"Actors tomorrow!" That's how I concluded the body of Speculative fiction on television at the People's Choice Awards 2017, part 1. Since it's tomorrow, actors today!
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTORMy favorite among this group is Andrew Lincoln, Rick from "The Walking Dead," but Jensen Ackles, Dean from "Supernatural," is the previous winner and thus the favorite.
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTRESSWhile I'm rooting for Lauren Cohan, Maggie from "The Walking Dead," she's competing against last year's winner, Caitriona Balfe of "Outlander." Normally, I'd say Balfe was the favorite, but Millie Bobby Brown from "Stranger Things" might just be able to pull off an upset. Her performance as Eleven was riveting.
Millie Bobby Brown
Follow over the jump for acting and performing nominations from the more mainstream categories.
I begin with a category where I have to scrape for nominees that make it relevant.
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTORJim Parsons from "Big Bang Theory" is the only reason I mention this category and he's also the returning champion. He's also not my favorite. Out of this bunch, it's Tim Allen, the voice of the Pure Michigan commercials. He's from Royal Oak and I used to live there.
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESSThis category is wide open, as Melissa McCarthy was not re-nominated. That gives my favorite, Gina Rodriguez, the title character of "Jane the Virgin," a chance to win. However, the previous year's winner is Kaley Cuoco from "Big Bang Theory," which at least is about people who like speculative fiction, if not a speculative fiction show itself. She's probably the favorite. Besides, the older people who might be persuaded to vote for Rodriguez would probably cast their ballots fos Sofia Vergara instead.
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTORI'm rooting for Terrance Howard, not because of his leading role in "Empire," but because of his recurring role in "Wayward Pines." Otherwise, I would have to settle for Scott Foley from "Scandal." Neither is likely to win, as Taylor Kinney from "Chicago Fire" is the returning winner and favorite. At least he used to act in "The Vampire Diaries."
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESSI like this field a lot better. However, my least favorite, Ellen Pompeo, is the last year's winner and favorite. I'd much prefer Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, or Viola Davis. The most speculative fiction show of the bunch is "Quantico," which breaks the tie for Chopra.
Taraji P. Henson
FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTORKevin Hart is the defending champion, but he's barely on TV anymore. I'll root for Rami Malek, who won an Emmy for his role in "Mr. Robot," a political thriller with more than a dash of "science fiction is now."
FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTRESSThere is no defending winner in this field, as Sasha Alexander of "Rizzoli and Isles" was not renominated. That leaves this field wide open. My favorites are Keri Russell from spy thriller "The Americans" and Vera Farmiga of horror show "Bates Motel." Farmiga acts in the more strictly speculative fiction show, but Russell is the better actress in the better show.
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA ACTORThis is another wide-open category, as Nathan Fillion of "Castle" is not competing. However, neither are my actual favorites, Tom Ellis from "Lucifer" and Jonny Lee Miller of "Elementary." Out of this group, I'd have to settle for Mark Harmon.
LL Cool J
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA ACTRESSLike her "Castle" co-star, last year's winner Stana Katic is not competing. That leaves the field open. I'm rooting for Lucy Liu from "Elementary," although I suspect she might lose to Pauley Perrette of "NCIS." I wouldn't be too upset if that happens.
FAVORITE PREMIUM SERIES ACTORDwayne Johnson from "Ballers" is my favorite. He's also the returning winner, so he's the favorite to win. However, favorite is not the same as best. That goes to Kevin Spacey from "House of Cards," who is why I'm even mentioning this category.
FAVORITE PREMIUM SERIES ACTRESSNow, this is a field! It's also wide open, as Kristen Bell is competing in another category. My favorite of the bunch is Julia Louis Dreyfus, but I have my doubts that a comedy actress will beat out a dramatic actress like Claire Danes or Taylor Schilling. I'd pick Danes out of those two.
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Sarah Jessica Parker
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOSTJimmy Fallon won last year and he's likely to win again, but Stephen Colbert is my favorite. I've used his label 14 times; I don't even have a Jimmy Fallon label.
With the exception of Kiefer Sutherland in the new political drama "Designated Survivor," I see no one to root for in the remaining categories that's on topic, so I'm quitting. Movies tomorrow!