We're now giving out the Toobits Awards for the people who populate Toobworld.....
The Red M&M
‘Legends of Tomorrow’ – “Dancing Queen”
Punk Charlie, a magical being In 1977, lost her shape-shifting ability because of Constantine’s interference; that left her locked into the form of Amaya, a former team-member.
BEST NEW MALE RECASTAWAY - TIE!
Avery Brown of 'Murphy Brown'
BEST NEW MALE CHARACTER
Harley Carter, 'Carter'
MOST DISAPPOINTING NEW MALE CHARACTER
Professor Dylan Reinhart, ‘Instinct’
Why couldn't it have been just that he was a gay professor and author whose specialty was studying these "freaks"? I would have accepted that he had friends in shadow ops because of earlier research. I'd even go so far as to accept he had worked for them but in a desk-bound research position. But Patterson and the show-runners took it one step too far with Reinhart's Neesonish skills. (But fear not, fans of Alan Cumming! Keep reading and you’ll see he acquits himself well with another character.)
My blogging buddy Rob Buckley described this type of character best:
"The defining feature of ‘competence porn’ is a character who’s just good at everything. They’re rich, they dress well, they’re good at their job, they don’t make mistakes, they don’t trip over cracks in the pavement. Whatever life throws at them, they use their top-notch brain, balletic grace, and wealth of experience to overcome the odds and beat their adversaries."
BEST NEW FEMALE CHARACTER
The Doctor, ‘Doctor Who’
BTW - This is my favorite of her expressions.
BEST NEW MALE SUPPORTING CHARACTER
Graham O’Brien, ‘Doctor Who’
I’ve liked Bradley Walsh from ‘Law & Order: UK’ (never seen ‘The Chase’) and he’s an old hand at handling the mix of comedy and drama. Plus he’s an O’Brien.
BEST NEW SUPPORTING FEMALE CHARACTER
Katie, ‘800 Words’
Okay, I’ll admit it. I find her beautiful. But there are a lot of new characters in Toobworld every year who are beautiful. For me, what places her above all the other new femaie characters this past year is her ethereal whimsy and joi de vivre. I’m not blind to her faults, but she is still a boon to the populace of my personal shared universe – if I was a TV character, I’d be happy just to be her friend. I might even refer to one of her works of art in my Toobworld adventures; I think one of her paintings would look lovely in Toob Cooper’s home.
BEST NEW CHARACTER ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUMNick Sax, ‘Happy!’
BEST NEW COMMERCIAL CHARACTERS
The Worry Monsters, POM
BEST CROSSOVER CHARACTER OVERALL
John Constantine, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’
BEST CROSSOVER CHARACTER IN COMMERCIALS
Captain Obvious, Capital One
BEST CROSSOVER CHARACTER FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM
Kevin McCallister (“Home Alone”), Google Assistant
BEST NEW CAST ENSEMBLE
Team TARDIS AKA the Fam – ‘Doctor Who’
BEST INTRODUCTION OF A CHARACTER
Izzy Bowen, ‘The Flash’
She was one of the Bus Meta-Humans created by the Thinker. She was a hopeful country-western singer/violinist whose new power was to manipulate sound, usually music, to become a weapon.
She was “Subject 9”, “created” by Devoe as a meta-human by being on that ill-fated bus. Trapped behind a force-field, she was captured and destroyed by the Thinker when he absorbed her body, life-force, and her powers. Ralph Dibney and the Flash were powerless to save her and Ralph could only lock eyes with her, to symbolically be with her as she disappeared from the shell of her body.
Ralph Dibney had fallen hard for her, which probably triggered what I call the “Bonanza” Bane.
BEST ADDITION TO AN EXISTING CAST
Peter Stone in ‘Law & Order’ – “The Undiscovered Country”
He came in from the now cancelled ‘Chicago Law’ for his father’s funeral and will now be staying. His father was Ben Stone of the original ‘Law & Order’.
Nora Allen aka XS, ‘The Flash’
BEST NEW GUEST APPEARANCE
Reggie “Something” Murgatroyd, ‘The X-Files’ – “The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat”
Lois Lane, The “Elseworlds” trilogy
Lois Lane is not a new character; in fact, she is a multiversal. And in the greater TV Universe, she is a multidimensional. She may not be new in TV shows, but she is new in this TV dimension. And Bitsy Tulloch did a good job in playing her as well as in shedding the memories of her previous character from ‘Grimm’. I’m sure we’ll be seeing her again since she’s pregnant by Kal El. (They’ll be retiring to Argo City until at least the baby is born because the super powers of Kal El and the super fetus are muted there.)
BEST HISTORICAL CHARACTER
King James I (or V), ‘Doctor Who’ (“The Witchfinders”)
WORST HISTORICAL CHARACTER
Elvis Presley, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’
BEST HISTORICAL CHARACTER REVISION
Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, ‘The Alienist’
The revision was all off-camera, as originally the role was to be played by Sean Astin. But the schlep from the USA to Hungary and back again (because he was also filming ‘Stranger Things 2’) proved to be too much. And perhaps it might have been too hard to shake off the knowledge of the actor’s identity. The role is now played by Brian Geraghty, future TV Crossover Hall of Famer (for the Dick Wolf ‘Chicago’ franchise.) As always, discrepancies between his physical appearance and those of other actors who have played Teddy in the past can be attributed to the points of view of other characters.
BEST UNSEEN HISTORICAL CHARACTER REVISION
Alexander Hamilton, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ – “No Country For Old Dads”
In the timeline in which the episode was taking place, the Director of the Time Commission was on his way to stop Alexander Hamilton from seeing “Hamilton: The Musical”. But he was murdered by Gorilla Grodd before he could prevent the temporal aberration. So there you go, Fanficcers! A chance to imagine what happened after Hamilton saw “Hamilton”….
BEST CHARACTER ADAPTATION
BEST NEW ALIEN CHARACTER
Solitract, ‘Doctor Who’
BEST NEW CHILD CHARACTER
Hailey Hansen, ‘Happy!’
Faced with a nightmare situation, even if it was all pretend from the perspective of Bryce Lorenzo and the rest of the crew, she made Hailey’s terror real for us
BEST NEW PUPPET CHARACTER
Bobo, ‘Saturday Night Live’
I’m probably a bad man, a very bad man, for choosing Bobo over the new uplifting Muppet who is autistic. But what can I say? It was funny!
BEST LEAGUE OF THEMSELVES APPEARANCE
John Noble seen in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’
The Legends needed a voice that sounded like the demon Mallus and actor John Noble’s was deemed as close to possible. So the team visited him back when he was acting in the third “Lord Of The Rings” movie. (Outside the Box, Noble should sound like Mallus – he was providing the voice for the demon!)
BEST LEAGUE OF THEMSELVES APPEARANCE IN SKITLANDIA
Natalie Portman, ‘Saturday Night Live’
When she returned to host the show, she was able to revive her rap video persona with “Natalie’s Rap 2”. She proved to be one bad mother-# SHUT YO’ MOUTH! Hey, I’m just talking ‘bout Natalie!
BEST LEAGUE OF THEMSELVES APPEARANCE IN A COMMERCIAL
Dennis Quaid, ‘eSurance’
BEST CHARACTER RETURN SPECIAL AWARD
Caprice Caputowitz Feldman Morton, ‘Murphy Brown’
BEST CHARACTER RETURN
DA Jack McCoy of ‘Law & Order’ to ‘Law & Order: SVU’
Jim Dial, ‘Murphy Brown’
BEST CHARACTER RETURN IN A COMMERCIAL
The Spirit of Mayhem, All-State Insurance
BEST CHARACTER RETURN ONLINE
Frank Underwood (‘House of Cards’) "Let Me Be Frank"
BEST LEAGUE OF THEMSELVES RETURN:
Katie Couric, ‘Murphy Brown’
The newswoman was at Jim Dial’s award ceremony in “A Lifetime of Achievement” this year. Couric last appeared on the show in 1992’s “A Chance of Shower” when she attended Murphy’s baby shower.
BEST NEW ALIENS
The Vajarians, ‘Doctor Who’
Even though there were echoes of the Weeping Angels in being some of the oldest assassins in the universe, the Vajarians were made more interesting by changing their ways to become witnesses to the deaths of those who were alone.
WORST NEW ALIEN
The Pting, ‘Doctor Who’
BEST NEW ALIEN VILLAIN
“Tim Shaw” (Real name: Tzim-Sha) of the war-like Stenza.
BEST NEW MALE VILLAIN
Dr. Donovan Benanti, ‘Bull’
BEST HISTORICAL VILLAIN
Blackbeard the Pirate, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’
BEST NEW FEMALE VILLAIN
Barbara Beaumont, ‘The X-Files’
BEST EXIT FOR A CHARACTER
ADA Raphael Barba, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’
Despite the risks he knew he would be taking with his career and his personal freedom, Barba pulled the plug himself on a baby who was just a lump of living flesh. Dick Wolf promises that Barba may yet come back to the series at some point in the future, but probably not as a regular.
BEST DEATH SCENE
Philip Stroh, ‘Major Crimes’
How great was it to see Rusty blow away his tormenter after it looked like he was surrendering to Lt. Louie Provenza? Stroh was definitely not a character you wanted to be still alive in the greater Toobworld realm.
SADDEST DEATH SCENE
Dilton Dilbert, ‘Murdoch Mysteries’
WORST (GRISLIEST) DEATH SCENE
Sheila Barrone, 'Midnight, Texas'
MOST SURPRISING DEATH SCENE
Captain Sharon Raydor, ‘Major Crimes’
Mary McDonnell’s character died of heart failure surprisingly with about a handful of episodes left in the series’ run. The showrunner didn’t want her to be tied to the sinking of the series to enforced cancellation. But she was sorely missed and her absence was felt by all in the squad. (It was at the end of 2017 but I’m including it here because her presence was still felt in the final episode.
FIRST MAJOR TV CHARACTER TO DIE
January 5 – On ‘Coronation Street’, Luke Britton died in a car explosion which was caused by Pat Phelan. (I’m surprised they didn’t have a death on New Year’s Day. The Brit soaps are good for that.)
BEST NEW CHARACTER NAME
Dr. Dylan Reinhart, Instinct’
BEST NEW CHARACTER NAME ORIGIN THEORY
Dr. Adam Louden played by Timothy Busfield in ‘Designated Survivor’
I have to wonder if the Doctor’s name was an in-joke? Adam Louden – “Adam” could be a reference to the actor who played another psychiatrist who had to counsel the President in another TV dimension, Adam Arkin. As for “Louden”, it could be a tip of the hat to the dream character Dick Louden, the stand-in for psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley. Both were played by Bob Newhart in the extended dream sequence that was ‘Newhart’.
BEST NEW ALIAS
“Reggie Something” from ‘The X-Files’ – “The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat”
When Reggie only knew that his name was “Reggie…. Something”, Mulder started calling him that. It even got incorporated in the “fake” show credits. I wish “Reggie Something” could have been integrated into the episode title.
Still more to come!