I closed yesterday's 'Shop Small' on Small Business Saturday 2016 by telling my readers "Stay tuned for Entertainment Sunday, which will be about the People's Choice Awards nominees. Sorry, no vote this week."*
Normally, I pay much more attention to the Critics' Choice Movie and Television Awards than I do the People's Choice Awards, but this year I decided to give the honors decided by popular vote first priority, despite stunts like the Mannequin Challenge at the People's Choice Awards 2017 Nominations Announcement.**
Celebs wreak havoc at the People's Choice Awards 2017 Nominations Announcement on November 15 in Los Angeles.The People's Choice Awards don't take themselves very seriously. In that regard, they're a lot like the Teen Choice Awards. Since I cover those, I'll cover these.
Special thanks to our celebrity presenters:
Enough introduction -- it's time for the nominees.
FAVORITE NETWORK SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOWLast year's winner, "Beauty and the Beast," was not renominated, so the contest is wide open. All the rest of last year's nominees returned, so I expect one of them to prevail. However, I have to go back four years to a field that did not include "Beauty and the Beast." That year's winner was "Supernatural." Based on that, I'd consider it to be the favorite. However, it lost to "Once Upon a Time" at the Teen Choice Awards this year. Since I prefer "Once Upon a Time" to "Supernatural," even though I watch both shows, that outcome would be fine with me.
Once Upon a Time
The Vampire Diaries
FAVORITE CABLE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOWPicking my favorite is easy for me--"The Walking Dead." It helps its chances that the defending winner, "Outlander" has been moved to the "Premium" category, along with "Game of Thrones". The zombie show's win is not a lock, as both "American Horror Story" and "Teen Wolf" are returning nominees, "Orphan Black" earned an Emmy for its lead actress, Tatiana Maslany, and "Shadowhunters" won Choice TV Breakout Show at the Teen Choice Awards. The competition is stiffer than the zombies!
American Horror Story
The Walking Dead
FAVORITE PREMIUM SCI-FI/FANTASY SERIESNow, that's a field! "Outlander" is a defending winner in last year's cable category, beating "Game of Thrones," a feat I expect it to repeat. However, I think both "Westworld" and "Stranger Things" are better shows with "Stranger Things" being the more popular of the two. While I'd vote for "Westworld" as the higher quality show, I think it's the year of "Stranger Things." If any show can knock off "Outlander," the Netflix show will do it.
Game of Thrones
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Follow over the jump for the rest of the nominated television programs in the relevant categories.
As did for the Teen Choice Awards, I'm going to cover the TV shows first, the actors next, and the movies last. Unlike those summer awards, I plan on posting them on consecutive days, not successive Sundays. It's awards season and I have a lot to cover between now and the end of the year.
Now for the more mainstream categories with speculative fiction, crime and injustice, or political thriller nominees.
FAVORITE TV SHOWLast year's winner in this category was "The Big Bang Theory," so I wouldn't be surprised if it wins again. That written, all of the rest except "Grey's Anatomy" are speculative fiction, one each from fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The shows I'd be rooting for would be "The Walking Dead," "Stranger Things," and "Outlander," in that order. "The Walking Dead" has been nominated ten times at the People's Choice Awards, winning twice in 2014. At least the fans appreciate the show. As I wrote above, I think that this is the year of "Stranger Things," which is the show I'd expect to win if "The Big Bang Theory" doesn't repeat.
The Big Bang Theory
The Walking Dead
FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDYBoth "The Big Bang Theory" and "Jane the Virgin" barely qualify as speculative fiction. Of the two, I much prefer "Jane the Virgin," which I'm considering for its magical reality elements. Still, "The Big Bang Theory" is the defending winner and favorite.
The Big Bang Theory
Jane the Virgin
FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA"Grey's Anatomy" is the defending winner and favorite. I stopped watching it regularly a couple of seasons ago; ten seasons was enough plus the male lead was killed off. On the other hand, I'm still watching both "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Quantico," both of which fall under crime and injustice with the latter being a "science fiction is now" political thriller. Between the two, I'm hoping for the other Shonda Rhimes show to win.
How to Get Away with Murder
I'm skipping (Basic) Cable TV Comedy, as there are no relevant nominated shows and moving directly to:
FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMAThis is an interesting field. "Pretty Little Liars" is the defending champion and a favorite of young people, as it also won the equivalent category in the Teen Choice Awards, but it looks like it has better competition this year than last. "Bates Motel" is the one repeat, and it's a horror show, so speculative fiction. There are also two critically acclaimed political thrillers, "The Americans" and "Mr. Robot," the latter of which also has elements of "science fiction is now," new to the field. I'm glad both of them are nominated; it shows high quality television can also be popular.
Pretty Little Liars
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMAThe speculative fiction entry here is "Lucifer," a fantasy based on the Neil Gaiman comic. It's also the only one my wife and I are watching regularly now, although I expect we'll return to binge-watching "NCIS" either over the holidays or the summer, when the rest of our shows are on hiatus. "Lucifer" is an absolute hoot, both because of its cast, especially Tom Ellis in the title role, and its writing, which relentlessly sends up its setting of Los Angeles along with the city's celebrity culture. As an ex-Angelino, I appreciate that.*** Given a choice of any of our regular Monday night shows, it's the first one we'll watch. It also has a chance, as the defending winner, "Person of Interest," was not re-nominated. As for who I'd pick to be the favorite, I'd say "NCIS" over "Criminal Minds" among the two returnees and "Law and Order: SVU" among the new shows. I'm still rooting for "Lucifer."
Law & Order: SVU
FAVORITE PREMIUM DRAMA SERIESThis category has been redefined since last year, with the dramas from "Favorite Streaming Series" being combined with the dramas from "Favorite Premium Cable TV Show." As a result, there are two favorites here, "Homeland," the winner of the Premium Cable category, and "Orange is the new Black." I'm rooting for "Orange is the new Black." Yes, I prefer crime and punishment with a touch of politics (privatized prisons) over a political thriller with "science fiction is now" overtones.
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black
FAVORITE PREMIUM COMEDY SERIES"Veep" is the only reason I'm bothering with this category, as it's a parody of a political drama. It even has a chance at winning, since this is a new category and none of these shows were nominated for the cable category. However, two of these, "The Mindy Project" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," were nominated for Favorite Streaming Series last year. Alas, I suspect none of them will win. Instead, I fear it will be that popular piece of crap, "Fuller House."
The Mindy Project
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
FAVORITE ANIMATED TV SHOWThese are the same nominees as last year, so I expect the same winner, "The Simpsons."
I'm skipping the reality TV and talk show nominees and moving to:
FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDYOnly "Son of Zorn" is speculative fiction, and that just barely. As for who will win, I don't know; I don't watch any of these shows.
The Good Place
The Great Indoors
Kevin Can Wait
Man with a Plan
Son of Zorn
FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMAAt least three of these "The Exorcist," "No Tomorrow," and "Timeless," are speculative fiction. Of all of them, I'm watching only "Timeless." I don't think it will win. I expect it will be "Lethal Weapon," the pilot of which my wife and I saw and enjoyed, but not enough to DVR.
This Is Us
That's it for the nominated shows. Actors tomorrow!
*Yes, I knew earlier this week exactly what I'd write about today, so I didn't need to ask my readers' opinions. I might make up for it with two votes during a future week.
**It didn't help that the Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominees haven't been announced yet. That happens Thursday, December 1st. I'll have reports on them and the TV nominees next week.
***One of the things that strikes me about how popular media portrays Los Angeles is that the script writers deep-down don't like the place. Why is a subject for another entry.