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Nightfly's 1st Annual Owl'tHouse TV Awards for the 2010/2011 Season!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, July 18 2011 and posted in Features

Nightfly inaugurally names nominees and winners in his new Owl'tHouse TV Awards; based on previous year's WIR columns.

Nightfly's 1st Annual Owl'tHouse TV Awards

So, I decided to follow some well considered advice and create a new annual Television Award based off my weekly column. I first started naming annual award winners & nominees back in 1996 for what was then my first 'serious' internet homepage. My first year naming (fairly extensive) TV awards was in 2002. For various reasons I stopped naming any awards honorees in 2007 but decided now to bring the TV Awards back in conjunction with my TV Week in Review column. A year ago I launched my WiR column of TV picks and since these selections were primarily based on my columns, I've renamed what were previously called my Owlet Awards to my new *inaugural* Owl'tHouse Awards in honor of the relaunch.
Now onto my TV awards honoring programming aired from July 2010 till yesterday (7/17/2011)...

Best Drama: [tie]
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Camelot (Starz)
Dexter (Showtime)
Doctor Who (BBC-America)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Human Target (FOX)
Nikita (CW)
True Blood (HBO)

Best Comedy:
30 Rock (NBC)
Bored to Death (HBO)
Eastbound & Down (HBO)
Glee (FOX)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Raising Hope (FOX)

Best New Show:
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Camelot (Starz)
Falling Skies (TNT)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Guys (FOX)
Hellcats (CW)
Nikita (CW)
Undercovers (NBC)

Best Teen Show:
A.N.T. Farm (Disney)
Good Luck Charlie (Disney)
iCarly (nick)
Merlin (Syfy)

The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC-FAM)
Shake It Up (Disney)
Switched at Birth (ABC-FAM)
Victorious (nick)

Best Reality Show:
An Idiot Abroad (Sci)
Bully Beatdown (MTV)
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team 5 (CMT)
The Glee Project (OXGN)
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
Through the Wormhole (Sci)
Whale Wars (ANIMP)

Best Dramatic Actress: [Avg Nominee Age = 35]
Eva Green for Camelot (Starz)
Lucy Lawless for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz)
Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife (CBS)
Anna Paquin for True Blood (HBO)
Maggie Q for Nikita (CW)
KaDee Strickland for Private Practice (ABC)
Anna Torv for Fringe (FOX)

Best Supporting Dramatic Actress: [Avg Nominee Age = 30]
Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones (HBO)
Karen Gillan for Doctor Who (BBC-America)
Heather Hemmens for Hellcats (CW)
Sandra Oh for Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Pauley Perrette for NCIS (CBS)
Sara Ramirez for Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Rutina Wesley for True Blood (HBO)
Deborah Ann Woll for True Blood (HBO)

Best Comedic Actress: [Avg Nominee Age = 47]
Julie Bowen for Modern Family (ABC)
Tina Fey for 30 Rock (NBC)
Jane Lynch for Glee (FOX)
Alyson Hannigan for How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Megyn Price for Rules of Engagement (CBS)
Sofía Vergara for Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White for Hot in Cleveland (TVLND)

Best Supporting Comedic Actress: [Avg Nominee Age = 33]
Cloris Leachman for Raising Hope (FOX)
Heather Morris for Glee (FOX)
Aubrey Plaza for Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Melissa Rauch for The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Naya Rivera for Glee (FOX)
Allison Scagliotti for Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Jenna Ushkowitz for Glee (FOX)
Shannon Woodward for Raising Hope (FOX)

Best Teen Actress: [Avg Nominee Age = 15]
Zendaya Coleman for Shake It Up (Disney)
Miranda Cosgrove for iCarly (nick)
Kaitlyn Dever for Justified (FX)
Victoria Justice for Victorious (nick)
Christina Robinson for Dexter (SHO)
Skyler Samuels for The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC-FAM)

Bella Thorne for Shake It Up (Disney)
Maisie Williams for Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Guest Actress: [Avg Nominee Age = 39]
Alex Kingston for Doctor Who (BBC-America)
Mary McDonnell for The Closer (TNT)
Alyssa Milano for Breaking In (FOX)
Jaime Murray for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz)
Gwyneth Paltrow for Glee (FOX)
Laura Prepon for Castle (ABC)
Julia Stiles for Dexter (SHO)
Gabrielle Union for Army Wives (Lifetime)

Best Reality Show Hostess: [Avg Nominee Age = 41]
China Chow for Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (Bravo)
Emily Henderson for Secrets From a Stylist (HGTV)
Iman for The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection (Bravo)
Jewel for Platinum Hit (Bravo)
Heidi Klum for Project Runway (Lifetime)
Padma Lakshmi for Top Chef (Bravo)
Gail Simmons for Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo)
Shania Twain for Why Not? With Shania Twain (OWN)

Best Dramatic Actor: [Avg Nominee Age = 47]
Sean Bean for Game of Thrones (HBO)
Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Michael C. Hall for Dexter (Showtime)
John Noble for Fringe (FOX)
Timothy Olyphant for Justified (FX)
Tim Roth for Lie to Me (FOX)
Matt Smith for Doctor Who (BBC-America)
Mark Valley for Human Target (FOX)

Best Supporting Dramatic Actor: [Avg Nominee Age = 40]
Alan Cumming for The Good Wife (CBS)
Nelsan Ellis for True Blood (HBO)
Jackie Earle Haley for Human Target (FOX)
Kevin McKidd for Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Mike O'Malley for Glee (FOX)
Lance Reddick for Fringe (FOX)
Michael Shannon for Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Alexander Skarsgård for True Blood (HBO)

Best Comedic Actor: [Avg Nominee Age = 47]
Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock (NBC)
Steve Carell for The Office (NBC)
Garret Dillahunt for Raising Hope (FOX)
Dulé Hill for Psych (USA)
Danny McBride for Eastbound & Down (HBO)
James Roday for Psych (USA)
William Shatner for $#*! My Dad Says (CBS)
Charlie Sheen for Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Best Supporting Comedic Actor: [Avg Nominee Age = 35]
Aziz Ansari for Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Zach Galifianakis for Bored to Death (HBO)
Adhir Kalyan for Rules of Engagement (CBS)
Kunal Nayyar for The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Steve Little for Eastbound & Down (HBO)
Jack McBrayer for 30 Rock (NBC)
Nick Offerman for Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Peter Serafinowicz for Running Wilde (FOX)

Best Guest Actor: [Avg. Nominee Age = 53]
Bill Engvall for HawthoRNe (TNT)
Sir Michael Gambon for Doctor Who (BBC-America)
John Lithgow for How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Jonny Lee Miller for Dexter (Showtime)
Dennis O'Hare for True Blood (HBO)
Chris Parnell for Eureka (Syfy)
Deep Roy for Eastbound & Down (HBO)
Mark Sheppard for Doctor Who (BBC-America)

Best Reality Show Host: [Avg Nominee Age = 46]
Rocco DiSpirito for Rocco's Dinner Party (Bravo)
Colby Donaldson for Top Shot (History)
Morgan Freeman for Through the Wormhole (Sci)
Isaac Mizrahi for The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection (Bravo)
Karl Pilkington for An Idiot Abroad (Sci)
Gordon Ramsay for Kitchen Nightmares (FOX)
Ryan Seacrest for American Idol (FOX)
Joe Zee for All on the Line (Sundance)

Best Theme Song (w/ vocals):
A.N.T. Farm (Disney)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Bored to Death (HBO)
Camelot (Starz)
iCarly (nick)
Psych (USA)
Shake It Up (Disney)
Victorious (nick)

Best Theme Song (instrumental):
Bones (FOX)
Dexter (SHO)
Episodes (SHO)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
Human Target (FOX)
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Best Main Titles: [tie]
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Caprica (Syfy)
Episodes (SHO)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Human Target (FOX)
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
The Simpsons (FOX)
True Blood (HBO)

Favorite Network: [tie]
Home Box Office

Best Late Night Comedy Show:
The Colbert Report (COM)
Conan (TBS)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)
Lopez Tonight (TBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

And there it is.... hope it didn't offend anyone too bad. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. To anyone not nominated, please realize my opinions were based on the past year as reflected in my column and the competition was exceedingly stiff; There's always next year. Speaking of next year, I'm amused that my awards turned out now to be a summer affair, in years past I always announced my winners on Valentine's Day - since my Outhouse column was born in the summer I suppose it's only fitting.
I include the mean average ages among the listings as a way for me to track historical trends and to journalistically note the age issues women traditionally deal with. Simply stated, older actors aren't edged out at anywhere near the rate older actresses are. For better or worse, that's just a fact - and one my annual awards have never bucked (at least not fully).
HBO is this year's most nominated & winningest network with twenty-nine (29) noms and ten (10) wins. Interesting to note, this is a first for my awards, as in years past (at least up to 2007) NBC was reliably the most nominated network; I can only imagine who might've dominated in the three years since I stopped my awards. FOX scored the proverbial silver this year with twenty-eight (28) nods and four (4) wins -- no other net earned more than two wins. Amongst shows, True Blood was the most nominated (8) and winningest by far with six (6) wins. Only Glee & Nikita earned two wins; Glee & Game of Thrones both impressively garnered seven (7) noms though, respectively. Doctor Who & Boardwalk Empire mightily scored six (6) noms each, while, Human Target & Parks and Recreation both managed to earn five (5) nominations each as well. I'll add an upcoming post with additional [super-basic] series & network stats. Between the 'Big Three' nets CBS took the crown with sixteen (16) nominations; NBC earned fifteen (15) noms & ABC brought up the rear with an even nine (9) nods -- all three only scoring one win apiece.

If anyone is curious about past winners and nominees from my old Owlet Awards, I'd be happy to share the details. Perhaps if enough people show interest I'll turn it into a separate article or two. Being a devoted Whedonite, the honorees of years past were greatly advantaged by being in anyway connected or affiliated with Mutant Enemy Productions. Maybe it's been the three years off but I wasn't very swayed by Whedon connections this year.

The teen actress category is a new one. My TV column directly led to my watching teen oriented shows in the first place, so, I was happy to add it. Nick's Miranda Cosgrove scoring the inuagural win for Best Teen Actress (for iCarly) likely came as a surprise to no one. ;)

I tentatively plan to publish a TV Week in Review as usual next week. All shows mentioned in WiRs from here otu will apply to next year's Owl'tHouse Awards. Have a great week... Be Well & Happy Viewing!

Written or Contributed by: Nightfly

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A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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