Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 Character Cup - Round 2C





Today is the busiest contest day of them all. You can still vote in Round 2A for about 2 hours and Round 2B for about 19 hours. Round 2C will conclude this round. I have updated the stats page and will have information about the mini-contest tomorrow. Don't forget to spread the word about your favorite characters. Most have gone out by less than 200 votes, so every character has a good chance to proceed, especially with SDCC going on. (I've written myself a note about avoiding SDCC next year.) Don't forget to leave your comments below, and happy voting!


Rules
Rankings/Brackets
Round 1A / Round 1B / Round 1C / Round 1D
Round 2A / Round 2B



TV Talk Topic - Least Favorite Character Wishes


Think about a character you dislike in a show that will air next season. What storylines could change your mind about that character and make you at least tolerate them more? You cannot kill them off, have them leave the show, isolate them like putting them in a coma, or drastically reduce their screen time. That would be too easy. What other characters should they interact with? If they need one, would a redemption arc help or hurt them? What positive/interesting character traits do they have that could be focused on more to make them more palatable to you?














About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

2018 Character Cup - Stats, Rankings, and Brackets







Stats to Geek Out On:




Round Results:

Characters Still In  (Round 1): Jamie Fraser, Lucifer Morningstar, Magnus Bane, Damon Salvatore, Greg House, Jethro Gibbs, Barry Allen, Regina Mills, Klaus Mickaelson, Andy Flynn, Sherlock Holmes, Oliver Queen, Buffy Summers, Cameron Black, Shaun Murphy, Leo Fitz, Bellamy Blake, Sansa Stark, Jack Pearson, Veronica Mars, Sheldon Cooper, Rosa Diaz, June, Bill Adama, Joan Watson, Spencer Reid, Olivia Benson, Jessica Jones, The Doctor, Eleven, Sam Winchester, Mia Elster

Characters Out (Round 1): Lucy Preston, April Kepler, Merlin, Dana Scully, John Locke, Brooke Davis, Maeve Millay, Emily Thorne, Lorelai Gilmore, Elizabeth Jennings, Sara Lance, Red Reddington, Justin Foley, Lena Luthor, Olivia Dunham, Ross Poldark, Callen, Matt Murdock, Sydney Bristow, Annalise Keating, Temperance Brennan, Villanelle, Wynonna Earp, Quinn King, James Cole, Carol Peletier, Uhtred, Cheryl Blossom, Liv Moore, Elizabeth McCord, Martin Riggs, Tommy Shelby


Polls with the Most Votes:

Jamie Fraser vs Emily Thorne
Magnus Bane vs April Kepler
Lucifer Morningstar vs Lorelai Gilmore


Losing Characters with the Most Votes:

Round 1 = Lucy Preston, April Kepler, Merlin, Dana Scully
Round 2 =
Round 3 =
Round 4 =


Characters with Biggest Improvement between Initial Rankings and Final Rankings: 

Not known until final rankings


Closest Polls:

Mia Elster vs Wynonna Earp - 2 votes
The Doctor vs Temperance Brennan - 15 votes
Bill Adama vs Ross Poldark - 23 votes



Gender Breakdown:

This Year - male = 32 / female = 22
After First Round: male = 21 / female = 11
Second Round:  male = / female =
Third Round:  male = / female =
Elite Eight:  male = / female =
Final Four:  male = / female =
Finals: male = / female =


Network Breakdown:

This Year: network =29 / cable = 20 / streaming = 2 / ended shows = 13
After First Round: network = 17 / cable = 9 / streaming = 1 / ended = 5
Second Round:  network = / cable = / streaming = / ended =
Third Round:  network = / cable = / streaming = / ended =
Elite Eight:  network = / cable = / streaming - / ended =
Final Four:  network = / cable = / streaming = / ended =
Finals: network = / cable = / streaming = / ended =



Final Ranking List:  


33. Lucy Preston (Timeless)
34. April Kepner (Grey’s Anatomy)
35. Merlin (Merlin)
36. Dana Scully (The X-Files)
37. John Locke (LOST)
38. Brooke Davis (One Tree Hill)
39. Maeve Millay (Westworld)
40. Emily Thorne (Revenge)
41. Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
42. Elizabeth Jennings (The Americans)
43. Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
44. Raymond Reddington (The Blacklist)
45. Justin Foley (13 Reasons Why)
46. Lena Luthor (Supergirl)
47. Olivia Dunham (Fringe)
48. Ross Poldark (Poldark)
49. G. Callen (NCIS: LA)
50. Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
51. Sydney Bristow (Alias)
52. Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder)
53. Temperance Brennan (Bones)
54. Villanelle (Killing Eve)
55. Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
56. Quinn King (UnREAL)
57. James Cole (12 Monkeys)
58. Carol Peletier (The Walking Dead)
59. Uhtred of Bebbanburg (The Last Kingdom)
60. Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale)
61. Liv Moore (iZombie)
62. Elizabeth McCord (Madam Secretary)
63. Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon)
64. Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)




Original Ranking List:  


Characters are listed by their bracket ranking, based on nominations and polls. I've included what shows they are from as a handy guide for predicting or voting.


01. Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
02. Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer)
03. Andy Flynn (Major Crimes/The Closer)
04. Leo Fitz (Agents of SHIELD)
05. Bellamy Blake (The 100)
06. Mia Elster (Human)
07. Lucy Preston (Timeless)
08. April Kepner (Grey’s Anatomy)
09. Cameron Black (Deception)
10. Bill Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
11. Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
12. Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
13. June/Offred (Handmaid’s Tale)
14. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
15. Oliver Queen (Arrow)
16. Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
17. Barry Allen (The Flash)
18. Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor)
19. Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)
20. Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99)
21. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
22. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
23. Elizabeth Jennings (The Americans)
24. Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time)
25. Klaus Mikaelson (The Originals)
26. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
27. James Cole (12 Monkeys)
28. Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)
29. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)
30. Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale)
31. Jack Pearson (This Is Us)
32. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
33. Justin Foley (13 Reasons Why)
34. Raymond Reddington (The Blacklist)
35. Joan Watson (Elementary)
36. Villanelle (Killing Eve)
37. Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon)
38. Eleven (Stranger Things)
39. Lena Luthor (Supergirl)
40. Maeve Millay (Westworld)
41. Dana Scully (The X-Files)
42. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
43. Temperance Brennan (Bones)
44. Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
45. Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder)
46. Liv Moore (iZombie)
47. Uhtred of Bebbanburg (The Last Kingdom)
48. John Locke (LOST)
49. Merlin (Merlin)
50. G. Callen (NCIS: LA)
51. Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
52. Quinn King (UnREAL)
53. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
54. Carol Peletier (The Walking Dead)
55. Ross Poldark (Poldark)
56. Brooke Davis (One Tree Hill)
57. Magnus Bane (Shadowhunters)
58. Greg House (House)
59. Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
60. Sydney Bristow (Alias)
61. Elizabeth McCord (Madam Secretary)
62. Olivia Dunham (Fringe)
63.  Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
64.  Emily Thorne (Revenge)



Official Brackets: 

A downloadable PDF copy is here, if you would like a blank printable bracket to play along.  The names do get cut off though.   (Hint - download it before you fill it out or it won't keep what you typed. I learned that from experience..ugh!)







About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

2018 Character Cup - Round 2B





Round 2 will consist of 3 overlapping polls, so if you haven't already voted in round 2A, you can still go here and vote. Round 2C will start later this afternoon/evening. Also, don't forget to nominate your favorite TV animals. We've gotten some great choices already. That competition will start in round 4. Until then, don't forget to comment and happy voting!


Rules
Rankings/Brackets
Round 1A / Round 1B / Round 1C / Round 1D
Round 2A



Mini-Contest Nominations:



For those of you who weren't with us previously, we added in a mini-contest 2 years ago because a lot of people no longer had anyone to vote for after the third round. This gives everyone a fresh start and something new to root for. This year's topic will be....Favorite TV Animal. What were your favorite furry (or not-so furry) animals to grace your TV screen? Nominations open today and will end after round 2B so get them in quick. Like always, ANY show that is still in the main contest when the mini-contest begins is NOT eligible for the mini-contest since it is designed to spread the voting love. Also, only one submission per person please. If you have any questions, head for the comments. Until then, may the votes be close and your favorite squeak through. Happy voting!







TV Talk Topic Favorite Character Wishes:  


Think of a characters you like that is on a TV show is still airing - no dead characters or shows that have ended please. If you could give this characters one piece of advice going into the new TV season, what would it be and why? (Thanks Bwhit for the question.) What story lines would you like to see this character have in the upcoming season? Which other characters should they interact with more and why? Is there an aspect of their personality/background/life that you would like to see explored more? Are there other skills that the character should develop or be allowed to use more often?













About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Saturday, July 21, 2018

2018 Character Cup - Round 2A





As we enter round 2, round 1 showed that this contest will be vastly different from the 3 before it. While the previous 3 contests leaned female, this contest is shaping up to be mostly male. We started with 32 characters for each gender, but after round 1, we have 21 male characters still in the race and 11 female. More interestingly, in polls that had both a male and female character, males won 13 times while females only won 3. Will this be the end of the female victor wins? The astonishing defeat of Lucy Preston from Timeless by Greg House means it will be tougher. It also means that many brackets are broken in the prediction contest, including mine. In fact, only 12% predicted a House win. Round 1 also ended with our closest poll yet, with Humans’ Mia Elster defeating Wynonna Earp by a mere 2 votes. The Doctor vs. Temperance Brennan was the second closest with The Doctor winning by 15 votes. Obviously, every vote counts so don’t forget to talk up your favorites. More stats will be posted in the Rankings and Brackets post later. As always, happy voting!

Note: There will be 3 round 2 polls because of the label limits. All round 2 polls will overlap, so look for round 2B to be posted between 9 and 10 am CST.

Rules
Rankings/Brackets
Round 1A
Round 1B
Round 1C
Round 1D


Prediction Contest and Wish Lists:



Noor still leads our prediction contest with 28 points, while RM and Liz are right behind with 27 points. Awesome job! Over in the wish lists, Caomoyl and Joanna have the best record. Glad things are going well for you.



Mini-Contest Nominations:



For those of you who weren't with us previously, we added in a mini-contest 2 years ago because a lot of people no longer had anyone to vote for after the third round. This gives everyone a fresh start and something new to root for. This year's topic will be....Favorite TV Animal. What were your favorite furry (or not-so furry) animals to grace your TV screen? Nominations open today and will end after round 2B so get them in quick. You can nominate 2 animals but they must be from different TV shows. Like always, ANY show that is still in the main contest when the mini-contest begins is NOT eligible for the mini-contest since it is designed to spread the voting love. Also, only one submission per person please. If you have any questions, head for the comments. Until then, may the votes be close and your favorite squeak through. Happy voting!







TV Talk Topic:  

Reboots (aka Joss Whedon Has Lost His Mind)


Reboots, remakes, un-cancellations, bringing back long-cancelled shows, Americanizing other countries' shows - whatever you want to call it, Hollywood is fascinated with recycling stories these days. How do you feel about these old ideas made new? Do reboots diminish originals or bring new audiences to cult classics? Which reboots have you really enjoyed? Which would have been better left to history? Which past shows would you like to see rebooted? Are there any shows you would rather NOT EVER be rebooted?









About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

2018 CC Rules






2018 Character Cup Rules:



1. Don't take it seriously! Have fun. Discuss a lot. Play nice.

2. Focus on characters, not people. Talking about what you like and dislike about a character is encouraged. Going after actors or fans is not.

3. The aliens have not landed. There's no conspiracy here. I will do my very best to keep the contest running smoothly, but just like with the original rankings, I do make mistakes. I apologize in advance for any technical difficulties, spelling errors, and general absentmindedness. Let me know and I'll fix it.

4. Comments are life. As you anxiously await the return of your shows, why not distract yourself with a little TV Talk? Each day is a new topic so even if your favorites are out, you can still discuss. While this contest is just a silly piece of internet fluff, the conversation here dives deep, so jump on in.

5. Nuts and Bolts - All polls are active for about 24 hours. The winners advance to the next round. In the case of a tie, both characters go to the next round. New polls should go up every day and polls may sometimes overlap each other. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.


Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 Character Cup - Round 1D





Once again, the polls here will overlap those in round 1C. If you have not voted in round 1C yet, here's the link. With almost half of the polls finished for round 1, Noor leads our prediction contest with 15 points and a perfect record. Wow! Bradley and Amber Lacy are tied for second with only one miss. Awesome predicting all around! Over in the wish lists, Joanna and Maria Sol must be the happiest because most of their picks have made it into round 2. Just for the record, I am dead last in the wish list which makes this contest par the course. Ha! I'm loving all the good discussion though. A special thanks to everyone who pitched topics for the mini-contest. I am extremely grateful to you. We could still use some ideas though, so keep on brainstorming. I would love to have a list of about 20 topics so we have plenty in the future too. To ensure that every has a good time, please read the rules below. Happy voting!


Rankings/Brackets
Round 1A
Round 1B
Round 1C



2018 Character Cup Rules:



1. Don't take it seriously! Have fun. Discuss a lot. Play nice.

2. Focus on characters, not people. Talking about what you like and dislike about a character is encouraged. Going after actors or fans is not.

3. The aliens have not landed. There's no conspiracy here. I will do my very best to keep the contest running smoothly, but just like with the original rankings, I do make mistakes. I apologize in advance for any technical difficulties, spelling errors, and general absentmindedness. Let me know and I'll fix it.

4. Comments are life. As you anxiously await the return of your shows, why not distract yourself with a little TV Talk? Each day is a new topic so even if your favorites are out, you can still discuss. While this contest is just a silly piece of internet fluff, the conversation here dives deep, so jump on in.

5. Nuts and Bolts - All polls are active for about 24 hours. The winners advance to the next round. In the case of a tie, both characters go to the next round. New polls should go up every day and polls may sometimes overlap each other. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.



Homework - Mini-Contest Topics:


Along with the prediction contest and the TV Talk Topics, the Character Cup is also different from other contests at SpoilerTV because we do a second mini-contest once we get further in the Character Cup. Basically, I found that people were disengaging after their favorites were gone so I pick a topic and we run with it. So far, we have done Favorite TV Vehicle, Favorite Villain, and Favorite Theme Song. Before my computer crashed last summer, I had an awesome list of future topics provided by the SpoilerTV community. However, they are now lost to the abyss. So if you would like to have future mini-contests, leave some topic ideas in the comments below. I will take nominations for this year’s topic later in round 2.



TV Talk Topic:  

It’s a Villain’s World


We’ve ranked our favorite characters overall. Now it’s the villains’ turn. Who would your top 4 villains be. What makes a villain memorable? What do your favorite villains have in common? Do you like shows to have one Big Bad throughout the series, season-long villains, or a bad guy of the week? How about redemption stories for villains, where the character becomes more heroic over the storyline? Do you like them? Which ones have worked particularly well? (Thanks to Kim C. and Ellys Cartin for the topic suggestion.)


















About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Thursday, July 19, 2018

2018 Character Cup - Round 1C





With almost half of the first round over, Jamie Fraser, Damon Salvatore, Jethro Gibbs, Barry Allen, Magnus Bane, Klaus Mikaelson, Cameron Black, Regina Mills, Leo Fitz, Olivia Benson, June/Offred, Rosa Diaz, Bellamy Blake, Sansa Stark, and Veronica Mars have all moved on to round 2. Most of the races were won by a big margin, with the biggest being Jamie vs Emily, but 2 were fairly close - Cameron (53%) vs. Brooke and Olivia (54%) vs. Villanelle. The biggest upset so far has been Magnus Bane’s triumph over April Kepler, but that’s more about his shockingly low number of nominations than a big surprise in the polls. Here’s hoping that today’s polls will be nail biters, but if not, the TV Talk Topics have produced great discussion. Thanks to everyone who has participated!

To ensure that every has a good time, please read the rules below. and don't forget to do your homework.   Happy voting!


Rankings/Brackets
Round 1A
Round 1B



2018 Character Cup Rules:


1. Don't take it seriously! Have fun. Discuss a lot. Play nice.

2. Focus on characters, not people. Talking about what you like and dislike about a character is encouraged. Going after actors or fans is not.

3. The aliens have not landed. There's no conspiracy here. I will do my very best to keep the contest running smoothly, but just like with the original rankings, I do make mistakes. I apologize in advance for any technical difficulties, spelling errors, and general absentmindedness. Let me know and I'll fix it.

4. Comments are life. As you anxiously await the return of your shows, why not distract yourself with a little TV Talk? Each day is a new topic so even if your favorites are out, you can still discuss. While this contest is just a silly piece of internet fluff, the conversation here dives deep, so jump on in.

5. Nuts and Bolts - All polls are active for about 24 hours. The winners advance to the next round. In the case of a tie, both characters go to the next round. New polls should go up every day and polls may sometimes overlap each other. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.



Homework - Mini-Contest Topics:


Along with the prediction contest and the TV Talk Topics, the Character Cup is also different from other contests at SpoilerTV because we do a second mini-contest once we get further in the Character Cup. Basically, I found that people were disengaging after their favorites were gone so I pick a topic and we run with it. So far, we have done Favorite TV Vehicle, Favorite Villain, and Favorite Theme Song. Before my computer crashed last summer, I had an awesome list of future topics provided by the SpoilerTV community. However, they are now lost to the abyss. So if you would like to have future mini-contests, leave some topic ideas in the comments below. I will take nominations for this year’s topic later in round 2.



TV Talk Topic:


TV Talk Topic - Crossovers: When Characters Collide

While a frequent theme in fanfiction and fanvids, crossovers are getting more love in the TV world. From the ones that make sense (Chicago everything) to the downright bizarre (Sleepy Hollow and Bones???), crossovers are a way for networks to increase viewers and make money. Do you like crossover events? What makes a crossover work? What are the best and worst crossovers you’ve seen? If you could pick two characters from any show to interact, who would it be and why? What crossover fan work have you seen or read that you feel is well done?  (Thanks to Bwhit for the topic suggestion.)

Note - Don't forget to leave mini-contest topics as well.






About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2018 Character Cup - Round 1B





This poll is coming at you early today. Usually polls won't go up until the previous one has finished, but I have family obligations on Thursday that require this poll to close a bit earlier. As such, the bad news is that I cannot update the polls. The good news is that if you haven't voted in round 1A yet, you still have time. I will update the brackets and the prediction contest results when those polls close. For the very observant, there is also 1 fewer poll. This is simply because the shows represented today have such long titles that 8 polls wouldn't fit in the labels. Tomorrow there will be 9 polls to make up for it.

A big thank you to everyone who shared their top TV characters. It was fun strolling down memory lane with you. Today's topic is deeper - talking the stages of TV Fan Grief. I look forward to a great discussion. Just remember this is a very sensitive topic for some.

To ensure that every has a good time, please read the rules below. It is important that everyone be considerate and fair to make this the most fun for everyone. Rules will be posted throughout round 1 and then a link will be provided to them. There are also links below to the list of character rankings and official bracket. Once round 1 is over, these will contain stats about the contest as well. The daily TV Talk Topic will be found above the polls each time. With no further ado, happy voting!


Rankings/Brackets
Round 1A


2018 Character Cup Rules:



1. Don't take it seriously! Have fun. Discuss a lot. Play nice.

2. Focus on characters, not people. Talking about what you like and dislike about a character is encouraged. Going after actors or fans is not.

3. The aliens have not landed. There's no conspiracy here. I will do my very best to keep the contest running smoothly, but just like with the original rankings, I do make mistakes. I apologize in advance for any technical difficulties, spelling errors, and general absentmindedness. Let me know and I'll fix it.

4. Comments are life. As you anxiously await the return of your shows, why not distract yourself with a little TV Talk? Each day is a new topic so even if your favorites are out, you can still discuss. While this contest is just a silly piece of internet fluff, the conversation here dives deep, so jump on in.

5. Nuts and Bolts - All polls are active for about 24 hours. The winners advance to the next round. In the case of a tie, both characters go to the next round. New polls should go up every day and polls may sometimes overlap each other. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.



TV Talk Topic:


TV Talk Topic - Grieving Fan Support 101


We’ve all been there. We’re passionate about a show, we adore a character, or we’re fascinated by a storyline...and then it all comes crashing down. TV Fan Grief is a real thing and it can get intense. What shows, characters, or plotlines are you still grieving over years later? What advice can you give to grieving fans? Is there anything that fandoms should avoid in their grief? How do you feel about fan “save our show” campaigns? What’s the best way for a non-fan to deal with a fandom’s passion? In short, if you were writing a TV Fan Grief handbook, what would you stress the most?












About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2018 Character Cup - Round 1A






And we're off. Welcome to the 2018 Character Cup. Woo hoo! I hope this is a fun, surprising, and not too serious contest for all, regardless of the winner. First off, thanks to everyone who helped find pictures for the Cup. I really appreciate it. It allowed me to create the polls early so we could start as soon as the prediction contest deadline ended. You guys rock! Thanks so much! The Character Cup goes by very quickly so don't forget to check SpoilerTV every day so you can vote, look at the prediction standings, and most importantly, participate in the daily discussion. We have a new TV Talk Topic every day and all are encouraged to participate. It's my favorite part of the contest


To ensure that every has a good time, please read the rules below. It is important that everyone be kind and fair to make this the most fun for everyone. Rules will be posted throughout round 1 and then a link will be provided to them. There are also links below to the list of character rankings and official bracket. Once round 1 is over, these will contain stats about the contest as well. The daily TV Talk Topic will be found above the polls each time. With no further ado, I announce this contest, open! Happy voting!


Rankings/Brackets



2018 Character Cup Rules:



1. Don't take it seriously! Have fun. Discuss a lot. Play nice.

2. Focus on characters, not people. Talking about what you like and dislike about a character is encouraged. Going after actors or fans is not.

3. The aliens have not landed. There's no conspiracy here. I will do my very best to keep the contest running smoothly, but just like with the original rankings, I do make mistakes. I apologize in advance for any technical difficulties, spelling errors, and general absentmindedness. Let me know and I'll fix it.

4. Comments are life. As you anxiously await the return of your shows, why not distract yourself with a little TV Talk? Each day is a new topic so even if your favorites are out, you can still discuss. While this contest is just a silly piece of internet fluff, the conversation here dives deep, so jump on in.

5. Nuts and Bolts - All polls are active for about 24 hours. The winners advance to the next round. In the case of a tie, both characters go to the next round. New polls should go up every day and polls may sometimes overlap each other. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.



TV Talk Topic:




TV Talk Topic: Who’s Your Final Four?

Normally the first thing we discuss is the characters that almost made it in, but this time I want to tweak that a bit. If you were creating your own TV bracket of the best characters in all of TV history, who would be on it? What would your top 8 be? Who would advance to the Final Four? Can you even pick a #1? What characters never get into the contest, but you think deserve a lot more attention? What would your childhood top 4 look like and how would it compare to now? Would you have an specialty top 4 (antiheroes, sci-fi characters, superheroes, historical drama characters, etc.)?





















About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Character Cup - Prediction Contest







Important Update:

I mistakenly allowed both Veronica Mars and Eleanor Shellstrop into the contest, forgetting that they are both played by the same actress.  Since only one character is allowed per actor, I have taken Eleanor off and added in the 2 characters who originally tied for the 10th spot.  I deeply apologize but if you have already made your prediction, you will have to do so again.  Challonge would not let me add the new characters so I had to re-do it.  Again, I apologize.  The new link is here and below.  A big thanks to Isaac, who pointed out my mistake before the contest began.  I have also updates the brackets and rankings.  Again, sorry for the inconvenience.




The nominations and rankings are done and now the real fun begins. Below you will find a complete list of characters that made it into the 2018 Character Cup, the official brackets, and homework.  I made a mistake in the original list and had 2 characters played by the same actress.  Therefore, we will have 64 competing this year after all.  This does change the match-ups for several characters.

For those new to the Character Cup, one additional piece of fun is the prediction contest. I highly urge you to enter because is a lot of fun and absolutely free.  This is your chance to guess which characters will win each round. Remember the prediction contest is about who you think will win, NOT who you want to win.  Like last year we are using Challonge to run it. You may have to sign up to use it (not quite sure), but it is completely free.  You have until 2 pm CST on Tuesday, July 17 to complete your predictions.   Just for fun, I have also added a wish contest this year if you want to make one for who you want to win as well.








Prediction Contest Rules:


1. Only one prediction per person.  You can also do a wish bracket.
2. When titling your prediction, please use your Disqus or SpoilerTV name.  If you do not have either, please use your name or something short.
3. Your predictions can be edited up until predictions close, but to do so you must copy and paste a very, very long link to find your prediction again. It only shows up once so, I highly suggest saving the link. I CANNOT find it for you.
4. All predictions must be finalized by 2 pm CST on Tuesday, July 18 to be eligible. Once the contest starts, no other predictions will be accepted.
5. We are going back to weighted predictions this year.
6. The grand prize winner wins…bragging rights. Hey, I'm a teacher. I can't afford cool prizes. Unless you love Supernatural and then I have some leftover prizes....or I have a ton of used TV DVD's.  Last year, Noor won.  Good luck to all!




Bracket Ranking List:  


Characters are listed by their bracket ranking, based on nominations and polls. I've included what shows they are from as a handy guide for predicting or voting.


01. Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
02. Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer)
03. Andy Flynn (Major Crimes/The Closer)
04. Leo Fitz (Agents of SHIELD)
05. Bellamy Blake (The 100)
06. Mia Elster (Human)
07. Lucy Preston (Timeless)
08. April Kepner (Grey’s Anatomy)
09. Cameron Black (Deception)
10. Bill Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
11. Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
12. Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
13. June/Offred (Handmaid’s Tale)
14. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
15. Oliver Queen (Arrow)
16. Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
17. Barry Allen (The Flash)
18. Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor)
19. Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)
20. Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99)
21. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
22. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
23. Elizabeth Jennings (The Americans)
24. Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time)
25. Klaus Mikaelson (The Originals)
26. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
27. James Cole (12 Monkeys)
28. Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)
29. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)
30. Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale)
31. Jack Pearson (This Is Us)
32. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
33. Justin Foley (13 Reasons Why)
34. Raymond Reddington (The Blacklist)
35. Joan Watson (Elementary)
36. Villanelle (Killing Eve)
37. Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon)
38. Eleven (Stranger Things)
39. Lena Luthor (Supergirl)
40. Maeve Millay (Westworld)
41. Dana Scully (The X-Files)
42. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
43. Temperance Brennan (Bones)
44. Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
45. Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder)
46. Liv Moore (iZombie)
47. Uhtred of Bebbanburg (The Last Kingdom)
48. John Locke (LOST)
49. Merlin (Merlin)
50. G. Callen (NCIS: LA)
51. Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
52. Quinn King (UnREAL)
53. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
54. Carol Peletier (The Walking Dead)
55. Ross Poldark (Poldark)
56. Brooke Davis (One Tree Hill)
57. Magnus Bane (Shadowhunters)
58. Greg House (House)
59. Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
60. Sydney Bristow (Alias)
61. Elizabeth McCord (Madam Secretary)
62. Olivia Dunham (Fringe)
63.  Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
64.  Emily Thorne (Revenge)



Official Brackets: 

A downloadable PDF copy is here, if you would like a blank printable bracket to play along.  The names do get cut off though.   (Hint - download it before you fill it out or it won't keep what you typed. I learned that from experience..ugh!)








Picture Homework:



The first round will start on Tuesday after predictions are in. Until then, I'm assigning homework. (I told you I'm a teacher.) I need good headshot pictures of ALL of the characters. Otherwise your favorite character is stuck with the first picture I find on Google. The guidelines are below. You can send them to me via Twitter @dahne1 or put them in the comments below. Thanks in advance for your help in this.  It's a tremendous time saver for me.


Picture Guidelines:

1. Must be clothed and PG please!
2. Clearly shows the character's face
3. Is just the character, NOT a group thing
4. Must be the character and not the actor (no premiere party or tabloid photos)
5. No gifs - jpeg or png only please



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

2018 Character Cup - Nominating and Ranking Polls





Phase one of our 2018 Character Cup is now closed and almost 550 characters have been nominated. It's shaping up to be a great contest. However, with so many nominations, we're bound to need a couple of tie breakers. The polls today come in three types:


A. Show-specific nominating polls: One character from each of these polls is guaranteed to be in the Character Cup. However, fandoms need to choose which character will represent their fandom.

B. Mixed show nominating polls: These are the characters that narrowly missed the cut to be guaranteed a spot in the Character Cup. Therefore, only the characters with the most votes will get into the contest. These characters will make up the remaining slots to get to the 64 needed.

C. Ranking polls: All of these characters are already in the contest, but they had the same number of nominations. Since they are also in the top 10 characters nominated, where they are ranked will determine which shows they go up against.


After voting ends, I will post the complete bracket. You will then have 2 days to compete in our Prediction Cup. It's a fun way to stay engaged in the contest even if your favorites are out, so tune in tomorrow for it. After the prediction contest closes, the Character Cup will begin. Until then, talk up your favorites and tell us why you love them.



IMPORTANT INFO (please read):


1. If you don't see your favorite characters, that does NOT necessarily mean that they didn't make it in. Many characters are already set and don't need a poll.

2. You can only vote for 1 character per poll and no voting results will be shown until after voting ends. Yeah, I know that's mean. I'm having a hard time choosing only 1 too.

3. Polls will stay open for a little less than 12 hours and close around 2 pm CST.

4. Don’t forget to say who you voted for in the comments. It’s a great place to talk up your favorites too. Also, if you have additional ideas for our TV Talk Topics, post them here. Happy voting!









About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pitch Your Show 2018 - Part F





With this segment, we come to the end of the 2018 Summer Pitch Your Show, including the most nominated show, Timeless.  In fact, there were so many nominations for Timeless that I included 4 pitches for it.  I want to thank everyone who created the 146 pitches represented here. Your nominations were passionate, interesting, and persuasive. I had great fun reading them and I love all the variety. Again I wish we could have put all nominations in the articles. If you'd like to read them all, please click on the link to the spreadsheet below. As we end this article until next year, I hope you have found some good new shows to watch. Let me know how your summer TV viewing is going and as always, happy viewing.

Also, don't forget that summertime is when SpoilerTV focuses on all the major contests. With the Episode Competition finished, the Character Cup is next.  Nominations close in mere hours and then we'll starting the ranking process.  The Character Cup is a little different than the others because each day we have a new TV Talk Topic. I'm looking for topic suggestions so if there is anything you're dying to talk about with the SpoilerTV community, let me know. After the Character Cup will be the STV Awards and we'll end the summer with the huge Favorite Show Contest. I have a particular fondness for this one because it is what first brought me to SpoilerTV. So, as you can see, just because the regular season is done that doesn't mean SpoilerTV is taking a hiatus. Come back tomorrow for the Character Cup, and until then, here are the last of the pitches. I hope something grabs your interest today.


Part A
Part B
Part C
Part D
Part E
Spreadsheet



Take Two:
1 seasons, currently airing


Eddie Valetik used to be a police detective. Sam Swift played a police detective on TV for eight seasons before she became a tabloid headline. Fresh out of rehab, she's looking for a new role, maybe a new calling, and a missing persons case might give her the perfect chance to put her vast investigative "experience" to work. One of the joys of Take Two is that it embraces being a semi-parody of other well known she/he team up crime shows. On the surface, the spunky newcomer and reluctant cynic pairing has been done before. However,the difference is Rachel Bilson. She’s a radiant explosion of sunshine and charm, and her character's eagerness to learn the ropes of being a private eye is contagious. Eddie Cibrian supports her effectively, playing opposite. The cases are entertaining and not obviously recycled. There’s enough emotional weight to balance the good hearted humor and a bevy of familiar guest star faces. One of Castle’s own, Seamus Dever, appears in an upcoming episode. An ideal summer show, it doesn’t take itself too seriously Take Two is there to have fun, and that attitude fits it perfectly. (Ellys Cartin)

It has Rachel Bilson. (Oktawia)

Take Two is a perfect show for summer. It’s a light crime procedural with plenty of snark. The two leads have good chemistry, although it has a similar “will they-won’t they” vibe of previous shows like Bones and Castle. That shouldn’t be surprising because the show runners also created Castle. In a nutshell, a former party girl TV star gets the opportunity to land a part as a private investigator and kickstart her flagging career so she shadows a surly, “real-life” PI to get in character. Circumstances change and viola, they become partners for the long-haul. If you shipped Bones, Castle, The Mentalist, or series like them, this is the show for you. (Dahne)



This Is Us:
2 seasons, 36 episodes


This Is Us is a unique, emotionally-draining, and rich family drama that will make you laugh, smile, clap, and most importantly, cry. The pilot is a masterpiece, and it would be horrible to spoil it in any way. The pilot everything changes and what you may have seen in the trailer, will be turned on its head. The cast is incredible, with everyone delivering stunning performances and adding something unique to the show, even guest actors who appear on the screen for no more than 10 minutes. The characters feel like they could be anyone in your family, anyone you see on the street, or maybe even yourself. They are very layered and complex, and face issues that we face in our daily life as well. In every sense of the word, it’s really about US human beings. Most importantly, this show teaches you that while family life is complicated, you have stick together and sort out your problems because having a family is a privilege. If you have not jumped on the bandwagon yet, then please do now. This is absolutely a show that will warm your heart and make you cry! (Missions)



Timeless:
2 seasons, 26 episodes


What if history as you knew it could change drastically in a split second and you wouldn't even know it? Three (un)lucky, relatively normal, but genius characters have to deal with this question when they find out that time travel is real and one of two time machines have been stolen by a man hell-bent on wreaking havoc throughout American history, without a care for who he kills in the process. Written by amazing writers, in collaboration with a historian to ensure accuracy, Timeless has an inclusive cast full of women, POC, and LGBTQ+ representation. The sets and costumes are created with the utmost care and the intricate story captivates audiences of all kinds. This show immediately hooks you and inspires a passion for learning and discussion while never making its audience feel dumb. That doesn’t even touch on how brilliant the characters are individually or how Timeless sheds a light on important historical events and people who are VITAL to today's society and yet are almost entirely overlooked! (Jordan)

Timeless is an amazing show that blends diversity, adventure, time travel, inclusion, loyalty, and even a bit of romance into this well balanced show. The cast’s chemistry is off the charts, the writers pay attention to the finest of details making rewatches a must, and the costumes and sets are lavish and transport you back in time. Timeless is an absolute must! (Tish)

The basic concept of Timeless is time travel, but with a twist—villain Flynn has stolen a time machine to stop the organization responsible for killing his wife and child. Historian Lucy, Soldier Wyatt, and Pilot Rufus attempt to stop him by following in another time machine. History is sometimes changed, and we are presented with the question, “Is the course of our lives determined by fate or our own choices?”. Historically accurate places and figures are depicted, such as President Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Ian Fleming. The cast and writing are superb, and although you might think this is only about drama, you are pleasantly surprised by the humor and passion interwoven into each episode all in a family-friendly way. (Nancy Lee)

It's a fun, witty, adventurous and engaging historical show with sci-fi elements. It highlights known and lesser known historical events through time travel and you learn new things every time. It also has an inclusive cast with great chemistry. There is friendship, hardship, and romance. It's a great show for people of any age and families can watch it too. From the first episode onwards, the visuals are astounding, the acting is wonderful, and you can't stop watching. (Miss Annie)



Trial & Error:
2 seasons, currently airing


Do you like The Office? Do you like True Crime documentaries? Do you like laughing so much that it physically hurts? Then you must watch this show. Josh Segal, a greenhorn defense lawyer from New York City, is sent to the hodgepodge town of East Peck, South Carolina to defend a local poetry professor accused of murder. After season 1, he stays on in the town to take another high profile case. Josh assembles a team that includes town residents, Dwayne and Anne, who each are incredibly hilarious in their individual ways. The characters are deathly funny, but the show also uses sight gags and slapstick humor of the highest quality. Season 1’s suspect is played by John Lithgow. Season 2’s is played by Kristin Chenoweth. Each case unspools with twist after twist, each more fun than the last. It’s nonstop entertainment of the very best kind. (Ellys Cartin)



Twin Peaks:
2 seasons, 30 episodes - original series
1 season, 18 episodes - limited series
Netflix, Amazon Prime


David Lynch's masterpiece shaped television forever when it aired in 1990 on ABC. It returned last year for a third season revival that blew everybody's minds with some of the most unique hours of television ever broadcast, and that's no hyperbole - episode eight of Season 3 is unlike anything you've *ever* seen before, and the first season is one of television's strongest too. This dreamlike classic is so much more than just a simple investigation to determine who killed Laura Palmer - it is absolutely essential viewing that simply demands to be seen. Without it, television today would be very different. Don't forget the all-time great TV movie prequel (that should be watched after Season 2 for best results), Fire Walk With Me. (Milo)



White Collar:
6 seasons, 81 episodes
Netflix


Two enemies end up working together and become the unlikeliest of friends. That’s pretty much the essence of this show. FBI Agent Peter Burke finally catches his nemesis, master criminal Neal Caffrey. Rather than serve prison time, Burke’s bosses instead offer Caffrey the chance to work off his sentence by working as a consultant to help them catch the most elusive criminals. With action pack drama seasoned with quirky tongue and cheek humor, White Collar is a show that will have you crying messily one second and then laughing your butt off the next. (The North Remembers)

Hands down, this is one of the most fun shows I have ever watched. Part caper movie, part crime procedural, part bromance, White Collar starts with genuinely likeable characters. Neal Caffrey is a non-violent con man, trying to go straight, while working off his prison sentence with the FBI. His criminal expertise makes him the best person to catch his dangerous counterparts. Peter Burke is his handler, partner, and a rules follower - at least in the beginning. His wife El and he are also the definition of a successful marriage. Rounding out the FBI team are Diana and Jones, who get more fleshed out as the series continues. Still, the real reason to watch this show is Mozzie, Neal’s best friend and conspiracy theorist. He steals every scene he’s in. If you are a fan of Leverage, Ocean’s 8, or Matt Bomer’s charm, check White Collar out.
(Dahne)



Young Sheldon:
1 season, 22 episodes


You don’t need to watch The Big Bang Theory to enjoy this sequel! In fact, it’s even better if you don’t. It’s a family-centric comedy that could be called THE COOPERS. Sheldon Cooper is a gifted child who enters high school at age 9, to the mingled pride and concern of his parents George and Mary (Zoe Perry is flawless) and the dismay of his athletic but somewhat dull older brother Georgie. Other characters include Sheldon’s sassy twin sister Missy and even more sassy grandmother Meemaw (Annie Potts rocks!), who lives nearby. The family’s adventures with education, work, and beef brisket recipes make for utterly delightful episodes. If you want a show with heart, there’s plenty of that too. Most importantly, it’s actually funny. The humor is solid, and the characters are likable. Bonus points for it being set in 1989 so there’s great nostalgia moments. (Ellys Cartin)

Young Sheldon is my pick for best new comedy since Fresh Off the Boat premiered. It is also nothing like its predecessor, The Big Bang Theory. While that show relies of crass humor a lot, Young Sheldon relies on the heart-warming but funny side of family. Iain Armitage is shockingly good. It's hard to find young actors who can actually act but he is the embodiment of Sheldon. He keeps Sheldon's quirks but layers them with a child's innocence and vulnerability. Zoe Perry is also amazing as Sheldon's mom, toning down some of her edges to make her a much more nuanced character. Young Sheldon has more in common with quality ABC family comedies than anything else on CBS.



You’re the Worst:
4 seasons, 49 episodes


The title of this one may be You’re The Worst, but the show is actually the best. It takes a look at a relationship between Jimmy and Gretchen, two massively flawed people who find each other and form their own definition of what love is. The show is a comedy but also takes a realistic and honest look at depression and what it can do to a person as well as their partner. If you like comedy, but also a show that makes you think and feel for grey characters, then this is one worth trying. (Beth)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosted The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."