The Second Annual Andy TV Awards

Hey, did you know that the Emmy nominations are to be announced tomorrow? Yeah, until a few minutes ago, I didn’t know either. And I doubt I’ll be watching the eventual awards show either. But, thanks to the white hot, one comment reaction to my Andy TV Awards post last year, along with my zero comment 2006 Andy Movies Award post, I’ve decided to once again tell you who I’d nominate and give awards out if I was the only voter. Hey, if I worried about actual readers, I’d have to find other things to do with my time.

You know how the Oscars are often stupid and wrong? The worst part of it is that the Oscars are far better than any of the other entertainment awards, for the simple reason that voters have a much better chance at seeing more of what they’re voting on. Even a professional television critic can’t hope to watch every show out there. I’m no different, so there will be a lot of omissions here that have nothing to do with quality. But, I do watch a fair bit of TV, and I like to think most of it is good. To get it out of the way, acclaimed shows that I don’t watch include The Sopranos, The Wire, Extras, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Ugly Betty, Brothers and Sisters, Friday Night Lights, and any procedural. Because I can only watch so much, I’m limiting my nominees to three per category.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
The nominees are…
Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother
John Krasinski for The Office
Tracy Morgan for 30 Rock

I’ll start by saying that the division between Supporting and Lead Actors and Actresses on a lot of TV shows is pretty tough to figure out, so I shall do my best. This is a really tough category, as all three actors are absolutely brilliant, and they all bring different things to their shows. Morgan is straight up insane, with a comic energy unlike the others. Harris is the big scene stealer on his show, while Krasinski is probably responsible for a large part of his show’s audience. Jim is easily one of my favourite characters on TV, but he wasn’t as sharp in season three as he has been, so I gotta go with Barney.

The award goes to…
Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
The nominees are…
Jenna Fischer for The Office
Alyson Hannigan for How I Met Your Mother
Jaime Pressly for My Name Is Earl

Last year, Pressly won this award in a walk. She’s so great as Joy. But, this past season, they took some of Joy’s edge away from her and her continuing storyline dragged the series down a bit. I LOVE Hannigan as Lily. Love her. But the winner here is Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, who stepped up as a character this season, finding more strength, putting her on more equal footing with Jim. The only question is whether or not she’s a lead or supporting, which is really tough. Basically, I’m going with Steve Carell as the lead, and the rest of the ensemble as Supporting.

The award goes to…
Jenna Fischer for The Office

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
The nominees are…
Jack Coleman for Heroes
Masi Oka for Heroes
James Purefoy for Rome

Wanna hear something crazy? I was thiiis close to nominating Dominic Monaghan here. Yeah, fucking Charlie. But damn, he was good in those final few episodes. I just couldn’t do it. Purefoy was always fun as Marc Antony, and Masi Oka was my favourite part of early episodes of Heroes until the shtick got a bit old. Luckily, Jack Coleman started to get more screen time, being a total badass and probably the most interesting character on the show.

The award goes to…
Jack Coleman for Heroes

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
The nominees are…
Jennifer Carpenter for Dexter
Kate Walsh for Grey’s Anatomy
Polly Walker for Rome

It was a toss-up between Carpenter or Julie Benz for the third nominee, but neither of them really contend for the award. After Titus Pullo, Polly Walker’s Attia is probably the best character on Rome. Everyone goes gaga for Sandra Oh in Grey’s Anatomy, but she’s never really done it for me. I’d nominate Chandra Wilson over her, and Kate Walsh over them both (Addison is probably the best part of the show, so of course, they take her off of it. By the way, that pseudo-pilot episode of her new spin-off was terrible. Almost bad enough to keep her from winning this award).

The award goes to…
Kate Walsh for Grey’s Anatomy

Best Reality Competition Program:
The nominees are…
The Amazing Race
America’s Next Top Model
Survivor

Alright, these are the only three I watch. The Amazing Race will probably win the Emmy again, for the simple reason is that any single episode (which is all voters watch) looks technically impressive (and they are, from a logistics standpoint), and that the show isn’t popular enough to be threatening to all the snob voters who fear reality TV. Which is unfortunate, because TAR hasn’t been all that good of late, especially with the All-Star edition, which plain sucked. Meanwhile, Survivor has been phenomenal of late, even with the past season, which started out looking like the worst season ever, then turned around to be one of the better ones.

The award goes to…
Survivor

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series:

I basically only throw this in to talk about how brilliant The Colbert Report is. I’m hoping it’ll get me featured on a “Who’s Honoring Me Now?” segment.

The award goes to…
The Colbert Report

Best Actress in a Comedy Series:
The nominees are…
Tina Fey for 30 Rock
Mary Louise Parker for Weeds
Cobie Smulders for How I Met Your Mother

The problem with putting Jenna Fischer as Supporting is filling out this category later. Cause Cobie Smulders isn’t any more of a star of her show than Fischer is in hers (or possibly not even moreso than Alyson Hannigan in the same show). Oh well, she’s just filler (maybe I should’ve just gone ahead and nominated Ugly Betty anyway). Weeds wasn’t as good this past season, so no award for Parker. Instead, the nod goes to Tina Fey, who is fantastic as the straight-woman in a show of wacky characters. She’s not afraid at all to be the butt of jokes to get laughs, and she gets a lot of them.

The award goes to…
Tina Fey for 30 Rock

Best Actor in a Comedy Series:
The nominees are…
Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock
Steve Carell for The Office
Jason Lee for My Name Is Earl

Last year, Lee got this award. This year, he’s a distant third (I hadn’t watched The Office yet), through no fault of his own. He’s great, but not as great as Carell… who isn’t anywhere close to Baldwin.

The award goes to…
Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock

Best Actor in a Dramatic Series:
The nominees are…
Michael C. Hall for Dexter
Wentworth Miller for Prison Break
Ray Stevenson for Rome

Honestly, the nominees here are probably the weakest out of all the categories. Probably because I don’t watch 24, House, The Shield, The Sopranos, or Rescue Me. That, and I’m only counting shows that have aired full seasons since the last Andy Awards, so no Bill Paxton for Big Love. So I had to plug Wentworth Miller in here, not exactly the best actor on TV, because he was more tolerable than Matthew Fox or McDreamy. Doesn’t matter, the winner is what matters, and I’m confident that I’d feel the Michael C. Hall would deserve this honour even if I had watched all those other shows.

The award goes to…
Michael C. Hall for Dexter

Best Actress in a Dramatic Series:
The nominees are…
Kristen Bell for Veronica Mars
Evangeline Lilly for Lost
Ellen Pompeo for Grey’s Anatomy

Okay, maybe this is the weakest category. Maybe I’m just like most other fans, and leads start to annoy me from taking up time from the supporting characters that only the devoted can truly appreciate. Like how most Grey’s fans hate Ellen Pompeo, or Lost fans hate Kate. I actually think Pompeo gets a bad rap, since the show has allowed Meredith to look really bad at times (as a person). Kate? Yeah, she’s annoying. Luckily, Veronica Mars pwns them both. I miss her already.

The award goes to…
Kristen Bell for Veronica Mars

Best Comedy Series:
The nominees are…
30 Rock
How I Met Your Mother
The Office

I couldn’t put my finger on it, but My Name Is Earl just didn’t quite click with me this season. It was still really funny at times, but it was still one of the last shows I’d watch off my PVR (of course, it was also one of the last shows that got recorded, as a Thursday nighter). Maybe it’s just that two shows that it shared Thursday nights with were so good. The Office might be my favourite show on TV now that Veronica Mars has been cancelled. But, 30 Rock might be the best show on TV. It’s definitely the funniest. Seriously. If you aren’t watching it, you’re missing out on something special.

The award goes to…
30 Rock

Best Dramatic Series:
The nominees are…
Dexter
Heroes
Veronica Mars

If Lost could’ve put together a first-half of the season as strong as its second-half, it might’ve been nominated. All three nominees aren’t your standard drama, which is probably why they’re all so good. Heroes was probably the most fun show on last season. Veronica Mars was consistently good, but its scramble to try to draw in viewers and survive to see another season kept it from greatness. Dexter was great from the pilot through to the explosive finale.

The award goes to…
Dexter.

What have we learned? (And by “we”, I mean the three of you that are still reading). Basically, you all should be watching 30 Rock and Dexter, and should have watched Veronica Mars. To the Netflix queue!

Related:
Inaugural Andy TV Awards (2006)
Top 10 TV Shows for 2006
Top 10 TV Episodes for 2006
Inaugural Andy Movie Awards (2005)
Second Annual Andy Movie Awards (2006)

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