Before the 2012-13 television season begins next month, I thought I would take a moment (or a post) to review the Best and the Worst from the shows that I watched this summer.
Hottest Hunk of the Summer: James Wolk as Political Animals' Douglas
Runner-Up: Carlos Ponce as Hollywood Height's Max
Honorable Mention: Jesse Metcalfe as Dallas' Christopher
Best Return and Best Actor of the Summer: Larry Hagman as Dallas' J.R.
Best Actress of the Summer: Sigourney Weaver as Political Animals' Elaine
Runner-Up: Carla Gugino as Political Animals' Susan
Honorable Mention: Linda Gray as Dallas' Sue Ellen
Best Supporting Actor of the Summer: Sebastian Stan as Political Animals' T.J.
Runner-Up: James Wolk as Political Animals' Douglas
Honorable Mention: Adrian Pasdar as Political Animals' President Garcetti
Best Supporting Actress of the Summer: Ellen Burstyn as Political Animals' Margaret
Runner-Up: Ashley Holliday as Hollywood Heights' Melissa
Honorable Mention: Brenda Strong as Dallas' Ann
Best Bitch of the Summer: Melissa Ordway as Hollywood Height's Chloe
Worst Bitch of the Summer: Haley King as Hollywood Height's Adriana
Runner-Up: Meghann Fahy as Political Animals' Georgia
Best Villain of the Summer: Mitch Pileggi as Dallas' Harris
Runner-Up: Callard Harris as Dallas' Tommy
Honorable Mention: Justin Wilczynski as Hollywood Heights' Tyler
Best Couple of the Summer: Dallas' Bobby and Ann
Runner-Up: Hollywood Height's Adam and Melissa
Honorable Mention: Hollywood Height's Eddie and Loren
Worst Couple of the Summer: Hollywood Height's Phil and Adriana
Runner-Up: Political Animals' Douglas and Anne
Best Sex of the Summer: Political Animals' Douglas and Susan
Runner-Up: Hollywood Heights' Tyler and Chloe
Honorable Mention: Dallas' John Ross and Elena
Grooviest Guest Star of the Summer: Ken Kercheval as Dallas' Cliff
Runner-Up: Vanessa Redgrave (Political Animals)
Honorable Mention: Alan Ruck as Bunheads' Hubbell
Biggest Bonehead Decision of the Summer: Nick at Nite moving Hollywood Heights to TeenNick in the middle of its 80-episode run. I don't get TeenNick, and I refuse to watch five hours of TV each week online. It's too bad this series didn't attract a large enough audience because I enjoyed it.
Best Daytime Soap of the Summer: Days of our Lives gave fans a fabulous "DAYSaster" cliffhanger as the Summer Olympics took over NBC for two weeks. An explosion left many characters' lives hanging in the balance, and when the show returned, both Jack Deveraux (played since 1987 by Matthew Ashford) and Brady's bride-to-be Madison were killed off. And, of course, I've been loving the gay storyline of young Will Horton.
Best Reality Series of the Summer: Four Houses
I don't watch much reality television, but our 13-year-old niece turned us on to this TLC competition series about four homeowners who critique and score each other's homes in the hopes of winning $10,000. Both my partner and I loved all the catty contestants and their interesting abodes, and we were disappointed that it only ran for six episodes. Hopefully TLC will renew it for a second season.
Best Season Finale of the Summer: Dallas
I loved the first season finale of this addictive drama, which featured the Best Surprise of the Summer - the revelation that Christopher's pregnant wife Rebecca is the daughter of Cliff Barnes! This does mean that she married her own first cousin - and even though he is adopted, it's still kind of sordid. I also liked that Christopher and Elena finally reunited with some hot sex and that John Ross teamed up with his father to destroy the happy couple. Dallas will return in January for a 15-episode second season, which I will be reviewing here on The Groove Tube (and let's hope actress Audrey Landers reprises her role as Rebecca's mother Afton).
Best Season Finale Runner-Up: Political Animals
Another great season finale - even though I was sad to see Adrian Pasdar's President Garcetti die in a plane crash. However, this does set up some Season 2 fireworks between Elaine and the nasty Vice President - if the series gets renewed. My only complaint is that Douglas married dreary Anne, but hopefully a love triangle will develop with Susan. And, finally, we have to have another season in order to find out if Elaine runs for President (I think she will).
Worst Season Finale of the Summer: Bunheads
I'm surprised that ABC Family renewed this dismal mess for eight additional episodes. Even the amazingly talented Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop couldn't save this wannabe Gilmore Girls. The writing was so unbelievably bad. Foster's character Michelle slept with a director (played by actor Chris Eigeman, who was also one of Lorelai Gilmore's boyfriends), but by the next episode their brief romance was forgotten as she flirted with a young bartender. And the dreadful and depressing finale saw Michelle ruin Fanny's Nutcracker show by accidentally macing the entire cast, which led to her decision to leave town. Here's hoping that Foster and Bishop soon leave this drek behind and move on to far better projects. Needless to say, I won't be tuning in whenever Bunheads returns.
Best Series of the Summer: Dallas
Runner-Up: Political Animals
Honorable Mention: Hollywood Heights