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Best of Television 2005 Nominations

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Did one TV show move you more than any other this year? I want to hear about it. You, dear readers (and writers), have been charged with helping select the Best of BlogCritics 2005 for the TV/Film section.

What does that mean? It’s simple: leave a comment with a short (250 words or less) description of your pick for your favorite TV show from 2005, the best TV personality, and the best TV moment. I must have these by Thursday, December 8, 2005 – that gives you less than one week to prepare.

This is what I need from you:

ONE choice for Best Show
ONE choice for Best TV Personality
ONE choice for Best Moment on TV

Got questions? Maybe this’ll cover ’em.

Tell me who the stars of the show were and provide the episode title (if it’s one in particular). You needn’t have reviewed the program… but if you did, include the URL of your BC review.

Be clear and concise. Mostly, do whatever it takes to sell me, the editors, other BlogCritics, and our readers agree with your choices.

One show only – no ties, no halfsies, no cheating… and alas, no bribes! (Okay, maybe a little bribing – depending on what it is.)

Be creative in your choice! You don’t have to pick the ABSOLUTE SUPER DUPER BEST TV SHOW EVER! If you really liked one aspect of a particular show so much that it really made an otherwise okay show stand out, pick it! And tell me why. You follow? It doesn’t have to be the best in every way… just tell me what you think and why.

On Friday, December 9th, I will post the Top 5 choices. Voting for the #1 pick will commence at that point.

The Best of TV/Film will go up later that weekend. I look forward to hearing from you all!

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  • And my nominees are (682 words later):

    Best Show – Rescue Me (FX Networks)

    Episode: “Happy” first aired on 9/6/2005

    Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) is a fire fighter. Beyond that he’s a substance abuser, in a failing marriage and from a completely dysfunctional Irish Catholic family in New York City. In this episode, Tommy’s son is hit by a car and killed. It is one of the most powerful, dramatic moments ever to appear on television. Tommy’s coping with the loss is as gut wrenching as it gets. In addition, Tommy’s sister Maggie (Tatum O’Neil) shows up out of the blue for the reading of her stepmother’s will. She’s obviously in town to see what financial gains she can get out of her father. Then, there is Mike Stiletti/Probie (Mike Lombardi), a young, innocent firefighter who obviously is sexually confused. Mike finds a lump in his scrotum and asks fellow firefighter and station airhead Sean Garrity (Steven Pasquale) to feel it and see if it’s normal. As Sean cups Mike’s scrotum in one hand while comparing it to the feel of his own in another, fellow firefighter Lauren (Diane Farr) walks in and is left quite confused. It’s a hysterical scene befitting the characters involved. Station Chief Jerry Reilly (Jack McGee) is faced with a serious dilemma. His wife suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s disease and it’s obvious that he can no longer take care of her. To make matters worse, he’s dealing with a gay son who also happens to be a firefighter. Jerry is tormented, especially after his wife attempts suicide. These incidents only scratch the surface of Rescue Me. It’s a smart, poignant show with a superb blend of comedy, reality and drama.

    Best TV Personality – Geena Davis
    President MacKenzie Allen – ABC’s “Commander-in-Chief”

    You may wonder why Geena Davis but to me the answer is obvious. In the hype leading up to the new Fall Season, critics and fans alike gave this show little chance of success. It’s one thing to have another show about the “West Wing” on the air. It’s quite another when the President is female. Many considered the show to be a testing of the political waters for the highly anticipated run of Hillary Clinton. What no one counted on, however, is that Geena Davis not only gives a credible performance but she’s taken the role of President to new heights that have captured the hearts and imaginations of prime time television fans. As one of the most popular new dramas of the television season, Ms. Davis performance is not only Emmy worthy, but it shows that if life does, indeed, imitate art a female President would not be such a bad thing. Davis has tackled the role flawlessly and as a result I nominate her for the Best TV Personality for challenging our imaginations and making the dream of a female President completely plausible.

    Best Moment on Television

    The Late Show with David Letterman – guest: Oprah Winfrey

    Without a doubt the greatest television moment for 2005 would have to be the highly anticipated and hyped appearance of Oprah Winfrey on the CBS Late Show. The “feud” between Letterman and Winfrey may have been more hyperbole than fact but her appearance not only gave Letterman incredible ratings numbers but it showed a side of him to Oprah and his fans that we rarely see. Whatever Ms. Winfrey’s impressions were before her first appearance on the CBS version of Letterman, it was apparent by the end of her interview that she was hooked. Letterman not only treated her with respect and class but he held on to that sharp and acerbic wit that keeps his fans on the edge of their seats. Oprah is arguably the most powerful woman in television if not in entertainment. Letterman, as underrated as he is at times, is also a television powerhouse that has left his mark on late night television as well as prime time. The ‘clash of the titans’ was not only good entertainment, it was a television event that ranks up there with Bette Midler’s appearance on the next to the last Johnny Carson Show.

  • Best TV Show: Surface – This show is about non-indigenous sea creatures that are coming out of the ocean. There are scientists who are trying to track them, but they’re having a heck of a time doing it. As of the last episode, the creatures are breeding, and the babies are showing up close to shore and coming up on land.

    Best TV Personality: Nim in Surface. He’s a baby sea monster, and he’s really cute. Two teenaged kids raised him, and they kept him hidden in a kid’s playhouse in the yard at one kid’s house (Miles’ house). Of course, the authorities have tried to capture Nim, but Miles and his friend wouldn’t let them. Sadly, Miles was bitten by a bunch of the new spawn, and he ended up in the hospital. The authorities did manage to capture Nim. I hope he wasn’t killed off in that last episode.

    Best Moment On TV: The scene in Surface when the giant sea monster rises from the depths and EATS a ship. Some people were shark fishing. They caught a big shark, but something bigger bit the shark in half. They reeled in the shark, and saw HALF a shark at the end of the line. Then, the monster came to the surface and ate the ship. I have a picture of it on my blog.

  • I’d have to agree on Rescue Me as best show, though I can’t pick out a particular episode. They’re all pretty much fantastic, actually. The one in which Tommy heads off to Ohio with the Barber Shop quartet with the real mission of finding his kids and runaway wife comes to mind as it was a great example of the heights of both comedy and drama that the show reaches with great consistency.

    Best TV Personality? Oh I don’t know… how about John Locke on Lost… I dig that guy.

    Best Moment… damn, these are tough! Opening the hatch on Lost and peering down into the deep.

    Whew… I’m tired now.

  • Best TV Personality – Geena Davis
    President MacKenzie Allen – ABC’s “Commander-in-Chief”

    I’d have to go with the above.

    For Best TV show, for me it’s West Wing. Love it now and loved it before. It would also be my choice for best TV show of all time.

  • Best Show on Television: The Wire (HBO)

    Created by the man responsible for “Homicide,” a show that transcended its genre and should be considered one of the best dramas ever, “The Wire” amazes with its intense brilliance. The writing and acting are phenomonal and challenge the viewer to pay attention to every scene. Each season they provide a balanced examination of an aspect of society through the city of Baltimore. Season 1 Drugs. Season 2 Unions. Season 3 Politics. Season 4 & 5 are coming. Do yourself a favor and rent the DVDs.

    2nd Place: “Breaking Bonaduce,” a show as captivating as a traffic accident as Danny causes the disintergration of his family by always making the wrong choice. You want to look away, but can’t because what you are witnessing is unbelivable.

    3rd Place: Final season of “Six Feet Under” did an very good job of resolving the conflicted lives of the Fisher family.

    Best Moments On Television: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

    Have to respectfully disagree with SK’s Letterman/Oprah pick. I’ve been a fan of Dave since he guest hosted “The Tonight Show” and am one of the very few who actually saw his morning show. While the reunion was a fun moment, it was a little too sappy for me. There’s a difference between graciousness and sucking up. Not much really happened that couldn’t have been cut down to a couple of highlights on “ET” or “Access Hollywood.” The upcoming interview between Bill O’Reilly and Howard Stern has the potential to be more memorable.

    And just in case I sound to high falutin’, my Guily Pleasure is the paternity/lie detector shows on Maury. I get drawn in by these fools thinking they can beat science and relish in their come-uppance. I am especially delighted to see return guests. “I think he’s cheating again, Maury. Wire him up.” or “This young lady is back with three more men to find out who fathered her child.”

  • Mr. Organizer gets a piece o’ the action:

    Best TV Personality

    Quite possibly the most honest representation of humanity ever seen on TV is portrayed by Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm — “Seinfeld with the word ‘fuck,'” as I explain it best — whose fifth season aired this year.

    Best TV Show

    My Name is Earl, for the sole reason that both my parents and I watch it together as a family, and we are disappointed if one of us can’t make it home to see it together.

    Best TV Moment

    May 1: The return of Family Guy after its long hiatus. The first scene, before the credits, says it better than I ever could:

    Peter: Everybody I’ve got bad news. We’ve been cancelled.

    Lois: Oh no Peter! How could they do that?

    Peter: Well unfortuantely Lois, there’s just no more room on the schedule. We just gotta accept the fact that FOX has to make room for terrific shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That ’80s Show, Wonder Falls, Fast Lane, Andy Richter Controls The Universe, Skin, Girls Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, Freaky Links, Wanda At Large, Costello, The Lone Gunman, A Minute with Stan Hooper, Normal Ohio, Pasadena, Harsh Realm, Keen Eddie, The Street, American Embassy, Cedric The Entertainer, The Tick, Louie, And Greg The Bunny….

    Lois: Is there no hope?

    Peter: Well I suppose if ALL those shows go down the tubes we might have a shot.

    –Episode 4.1, “North by North Quahog”

  • Best Personality CNN’s Anderson Cooper

    Best Moment 2005 Emmys James Spader’s Acceptance Speech was touching and from his heart

    Best Show Don’t watch enough, but

    Best New Show Criminal Minds

  • Rhiannon

    Best TV Personality:
    Craig Ferguson of Late Late Show fame. Without a question, his nightly monolouges defy the norm. His crazy kinetic energy is boundless, and the interesting observations on such mundane things as a GPS or singing commercial jingles in the car are priceless. But being able to converse intelligently on such complex subjects as Freud and Bosch lead the viewer to believe that this actor/producer/writer/director is no ordinary Scotsman.

  • Rhiannon — Do you work for the Late Late Show, or are you simply a highly polished copy man who loves Ferguson?

    No judging!

  • Or woman, I should say!

  • Bennett

    Best Show – My Name Is Earl
    This show could not have been on TV say 20, or even 10 years ago. Open and funny, mixed ethnic love affairs, kindness, crudeness with style.

    Best TV Moment When the soccer ball hits Joy in the face during the episode “Ruined Joy’s Wedding” is tied with Joy and Crabman slipping back into bed at the end of “Crashed Joy’s Car” or somesuch title (missed the opening).

    Best TV Personality Well duh, Crabman.

  • Rhiannon

    Well thank you very much for the compliment. But alas, I don’t know Craig. And highly polished copywoman I would strongly disagree with. But again, thank you. 🙂

  • The best TV show for 2005 is the Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica. Here is a show I was not sure I would like when the mini-series first aired in 2003. I am a childhood fan of the original series and was not sure I wanted to see this new take on the cheesy classic.

    This summer it entered its second season, and I am completely hooked. It brought with it tales of a dark vision. A future where the last shreds of humanity are under attack by its own creation. A people divided, struggling to keep the band together from both internal and external devices, natural and unnatural. A steady stream of compelling tales told with evolving characters. No one is resting on their laurels.

    Battlestar Galactica is hands down one of the best science fiction shows to have graced the small screen, and the best since the untimely demise of Farscape. First rate effects, great sets, and wonderful actors inhabiting them.

    What can I say? This show has me tuning in to every new episode to see what os going to happen. It has this perfectly balanced combination of political intrigue, personal politics, space faring action, and good old fashioned drama. It deserves to be seen.

    I cannot wait for season 2 to resume this January. Looking forward to rejoining the crew as they search for the mythical 13th colony of Earth.

  • reggie

    Well i’m not much of a writer but here goes:

    Best Show: The shield. I know most of you are like wtf but you wouldn’t understand unless you’ve been watching it for a while. There is no running out of ideas in this show. There’s always something unexpected to look forward to

    Best Tv Show personality: Stewie Gilligan Griffin (FOX i think): the 1 year old infant genius who has hatred for his mother and plans for world domination. One can’t help but laugh at his European-American accent,his love for literature, how he always has a serious face, his football shaped head, big eyes, the fast tiny steps he makes and the sound when he does, his feuds with Brian Griffin (the talking dog) and all his world domination plots in the cartoon. Oh, and we can’t forget his catch phrase “victory shall indeed be mine”

    Best TV Moment: yeah i’d have to say the Victoria secrets final show with Tyra and all the other big names: Gisele, Alesandra, Adriana, Naomi and Heidi and her husband Seal. It was great to see Tyra do her final walk as a model on the runway holding the Victoria secrets’ staff. I was nearly brought to tears coz i’ve been following her career for a while now….i’m positive that this won’t win but, thats just how i feel.

  • I have only one nominee among the lot… I hope that counts!

    Best TV Personality: Stephen Colbert.

    At first, I was pretty hesitant about the new show, The Colbert Report. I wasn’t sure Stephen could carry a show (he seemed nervous and jumpy in the first ep) or whether or not the spinoff could hold its own, or if the mockery of pseudo-journalists would stay fresh, but he’s really won me over. And considering that I don’t watch a lot of television, that’s saying something. The show has only gotten better and better since its premiere, and lately? He’s even better than Jon Stewart.

  • reggie von woic

    No way Steven’s show is better than Jon’s, but it is definitely getting there. Pretty soon their on air friendship will dissolve and they’ll turn out to be rivals.

    Have you guys noticed Steven’s ears are not symmetrical? He mentioned it i think in his first ep.

  • Best Show: My Life on the D-List
    Favorite episode: “On the Red Carpet” (Kathy Griffin goes to the Oscars)

    From her loopy parents and large hubby to her “main gays”, Kathy Griffin shows everyone how, when life gives you lemons, you’re not limited to lemonade. You can have lemon merengue, a lemon facial – even lemon-peel duck! You just have to be willing to beg, borrow, and steal (the limelight) to get it.

    Best TV Personality: still Tony Shalhoub, Monk

    Shalhoub keeps finding new dimensions to the incredibly anal Monk. Curing Monk’s metal disorders seems like a really bad idea when you see how productive he is with them.

    Best Moment in TV: John O’Hurley does Tango, on Dancing with the Stars.

    This was a delightful series, and the best thing about it was the way John O’Hurley “took on” the character of each dance. His tango, though, was the highlight of this entire series; dramatic, focused, and passionate. Eyebrows up for O’Hurley!

  • Dave Lloyd

    Best show: Without a doubt, The Comeback. Totally new, innovative, full of depth and humor.
    Best Personality: Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish. She could break your heart and make you laugh in the same instant.
    Best Couple: Valerie Cherish and Mickey, her hairdresser. Talk about love!
    Best moment: when Valerie puts her People’s Choice gown on and it is backwards. Hysterical.
    worst TV moment: when HBO lost courage and pulled the plug on a brilliant show.

  • Sadly, this nomination didn’t come in on time and I had totally overlooked The Comeback. I was hooked from the first episode and enjoyed it so very much.

  • RogerMDillon

    “The Comeback. Totally new, innovative,”

    Ever see Curb Your Enthusiasm?

  • Yes, I’ve seen it. Cheryl Hines is amazing. As are most of the other cast members. Larry David? He’s about as appealing as George on Seinfeld. And, for the record, I hated Seinfeld.

  • Best TV moment was definitely when I said “GO FUCK YOURSELF MR. CHENEY” to The Dick