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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 Top 10 TV Series of 2013 Part 1

I spent most of 2012 thinking that there wouldn’t be a year better than it for quality films and television and then 2013 came along and blew me out of the water with a wealth of new dramas from Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake to the US remake of The Bridge with Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir. Each crafted a dense crime plot and mixed in some subtle political commentary to keep things interesting while providing some spectacular visuals to feast your eyes on. That being said neither managed to crack the list proving that despite some truly great new dramas, there were but a few that proved too good to miss. Here are the first 5 shows on the list and why there were unforgettable.

10. Orphan Black – Science fiction has gotten a little dry, espeically on television and when Fringe finally closed up shop in January the list got even shorter. Orphan Black brought Sci-Fi back into the forefront with a story closer to reality with a fine grasp of the fantastical. The series follows Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), a grifter returning to her home to reconnect with the daughter she left with relatives years ago. However when she sees an exact replica of herself walk in front of a train she is put in danger as she must face off against clones, mysterious assassins and people from her complicated past. Maslany makes the show as she brings to life multiple versions of herself in a variety of different ways from original flavour Sarah to off the wall, bat shit insane Helena, every version of her is special. The series’ first 10 episode season is fast paced, smart and undeniably funny when it wants to be. Currently airing on BBC3 in England, this show will hook you from the start.

9. American Horror Story – Unlike most of the shows on this list American Horror Story both wrapped up its 2nd season in January of this year and it kick started its 3rd in October giving viewers more scares than they knew what to do with. However I will stick to the shows current run, a season filled with witchcraft, demons and some crazy voodoo. Starring Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates to name but a few, Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee) has crafted a season of intense showdowns and monstrous characters including that of Madame Lalaurie (Bates), a racist immortal landowner who was buried and left to rot until she finds herself dug up in modern day New Orleans. Filled with some snappy dialogue, a wealth of strange powers, this season has been cooking with gas right from the beginning and hopefully it won’t let up until January’s fast approaching finale.

8. The Blacklist – The Blacklist doesn’t so much reinvent the procedural crime drama as it does augment it. Starring James Spader as notorious terrorist Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington, the series follows Red as he surrenders to the FBI and begins helping them aquire a series of dangerous criminals he has been tracking for years. Tense and fast paced, the show mixes together a complicated serialized story into a regular good guys vs evil story and mixes them together with a fun, unpredictable anti-hero played to perfection by Spader. The show recently finished its first run of episodes with a two parter reminiscent of Alias’ first season cliffhanger which only further complicated the shows dense mythology in a way that makes me excited for more.

7. Bob’s Burger – I wasn’t sure what to think of Bob’s Burgers when it first started in 2011 as it was unlike other animated shows with a much more risque yet oldly family friendly sense of humour. From the uncomfortably sexual ramblings of the 13 year old Tina to the camp ideals of middle child Gene, it’s a different kind of sitcom with a wealth of quirky and wonderful side characters. Every year I expect a drop in quality but the show only seems to get better and its recent season has been exceptional with the fantastic ‘Turkey In a Can’ episode making a mockery of Thanksgiving in a unique and puzzling way. While my go to animation used to be Archer, Bob has convinced me with its ever high quality and its obscure jokes and references.

6. The Originals – This Vampire Diaries spin off wasted no time in differentiating itself from the mothership with a darker tone, a wealth of new and more interesting characters and enough blood to make even Jigsaw happy. Starring Joseph Morgan as vampire werewolf hybrid Klaus, The Originals follows his exploits in New Orleans as he tries to regain his home from centuries old vampire Marcel, an old friend of his. Complicated by members of his own family, the shows story twists and turns always looking to surprise you in some way or another. Only 9 episodes into its first 22 episode season, The Originals holds plenty of promise and a cast that truly embrace the out there premise of the show. Rarely mindless and always entertaining, The Originals trumps The Vampire Diaries thanks to its fearless storytelling approach and ability to mess with the shows core dynamics in a way the dated Vampire Diaries rarely does anymore.