Hulu's Best in Show heads into its final round
In one corner, you have sweetness and light, nerds and the women who love them, comedy and pop culture references and unapologetic product placement. In the other you have darkness and dysfunction, a serial killer who can't find a place in this world, prominent guest stars and unapologetic repetition of the same plot structure year after year.Â IÂ wouldn't consider either one a serious contender for the best show on television right now (though I'd at least think about "Chuck"Â in that discussion), but it's a fairly interesting contrast in style as we get to the end.
At the same time, what those two shows have demonstrated that they have in common are fanbases who will vote early, vote often and knock out everything that gets in their way. "Chuck"Â was even able to overcome my vote for "Community"Â in the last round, staying neck and neck with the Greendale gang for most of the week before pushing ahead to a comfortable win over the weekend - and that was in a week when the show had aired an episode that (based on the comments in my review)Â many of you didn't like very much. There was definitely a sentiment among the "Chuck"Â fans that "Community"Â had already gotten renewed so their show "needed"Â the win more, and while IÂ think the impact this contest will have on renewal will be somewhere between slim and none, IÂ admire the commitment.
If you've been reading me for a while, you know my vote's going to "Chuck"Â here - and not just because of this awesome fan version of the credits, "Greatest American Hero"-style, that showed up on YouTube last week:
So go vote, read my latest interview on the Hulu blog, and we can be back to celebrate or grouse about the winner on April 4.
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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