PrintHey guys, welcome to the 2013 AV Club Awards Week! Today we continue with site specific awards. Note the other nominations are in the descending order you all bestowed upon them, except where noted. Without any further ado, below are our winners as decided by you (with the help of democracy)! Radical!

 

Other nominations: A.A. Dowd, David Sims, Todd VanDerWerff, Sonia Saraiya, Kevin McFarland

Other nominations: A.A. Dowd, David Sims, Todd VanDerWerff, Sonia Saraiya, Kevin McFarland

2 - Best TV Club Classic Reviews

Other nominations: The Simpsons, Deep Space Nine, Doctor Who, Mad Men, Farscape, Twilight Zone, Babylon 5

3 - Best TV Club Reviews

Other nominations: Mad Men, Games of Thrones, Hostages, The Following, American Horror Story

4- Best Film Review

Other nominations: Her, Upstream Color, Before Midnight, Upside Down, To the Wonder

5 - Best Newswire

Other nominations: Scenes from the Entourage movie that is our life, now that the Entourage movie is happening, Peter Dinklage’s Ongoing Hula Hooping, Nikki Finke reports that the subject of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has died, Fifty Shades Of Grey forces Jamie Dornan inside its waiting role, surprising fans with his size, If you want to hear about a Choose Your Own Adventure movie, keep reading, World Stunned by Girl in Underwear at MTV Video Music Awards, New movie to bring story of Boston Marathon bombing to life, so that people of today can experience it

6 -Todd Sanity

Other nominations: Todd & Community Season 4, American Horror Story Revews, Enlightened as TV Show of the Year Writeup, Defending Homeland, Mom Reviews

7 - Best New Feature

Other nominations: Internet Film School, Return of Gameological, Expert Witness, Wiki Wormhole, Palme Thursday, NuDisqus, Food Fiction

8 - Yummiest Digest

Other nominations: stakkalee’s homemade marshmallows / Ni No Kuni, Haribo gummy candies / Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Kale chips / GTA V, Peanut butter and banana cream donuts / Anodyne, Lunchables Uploaded / Gone Home

9 - Best Feature

Other nominations: Random Roles, My World of Flops (R.I.P.), New Cult Canon (R.I.P.), TV Club 10, For Our Consideration, The Tolerability Index, Keyboard Geniuses

10 - Most Social Writer

Other nominations: Will Harris, Zack Handlen, Sean O’Neal, John Teti, Rowan Kaiser, Alisdair Wilkins, Carrie Raisler

11 - Most Improved Writer

Other nominations: David Sims, Mike Vago, John Teti, Alasdair Wilkins, Oliver Sava

12 - Gameological Article of the Year

Other nominations: Bioshock Infinite Review – The Gilded Cage, Pizzagate, More, More, More—How Do You Like It?, On the Level – Castlevania series: The Clock Towers, Rogue Legacy Review – What We Leave Behind

13 - Article of the Year

Other nominations: Bryan Fuller walks us through Hannibal’s debut season, Breaking Bad: “Felina,” The changing face of “nerds” (and autism) in popular culture, Enlightened was the best TV show of 2013, Hostages: “Cost Of Living,” New Cult Canon ends with the end times of Michael Tolkin’s The Rapture, Concluding Case File #37: Moment by Moment

14 - Section of the Year

Other nominations: TV Club, Film, Gameological

Most Missed Writer

3:

Tasha Robinson

2:

Noel Murray

15 - Most Missed Writer

AV Club Writer of the Year

5:

Sonia Saraiya

4:

Will Harris

3:

John Teti

2:

Todd VanDerWerff

16 - Writer of the Year

Love the winners? Hate the winners? Sound off below, complain to me on The AV Club or whine on me at twitter @the_commies.

Tomorrow: we continue with and wrap up the Best of the Year Awards, Pt 2.



  • el_sid

    Glad to see Teti make the top 5. Also, I’m going to be laughing at those last two pictures for the next few hours.

    • Melancholic_Rodeo_Clown

      Yeah, the jellybean picture for Rabin made me extremely happy I had finished my cup of coffee before opening this page.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

      Never forget!

      • The Archmage of the Aether

        * hides Wand of Forgetting up sleeve *

        • Pops Freshenmeyer

          *Plays the ‘Did Not Happen’ card*

  • YEE YEE

    Teti? Will Harris? who the fuck are these people? VDW, Kaiser, Wack handlen, Donna Bowman 4 life son

    • wallflower

      New world, @YEE YEE:disqus. Adapt or die.

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/occams-blazer,96777/ Occam’s Blazer

        A crazy new world where Tasha isn’t black. :(

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

      Teti has been around for ages and ages.

      • Roswulf

        He has admittedly been focused for a while on Gameological.

        But Teti’s Project Runway and Work of Art reviews from a while back are for me the perfect distillation of what I love about the AVClub’s perspective on pop culture.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

          Yeah his Work of Art reviews might be my favorite thing ever on the site.

    • flowsthead

      Will Harris does Random Roles, and he fucking rocks.

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

        Yeah that’s a great feature.

        And he is one of the most social writers on the site.

      • WillHarrisInVA

        Eh, maybe a little.

        • GaryX

          Definitely a lot.

    • The Archmage of the Aether

      Will Harris has been on the books for some time; he’s a blast. Worth a couple of Phipps, at least. Heck, I think he’s worth his weight in Copper, at least – it sounds like a diss, but you don’t know how much 170 lbs of copper will get you nowadays.

      • Kumagoro

        Books?! The AV Club has books?!
        What for?

        • GaryX

          Legends speak of such things, yes. Before the great sundering, as seen be the Seer Leonard Pierce of Black Mêtaal, there were tales of tales and stories of stories all across the HTML frames of AV-Club.

          • wallflower

            Hark! I will tell of combat of the mighty genres of Book and Film, and the days when Warrior Princess, Tasha, the daughter of the son of Robin, slew four adaptations of a single tome with one mighty article. Then I shall unspool the tale of Wrapped Up in Books, and the conversations and livechats of same.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

          If I could change one thing about the AVC, it would be to drastically increase the book coverage. Yes, even before ditching NuDisqus.

          • http://avclub.com/ Cookie_Monster

            Me would imagine book review take lot more time and effort for writer than reviewing album or movie.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            Oh I know there are logistical reasons that it is this way. It would require either more staff or more time from staffers. Or both.

            I just wish there were a place where I felt as comfortable and natural talking about books as I feel talking about movies and television (and to a lesser extent music) around here. I’m a big reader of the Salon books section, despite not being a fan of the site as a whole these days. (Laura Miller is brilliant.) But forget trying to have a decent conversation over there.

          • The Archmage of the Aether

            Well, if anybody could manage, you could, Scrawler. You are about half the decent conversations around here, you are.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            Oh gosh. That’s super flattering. But, seriously, I spend too much time online as it is. I’d probably get fired if I tried to run an online book review/discussion forum, too.

          • Babs

            We could always try to get a virtual book club going with some of the more regular commentors and have our discussions in the comments section of the review.

          • wallflower

            We tried that with Bleeding Edge and it went pretty well; I’d be up for doing an Inherent Vice Book vs. Film discussion over at The Dissolve when the movie hits the screens.

          • GaryX

            I’m very much wanting to have one of those. Hopefully, I’ll have reached Inherent Vice and finished it by then.

          • Babs

            Yeah, I remember a few attempts of varying success before. But I think tying it to a review would be helpful–our commenting takes place in the context of reviews, after all. Maybe? I’m open to ideas

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            Oh that’s a great idea. I’ll have to get on Inherent Vice so that I can participate.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            There is a monthly book club over on the t.i. boards. But the total number of participants is pretty low (at least on the one I’ve been a part of, which is happening right now). I think it’s hard to pick something that a critical mass of people wants to read and then give everyone enough time to finish. That’s part of what I liked so much about WUiB when it existed. Most of the selections were made by someone else, no compromising, so you either participated or didn’t.

          • GaryX

            If there was sufficient interest in it, we could probably just make a section for it on here or another URL or something, and use voting to determine the books. I really miss Wrapped Up in Books.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            I miss it like crazy. I’m all for giving anything a shot. We’re having a pretty good discussion of The Flamethrowers over on the tolerability boards right now, although not too many are participating. But anything that would provide a good forum for this would be so excellent. I’d be happy to help however I can (up to actually getting fired over this).

          • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

            Really anything the Book Board needs on TI, just ask.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            Honestly, I don’t think there’s a concrete thing, so much as just those of us who are interested making a diligent effort to participate so as to increase interest and commenting numbers there. I know that in January I just sort of let the selection slip by me and then declined to participate rather than participating late. This time I made a concerted effort to get down to talking about the book, even though I still have about a day’s worth of reading left to do.

          • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

            Well I could start promoting the book of the week as an announced post like the AV Club Awards. Or if you want to start posting your own reviews or book blogs or whatever you can also do that. Possibly the Book Board could adveritse itself more over at the Old Country’s TI, I don’t know.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            I’m just a beginner over there, so I honestly don’t know what the best thing would be. It would be presumptuous of me to say. I suspect time will help sort it out–either by indicated what we need to do or by growing participants organically.

          • Miller

            The one suggestion I would make is to focus, like WUIB, on older material. Nothing against new stuff, but it is expensive/hard to rent, I liked being able to get most WUIB selections from the library. This makes it less useful as a page driver for The AV Club itself, though.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            That’s an excellent point, Miller. I also did most of my WUiB reading from the library and it was very convenient. But not so possible with newer stuff.

          • nattyish

            Man, a monthly book thing would be super awesome. Maybe even awesome enough that I would venture over to the TI boards? But yeah, something on a AVC post, hijacked thread or whatever, seems like it would be better in terms of participation.

          • Babs

            I guess I don’t hang out in T.I. enough–but I don’t think I’m alone in that. Maybe regularly hijacking a thread of WoT would be better?

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            I’m not picky. Anywhere would be fine by me. I really like the Inherent Vice idea, because it’s time specific, so there are outside incentives for people to participate, besides just another chance to talk to friends online. We’ll all want to finish before the movie, so we have time to discuss it before and after. I think having “news pegs” like this for the selections could make a big difference.

          • Babs

            Honestly, the thing that would be most effective, if we could petition the staff, would be to get an official Monthly Book Club Pick, with a review/article. It could be tied to a movie a la Inherent Vice if that would be the best way to go. Plus, hey, new source of page views!

          • GaryX

            I’d contact Kyle Ryan or John Teti about that. They could maybe do it if there was enough people behind it.

          • Username too long

            If you want the book currently being read for TI book club is the Silmarillion, there’s also a few people reading Pere Goriot, and nominations are open for the next pick. The more the merrier, and I’m up for anything book-related.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/ebuzz-miller,65313/ E.Buzz Miller

            Silmarillion? Yeah pass. No way in hell am I joining a book club with hardcore Tolkien fans, no offense intended.

          • Username too long

            None taken, I’m not reading that one.
            But you’re welcome to put up your noms and lobby for them.

          • https://twitter.com/#!/noahcruickshank Noah Cruickshank

            We used to do it, but no one really read it, so it was axed. I’ve been trying to figure out something similar, but it’s something that needs a broad level of readership, which is difficult, book-wise.

          • Babs

            I agree the broad-level readership is hard to come by (I work in publishing, so I feel it acutely). But maybe choosing books related to movies about to be released would help. Or a poll to choose? Just adding some hook to kick start interest.

            Regardless, I’ll be excited for any iteration of a book club. And I know @Scrawler2:disqus and I will do our best to get some other commenters on board.

          • Unexpected Dave

            And while they’re shorter than most video games, they don’t attract as many readers.

          • https://twitter.com/#!/noahcruickshank Noah Cruickshank

            Depends. It takes me about a week, typically, but I’m one of the faster book reviewers. We’re trying to bring different, more various content to that section. Hopefully, @Scrawler2:disqus , we’ll be adding more stuff to the section this year. But send in emails, comment, do what you can and we’ll try to make it happen!

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            Thanks so much, Noah! I’ve definitely noticed an uptick in book content recently. Keep up the good work. I look forward to more. AVC has a lot of readers on it, I think. We’re just not unified like we are for the other elements of pop culture, sadly.

          • Babs

            The thing that makes book coverage difficult is timing. With TV shows, there’s an immediacy–review goes up within hours after the ep airs and everyone wants to talk about it. Even with movies, you’re likely to see it within a couple weeks of it coming out. Books, however, take a little while to get through, so the discussions aren’t as conversational. I actually think the email alerts of NuDisqus might help that, because it allows you to respond immediately when someone replies to a comment you made weeks ago.

          • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

            Yeah when the site actually reviews a book I read I always try to comment, even if ages afterward, because notifications mean that you can still start a conversation even way after the fact.

          • flowsthead

            Any mention of Dune and I join the conversation immediately, but keeping up with new books is hard. I’m actually part of a book club with my friends, so I’ve been making an active effort to read more. I didn’t even know there was a TI book club, so I’ll try to do that too. I don’t hang out there that often, so I don’t hear about these things.

          • Username too long

            I was very pleasantly surprised and happy we’ve had more than one review the past few weeks. And the writers have been replying to the Books AVQ&A lately as well.
            I suppose another issue is that it takes a lot longer for commenters to get to book than any other media.

        • danisdapper

          Burning them to show dominance in office meetings.

      • reckoner

        Will is probably the writer I’ve seen most down in the comments and he’s unfailingly nice every time. But I guess he might have it a little easier since pretty much everyone loves Random Roles.

        • https://disqus.com/LurkyMcLurkerson/ LurkyMcLurkerson

          But I think part of what people love about RR is the way he goes about it. An aggressive asshole writer wouldn’t be able to get the kinds of stories out of interviewees that Will does; it’s a feature that could only exist in its present iteration run by a person like Will, who’s sincere and friendly and who forges good relationships with industry people. RR works partly because he’s nice; people love it and aren’t jerks in Will in the comments, so he’s super-friendly in response. It’s all a vicious circle of niceness.

          • Miller

            To be fair, while Will owns the Random Roles there have been a lot of writers/interviewers who’ve done good work there, Sam Adams, Sean O’Neal and Noel Murray come to mind.

          • https://disqus.com/LurkyMcLurkerson/ LurkyMcLurkerson

            Absolutely. It’s not like he’s the only one who can do a good interview. I just don’t think the friendliness of the comments on that feature is a coincidence.

          • TheChickenofWealandWoe

            Murray was great. But O’Neal….? I can’t remember many great articles by him at all.

            He doesn’t research so much, does he? He sort of reads through the celebrity pages, snarks up the content, acts like a shit in the comment section of and basks in the love of the 14-25 year old readers who just like to hear someone being mean.

            Some of these writers. do research, think, reflect, prepare. Some of them read whole books over the course of weeks to write a careful review that nobody here reads. O’Neal repeats news items for elsewhere online and gets Writer of the Year because in high school, you love the mean kid, because he’s mean.

          • Miller

            Well, I’m not completely sure, but I believe Sean initiated the whole RR concept. And in any case he did one of the all-time greats, Teri Garr: http://www.avclub.com/article/teri-garr-2390

            And as a smartass myself, I can speak highly of Sean’s smartassery. It’s damn funny and creative. As for stuff nobody reads, I’m pretty sure he did TV Outland for a while, a look at the odder ends of cable TV, which required a fair bit of research. Oh well, guy doesn’t need me to defend him.

          • flowsthead

            O’Neal was the reason I started reading the AV Club because of his awesome Edward Norton interview. It’s an excellent interview, but I loved how the questions delved into an analysis of the film before going into what his next project was or whatever. http://www.avclub.com/article/edward-norton-39666

          • Ellie

            Yeah I feel exactly the same way. Thanks for this comment.

          • WillHarrisInVA

            Indeed. I think it is well documented that I have regularly praised those who have come before me for having set a standard which I felt obliged to meet. In particular. I know I’ve thrown compliments in the direction of Mr. Rabin and Mr. Murray on numerous occasions.

        • dwsNY

          Not true — you can read some RR’s done by other contributors, and the praise is not universal. There’s a lot of ways to screw up RR, and Will manages to avoid them almost all of the time. It’s part of the reason he’s become so appreciated — when you’ve seen shitty RR’s, you start to understand what goes into a really GOOD one.

      • WillHarrisInVA

        Given that I wouldn’t have gotten in the door without Mr. Phipps, I would say that he’s far more valuable overall. (Also, I really enjoy his writing.)

        • The Archmage of the Aether

          You see? Will Harris can’t help being nice. GaryX,, next year, could we have a Mrost Respectful Writer award, or perhaps (following the cinematic comedy / drama dichotomy) offer two categories, Best Writer (Polite) and Best Writer (Snark)?

          Anyhow, WillHarrisInVA I’ll grant Mr. Phipps 15% of your Copper as a commission, then. But your kindness is just paupering yourself.

          * makes a note in the Big Dusty Ledger *

    • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

      Will Harris’ Random Roles is one of the best features on the are and John Teti’s Gameological stuff is gas.

    • dwsNY

      He’s better known by his commentariat name, TetiBoy

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

    The O’Neal images just made my night. Hahahaha!

    • http://avclub.com/ Cookie_Monster

      Picture of jellybeans for Nabin too. Bravo, @GaryX:disqus!

    • wallflower

      The vanderWerff image made my night sleepless.

      • GaryX

        Screenshotting that at work was like a goddamn scene from Mission: Impossible.

  • great aunt birgit

    Good choice on the worst writer award, Dyess-Nugent is awful.

    • repostedcustomerreviews

      No…this thing is awful!

      ~Amanda Hugginkiss “xoxoxo”
      Reviewing Trinity Vibes Inflatable Super Dildo, 11 Inch, Midnight Black

      • NerdInTheBasement

        I now demand some kind of a prequel to this dildo, just so it can be called Before Midnight Black .

  • reckoner

    Glad to see Breaking Bad got the Best Reviews award. Donna Bowman is a fucking boss.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

      I’m going to miss her so much that it physically hurts. I’m glad she went out with top recognition on that front.

      • https://disqus.com/LurkyMcLurkerson/ LurkyMcLurkerson

        I don’t watch BB so I’ve only read like one Donna BB review ever, but I’m glad for her that she left on a high note.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

          I hope you read her NewsRadio reviews. They are my favorite thing.

          • https://disqus.com/LurkyMcLurkerson/ LurkyMcLurkerson

            They are my gold standard for retrospective TV reviews. I’m pretty sure they’re what lured me properly out of lurking and turned me into a regular commenter.

        • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

          If you do watch BrBa, consider reading her reviews. They’re basically the best breakdowns of a TV show half the Internet was devoted to breaking down.

          • https://disqus.com/LurkyMcLurkerson/ LurkyMcLurkerson

            Oh, that’d be half the appeal!

            I keep saying I might watch it–I did really like the pilot episode–but I suspect I never will, any more than I’ll ever watch The Sopranos or Mad Men or The Wire. Look at how I’ve stalled out on Fringe, for god’s sake. (Which I WILL pick up again, I swear I will.) There are only so many hours in the day, and too many other things I want to watch more.

          • GaryX

            Same, but I’ve been ticking away at Breaking Bad. It’s gets really good, but I think Mad Men is better overall (not that it matters). I also just started True Detective AND saw Hannibal and The Shield are on Amazon Prime. I’m fucked. Too much TV.

          • wallflower

            Good luck, my friend. I’ll see you on the Shield boards when you get there (-; I’ll comment to the end of the series, somewhere.

          • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

            I also prefer Mad Men.

          • https://disqus.com/LurkyMcLurkerson/ LurkyMcLurkerson

            Yeah, it’s not a question of it being good or not, or even whether I think I might like it! (Although I flat out will not watch TV I don’t like.) It’s just time, and not having enough of it. I’ve chosen to prioritize other forms of entertainment over TV, so when it comes to TV and the limited time I’ve allotted for it, I favor “things that I really want to watch” over “things that are good/important/popular enough to be culturally significant”. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes they don’t.

          • GaryX

            Yeah, it took me a few years to work through the first one and a half seasons of Breaking Bad, but once a certain thing happened, I was off and running with the show.

          • Miller

            It’s true, the series truly hits its stride when Saul comes aboard.

          • wallflower

            I’m taking the Lady Wallflower through it and when he showed up I said “he’s the Miles.” (Lost‘s Miles, that is.)

          • GaryX

            The exact moment, for me, is when Walter finally owns that he’s doing the cooking for selfish reasons. The “I’m doing it for the family!” angle was never very interesting, and I thought once he made that transition, the show was able to open up in a lot of ways. Also, once Anna Gun was given things to do besides the house-wife thing.

          • wallflower

            An AVQ&A that never happened (to my knowledge) is the Episode that Hooked You. “Walkabout” on Lost, “Dragonchasers” on The Shield. . .that’s what you know you’ll watch to the end, no matter what.

      • Chris Hansen

        Whoa, whoa, where’s she going? I still see her name attached to HIMYM reviews when I need a reason to remember that show isn’t a complete mess.

    • Miller

      Damn straight.

    • wallflower

      Donna’s NewsRadio reviews tie with Noel’s Buffy/Angel reviews for Best Thing Ever Written on the AV Club, and of course they went out together on Serenity. Those two are amazing.

      • GaryX

        Noel’s LOST reviews for me (but I’ve never read watched Buffy/Angel). Also his Planetary/Astro City piece that I will only stop hocking when I’m dead.

      • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

        The trifecta of Wilkins on Farscape, Kaiser on Babylon 5 and Handlen’s many Trek reviews for me.

    • senor spielbergo

      I was late to the Breaking Bad bandwagon and actually only started watching last summer. I made sure to read Donna’s reviews after each episode and it really contributed to my overall enjoyment of the show. Very well deserved.

    • DonnadB

      Thanks, all of you. And just when I was all done getting emotional over the end of that run.

      • reckoner

        Thank YOU, Donna. You’re a stellar writer and critic and I’ve enjoyed reading your AV Club work immensely.

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

        ::It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday starts playing::

  • Pops Freshenmeyer

    Can somebody explain the SIIIIIIIIIIMS award to me? I never got why he was the most clueless, or why Phyllis deserves it this year.

    Though, in my effort to piece it together at the time, I voted for A.A. Dowd.

    • PantsGoblin

      It was explained to me that Sims used to write Seinfeld TV Club Classic reviews with baffling interpretations and jumps in logic. Hence, the commenters started writing SIIIIIIIIMS to voice their frustration.

    • Miller

      @pantsgoblin:disqus has the basics of it. In the Seinfeld reviews, Sims would criticize the show for lapses in continuity or overarching plots or insensitivity, which much of us in the commentariat derided as being besides the point of the show. This became more and more antagonistic on our part, I’d say Season 8 is where it really got going, and at least half the fun of the reviews was tearing Sims’ arguments apart in the comments. The shorthand for such antipathy was SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMS!

      I know there have been problems with comments on TV reviews, particularly Always Sunny, but these were 99 percent amused outrage (although Lt. Buttocks got a bit obsessed) and they’re still pretty hilarious. Sims seemed to take it in stride and indeed, his tumblr is named SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMS!, which is pretty cool of him.

      • GaryX

        Yeah, SIIIIIIIMS always seemed to take it well, particularly last year when he was worried he wouldn’t win his namesake award.

        Alas, this year it just wasn’t meant to be.

      • Unexpected Dave

        It’s a shame that Sims doesn’t comment as often as he did in the pre-SIIIIIIIIMS days, though.

    • Babs

      Read his SNL Reviews. I actually like Sims a lot. But I also disagree with him a lot

      • Pops Freshenmeyer

        Yeah. They’re. . . Yeah.

        I think I get it. He’s endearingly helpless.

      • LadyWriterontheTV

        His Game of Thrones reviews for Newbies are great. I comment in Todd’s write-ups for Experts but I always read Sims’ too.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

          Funny, I do the opposite. I’m a Newbie, so I comment over there, but I always make sure to read Todd’s, too.

    • JVDBs Viking Funeral

      I’ve been frustrated by PDN’s reviews on Supernatural (which has a new reviewer this season, who is awesome) and Teen Wolf. Yeah, I know the shows aren’t Breaking Bad or anything, but the reviews seemed both confused and like they genuinely didn’t like or care about the show, often missing key plot points and getting main characters’ names wrong. Like, for example, this week the top comment on the Teen Wolf review (with 64 likes) wishes that the review was by someone who “actually gives a shit about watching it.” If you follow these shows and like the AVC, you see frustration with the reviews in almost every episode’s comments.

      • stuartsaysstop

        After reading these comments my plan was to go see who wrote the Teen Wolf reviews, considering how disinterested and sometimes downright mean they seem to be. It’s not a classic show by any means, and it’s often quite silly, but I’ve weirdly found myself quite attached to several of the characters, and I just love how GAY the whole thing is. PDN definitely deserves this award.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/ebuzz-miller,65313/ E.Buzz Miller

      Aggressively frustratingly missing the point?

  • Miller

    I will call bullshit on the Entourage Movie not winning Newswire of the year but can’t disagree with anything else. Fantastic work as always, Gary.

    • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

      The Pony Newswire is a thing of beauty and you know it!

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

      I was pulling for Choose Your Own Adventure myself. But I can’t complain about that pony Newswire taking the top spot. It was a perfect way to end that particular week.

    • Babs

      Entourage had my vote. But the category itself is a win for Sean O’Neal, so we’re really all winners here.

    • LadyWriterontheTV

      Oddly enough, I was really hoping Peter Dinklage Hula-Hooping would take that spot — the fact that it’s an ongoing thing is even better. But I voted for the Pony/Brony thing because it’s pure, unlaced perfection.

    • flowsthead

      My personal favorite is Downton Abbey and the carnivorous worms. It just….it just came out of nowhere. And the photoshop is fucking excellent.

      • Dr. Clint Handsome

        Oh my god, I forgot about one. I’m rereading it now and laughing like an idiot at my desk.

    • Antoniooo

      The Nikki Finke/Mandela one is stealthily incredible (although I ended up voting My Little Pony).

  • Douay-Rheims-Challoner

    Freaks and Geeks. Should have seen coming, naturally.

    • https://disqus.com/LurkyMcLurkerson/ LurkyMcLurkerson

      I was pulling for Slings and Arrows, but I won’t whine about F&G winning.

      • SpaceJewess

        Yeah, disappointed that the Slings & Arrows reviews weren’t even listed in the top 8. The Freaks & Geeks reviews were good, too, but the S&A ones were some of best TV reviews OF ALL TIME. /kanye

  • LadyWriterontheTV

    Yay, Sonia Saraiya! I feel like “Most Improved Writer” could be taken as a backhanded compliment, but I’ve always liked her Downton reviews. And then this year she got assigned a little show called Hostages, and the entire AV Club won.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/scrawler,59829/ Scrawler

      I was a bit mixed on her Downton reviews. She did have some good insights, but I also felt like she was constantly reviewing the show she wanted it to be rather than the show it was, which frustrated me. But her Hostages reviews are amazeballs.

      • LadyWriterontheTV

        Every so often I find myself going back and reading the fan-fiction one just for kicks!

      • wallflower

        They are indeed amazeballs but I’m always afraid she and vanderWerff will wind up under a desk muttering “can’t sleep McDermott will eat me can’tsleepMcDermottwilleatme”

      • https://twitter.com/TheWillThe ComradeQuestions

        I also felt like she was constantly reviewing the show she wanted it to be rather than the show it was

        Which pretty accurately describes her Masters of Sex reviews, too.

    • http://avclub.com/ Cookie_Monster

      Me voted for her for most improved, not because me felt like she needed to improve last year, but just because she’s been consistently great this year. Last year me was vaguely aware of her, and now me look forward to reading her stuff.

    • radioactive badger

      The Top Chef image is perfect.

  • ShrikeTheAvatar

    Rabin is the most missed writer? Are you kidding me?

    His work at the Dissolve has been decent, but everything he wrote here for about the last year was so lazy and poorly edited that it just made me angry.

  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Thanks!

    • GaryX

      You earned that 926x309px jpeg, Todd. Thanks for watching and reviewing a borderline absurd amount of TV and somehow keep it great.

    • repostedcustomerreviews

      Thank you… for your contribution to the new era of MEN.

      ~Bessler
      Reviewing TLC CyberSkin Vibrating Perfect Butt, Natural

  • Sam_Barsanti

    Super proud that one of my Gameological Bulletins almost made it. Means a lot. Thanks, johnny boys!

  • NerdInTheBasement

    World of Flops should’a won (hands down the best feature on the site and the one that got me to the AV Club in the first place) Otherwise, more fantastic results. I am quivering in excitement at Thursday and Fridays results!

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