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Old October 25 2008, 07:45 PM   #1
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best and worst actors on TV

Nominations hereby open for the best and worst TV actors on shows currently running. You can nominate five in each category. More than that per person, and I will ignore #6 onwards unless I happen to agree with ya.

My nominations:

Best
Michael C. Hall
Jon Hamm
Glenn Close
Michael Emerson
Zachary Quinto

Worst
Milo Ventimiglia
Hayden Panettiere
Sendhil Ramamurthy
Dania Ramirez
Jason Momoa

...which doesn't mean I don't love some of the characters these actors play (Peter, Mohinder and Ronan are a blast), but let's face it, they stink.
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Old October 25 2008, 07:51 PM   #2
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Temis the Menace wrote: View Post
Nominations hereby open for the best and worst TV actors on shows currently running. You can nominate five in each category. More than that per person, and I will ignore #6 onwards unless I happen to agree with ya.

My nominations:

Best
Michael C. Hall
Jon Hamm
Glenn Close
Michael Emerson
Zachary Quinto

Worst
Milo Ventimiglia
Hayden Panettiere
Sendhil Ramamurthy
Dania Ramirez
Jason Momoa

...which doesn't mean I don't love some of the characters these actors play (Peter, Mohinder and Ronan are a blast), but let's face it, they stink.
Worst:

Greg Gruneberg. In a class all by himself. Now don't go all mother hen on me.
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Old October 25 2008, 07:52 PM   #3
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Don't worry, I don't think he's the best actor ever either. Just not bad enough to make my rarefied list.
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Old October 25 2008, 08:00 PM   #4
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Best
David Tennant
David Hewlett
Huge Laurie
Peter Firth
Nicola WalkerWorst
Jason Momoa
David Caruso
Emily Procter
Garrett Wang
Adam Rickitt



I will probably change my name tomorrow when i remember somebody ells.
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Old October 25 2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

I'm doing ten in each, because I'm just that good. In no order...

Current Best, Male:
1. Michael Hogan (Saul Tigh, Battlestar Galactica)
2. Terry O'Quinn (John Locke, Lost)
3. Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer, Supernatural)
4. Aaron Douglas (Galen Tyrol, Battlestar Galactica)
5. Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus, Lost)
6. Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds, True Blood)
7. Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester, Supernatural)
8. Edward James Olmos (William Adama, Battlestar Galactica)
9. Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester, Supernatural)
10. James Callis (Gaius Baltar, Battlestar Galactica)

Current Best, Female:
1. Katee Sackhoff (Kara Thrace, Battlestar Galactica)
2. Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica)
3. Tricia Helfer (Six, Battlestar Galactica)
4. Grace Park (Eight, Battlestar Galactica)
5. Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood)
6. L. Scott Caldwell (Rose Nadler, Lost)
7. Summer Glau (Cameron, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
8. Lena Headey (Sarah, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
9. Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan, Smallville)
10. Sonya Walger (Penelope Widmore, Lost)

All-Time Favorites, Male:
1. Lance Henriksen (Frank Black, MillenniuM)
2. Clancy Brown (Justin Crowe, Carnivale)
3. Ian McShane (Al Swearengen, Deadwood)
4. Ben Browder (John Crichton, Farscape)
5. Lee Tergesen (Tobias Beecher, Oz)
6. Aasif Mandvi (Kenchy Duhwalia, Jericho)
7. Michael Harney (Steve Fields, Deadwood)
8. Richard Gant (Hostetler, Deadood)
9. Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor, Smallville)
10. Patrick McGoohan (Number Six, The Prisoner)

All-Time Favorites, Female:
1. Robin Weigert (Jane Canary, Deadwood)
2. Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs, Deadwood)
3. Joanna Cassidy (Margaret Chenowith, Six Feet Under)
4. Amy Madigan (Iris Crowe, Carnivale)
5. Sarah Jane Redmond (Lucy Butler, MillenniuM)
6. Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun, Farscape)
7. Rita Moreno (Peter Marie Reimondo, Oz)
8. Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully, The X-Files)
9. Paula Malcolmson (Trixie, Deadwood)
10. Pamela Reed (Gail Green, Jericho)

EDIT:
But, having decided to limit it to five overall...

Best:
Michael Hogan
Katee Sackhoff
Anna Paquin
Jim Beaver
Terry O'Quinn

Worst:
Jason Momoa
Rachel Luttrell
David Caruso
David Hasselhoff
Justin Bruening
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Old October 25 2008, 08:43 PM   #6
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

I obviously don't watch enough television. I don't know who any of these people are.
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Old October 25 2008, 08:52 PM   #7
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

I never thought Milo was a bad actor, I just love Peter Petrelli so much.....

But my vote for best actor goes to Zachary Quinto, as well. That bloke really rocks my socks. *grins*
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Old October 25 2008, 08:58 PM   #8
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Current Best (Male):
Nelsan Ellis
John Noble
Jensen Ackles
Naveen Andrews
Terry O'Quinn

Current Best (Female):
Anna Paquin
Lois Smith
Allison Mack
Katee Sackhoff
Claudia Black

All-time Best (Male):
Clancy Brown
William B. Davis
Richard Dean Anderson
Jerry Seinfeld
Brad Beyer

All-time Best (female):
Sarah Jessica Parker
Edie Falco
Gillian Anderson
Allison Janney
Lucille Ball
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Old October 25 2008, 09:01 PM   #9
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Best:
Kristen Chenowith
Michael Hogan
John Hamm
Zachary Quinto
That guy that plays HRG on Heroes



Worst:
Milo Venti...whatever
The cast of Knight Rider (if that doesn't count then just pick one at random)
Lee Pace (though, this might change if the writers give him something to do besides making puppydog-eyes at Chuck)
That guy from Psych. Seriously, somebody slap that guy.
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Old October 25 2008, 09:03 PM   #10
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

I don't watch too much these days so the pool I'm drawing from is pretty small but here are my picks:

Best:
Michael C. Hall
Jennifer Carpenter
Elizabeth Mitchell
Rachel Griffiths
Lee Pace

Worst:
David Caruso (in a class by himself )
Hayden Panetierre
Milo Ventimiglia
C.S. Lee
Ellen Pompeo

I changed the "Best" list about 18 times while typing it....a ton of other names were in there at some point, including all four principals from Pushing Daisies, half the cast of Lost, a few from The Office, and Hugh Laurie. That was tough! The "Worst" list was easy...
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Old October 25 2008, 09:20 PM   #11
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

I'm doing ten in each, because I'm just that good
And I'm taking just five in each category because I'm better.

And no Johnny Depps or John Waynes! Movie actors who are not even still alive cannot be on currently running TV series!!!
The cast of Knight Rider (if that doesn't count then just pick one at random)
I'll toss the lead actor in there, when I watched that movie last spring he was atrocious.
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Old October 25 2008, 09:29 PM   #12
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Experience is the best teacher, so the bad actors are generally the young ones. Unfortunately, the emphasis on looks tends to lead to more really bad young actresses. The number of actresses who are more of a hole in the show than a character is appallingly large. Perhaps as mores slowly change there will be more himbos littering the screen. Until the day, the competition in the race to the bottom is far too close for my tired eyes to call. Also, they're really hard to tell apart.

Best is rather more interesting. Limited to my erratic viewing---

Hugh Laurie
Simon Baker
Sally Field
Michael C. Hall
Michael Rhys
Kira Sedgwick
Holly Hunter
Edward James Olmos
James Spader
Angela Bassett

The relative lack of women is due to the lack of good roles for women, not a difference in talent. Laurie, Baker, Hunter are their shows, which have zero interest beyond their performances. Spader has the good fortune to have some other actors helping out. Without Olmos somehow contriving to make Adama seem like a human being, no one could ever have deceived themselve into thinking BSG was good. When I see his performance I do remember the claim that the true mark of a hack was doing competently something that shouldn't have been done at all. Michael Rhys I have to throw in because he's apparently acting in his second language!

(And I have to throw in a plug for JoBeth Williams in season 2 Dexter, for a chilling portrait of true, instead of meller, evil.)
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Old October 25 2008, 09:39 PM   #13
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Best:

Neil Patrick Harris (Barney, How I Met Your Mother)
Hugh Laurie (House, House)
Naveen Andrews (Sayid, Lost)
Michael Emerson (Ben, Lost)
Jim Parsons (Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory)

Worst:

Rachel Lutrell (Teyla, SG:A)
Jason Momoa (Ronon, SG:A)
Hayden Panettiere (Claire, Heroes)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder, Heroes)
Dania Ramirez (Maya, Heroes)

Or almost everyone else on Heroes.
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Old October 25 2008, 10:08 PM   #14
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Re: best and worst actors on TV

Temis the Menace wrote: View Post
I'm doing ten in each, because I'm just that good
And I'm taking just five in each category because I'm better.

And no Johnny Depps or John Waynes! Movie actors who are not even still alive cannot be on currently running TV series!!!
The cast of Knight Rider (if that doesn't count then just pick one at random)
I'll toss the lead actor in there, when I watched that movie last spring he was atrocious.
Sorry had a drink and just saw the words actors in the title have change to David Tennant for best and Adam Rickitt worst i heard Adam is on a Zealand soap these days.
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Old October 25 2008, 10:13 PM   #15
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[quote=Shurik;2219459]Best:


Jim Parsons (Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory)

/quote]

Now there's a thought. But I saw him in a small part in a movie called Heights. Thought funny voice he's doing is pretty much his real voice.
Still good, though.
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