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Collage Created By Jason Jones

Collage Created By Jason Jones

It’s that time of year, when everybody’s coming out with their “Best-Of Lists” and we are adding yet another list to the pile. Welcome to The First Annual NOTTIE AWARDS, our version of the numerous Awards shows that get televised across the planet. Our list varies from other awards, in the fact that we cover the entire year of 2014. The NOTTIE AWARDS, breaks down the year starting with the 2013/2014 season’s conclusion, going through the summer shows as the first half of the year. The second half of the year covers the 2014-2015 Television season, making sure that all performances throughout the year, receive the recognition, they deserve.

As you peruse the list, you’ll notice that all categories have four names, except for two categories; Most disappointing series of the second half’s vacant. The other category that breaks the rule’s the Best Supporting Actor, in the second half, there were far too many outstanding performances to limit that category to just four actors. In all categories, the name listed first and in blue, won the category, the runner-up’s listed second and in red, the third and fourth names are just randomly listed.

All choices were made by Jason Jones and I, all decisions by the Judges are final (Although, We’d Love Your Feed-Back.)

And on to the Awards:

First Half

Best Actor: James Spader-The Blacklist, Tom Mison-Sleepy Hollow, Lee Pace- Halt and Catch Fire, Sean Bean-Legends

Best Supporting Actor: Peter Capaldi-The Musketeers, Walton Goggins-Justified, Jon Voight-Ray Donovan, Tom Felton-Murder in the First

Best Actress: Mackenzie Davis- Halt and Catch Fire, Joelle Carter-Justified, Kerry Bishe- Halt and Catch Fire, Kathleen Robertson-Murder in the First

Best Supporting Actress:  Amy Acker-Person of Interest, Tamla Kari-The Musketeers, Sarah Shahi-Person of Interest,  Marissa Neitling-The Last Ship

Most Disappointing Show: The Leftovers, The Black Box, Resurrection, Power

Best New Show: The Blacklist, Legends, Halt and Catch Fire, Murder in the First

Most Underrated Show: Justified, Supernatural, The Musketeers, Halt and Catch Fire

Best Show: The Blacklist, Person of Interest, Legends, Justified

Second Half

Best Actor: Jeff Daniels-The Newsroom, Ioan Gruffold-Forever, Elyes Gabel-Scorpion, Matt Ryan-Constantine

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Waterston- The NewsroomJohn Noble- Sleepy Hollow, Judd Hirsch-Forever, Misha Collins-Supernatural, Jesse L Martin-The Flash, Mark Sheppard-Supernatural, Michael James Shaw-Constantine, Robert Patrick-Scorpion, Mandy Patinkin-Homeland, Robin Lord Taylor-Gotham, Sean-Pertwee-Gotham, Donal Logue-Gotham, Rupert Friend-Homeland

Best Actress: Claire Danes-Homeland, Anna Gunn-Gracepoint, Emily Mortimer-The Newsroom, Alana De La Garza-Forever

Best Supporting Actress Olivia Munn-The NewsroomJacki Weaver-Gracepoint, Elizabeth Henstridge-Agents of SHIELD, Chloe Bennett-Agents of SHIELD

Most Disappointing Show: None Applicable

Best New Show: Forever, Scorpion, Constantine, Gotham

Most Underrated Show: Constantine, Forever, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow

Best Show: The Newsroom, Homeland, Person of Interest, Forever

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WARNING: MULTIPLE SPOILER ALERTS

Truly surprised that TNT has yet to renew their recently completed Original Series “Murder In The First,” as they announced earlier the renewal of three other series. The show wrapped up on August 11, with a satisfying finale, wrapping up all the loose ends and with justice served, as sociopathic computer-wizard Erich Blunt offed himself rather than spend a lifetime in prison. Kathleen Robertson and Taye Diggs have incredible chemistry on-screen, the supporting cast shows potential and the writing tight and up to the standards set by Executive Producer and Creator Steven Bochco over 30-years ago. Series show runner Eric Lodal, recently tweeted that he’s had no contact with TNT, on the status of the show. The network has a history of supporting its Original Series and the only big budget items would be actors salaries, as we are talking essentially about a cop show. Here’s hoping that we spend next summer with Detectives Mulligan and English.

One of the shows that TNT has announced will return next year, The Last Ship,” aired an episode on Sunday August 10, that could have served as an exciting season finale, ending the year on an up note. The crew of the Nathan James executed a rescue of Commander Tom Chandler, Tex as well as Dr. Scott, eliminating the Russian ship commanded by Admiral Ruscov  as a future threat, whether or not he survived the explosions that seemed to engulf his vessel. Although the series has put together an exciting and entertaining rookie campaign, the decision to bring it back for a second season, surprised this viewer. With two episodes remaining in this season, we’ll soon know whether Dr. Scott, indeed has manufactured a cure for the virus. If she has, then would the Nathan James then head back to the States, hoping to save whoever remains? That would be a much different story than what we witnessed this year.

Congratulations to Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the cast and crew of the HBO Original Series The Leftovers,” as the network has renewed it for a second season. Regular readers of these pages, are aware that we stopped recapping it, but something that eluded us, apparently garnered the ratings to bring it back.

Once again FX has brought a quality dramatic program to viewers in their summer Original SeriesTyrant,” which is nearing the end of its first season, as viewers have watched Barry/Bassam Al Fayeed morph, from a California pediatrician, who had broken ties with his family and his homeland Abbudin 20-years earlier, to a man engineering a coup to depose his brother and replace him as the nation’s President. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, as this series has aptly demonstrated, the man who tried desperately to wipe away any traces of his upbringing and become the typical American’s now a stranger to his wife and children.

If you have access to BBCA and are currently not watching the Network’s adaptation of “The Musketeers,” you are doing yourself a grave disservice, as it’s one of the most entertaining shows currently on television. The network has produced a gritty depiction of the time period, with a modern attitude, we see all the pomp and puffery of Paris in the year 1682, but we receive just as much exposure to how the poor and needy subsisted. The show has slightly tweaked the characters, making them enjoyable companions to spend the summer with. Peter Capaldi, the actor portraying Cardinal Richelieu in the series, will shortly become far more recognizable as he debuts later this month as the newest incarnation of Doctor Who.

Watched the preview episode for the upcoming CW series “The Flash,” which Jason Jones will recap when the series premieres in October, however I will say that I was pleasantly surprised, as the pilot impressed me far more than the network’s other series based on a DC Comics character, “Arrow,” the show that introduced Barry Allen before he acquired his powers. Although Allen’s back-story differs from the “Silver-Age Flash,”  that I grew up reading in the sixties, the pilot made this viewer think there could be a second show on CW that would attract my interest, along with mainstay “Supernatural.”