Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Best & Worst Of The 2012-2013 TV Season

By Anant Mathur (May 29, 2013)

Every year I look forward to the new American TV season and wonder which shows I will still be watching over the next few years. After a pretty good 2011-2012 season, which launched several good shows, the expectation for the 2012-2013 were raised once again. With the 2012-2013 season coming to an end, we can now separate the winners from the losers. Sadly, unlike last season, this year there were more losers than winners.  

Arrow was the surprise hit of the year, no one had any expectations from this comic book adaptation, but to everyone`s surprise it turned out one great episode after another until season end. Chicago Fire had a horrible pilot episode which looked like a poor rehash of the blockbuster film Backdraft - it waas sure to be cancelled - but I`m glad that I stuck with it because from episode 2 onwards Chicago Fire did a 180 degree turn for the better and there was no looking back. Zero Hour looked like a sure fire hit, but got cancelled after 3 episodes, proving how difficult it is to predict which show(s) will be loved the audience. Out of all the shows which debut in 2012-2013, below are the ones I watched 'till the end of the season (or 'till the show got cancelled) and feel are the best or worst of the year:

Best Concept of the year: 
1) Zero Hour (ABC) - Sadly it got cancelled
2) Arrow (CW)
3) Revolution (NBC)

Honorable Mention:
4) Chicago Fire (NBC)


Best New comedy (surprisingly none of the new sitcoms earned a second season):
1) Go On (NBC)
2) Guys With Kids (NBC)
3) How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life (ABC)

Worst New Shows of the year, so glad these got cancelled:
1) The New Normal (NBC)
2) Ben And Kate (FOX)
3) Do No Harm (NBC)

How did this get on television:
1) Family Tools
2) Animal Practice (NBC)
3) Hannibal (NBC)

Shows with Promise but didn't get picked up or renewed by the network:
Vegas (CBS)
Zero Hour (ABC)
3) Deception (NBC)

Why is this still on (surprisingly these low rated shows earned a second season):
1) Nashville (ABC)
2) The Neighbors (ABC)
3) The Carrie Diaries (CW)

A Good Concept gone horribly wrong:
1600 Penn (NBC)
Last Resort (ABC)
Red Widow (ABC)

The Worst Actor of the year:
1) Nat Faxon (Ben and Kate)
2) Andrew Rannells (The New Normal)

The Worst Actress of the year:
1) Georgia King (The New Normal)
2) Joanna GarcĂ­a (Animal Practice)

Most Entertaining NEW Villain/Villainess on Television: 
1) Jason Beghe (Hank Voight, Chicago Fire)
2) Goran Visnjic (Nicholae Schiller, Red Widow)

3) Katherine LaNasa (Sophia Bowers, Deception)

Honorable Mention: 

4) Giancarlo Esposito (Major Tom Neville, Revolution)
5) Michael Chiklis (Vincent Savino, Vegas)


Best Actress in a New Comedy: 

1) Erinn Hayes (Sheila, Guys With Kids)
2) Sarah Chalke (
Polly, How to Live with Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life)

Best Actor in a New Comedy: 

1) Matthew Perry (Go On)
2) Zach Cregger (Nick Theyer, Guys With Kids)

Best Actress in a Drama Series: 

1) Monica Raymund (Gabriela Dawson, Chicago Fire)
) Tracy Spiridakos (Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson, Revolution)
2) Kristin Kreuk (Catherine Chandler, Beauty and the Beast)

Best Actor in a Drama Series: 

1) Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen, Arrow) 
2) Billy Burke (Miles Matheson, Revolution)
3) Jesse Spencer (Lieutenant Matthew Casey
, Chicago Fire)

Best New Shows of the year:
1) Arrow (CW)
2) Revolution (NBC)
3) Chicago Fire (NBC)

Please remember these are TV show that I watched based on my personal preferences and this post should not be misinterpreted as official results or facts regarding TV shows released in the 2012-2013 season.

© Anant Mathur. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, May 27, 2013


By Anant Mathur (May 27, 2013)

Congratulations, to the Mumbai Indians for winning the 2013 IPL tournament.


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