It’s time to (belatedly) celebrate the end of the television season by giving out meaningless awards!

Sorry for being so late with this. I’ve been busy with other things and haven’t had much time to reflect on the TV season that just passed. But more importantly, I had a lot of frustrations with TV dramas this past season, which sapped my motivation to do these awards. But this has become somewhat of a tradition at the blog, so despite the drama categories being even thinner than last year (based on what I watched), I’m still going to pick my favourite performers and TV shows. The awards can be found after the jump.

Before we get to the awards, the standard disclaimer: I don’t watch everything, because I just don’t have time. There are some very notable holes in my TV viewing. I don’t watch Mad Men or Game of Thrones, for instance. I’m sure they’re great shows, but I can’t honour what I haven’t seen. I’ve also declined to include web series, so sorry, no Burning Love here. With that in mind, here are the awards:

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy
Runner-up: Julie White, Go On. Go On was a comedy that didn’t always work, but one thing that remained solid was Julie White’s performance as Anne. Not only was she often the most hilarious part of the show, she also played moments of vulnerability and pathos with aplomb.
Winner: Lucy Punch, Ben and Kate. Again, Ben and Kate didn’t always work, especially when it became repetitive in the latter half of its only season. But Lucy Punch’s performance as B.J. remained strong throughout. In the hands of a less talented actress, a vain, selfish character could be irritating, but Punch made everything about B.J. gut-bustingly hilarious.
Honourable mentions: Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock; Nikki DeLoach, Awkward; Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, The Big Bang Theory; Busy Philipps, Cougar Town; Melissa Tang, The Goodwin Games; Laura Benanti, Go On; Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Casey Wilson, Happy Endings. Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, How I Met Your Mother; Hannah Simone, New Girl; Kate Mulgrew, NTSF:SD:SUV::; Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation; Anna Chlumsky, Veep.

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
Runner-up:
Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory. Sure, he’s wicked amazing at impressions, but Helberg is here mainly on the strength of his stellar performance in “The Closet Reconfiguration.” It’s difficult to be vulnerable and funny at the same time, but Helberg pulled it off.
Winner:
Adam Driver, Girls. On the one hand, his character participated in a borderline sexual assault, an event that led me to cut the cord on Girls. But I can’t deny that however twisted what he was being asked to do was, Driver was fully committed to the role. Driver plays a scary, often brutal part, and he does it like no one else could.
Honourable mentions:
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock; Echo Kellum, Ben and Kate; Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt, Cougar Town; Ray Ford, James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23; Alex Karpovsky, Girls; John Cho, Brett Gelman, Go On; Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., Happy Endings; Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, How I Met Your Mother; Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, New Girl; Brandon Johnson, NTSF:SD:SUV::; Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation; Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, Robin Thicke, Real Husbands of Hollywood; Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Veep.

Best Lead Actress, Comedy
Runner-up: Krysten Ritter, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. I haven’t seen Ritter in much else, but she seems born to play the role of Chloe. She resists any temptation to temper Chloe’s sociopathy and just goes for broke. It’s a fascinating, weird performance that I’m sad more people didn’t see.
Winner: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation. As frustrated as I’ve been with Parks and Recreation at times, I have no complaints about Amy Poehler, who continues to deliver the strongest, most consistent performance of any comedic lead actress on television. Poehler is fantastic at playing Leslie Knope’s slightly unhinged side, but she can just as easily slide into the role of straight man. Even if Parks and Recreation continues to be a shadow of its former self, I have no doubt that Poehler will still bring the goods.
Honourable mentions: Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Ashley Rickards, Awkward; Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory; Courteney Cox, Cougar Town; Dreama Walker, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23; Lena Dunham, Girls; Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep.

Best Lead Actor, Comedy
Runner-up: Kevin Hart, Real Husbands of Hollywood. It takes a lot of guts to make fun of yourself on a weekly basis, but Hart isn’t one to pull any punches. His crazy, screaming, over-the-top performance is just perfect for the insanity of Real Husbands of Hollywood.
Winner: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock. It would be wrong not to honour the genius that is Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock’s final season. Not only did Baldwin bring Jack’s trademark corporate smarminess this year, he also had to play a wide range of more emotional moments too. Just fantastic work all around. We’ll miss ya, Donaghy.
Honourable mentions: Nat Faxon, Ben and Kate; Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother.

Best Comedy
Runner-up: Real Husbands of Hollywood. RHOH was one of the smartest, weirdest satires to hit the airwaves this year. Kevin Hart and Co. took pleasure in lampooning everything from Hollywood excess to sexism to celebrity culture, all the while doing it with hilarity.
Winner:
New Girl. It’s incredible how much more confident and skillful New Girl grew after its occasionally rocky first season. The sitcom’s sophomore season not only brought laughs galore, it also explored the psyches of its characters and got to the heart of what made them tick. The result was a funny, beautiful season of television that likely won’t be replicated again.
Honourable mentions: 30 Rock; Ben and Kate; The Big Bang Theory; Cougar Town; Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23Happy EndingsNTSF:SD:SUV::; Parks and Recreation; Veep.

Best Supporting Actress, Drama
Runner-up: Olivia Munn, The Newsroom. I don’t think Munn’s performance is award-worthy, and The Newsroom is a fucking pile of shit, but like I said, the drama categories are thin. So congratulations, Olivia Munn, on not being totally fucking awful!
Winner: Erin Way, Alphas. Way’s Kat provided some much-needed levity during what was often a dour season. But somehow, Way kept her performance grounded and believable. Just great work all around.
Honourable mentions: None, because this is the shittiest category that ever shat.

Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Runner-up: Noah Emmerich, The Americans. I grew frustrated with The Americans and gave up halfway through the season, but Emmerich’s performance as the broken but determined FBI agent Stan Beeman was the kind of nuanced performance that should net him a bunch of awards.
Winner: John Noble, Fringe. Hand this man a fucking Emmy already. Jeez.
Honourable mentions: Ryan Cartwright, Alphas. I want to give Cartwright some recognition, but Emmerich and Noble are just too fantastic. Cartwright is a very, very close third. Other than him, I think The Newsroom’s Sam Waterston and Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin and David Harewood deserve honourable mentions.

Best Lead Actress, Drama
Runner-up: Keri Russell, The Americans. Despite the clunky writing with which she was saddled, Russell was able to portray Elizabeth Jennings as a complicated, multifaceted character. It’s a difficult feat to pull off, and doubly so if an actress has to wrestle with bad writing.
Winner: Claire Danes, Homeland. Yup. Not even a contest. Danes killed it again. She’ll win every award ever for this performance once more. And you know what? She deserves it.
Honourable mentions: Stana Katic, Castle; Anna Torv, Fringe.

Best Lead Actress, Drama
Runner-up: Damian Lewis, Homeland. Lewis wasn’t as rock-solid in the second season of Homeland as he was in the first, but he shouldered much more of the show, and he did a masterful job of showing Brody’s disintegrating personal state.
Winner: Joshua Jackson, Fringe. As generally stupid as the last season of Fringe was, Jackson delivered his best performance yet. His performance as a man slowly turning into an Observer was both terrifying and heartbreaking.
Honourable mentions: David Strathairn, Alphas; Matthew Rhys, The Americans; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom.

Best Drama
Runner-up: Homeland. As stupid as Homeland got towards the end of its second season, I can’t deny that the first three-quarters were strong, tightly-plotted drama. Hopefully, Homeland will come back swinging in its third season.
Winner:
Alphas. In its second season, Alphas not only remained a great sci-fi show, but also became a fascinating examination of ethics and philosophy. It became darker and more sophisticated, delving into more difficult territory than its SyFy origins would suggest. It’s a shame that this show ended on a cliffhanger, but its conclusion, with everyone around Grand Central Station in New York City apparently dead, seems oddly fitting.
Honourable mentions: None, because TV drama fucking sucked this season.

So, there you have it. A lot of great comedy, and a sad dearth of great drama. I’ll try to wade more into drama in this upcoming season, but I make no promises that I’ll enjoy what I see.

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