Tube Talk: Readers respond with awards ideas

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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” category—Jamie Bamber, who plays Apollo on Battlestar Galactica. His accent is so good I didn’t have a clue he really had a British accent until I read a piece about him a couple months back in Parade. I wish I’d 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 Award—Rosie O’Donnell 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 wouldn’t care.”)

TV Shows We Miss With a Passion and Wish They’d Bring Back a la Family Guy and Futurama—Homicide: 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 Episodes—Jericho, Men in Trees, Heroes, Lost, etc. … “I wonder if they can still keep their audiences?” she asks.

Show with the Most Annoying Star—Simon 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 WishYou’d TiVo’d Every Show.

From dez:

Most Played-Out Reality Shows—Big Brother, The Apprentice

Executive Producers Past Their Prime—Jerry Bruckheimer, Dick Wolf, Mark Burnett

Smuggest Writer with the Least Sense of Humor (a.k.a. Egomaniacs on Parade Award)—one winner: Aaron Sorkin

From K.L.W.:

TV Shows That Don’t Deserve to be on Our Airwaves—American Idol, Ghost Whisperer, Dr. Phil, Wife Swap, Survivor, According to Jim. (K.L.W. adds, “Pick a CSI, pick a Law & Order—at 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 KLee’s idea about shows we miss with a passion. I can think of quite a few show I still miss—including 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 we’ll 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

From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue

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