2011 is coming to a close with some amazing television that’s happened since the calendar turned in January.
Trying to remember back for the entire year is a daunting task, but that’s why I get paid the big bucks.
What? I STILL don’t get paid for this? Hmm, I need to check with the guy in charge. What? That’s me? Crap.
Anyway – here are the KPonTV Awards for 2011. Please feel free to state your agreements or disagreements in the comments below, after all, that’s what TheTwoCents is here for!
I Can’t Believe You’re Gone Award: Michael Scott
The Office was the first show that made me fall in love with television on a grand scale. I read every piece of gossip, followed all the celebrities on MySpace (yes, it was that long ago) and got to interview many of them. I went to the Scranton Convention and have even done a Hollywood lunch with the man behind Bob Vance. The show could do no wrong, and right in the center of it was Steve Carell as Michael Scott. The show has gone downhill lately and the departure of Carell isn’t going to help, but I still contend that it’s better than most of what’s on TV. Michael is gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Honorable Mentions: Men of a Certain Age. What!? The show was great. Great acting, great writing, great comedy. It’s gone. TNT has better stuff to put on instead though right? No? Well, what the….
Just Give Me Another Chance Award: Happy Endings
If you were like me and wrote off this show as another Friends-wannabe…We were wrong. Dead wrong. The ensemble comedy is one of the funniest on TV right now. Casey Wilson’s “Penny” has mellowed out a bit – more of a character than the SNL skit she was at the beginning of the show and Damon Wayans Jr. is just as funny as his father ever was. Give it another chance, you won’t be sorry.
Honorable Mentions: Niche reality competition shows like Mantracker and Top Shot. No drama. And you’re certain to get a marathon of either show if you flip through the channels on any random weekend.
Award Show Shock of the Year: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Who doesn’t love Friday Night Lights? It would be my “Can’t believe you’re gone” winner if it wasn’t so obvious they were having their last season. I thought the show would win an Emmy for Best Actress for Connie Britton, but when they read “Coach’s” name instead of Jon Hamm, Steve Buscemi or Michael C. Hall for Best Actor I was floored and OH SO HAPPY. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts – Can’t Lose!
Honorable Mention: Margo Martindale. I’ve never even heard of her before. Ok, ok – I need to watch Justified. I know. I will. I promise.
FINALLY Award: Sheldon has a girlfriend on The Big Bang Theory
For a while now, Sheldon has had a friend (Amy Farrah Fowler) who was a girl, but not his girlfriend. Amy had one little date with Stewart from the comic book shop. A few Facebook status updates later and Sheldon was as green as his lantern. The world rejoiced as Sheldon admitted to Amy that he would not be opposed to extending the title of girlfriend upon her. Everyone all together now: “Awwwwwwwww”.
Honorable Mention: Glee had a great episode again! The episode called “Asian F” is one of the best in the series, and clearly the best of this current season. Check out the TTC recap/review by clicking here.
Adding To The General Vocabulary Award: Adorkable – New Girl
Zooey Deschanel affectionately refers to herself as adorkable – which, if you check with the Urban Dictionary, is adorable and dorky at the same time. It’s a perfect word for both the actress and her character of “Jess” on New Girl. Then they brought in Justin Long to play Jess’ love interest. DOUBLE ADORKABLE! Anyone over at Big Bang Theory want to apply for use of the word?
Honorable Mention: Direwolf – Game of Thrones
Fans of the show didn’t want a puppy for Christmas, they wanted a Direwolf! According to the Game of Thrones Wiki: A direwolf is an unusually large and intelligent species of wolf. A grey direwolf on a white field is the family symbol and crest of House Stark.
Saddest Cancellation Award: Friday Night Lights
The game ended. They went to the East Coast. “Texas Forever, Billy”. I… I just can’t think any more about it…. it’s too tough…
Everyone now: DO – A – MOVIE! DO – A – MOVIE! DO – A – MOVIE! DO – A – MOVIE! DO – A – MOVIE! DO – A – MOVIE! DO – A – MOVIE! DO – A – MOVIE!
Excuse me, I need to go compose myself….
Honorable Mention: ABC Soaps, including All My Children. Man, we posted the story and the fans were rabid!
“One of my friends once made me watch as she cried. She was crying because General Hospital‘s Blackie Parrish (played by a young John Stamos) was going to jail* for two years for accidentally killing Lou Swenson. That was 1984 and for the past 25 years, I have watched daytime soaps… on and off. Today, I was greatly saddened to learn that One Life to Live and All My Children have been canceled.”
Best Bromance: Steve and Danno – Hawaii Five-0
This show would just be a run around and shoot at people show if it wasn’t for the buddy relationship between Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan). They keep the show light and funny, while still throwing in mysteries, cases, car chases and a whole lot of punching people in the head.
Honorable Mention: Troy and Abed – Community
Tell me you wouldn’t sit down and watch Troy and Abed in the Morning if the show was aired while you were making breakfast! The BFF’s on Community make every episode better with the way they seem to talk, without ever saying words. Now, excuse me I have to go finish my blanket fort.
Don’t Call This A Comeback Award: Losties
They’re no longer on the island, and they are EVERYWHERE!! Daniel Dae Kim and Terry O’Quinn on Hawaii Five-0. Michael Emerson on Person of Interest. Jorge Garcia on the upcoming Alcatraz. Josh Holloway on the paintball episode of Community. Shake a stick on prime time and you’re going to hit a cast member from Lost. Maybe we should re-name this award the “Lost and Found Award”.
Honorable Mention: John Goodman
The dude was amazing in Roseanne and since has been in many many movies and guest spots on television. With a prime role as Creighton Bernette in Treme on HBO, Howard T. Erickson on Damages and a re-occurring role of Vice Dean Laybourne on Community, Mr. Goodman is most certainly back. But, was he ever really gone? Ponder on that one.
Just Don’t Comeback Award: Anyone who is a real housewife, swapping wives, a toddler with our without a tiara, or living on the Jersey shore.
Honorable Mention: The entire cast of Top Chef: Texas. Can we just close our eyes and pretend this season never happened? The quick-fires are no fun. The challenges aren’t very well thought-out. The cheftestants are drama queens and Padma and Tom are just trying to roll with it. Let’s all pack our knives and go home and try again next year.
Most Overlooked Performance Award: Matt Lauria – Friday Night Lights
Ok, I really like this show. Sue me. Actually, don’t. I don’t have any money. But neither did “Luke” on FNL. Look what Matt went through as “Luke”: He got his girlfriend pregnant. He was torn out of the best school in Texas and put in the “bad” one across town. He had his leg smashed in a fence on the farm. He sold his favorite pig. His parents didn’t like him playing football. He was recruited just so the coaches could talk to his teammate. Finally, he said screw this and joined the Army. Good call Luke, and nice job Mr. Lauria!
Honorable Mention: Creed Bratton – The Office
Does any other character on TV get one or two lines a week and they ALWAYS make you laugh? No, I didn’t think so.
Best Show That Will Be Canceled Award: Community
How is this show not on the schedule right now? How is Whitney still around and Community isn’t? It’s a top 5 comedy on TV right now and NBC has yanked it out from underneath us.
My sadness knows no bounds on the 50/50 chance this show has for cancellation. Want to try to save it? There’s always a petition!
Honorable Mention: CSI:NY. I don’t understand why this show doesn’t get more love. The cast is great, the stories are fun. It’s way better than the Miami one. Just less girls in bikinis running around. OH, now I get it.
Instant Classic Award: Jimmy Fallon Hosts SNL
He played the guitar. He brought back Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. That’s quite impressive! He did the Boston sketch, mentioned Barry Gibbs, did an Update piece, wished it was Christmas, admitted to laughing through every sketch and even tried out his Regis impression. Add in a tipsy Michael Buble and it was a great all-around episode. One of the best in a very long time.
Honorable Mention: Pretty much anything that Ron Swanson says on Parks and Recreation.
Best Villain Award: The Zombies from The Walking Dead
Ok, they’re zombies. Really must I say anything else?
They walk around and eat PEOPLE. Yeah, that’s pretty villainous. Also, quite gross when you stop and think about it. But don’t stop to think about it too long, cause…
HERE COME THE ZOMBIES!!
Honorable Mention: Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0. The guy seems to come and go like a phantom. What’s that all about? Also, come on, it’s played by Mark Dacascos who is the Chairman on Iron Chef America! Check out his highlight reel!
So, there we go. The 2011 KPonTV Awards. How do you guys feel? Chime in below.