmicks designed to make female viewers flock to the show like flies to shit.

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3. House of Lies – This American comedy series is probably the most self absorbed and idiotic series to air this year. Having finished airing its 2nd season, House of Lies has taught a lot of people how not to be terrible people, by showing characters so horrible and repellant that watching them do anything is akin to ripping your own skin off. It’s just painful. Starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, House of Lies follows the people running a firm, what the firm does? Well I don’t think the shows creators can even tell you that. Badly written with no clear idea of where its heading, this comedy sucks all the fun out of laughing because when you do you are laughing at how horrible these people are. That would be fine if the shows lead didn’t have a child. The show shoehorns in this child to give him a redeeming feature but by doing so have invited the idea that this is a family show when it’s just plain wrong.

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2. Bates Motel – This prequel series takes extra special care to look after the legacy of Psycho. I’d appreciate that if I didn’t think Psycho was a overhyped piece of dated rubbish. That being said I was willing to see where Bates Motel was headed after all it’s showrunner is Carlton Cuse, one of the co-writers of Lost. What I came to watch was a pointlessly bleak, overly plotty story of people corrupting each other. Starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga as Norman and Norma Bates, the series doesn’t have a destination as much as it sets out to cause as much destruction as possible without reason. The show opens with a grisly murder only for another one to happen moments later, effectively removing the stakes from this gothic series. There are no consequences when you don’t care and thats what Bates Motel made me do, stop caring.

1. Betrayal – Here it is, the worst show of the year. It isn’t the fact that the series is based around one woman’s desire to have an affair. It isn’t the terrible acting by the two leads Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend or the pointless mystery plot that the shows writers cobbled together to keep some kind of mute tension in the air. It’s the fact that when I started watching I could see every little twist, every line of dialogue, every character trait and how it was envisioned to work in the shows favour. The problem was there was no story because it had already been laid out in the shows opening 40 minute episode. I mean sure the insensitive plot makes no sense on a marketing basis (probably why the show tanked as badly as it did) but a good show made well is a good show and Betrayal ladies and gentlemen is a bad show, a really bad show, one worth buying on DVD only to burn it outside with the rest of your rubbish.