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Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Grooviest Television of 2013

2013 was definitely a groovy year for television - and here are my Top 10 series in order of preference:

10) Enlightened
HBO canceled this comedy/drama after only two seasons due to low ratings, but I enjoyed the performances of Laura Dern and Mike White.

9) Mr Selfridge
Jeremy Piven was outstanding as the title character in this British drama, which will return for a second series on PBS later this year.

8) Mad Men
Handsome actor James Wolk gave us a memorable performance as the mysterious Bob Benson on yet another excellent season of this AMC drama.

7) Nashville
This country-fried soap opera continues to entertain me - especially Hayden Panettiere as the scenery-chewing Juliette and Chris Carmack as the closeted Will.

6) Bates Motel
The fabulous Vera Farmiga will return as Norman's mother Norma when the second season debuts in March on A&E.

5) Under the Dome
Based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, this intriguing CBS science fiction drama will return for a second season this summer.

4) The Walking Dead
Goodbye, Governor, it was nice knowing you! I will miss actor David Morrissey's psycho character, but I'm looking forward to the series returning on February 9.

3) The Good Wife
This delicious legal drama has been around since 2009, but I only began watching it this season - and now I'm totally hooked.

2) Scandal
The jaw-dropping twists and turns of this outrageous political thriller have kept me on the edge of my seat - and actress Bellamy Young makes one bitchin' First Lady.

1) American Horror Story: Coven
This season has been one helluva wild and wacky ride with wonderful performances by Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Denis O'Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Taissa Farmiga, Jamie Brewer, Patti LuPone, Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange. If there was an Emmy or Golden Globe for Best Ensemble, I would give it to these exceptional actors.

The Most Disappointing TV of 2013:

5) Smash
So they tried to make it better and instead made it worse. But I would have tuned in for a third season.

4) Dracula
Even the handsome Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Oliver Jackson-Cohen couldn't give this boring vampire drama any bite.

3) Once Upon a Time
Peter Pan. Neverland. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

2) Sean Saves the World
Despite the esteemed presence of Linda Lavin, the lame writing and irritating laugh track of this sitcom turned me off.

1) Betrayal and Deception
There's no worse crime that a soap opera can commit than being downright dull - like these two shows.

The Grooviest Daytime Soap of 2013: General Hospital
I never watched this 50-year-old soap until last January when Lucy Coe thought Detective John McBain was vampire Caleb Morley, whom she battled on the GH spin-off, Port Charles, back in 2001-03. Then after they wrapped up that storyline, I became interested in the brother-and-sister act of Julian and Ava Jerome (played by the sexy William deVry and the sublime Maura West). And now poor Sabrina is pregnant by Patrick, who has returned to his long-lost wife Robin! I can't wait to see what happens next.

The Grooviest Daytime Actress of 2013: Eileen Davidson & Maura West
It's a tie between these two lovely and talented ladies. Ms. Davidson sadly left Days of our Lives after her devious character, Kristen DiMera, drugged and raped her own fiance's stepbrother - a priest! And, of course, this sordid secret was exposed on her wedding day. Meanwhile, on General Hospital, Ms. West's Ava Jerome slept with her daughter's young and hunky husband, which obviously won't win her any Mother of the Year awards. But West's performance is definitely one of the grooviest!

The Most Disappointing Daytime Drama of 2013
Prospect Park brought back All My Children and One Life to Live and then canceled them again. I liked the reboot of AMC, but I thought OLTL was a boring mess (until its last few episodes) - and it's a shame that we will probably never see either of them again.

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