Wednesday, May 23, 2018

'Supergirl' vs. 'The Flash' (again) and 'The Punisher' vs. 'The Defenders' at the Saturn Awards


To conclude 'Riverdale' vs. 'Better Call Saul' at the Saturn Awards, I asked "'Supergirl' vs. 'The Flash' (again), anyone?"  No one answered, but of course the answer is yes.

Both "Supergirl" and "The Flash" have three nominations, two of them in categories where they are in direct competition, Best Superhero Television Series and Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series, where Odette Annable from "Supergirl" is contending with last year's winner Candice Patton from "The Flash."  In addition, last year's winner for Best Actress in a Television Series, Melissa Benoist, is the third nomination for "Supergirl" while Hartley Sawyer earned the third nomination for "The Flash" as Best Guest-Starring Performance on Television.


Normally, that's where I'd move on to the acting nominations, except that there is a new category, Best New Media Superhero Series.  There, the top two nominees are "Marvel's The Punisher" and "Marvel's The Defenders."  Both have two nominations.  In addition to Best New Media Superhero Series, Jon Bernthal earned the second nomination for "Marvel's The Punisher" as Best Actor in a Television Series and Krysten Ritter garnered the other nomination for "Marvel's The Defenders" as Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series.

Here are all the nominees in both superhero categories from File 770.
Best Superhero Television Series:

Arrow (The CW)
Black Lightning (The CW)
The Flash (The CW)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
Gotham (Fox)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Supergirl (The CW)
I'm voting for "Gotham," but I don't expect it to win.  As I implied in the subject line, this contest is between "Supergirl" and "The Flash," one I expect "Supergirl" to win.  Hey, it's an election, not a race.
Best New Media Superhero Series:

Future Man (Hulu)
Marvel’s The Defenders (Netflix)
Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix)
Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu)
Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)
The Tick (Amazon)
I'm voting for "The Tick."  Again, I don't expect it to win.  I'm pretty sure that "The Punisher" will slaughter its competition.  It's what the character does.

Follow over the jump for the other categories in which "Supergirl," "The Flash," "Marvel’s The Punisher," and "Marvel’s The Defenders" were nominated.


Here are the relevant categories along with my comments from 'The Walking Dead' vs. 'American Horror Story: Cult' plus Saturn Awards for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  As I did for the movie nominees, I'll only add a comment if I didn't say anything about any of the superhero nominees.  Otherwise, I'll just quote and move on.

Best Actor on a Television Series:

Jon Bernthal "Marvel’s The Punisher" (Netflix)
Bruce Campbell "Ash vs. Evil Dead" (Starz)
Sam Heughan "Outlander" (Starz)
Jason Isaacs "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
Andrew Lincoln "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Seth MacFarlane "The Orville" (Fox Television)
Kyle MacLachlan "Twin Peaks: The Return" (Showtime)
Ricky Whittle "American Gods" (Starz)
Kyle MacLachlan would be the entertainment insiders' choice, but I'm voting for Andrew Lincoln again.  His closest competition would be either Bruce Campbell, who won two years ago, or Sam Heughan, who has the support of an organized "Outlander" fandom.
If there are enough superhero fans to vote Melissa Benoist Best Actress on a Television Series, which happened last year, and they all watch Netflix, then there may be enough to vote Jon Bernthal in as Best Actor on a Television Series.  I doubt that will happen, but if it does, I won't be surprised.

Best Actress on a Television Series:

Gillian Anderson "The X-Files" (Fox Television)
Caitriona Balfe "Outlander" (Starz)
Melissa Benoist "Supergirl" (The CW)
Lena Headey "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Sonequa Martin-Green "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
Adrianne Palicki "The Orville" (Fox Television)
Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Cult" (FX)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead "Fargo"(FX)
I was considering voting for Caitriona Balfe last year, but didn't.  This year, I plan on it.  Better her than last year's winner Melissa Benoist.  Of course, either Sarah Paulson or Mary Elizabeth Winstead could pull an upset.
Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:

Odette Annable "Supergirl" (The CW)
Dakota Fanning "The Alienist" (TNT)
Danai Gurira "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Melissa McBride "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Candice Patton "The Flash" (The CW)
Adina Porter "American Horror Story: Cult" (FX)
Krysten Ritter "Marvel’s The Defenders" (Netflix)
Rhea Seehorn "Better Call Saul" (AMC)
Danai Gurira is the only performer nominated for both movie and television roles, as I mentioned in 'Black Panther' vs. 'Wonder Woman' at the Saturn Awards for a late Free Comic Book Daybut she's my second choice.  I plan on voting for Dakota Fanning.  I hope one or the other beats Candice Patton, last year's winner.
There are three nominees from superhero shows in this category.  In addition to Patton, there's Odette Annable as Reign from "Supergirl" and Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones in "The Defenders."  That's stiff competition for the women from "The Walking Dead," "Better Call Saul," and "The Alienist."

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series:

KJ Apa "Riverdale" (The CW)
Milly Bobby Brown [sic] "Stranger Things" (Netflix)
Max Charles "The Strain" (FX)
Alycia Debnam-Carey "Fear the Walking Dead" (AMC)
David Mazouz "Gotham" (Fox)
Lili Reinhart "Riverdale" (The CW)
Chandler Riggs "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Cole Spouse "Riverdale" (The CW)
I voted for Millie Bobby Brown last year and I'm voting for her again.  Here's to hoping she can overcome a farewell vote for Chandler Riggs and the "Riverdale" fans don't settle on a single nominee.
As much as I like David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, he's no Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven.

Best Guest-Starring Performance on Television:

Bryan Cranston "Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams" (Amazon / Sony Television)
Michael Greyeyes "Fear the Walking Dead" (AMC)
David Lynch "Twin Peaks: The Return" (Showtime)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Rachel Nichols "The Librarians" (TNT)
Jesse Plemons "Black Mirror" (Netflix)
Hartley Sawyer "The Flash" (The CW)
Michelle Yeoh "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
I'm sure Jeffrey Dean Morgan will win for his role as Negan again.  I voted for him last year because he was a guest star according to The Television Academy, performing in less than one-half of one of the seasons under consideration.  This year, he's not; he's really a supporting actor, so I'm not voting for him this year.  While the entertainment professional vote would probably go to Bryan Cranston, I'm voting for Michelle Yeoh, who is much more of a guest actress than Morgan.
I think Jesse Plemons has a better shot at winning this award than Hartley Sawyer.

I conclude this portion of the entry with an updated version of the pitch I make for my readers to become members: "Click here to apply for an affiliate membership.  At $25, one can vote for the best films and television shows.  At $40, one can vote for all categories.  I've already paid my $40.  I hope my readers do, too."

Tomorrow will be the last entry about actual television programs.  I finally get to write about the nominees for Best Science Fiction Television Show!

Previous entries about the 2018 Saturn Awards:

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