by Billie Doux
This week: Community is the most popular show on the internet -- Buffyverse-related news -- American Horror Story -- Comment of the week -- Commendation for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty -- Most annoying characters on TV
No real cancellation/renewal news yet. I mostly have tidbits this week.
Apparently, Community is the most popular show on the internet. The show was recently named TV Guide's fan-favorite comedy and the actors the fan-favorite ensemble. The Big Bang Theory, a show with a sci-fi focus and an ensemble cast, gets MUCH higher ratings but didn't win in any category. (Here's the link to the full article on Gawker, which is an interesting read.)
Why do people like us (I tend to call us "geeks", even though that doesn't describe us at all) bond so strongly and get so passionate about shows like Community, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek and so on? If you have thoughts about this, I'd love to hear them, because it's been a huge part of my life forever but it's still a mystery to me.
Amy Acker, who has been on nearly every show I love, is going to be in the Person of Interest season finale. Yay!
Eliza Dushku is voicing She-Hulk.
And some actual Buffy news! With The Avengers coming soon and Cabin in the Woods making an interesting and surprising splash, there are a bunch of interviews with Joss Whedon in the news. And Whedon says he is still considering the possibility of the spinoff series Ripper starring Tony Head. I'm not holding my breath, but wouldn't it be nice? If The Avengers does as well as expected, Whedon will probably never return to television.
American Horror Story
American Horror Story ended (and I'll try to be vague, but if you haven't seen the first season and you're planning to, skip past this paragraph) with a lot of events that would necessitate recasting. Many have wondered what on earth they'd be doing next season. And here you go.
Comment of the week, and Commendation for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty
My favorite comment this week was a lovely one by Suzanne on maxpower03's review of the season (and probably series) finale of Ringer. Suzanne said things about Max's review that I wished I'd said. Max closed his review with, "Thanks to everybody who has stuck with these reviews over the last couple of months, and congratulations for getting through the season with me. I feel like we deserve some kind of award."
So in honor of Max's determination to keep reviewing Ringer until the bitter end, I am pleased to announce that Max is this year's winner of P.U. award for stamina and persistence in continuing to review a series despite being assaulted weekly with bland characters, lingering plotholes and ridiculous plot twists.
Although the awards were never actually held, (the award ceremony took place only in my head), Josie Kafka was the recipient of the previous two Doux P.U. awards for hanging in there with FlashForward and of course, the source of the award's name, the original P.U. -- Persons Unknown.
Most annoying characters on TV
EW had an article (okay, not so much an article as a slideshow, the laziest of articles) of the 20 most annoying characters on TV. Several of their nominees are in shows we review.
(pictured: Dawn and Kennedy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Meg, Supernatural; Will Schuester, Glee; Henry Mills, Once Upon a Time; Nikki/Paulo, Lost)
While my vote would definitely go to Dawn on Buffy, part of me believes that children should never be nominated for awards like this. Look at what happened to poor Jake Lloyd, who has been blamed for ruining an entire Star Wars movie. It wasn't Jake Lloyd's fault. It was George Lucas's fault. For that matter, can we blame Nikki and Paulo for their brief adventures on Lost? I'd blame the show runners for trying to retcon characters. They should have known we'd never fall for something like that.
Anyway, for what it's worth. Who do you think is the most annoying character on TV, past or present?
That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions?