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Is House a dramedy? A TV Squad poll

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 30th 2007 12:40PM
HouseAs some of you may have noticed, some of the categories to the left have changed. There's a new one there: Dramedy Shows. We put this in place because there really are shows that don't fit in just the drama or comedy categories alone. There are some shows, however, where we are in a bit of a dispute over classifying them as dramedies.

In particular, House is a show that has definite, purposefully comedic elements, yet the drama portions of the show are quite heavy-handed and serious. But are Hugh Laurie's House antics enough to slide the category meter over to make this show a dramedy?

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What was the best and worst of television last season?

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 19th 2007 2:20PM
hugh laurie; houseAOL recently conducted a poll of readers to find out what they thought was the best and worst of television last season. More than 3 million votes were counted! They had to answer 20 questions about their favorite dramas, comedies, reality shows, and Sanjaya hairstyles. I don't necessarily agree with all the results, but that's okay. It's still interesting to see what got people excited last season.

Here are just a few of the results, to see the full list, click here:

Best Drama: House
Best Comedy: Ugly Betty
Best Reality: American Idol
Best Cliffhanger: Lost
Best Villain: Ben, from Lost

Heroes Power You Wish You Had: Time Travel

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TV Squad Poll: How do you want The Sopranos to end?

by Tom Biro, posted Jun 8th 2007 11:20AM
Tony Soprano FinaleThere's been a ton of discussion about how HBO's The Sopranos will end, and there are definitely some prevailing theories or suspicions out there. We thought we'd find out what you, the TV Squad readers, would like to see happen as The Sopranos comes to a close, and have put together this nifty poll to ask just that. Of course, if what you think is going to happen isn't in the poll itself, then just choose the "Other" option and drop your thoughts in the comments section.

Theories about the finale's title, "Made in America," are also welcome, as they could tie into "being made" or something the terrorists could be doing, for instance.

How would you like to see The Sopranos end?
Paulie turns on Tony with the New York crew193 (8.7%)
Tony's family is captured / offed to smoke out Tony92 (4.2%)
The terrorist allusions come true and a massive attack happens84 (3.8%)
Tony and family go into witness protection442 (20.0%)
Janice kills Tony109 (4.9%)
It's all a dream and Tony has been in a coma since being shot237 (10.7%)
Tony is killed by New York and his family moves on181 (8.2%)
The Jersey and Brooklyn crews both die in a shootout227 (10.2%)
The Russian returns from the Pinelands and kills Tony and Paulie148 (6.7%)
Other (see comments)502 (22.7%)

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Veronica Mars: I Know What You'll Do Next Summer

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 15th 2007 10:48PM
vincent van lowe for sherrif
(S03E18) I love that although they've done away with the larger mysteries, it's nice that the writers put a little shout out here and there to us longtime fans. Sure they're not mystery related, but at least it's not all boy-girl relationship related.

Speaking of which, I thought I was OK with the whole Pizonica thing until the opening scene of this episode, with the two of them playing, what, armsies? Elbow-sies? It was just ... not right.

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Prediction: Sanjaya and Antonella among this week's Idol castoffs

by Geoff Bennett, posted Mar 1st 2007 3:02PM
Sanjaya MalakarMaybe it's because he takes his style queues from Michael Jackson, but Sanjaya Malakar -- if AOL online voters have it right -- will bid American Idol adieu tonight. He and 22-year-old AJ Tabaldo are the bottom two guys in the Top 24 Ranking Poll, where users choose their favorite contestants.
As for the girls, it's a three-way tie. The doomed, according to AOL users, include professional dog walker Leslie Hunt, 24-year-old Alaina Alexander and Internet pin-up girl Antonella Barba.

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B&C Magazine asks for critics' fall picks ... and they don't invite us

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 7th 2006 5:33PM
Broadcasting & Cable logoBroadcasting & Cable magazine polled 66 critics and asked them what new fall shows were their favorites. The responses were at once predictable and odd: Studio 60 was deemed the best new overall show, but for some reason, it only came in second amongst dramas, behind The Nine. Ugly Betty, the third most-favored show overall, was deemed the best new comedy of the fall, followed by 30 Rock.

But, as far as I'm concerned, the survey is incomplete. Why? Because they didn't ask us for our picks, that's why! I mean, come on, B&C! We certainly have an opinion to give, and we certainly have as many readers as what I'm sure was some of the websites and publications you surveyed, so how 'bout giving us a call? Man, I feel like we've been stood up for the prom.

Seriously, though, if you want to see our opinions of the new fall shows, we've got them, all over the site. Just search by show name or network, and you'll find them. Maybe we'll get the call from B&C next year.

[Aric McKeown sent the link after I started writing this post, but thanks to him anyway!]

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TV Squad Poll: The new FOX shows

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 10th 2006 4:20PM
fox logoIt's time to fire up the TV Squad polls again and see what our fine readers are thinking. We know not all of you are keen on leaving us comments, so why not let you easily submit to a poll?

This time we're focusing on the new shows FOX has up their sleeves for this fall. Got any you're looking forward to in particular? Rather than have you choose your favorite of the bunch, we'll let you pick as many as you like. We'll update this post with the poll results in about a week, so check back then.

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Plasma TV is a girl's best friend

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 8th 2006 6:03PM
femaleA poll recently commissioned by the Oxygen Network --a channel continuously beaten out by the Hydrogen Network on the Periodic Table of Ratings -- revealed that women these days would much rather have a plasma screen television than a diamond necklace. The poll was meant to show how women are actually becoming more interested in tech gadgets these days. It also revealed that most women would rather have a new digital camera than a new pair of shoes. Apparently they didn't poll homeless women; I'm sure the results would have been different. Anyway, gentlemen, now you know what to get your lady for that next special occasion: a diamond-encrusted plasma television that dispenses shoes with a camera inside of them. That way you've covered all your bases.

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What is THE BEST show on television?

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 18th 2006 8:45AM
question markAfter this season's nominations, we all know that the Emmys are a load of crap. Now the television critics over at TV Week think they know what are the best shows on television. In a semi-annual poll, critics voted Lost and The Sopranos as their favorite shows. Grey's Anatomy ranks No. 3. They also voted Unan1mous and The War at Home as the worst shows on television. Battlestar Galactica moved up to No. 11 and Desperate Housewives fittingly dropped from No. 2 to No. 23.

While I won't disagree on their picks for the worst programs, I do disagree on their choices for best television. This season's Lost wasn't so hot and The Sopranos seems tired. My hands-down favorite television program right now is The Office (tied for 19th among the critics). This season, I came to adore the characters. Everytime I hear the music for the opening credits, I can't help but bounce on the couch and clap my hands like a two-year-old.

What do you think is THE BEST show on television? Choose only one.

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Winnie the Pooh voted favorite animal character

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 10th 2006 5:41PM
pooh bearThe fluff-stuffed bear of very little brain is not only popular here in the United States, having recently received a star on the Walk of Fame, but he also topped a recent poll in the UK of favorite animal characters, beating out other bears like Paddington and Baloo from The Jungle Book. Winnie the Pooh received fifty-one percent of the votes through a poll of 1,191 adults, with the daft but lovable Paddington Bear coming in second with forty-one percent of the vote, and Baloo coming in at  third. Other animals such as Peter Rabbit, Black Beauty, and Toad from The Wind in the Willows also finished in top spots. Rather interesting that all of these were originally literary characters before being re-imagined into TV and movie characters.

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Which television actors are date-worthy?

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 1st 2006 9:09AM
patrick dempseyHey, lookie here. It's yet another poll listing the hunkiest guys in Hollywood. This time, the schtick is who is date-able. Or, as Elaine would say, "Sponge-worthy". (Puh-lease. Don't even try to tell me you'd go on a date with one of these hunks just to talk) Lifetime Television is responsible for this poll, which lists former television doctor, George Clooney, and current television McDreamy doctor, Patrick Dempsey, as top choices for Preferred Celebrity Dates. The list of winners also includes fellow television doctors Noah Wyle (ER), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), and Matthew Fox (Lost).

Eh. The doctor thing doesn't really do it for me. What other categories could we choose to vote on most date-able actors? Bad boys? Nerds? Cops? Superheroes? What characteristic do you find sexy?

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What happened to rabbit ears?

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 4th 2006 3:34PM
rabbitearsRabbit ears, or television antennas, could soon become a relic of the past. A new poll, out in time for the CES convention in Las Vegas, finds that 22% of Americans get their television "over the air". That is, through television waves transmitted by stations. The big powerhouse for television is cable, with 51% of people receiving their signal that way. Only 26% of American households have satellites. The report says the findings "are significant, because they indicate that analog services are now the minority in the TV marketplace." Interestingly, the poll also found that 25% of adults have a DVR hooked up to the television set.

Personally, I like DirecTV and TiVo over rather than cable. How do you prefer to get your television?

[Via Lost Remote]

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Buh-bye, Hammond and Sanz: readers pick who SNL should boot

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 27th 2005 7:01PM
Darrell HammondA little over a week ago, we gave you folks an opportunity to select the Saturday Night Live cast members that you thought might be leaving at the end of this season, based on a remark Lorne Michaels gave to The New York Times. We let you choose more than one person, since it looks like more than one person is going to leave.

So, who did you think was going to go? Well, there's no surprise here: Darrell Hammond and Horatio Sanz received the most votes, with the still-on-maternity-leave Maya Rudolph coming in third. It makes sense; Hammond's been on the show for eons and is basically down to doing impressions of Chris Matthews and Donald Trump, and Sanz is... well, let's just say he's not the most popular member of the cast. The surprise was the lack of votes for Seth Myers, even though his name has been coming up quite a bit in the rumors surrounding Michaels' pronouncement.

Full poll results are after the jump.

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HDTV: Do your worst

by Tom Biro, posted Aug 10th 2005 4:15PM
televisionAt HD Beat, Kevin Tofel has a fun poll going on asking readers to comment on what the worst program was that they've watched, purely because the show was in high definition. As someone who's on week #3 of having HD at the house, I can say that I've tried a variety of programming on our 57" television, some of it really really bad.

The absolute worst thing I have seen so far was a showing of 2003's Encrypt, a movie that featured Grant Show, formerly of FOX's Melrose Place. Other than that, I've caught some programs that are "calling" themselves HD, but are really just cropped out to fit into the HD mold on a 16:9 screen. For instance, The Dukes of Hazzard was not meant to be seen in that format - it looks horrid.

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TV Squad Poll: Sci-Fi face off!

by Jen Segrest, posted Aug 2nd 2005 9:15AM
My SG-1 posts get often more comments than anything else, proving again that Sci-Fi fans are rabid and intelligent in discussing their favorite shows' high and weak points, and this last review was no different. There has been much discussion in recent weeks about Ben Browder of Farscape moving to SG-1 as a regular player, and many commenters cry how much they miss his former show.

So let me ask, flat out: Would you bring back Farscape - as it was when it left the air - if you knew the only way to do so was by canceling Stargate SG-1 (as the series is right now)? Which show would you pick to live?

Stargate SG-1 or Farscape?
Stargate SG-1 hands down.
Farscape without a doubt.
I don't do Sci-Fi, you nerds!
Niether, I hate questions.
I can't decide, I want them both!

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