Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Character Cup - Nominations Open




Although it is still May, we're getting a jump on the 2017 Character Cup. Nominations will remain open until Tuesday at midnight CST. Nominating/ranking polls will come immediately after if necessary and more info about the actual contest will be posted then. If you haven't participated in the Character Cup on SpoilerTV before, it's basically a fun contest to pass the hiatus. There's nothing serious about it. People nominate their favorite characters (male and female, current and/or ended) and the top 64 characters go head-to-head to choose a favorite. Let me stress that this contest has NOTHING to do with the "best" character, which is subjective, or the best acted character, also subjective, or most influential character, you guessed it - still subjective. It is simply a way to show your favorite characters some love and pass the time until the fall season starts. So think back on all those great TV shows you've watched in the past or are watching now. Who are your favorites?

While the Character Cup works the same way as other SpoilerTV summer contests, there are some differences. The biggest is that each show can be represented by only 1 character. This allows more shows to be represented and more people to participate. If a show has a number of characters who are close in nominations, then I will hold a nominating poll so that the fandom can choose their champion. You can also only nominate 1 character from a show. If you try to nominate more than 1 character from a show, then your nomination will be invalid. So think carefully about which character best represents your favorite shows.

Another change is that unlike the Favorite Show Contest, once a character wins this competition they are retired. That means that LOST's Jack Shephard, Supernatural's Dean Winchester and Castiel, and Person of Interest's Root and Sameen Shaw cannot run again. This keeps people from grousing that the same people win all the time. For me though, the best difference is the TV Talk Topic. Each day there is a new TV topic to discuss so even if you don't have anyone to vote for that day, you can still be part of the conversation. If you have any great TV Talk topics, please add them to the nomination form. Previously, we've had several great discussions including one about how TV is different around the world. That one was a real eye opener. I can't wait to talk TV with you again.



Nomination Rules (PLEASE READ):



1. Only 1 Submission per person. If you submit multiple times ALL your submissions will be removed.

2. You can nominate 3-4 characters but they must be on the same nomination form. They can be from shows currently airing or those long ended and everything in between. Only characters from scripted shows are eligible though.

3. Nominating more than 1 character from the same show will invalidate your nominations. Please make sure that ALL the characters you nominate are from different shows. Only 1 character per show can get into the contest so please nominate from a variety of shows.

4. Only nominations with both the character AND the TV show will be included. Also please use the character's full name if you can. While I watch a lot of shows, I don't watch everything. I had no idea that Daenerys Targaryen and Khaleesi were the same person. If a character is always called by their nickname, that will work too.

5. Please do NOT nominate Jack Shephard (LOST), Dean Winchester (Supernatural), Castiel (Supernatural), Root (Person of Interest), or Sameen Shaw (Person of Interest). These characters are already past winners and therefore cannot run again. Any nominations for them will not be counted.

6. While this is only the nominating stage, it's a great idea to talk up your character in the comments section. Last year we had several characters that people wished they had nominated but forgot about. This is especially true for shows that are not currently airing.

7. Nominations will close Tuesday at midnight CST. Nominating/ranking polls will begin shortly after and will last about 24 hours.

8. Questions? Ask in the comments below.









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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of May 7





Agents of SHIELD -
1. Coulson, after using his special arm to slice an android's face: "Did I mention how much I love my shield?" (Donna)




The Americans -
1. Elizabeth: "Why does this bother you so much?" Philip: "It just does." Elizabeth: "The centre has nothing to do with them. Come on. And what if they do? So what?" Philip: "I don't want Stan to be like Martha." (Milo and DarkUFO)



Doctor Who -
1. Doctor, in a nod to Star Trek: "Space, the final frontier." (Donna)




Fargo -
1. Varga: "There’s an accounting coming, Mr. Stussy, and you know I'm right. Mongrel hordes descending, and what are you doing to insulate yourself and your family? You think you're rich. You've no idea what rich means. Rich is a fleet of private planes filled with decoys to mask your scent. It's a bunker in Wyoming and another in Gstaad. So that's action item one, the accumulation of wealth. And I mean wealth, not money." Emmit: "What's action item number two?" Varga: "To use that wealth to become invisible." (DarthLocke)
2. Sy: "Cremains, I think, is the preferred nomenclature." (DarthLocke)
3. Varga: "In the favelas of Brazil, there are six year olds with Glocks. They rove in packs, stealing whatever they can find. Mexican lowlifes stream into this country like wolves, eyeing our women and children. In the Congo, a family of six live on ten cents a day. You turn on the TV, what do you see? Those people. Mass migration. You're living in the age of the refugee, my friend." (Darthlocke)
4. Narrator: "Each character in this tale is going to be represented by a different instrument in the orchestra. For instance, the bird will be played by the flute, like this. Here's the duck, played by the oboe. The cat, by the clarinet. The bassoon will represent grandfather. The blast of the hunter’s shotguns played by the kettle drums. The wolf by the French horns. And Peter, by the strings. Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Then I'll begin." (Darthlocke)
5. Emmit: "Look around! I'm already rich." Varga: "No, you're not." (DarkUFO)
6. Nikki: "Remember — Richest guy in the room is always the boss." (DarkUFO)



The Leftovers -
1. Nora: "What's your question?" Dr. Aiden: "Two infant twins are born. One of them will grow up to cure cancer, but only if one of them dies now. You don't have to kill the baby yourself, but you do have to nod to make it happen. Do you nod?" (Milo)
2. Nora: "Kevin? What's wrong? You can tell me anything." Kevin: "No, I can't. The last time I told you everything I woke up handcuffed to a bed and you were gone." Nora: "Kevin, I didn't know how to handle you talking to a dead person. Oh, Jesus, is it happening again?" (DarkUFO)
3. Laurie: "Do you remember when you were seeing Patti..." Kevin: "I'm not seeing anyone, she's right f*** here!" Laurie: "...when you were seeing Patti and I told you that you never tell anyone in the midst of a psychotic break that they were in the midst of a psychotic break? Remember?" (DarkUFO)



Supergirl -
1. J'onn to Queen Rhea: "You don't mess with my family!" (Donna)



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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of April 23





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



Agents of SHIELD -
1. Coulson: "If history's taught me anything, it's that good intentions don't come to anything unless there's a steady hand to guide them." (Milo)




The Americans -
1. Elizabeth: "And then a 45-year-old logistics manager kicks you out of bed." Philip: "We're not all as attractive as you, Elizabeth." Elizabeth: "But you are." (DarthLocke)
2. Philip: "Back when Gabriel was shooting people at home, what do you think she was doing?" (DarthLocke)
3. Elizabeth: "Wouldn't it be a nice world if no one had to do this?" (DarthLocke)



Bates Motel -
1. Norman: "This is how it ends, isn't it?" (DarkUFO)
2. Dylan: "I'm sorry. I don't mean to be a d***. I just had a real bad day." (DarkUFO)
3. Romero : "You killed your mother. You're going to have to live with that." (DarkUFO)





Better Call Saul -
1. Jimmy: "Here's what's gonna happen. One day you're gonna get sick, again. And one of your employees is gonna find you, curled up in that space blanket-take you to the hospital. Hook you up to those machines that beep and whir and hurt. And this time it will be too much, and you will die there. Alone." (Milo)




Brockmire -
1. Jim: "I don't need alcohol to make it through the day. (drinks glass of water) Oh, that is awful. Oh my god, 70% of the Earth is made up of that sh**? How do the fish do it?" Jules: "Something interesting." Jim: "Cedar is an interesting wood. It naturally grabs odour." (Bradley)
2. Johnny the Hat: "Johnny always wore his hat, 'cause it was the last thing his kids got for him. Johnny always wore his hat 'cause his kids got it for him on the last Father's Day he ever saw them. It was used, probably left in the couch cushions by one of his wife's sex boyfriends." Jim: "Alright, Johnny the Hat, please. Giving introspective monologues in the third person, that's my thing. Sitting sadly alone over there, that's yours." Johnny the Hat: "I don't like my thing. I would like a new thing." (Bradley)



Designated Survivor -
1. Speaker Hookstraten to President Kirkman after he thanks her for her help in passing gun bill: "I have sharp elbows when I'm fighting for something I believe in." (Donna)





Doctor Who -
1. Sutcliffe: "I help move this country forward. I move this Empire forward." The Doctor: "Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life, an unimportant life, a life without privilege. The boy who died on the river, that boy’s value is your value. That’s what defines an age, that’s…what defines a species." Sutcliffe: "What a beautiful speech. The rhythm and vocabulary, quite outstanding. It’s enough to move anyone with an ounce of compassion……so it’s really not your day, is it?" (Milo)



Fargo -
1. VM Varga: "Did I tell you what I like about this place? Minnesota. It's so perfectly, sublimely bland, isn't it?" (DarkUFO)
2. Emmit: "We should drive over there, take a look." Sy: "Or — and this is the other way to go — not." (DarkUFO)
3. Nikki: "Besides, you said yourself, he messed up, your man. Killed some random geriatric in the sticks who happened to have the surname, so even if they wanted to solve it, the police, what possible solve is there besides unfathomable pinheadery?" (DarkUFO)
4. Emmit: "You think maybe it's...I don't even want to say it out loud." Sy: "Slave girls?" Emmit: "What?! No! I was gonna say drugs! You think it's slave girls?!" Sy: "...no." (DarthLocke)
5. Gloria: "I'm here, right? You see me?" Donny: "Is that a trick question?" (DarthLocke)
6. Nikki: "We're never gonna land Burt Lurdsman with your chi all blocked up like this." Ray: "Well, okay, how do I unblock it?" Nikki: "We gotta find some sort of psychic Drano, or…you know what it is, don't you?" Ray: "The blockage?" Nikki: "It's your stupid brother. The history between you two and how it made you go crazy, and hire a doofus to break into his house." (DarthLocke)



Feud -
1. Bette, when the doctor says to give up smoking: "I gave up booze. I can't give up cigarettes; they're my only friends."" (Donna)






Into the Badlands -
1. Doc Cloud: "Maybe you're not a good man. Maybe there are no good men. I've seen a lot of bad ones. Trust me son, you ain't that bad." (DarthLocke)
2. Lydia: "Now look at you, lord of nothing." Quinn: "And yet you came back to me." Lydia: "Only to put a dagger through your heart." Quinn: "Then do it. Ryder hesitated when I gave him the chance. This is why I loved you first. You were never afraid to take what you want."
3. Waldo: "Tilda, Widow's looking for you." Tilda: "Waldo, wait up. Back there with Odessa, it's--" Waldo: "Cut the **it. Look, I don't care who you with, but don't you forget what I told you about Sunny. Don't you let some crush cloud your good judgment, because that kind of thing can get you killed. And I was just starting to like you. Almost." (DarthLocke)



The Leftovers -
1. Nora: "Well, do you know what I wish? I wish you'd never left her for me." Tom: "I didn't leave Lily for you, Nora. I left her for my dad. I didn't even know you existed." (DarkUFO)
2. Mark: "Four series regulars. Three go, one stays. Do you know what the odds of that are?" Nora: "One in a hundred twenty-eight thousand." Mark: "What happened was arbitrary. It was purposeless. It wasn't my fault. I didn't do anything to deserve this. So no, Nora, I don't want to kill myself. I want to take some f*** control." (DarkUFO)
3. Kevin: "I tear it off every time. I just do it to feel, um. I don't want to die." Nora: "It's OK." Kevin: "It is?" Nora: "You don't need to explain, Kevin. Hey, look, I got a tattoo. A couple hundred more and I'll catch up with you." Kevin: "Let's have a baby." Nora: "What?" Kevin: "I want to have a baby. With you." Nora, laughing: "Hey. Are you happy?" Kevin: "Yes." Nora: "I'm happy, too. Let's not f*** that up, OK?" (DarkUFO)
4. Nora: "Matt, I can literally see the lie wheel turning in your brain." (Luarturi)
5. Nora: "If you can't have a sense of humour about you being the messiah, were gonna have a problem." (Luarturi)
6. Kevin: "Are you busting my balls?" Nora: "Can holly balls be busted?" (Luarturi)



Once Upon a Time -
1. Zelena to the Black Fairy: "Don't you know? Wicked always wins!" (Donna)




Scandal -
1. David Rosen: "There must be something wrong with me. These women I like, they are these forces of nature, tornados. Our relationships shouldn't always end in devastation…or, you know, domestic terrorism." (Luarturi)



Training Day -
1. Frank after Holly decides to leave: "A man that walks away from a job unfinished isn't a man worth loving." (Donna)



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