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A couple weeks back, Tube Talk featured fake awards show categories and nominees, from Fastest Talker to Outstanding Use of Sarcasm.
I admit, it was a lot of fun to write, and I also admit to accidentally omitting someone from the Best American Accent categoryJamie Bamber, who plays Apollo on Battlestar Galactica. His accent is so good I didnt have a clue he really had a British accent until I read a piece about him a couple months back in Parade. I wish Id remembered about him before that column was published. (As it was, I barely managed to sneak in another addition at the last possible moment.)
I invited readers to share their own ideas for TV categories they wish there were awards for, and a few of you sent in some very creative suggestions.
From an online reader who goes by KLee:
The Get Over Yourselves Already AwardRosie ODonnell and Donald Trump. (KLee then went on to say they could grouse at each other until judgment day, and be Jell-O mud-wrestling each other and I STILL wouldnt care.)
TV Shows We Miss With a Passion and Wish Theyd Bring Back a la Family Guy and FuturamaHomicide: Life on the Street, Boomtown and Medical Investigation.
KLee obviously is a big Neal McDonough fan, pointing out he starred in both Boomtown and Medical Investigation. I have to say, I gave up on Boomtown when a character was shown jumping off a building, automatic weapons blazing like Rambo, only to land safely without having shot any innocent bystanders, just some bad guys.
From a reader named Lisa:
Most Horrible TV Performance George W. Bush in his State of the Union address.
From Bonnie in Scottsdale, Ariz.:
Television Shows with the Longest Pauses Between New EpisodesJericho, Men in Trees, Heroes, Lost, etc. I wonder if they can still keep their audiences? she asks.
Show with the Most Annoying StarSimon Cowell, Donald Trump, Rachel Ray (you either love her or you hate her, Bonnie adds.)
Television Shows with the Most Commercial Breaks at the End, Making You WishYoud TiVod Every Show.
Most Played-Out Reality ShowsBig Brother, The Apprentice
Executive Producers Past Their PrimeJerry Bruckheimer, Dick Wolf, Mark Burnett
Smuggest Writer with the Least Sense of Humor (a.k.a. Egomaniacs on Parade Award)one winner: Aaron Sorkin
TV Shows That Dont Deserve to be on Our AirwavesAmerican Idol, Ghost Whisperer, Dr. Phil, Wife Swap, Survivor, According to Jim. (K.L.W. adds, Pick a CSI, pick a Law & Orderat least two of each need to go!)
Whether I agree with some of these or not, it was fun hearing different takes on what people love and loathe about television.
I really like KLees idea about shows we miss with a passion. I can think of quite a few show I still missincluding her first nominee, Homicide. Bayliss, Pembleton, Meldrick! Mikey, Munch and Gee! Stan, Kay and Beau. Russert, Brodie and Danvers. Crosetti and his silly cookies. Seriously, these were some of the most realistic and engaging characters ever on TV. I even miss Gaffney.
What shows do you miss the most, and why? Let me know, and maybe well do a future column about shows we miss with a passion, to quote KLee.
Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine, Rockford Life and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, SatelliteORBIT and TVGuide. Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue