Spring Television Award Ceremony and Wrap Up

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May 22, 2012 by Patrick Figueroa

Spring Television for the most part is coming to a close. Most of the shows have hit their finales, save for a couple of the heavy dramas. We’ve recently been bombarded with news about shows coming back, being cancelled, and some new ones. I personally haven’t sampled many of the new clips that preview the fall shows, but I’m sure some are bound to be promising. I’ve divided this awards ceremony by two pages: one for comedies and the other for dramas. There’s a lot of bias here and there and my opinion is erratic, but I like to think there is some truth to my choices. And I may or may not of come up with custom titles simply so I could put all of the shows I watched [and didn’t watch] this wonderful spring season.

 

Funniest Comedy – Happy Endings (ABC)

With wicked fast jokes, hilariously fleshed out characters, and delightful shenanigans, the Friends-esque tv show has definitely come into it’s own. If you’re into pop culture jokes said done in perfect execution by hilarious people, then this is the show for you. The characters here are absolutely hysterical. In particular, Brad and Jane just might be the freshest and most likable couple around. Otherwise, the other characters hold their own for the most part with Penny Hartz leading the remaining 4. Overall I love that this show was given another chance, as it was almost cancelled once with Damon Wayans Jr. signing up for Coach in New Girl [can we get a cameo please!!].

Most Heart – Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Parks and Recreation is almost the perfect show. I wonderfully combines heart and comedy with its quirky characters and engaging plot lines. This season was no different. The Ben Wyatt/Leslie Knope affair was settled, her rocky campaign slowly picked up pace, and the inclusion of the irreplaceable Paul Rudd as her primary opponent was absolutely genius. With touching motivational speeches and actual character dilemmas, we found out this season that Leslie Knope might be one of the most genuine and lovable characters on TV today. Also, season 3 might have been the year of the Swanson, but I’m pretty sure season 4 belongs to Andy Dwyer.

Best Animated – Archer (FX)

I had only discovered the magic of Archer earlier this year. There’s not a lot of room in this category: possibly Family Guy or South Park. Family Guy uses it’s meta to be funny and while South Park is amazing cultural commentary, Archer pulls off comedy with it’s Arrested Development-esque sense of humor. After catching up 2 seasons, I prepped myself for season 3. It truly is one of the best comedies out there and I even wrote an article about it here outlining why it’s so great.

Pleasant Surprise – New Girl (Fox)

Zooey Deschanel is indeed adorable. But to base an entire show around a couple of guys trying to make all that go away could get stale after a while. And that’s kinda what happened. At first, it felt like all Nick did was whine and Winston had no real place in the show. And surely Cece was just a pretty face. Schmidt was the only salvageable supporting character. But soon enough, the writers seemingly got it together and wrote the supporting characters to have their own likable quirks. And with cameos like Justin Long and Liz Caplan, it’s been a pretty good show since then.

The Unfortunately Killed – Community (NBC)

Read the title again: The Unfortunately Killed. With the recent blow up of NBC making the decision to kill off the show’s father and creator Dan Harmon and then placing it on the day TV shows go to die [Firefly, Fringe, Chuck, Ugly Betty, the list goes on and on], they’ve effectively killed the little life Community had. Dan Harmon is largely responsible for why we love Community so much and a new showrunner will likely try to bring Community to the mainstream, but the thing is, Community really isn’t for the mainstream and that target demographic doesn’t even watch TV on Fridays. Now I wish I’m proven wrong, and I’ll be there to continue giving it free advertising and Hulu views, but it’s hard to deny the facts. Season 3 was a great run with it’s jokes and continuous affinity for pop culture jokes, and the season finale was a great way to end the series. In all honesty, if season 4 goes as horribly as I kinda wish the series ended with the heartfelt and wholly wrap up then the downhill crash I suspect it to be.

The Unfortunately Alive – The Office (NBC)

Ugh, I actually tripped on a couple of episodes of the Office this year and it has seriously lost its way. It seems the writers heavily wanted Andy to be the new Michael Scott, so they basically took the delivery Steve Carrell mastered for 7 years and forced it on the semi-impressive Ed Helms. If they are gonna continue milking this cow, they need to axe Andy among some many things. Warming Glow actually came up with this amazing list of ways to revitalize the show. It even predicted some of the events of the finale. Now all we need is to axe Andy, bring back Jane and Timothy Olyphant, and we’ll be all set.

Considermeter Running High – Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 (ABC)

I’ve only seen 2 or 3 episodes of this show, and while it didn’t completely blow my socks off, I am in absolute love with Krysten Ritter. Raven black hair and a defined sense of fashion. I never stood a chance.

Why Aren’t I Watching This? [Comedy] – Modern Family

Throw the eggs at me now. This is the only show I’d deem worth considering. I hope there aren’t any die hard CBS fans reading this, because I can’t stand Big Bang Theory, 2 and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, or 2 Broke Girls. It’s something about laugh tracks. This show, however, I’ve heard is genuinely funny and of course there is always the beautiful Sofia Vergara factor….I’ll keep you guys updated.

Dramas, the Best Show of 2012 So Far, and a Summer Preview on the Next Page

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