At the conclusion of Paul Wartenberg, Infidel753, and The Archdruid comment on me, I told my readers to "stay tuned for Entertainment Sunday. I have more awards shows to write about!" Today's subject will be a show I first mentioned in 'The Walking Dead' at Comic-Con, the Emmys, and the Saturn Awards. Since today is the season finale for "The Walking Dead," the most nominated series this year, I begin with the 42nd Annual Saturn Awards - Television Nominations.
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Follow over the jump for my opinions of the nominees and which ones I currently intend to vote for.
From the Saturn Awards website, presented shows first, actors second.
Best Action / Thriller Television SeriesOut of all these, I've written an entire post about "The Last Ship", which was one of the two most liked entries of the past blogging year, and mentioned "Fargo" several times. That written, I'm not planning on voting for either of them. My wife and I don't watch "Fargo"--besides, it would be the conventional choice. We like "The Last Ship" (the show got even better the second season) and my wife thinks it's the best of the bunch, but not me. I think that honor goes to "Blindspot." It's the best pure action show of the lot that I watch. The alternative might be "Mr. Roboto," which won at the Critics Choice Awards. We also like "The Librarians," but that's a show I'd have nominated in the Fantasy category. Speaking of which...
The Last Ship
Best Fantasy Television SeriesMy default choice would be "Game of Thrones." After all, the same season being recognized here has already won 12 Emmy Awards. The other easy choice would be "Outlander." As for the best show of the bunch that I'm actually watching, that would be "The Magicians." However, I would not have nominated a lot of the rest of the field. "Outlander," yes, but where is "Once Upon A Time," "Sleepy Hollow," "The Librarians" (up in action, where I'd have put "Quantico," "The Blacklist," or "How to Get Away with Murder" instead), "The Leftovers," or even "Grimm?" Still, none of those alternatives would likely change which show I'd vote for out of this field.
Game of Thrones
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
The Shannara Chronicles
I'm not done questioning the nominations.
Best Horror Television Series"Teen Wolf" instead of "Penny Dreadful," really? Not only do I have to join to vote on this year's nominees, I'll have to renew my membership to nominate for next year's awards and recruit more fans of underrecognized shows. Otherwise, I'll be kicking myself again over not doing my part to have the nominees I'd like. That written, I'd still vote "The Walking Dead" over "Penny Dreadful."
American Horror Story: Hotel
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Fear The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Best New Media Television SeriesThree of these are in the running for my vote, "The Man in the High Castle," "Marvel's Jessica Jones," and "Sense8." Right now, I'm leaning to "Sense8," but I could be swayed by watching more of the other series.
The Man in the High Castle
Marvel's Jessica Jones
Best Presentation on Television"Sharknado 3" is on this list? HAHAHAHAHA! I suppose that's the point, though. I'm certainly not voting fo it. Instead, I'm voting for "Childhood's End" even though I expect "Doctor Who" will get it. As for "The Wiz," it might get an Emmy.
The Cannibal in the Jungle
Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song
Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Now for the big category, as far as I'm concerned.
Best Science Fiction Television SeriesI have no problems with any of these nominees, which means I have a serious decision to make when I vote. The two that my wife and I found most gripping were "Wayward Pines," which I've written about, and "Colony," which I haven't until now. I'm leaning toward "Colony," which is doing a good job of filling in for the now ended "Falling Skies" in the same way that "The Librarians" replaces "Warehouse 13."
Best Superhero Adaptation Television SeriesBased on last year's Hugo Awards nominees and Saturn Awards winners, I'd say the advantage goes to "The Flash." That's not who I'm voting for. Instead, that honor goes to "Gotham." My wife and I are enjoying a superhero setting without any real superheros--yet.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Marvel's Agent Carter
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Now for the performers.
Best Actor on a Television SeriesMy vote goes to Andrew Lincoln, although I wouldn't be upset at Matt Dillon winning.
Andrew Lincoln, (The Walking Dead)
Bruce Campbell, (Ash vs. Evil Dead)
Charlie Cox, (Daredevil)
David Duchovny, (The X-Files)
Grant Gustin, (The Flash)
Mads Mikkelsen, (Hannibal)
Matt Dillon, (Wayward Pines)
Sam Heughan, (Outlander)
Best Actress on a Television SeriesRebecca Romijn isn't even my favorite actress on "The Librarians." That honor goes to Lindy Booth. Instead, I'd have nominated Eva Green from "Penny Dreadful" and "Carrie Coons" from "The Leftovers to replace Romijin and one other actress, probably Rachel Nichols. Now, who would I vote for? I'm not sure yet, but the easy choice would be Caitriona Balfe, even if it's not my choice. I'm tempted to vote for Gillian Anderson for sentimental reasons. May I resist that temptation; "The X-Files" was a bit of a mess.
Caitriona Balfe, (Outlander)
Gillian Anderson, (The X-Files)
Kim Dickens, (Fear The Walking Dead)
Krysten Ritter, (Marvel's Jessica Jones)
Melissa Benoist, (Supergirl)
Rachel Nichols, (Continuum)
Rebecca Romijn, (The Librarians)
Best Guest Performance on a Television SeriesJohn Carroll Lynch's performance was inspiring, so he has my vote.
Alex Kingston, (The Husbands of River Song)
John Carroll Lynch, (The Walking Dead)
Laura Benanti, (Supergirl)
Scott Glenn, (Daredevil)
Steven Brand, (Teen Wolf)
Victor Garber, (The Flash)
William Shatner, (Haven)
Best Supporting Actor on a Television SeriesKit Harington will probably win this category, although I'm partial to Toby Jones.
David Tennant, (Marvel's Jessica Jones)
Erik Knudsen, (Continuum)
Kit Harington, (Game of Thrones)
Lance Reddick, (Bosch)
Patrick Wilson, (Fargo)
Richard Armitage, (Hannibal)
Toby Jones, (Wayward Pines)
Vincent D'Onofrio, (Daredevil)
Best Supporting Actress on a Television SeriesI might have nominated Helen McCrory from "Penny Dreadful" instead of Tovah Feldshuh, but I really don't have a problem with this field. Out of all of them, I plan on voting for Melissa McBride.
Calista Flockhart, (Supergirl)
Danai Gurira, (The Walking Dead)
Gillian Anderson, (Hannibal)
Lena Headey, (Game of Thrones)
Melissa Leo, (Wayward Pines)
Melissa McBride, (The Walking Dead)
Tovah Feldshuh, (The Walking Dead)
Best Younger Actor on a Television SeriesMaisie Williams won last year, so I'd say she was favored along with Chandler Riggs, who won the year before. I'll probably vote for Chandler Riggs. As for who I think got snubbed, there were were good young performers on both "Extant" and "The Whispers." Unfortunately, none of them will get a shot for these shows next year, as both were canceled. Phooey. My wife and I liked both series.
Brenock O'Connor, (Game of Thrones)
Chandler Riggs, (The Walking Dead)
Dylan Sprayberry, (Teen Wolf)
Frank Dillane, (Fear The Walking Dead)
Jodelle Ferland, (Dark Matter)
Maisie Williams, (Game of Thrones)
Max Charles, (The Strain)
Despite my quibbles over the nominees, I have to say that this past year has been a very good one for speculative fiction and other genre entertainment. That is even more true with the movies, which I'll write about next week. Stay tuned.