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The 12 Best TV Characters Of The Past Year

TV has once again gone all out to entertain us all. This year has shown more great revelations, some gripping edge-of-your-seat moments and the most baffling of all, the renewal of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a fifth season (WHY!!!!!!!!!!!). But, we know that after the writing for the shows, it all comes down to the actors and actresses who bring our favourite characters to life. I am happy to share with you the characters who have stuck out for me in the last year, and who I think make these shows so good!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Negan on The Walking Dead

How could I not put this guy on the list? Jeffrey Dean Morgan managed to not only become a fan favourite within minutes, he took out two full time characters with thanks to Lucille in his first full episode. Negan has spent most of season seven being the one man you don’t f**k with. Morgan showcases a new kind of charisma and installs a fear which hasn’t been seen on the show previously. With season eight promising to be one very tense showdown, look forward to seeing Negan front and centre of this list next year!

Pearl Mackie – Bill on Doctor Who

It was going to be tough to get someone who could fit into the shoes of Jenna Coleman’s Clara, but then we didn’t know what Pearl Mackie was going to bring. With Bill, we got a great new companion who is clued up and ready to challenge everything. There was a lot of focus on Bill being a lesbian, but this is hardly scratching the surface. Even though the series hasn’t finished yet, Bill looks to be one of the best new companions of all time!

Tom Hardy – James Keziah Delaney on Taboo

Tom Hardy is indeed able to make almost any character he plays a fantastic one to watch, and James Delaney is no exception. Given Hardy co-created the show, he manages to make Delaney a great person that you would be happy to have on your side, and will never be able to turn your back if you ever cross him. He has survived years in a wild land, being shot and…long enough to make it to season two! I…CAN’T…WAIT!

Ian McShane – Mr Wednesday on American Gods

American Gods was a show I waited to see for years. Based on my favourite ever novel, the series focuses on an ex-convict Shadow who is caught up in a battle between the old gods and the new. While Ricky Whittle plays Shadow well, it’s Ian McShane who steals the show as the man who can out-con even the most experienced scam artist. Mr. Wednesday is one of the most unique characters in the show, he manages to shine in every scene and provides plenty of laughs amongst the gritty and bloody moments of this awesome show!

Bryce Dallas Howard – Lacie Pound on Black Mirror ‘Nosedive’

There are a lot of great characters in Season 3 of Black Mirror, it was hard to narrow it down to one. Where I really enjoyed Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in ‘Shut Up and Dance’ and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘San Junipero’, it was Bryce who really got under my skin and won me over. She is hungry for attention and the Instagram-like app that takes over the lives of so many in this episode is one that many can relate to. To see her flying so high to suddenly crashing into obscurity was a sight to behold. ‘Nosedive’ may not be the best episode, but it had the best character.

Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash on The Flash

OK, I am sure I have placed Grant Gustin on a list previously, but he does deserve a lot of recognition this year. Season Three may not have been an overall strong series, but there was plenty to applaud from Barry Allen. In this series, he had to fight the “god” Savitar, find a way to stop his fiancée Iris from being killed and then face off with himself in the future and in the present. We see someone who lives with the pain of creating Flashpoint and basically changing the Arrowverse forever in a way where it will never be the same again. Also, we need that cliffhanger solved!

Jessica Henwick – Colleen Wing on Iron Fist

Before anyone says anything, I do really like Iron Fist. It doesn’t compare to Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but it is enjoyable and a worthy addition to the line-up. While I am sure Finn Jones will shine more in The Defenders, it is Jessica Henwick who really stands out in this series. This girl can handle her own in a fight and shows she isn’t a damsel in distress. Also, we know her fight scenes in that cage were some of the best the show offered! Please keep Colleen in this universe!

Grace Gummer – Dominique DiPierro on Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot is one of them shows that I got hooked on, I remember binge-watching the show during the summer and I couldn’t get enough of it. While the first season got us to learn about Elliot, Darlene, Angela and Mr. Robot, the second season gave us someone who wants to take them down! Grace Gummer is an actress I have never really seen before, but she made Dominique DiPierro one of the most engaging characters the show has had so far. She is shown at her most vulnerable and we become so familiar with her that we hope she will succeed at the end of the day!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez on Rick and Morty

Ok, only one episode has been shown of Season Three, but how bloody good was it? To see Rick and Morty back was a great delight and Justin Roiland has been missed very much. While Morty and Summer both do really well, it is Rick who gets the nod as we are believed to be seeing his life before he became the twisted genius that we now know. ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’ has us laughing, gasping and lapping up every moment. It’s not everyday you can outshine Nathan Fillion, but you did it!

Dan Mintz – Tina Belcher on Bob’s Burgers

I love Bob’s Burgers. It is easily the best animated show from Fox at the moment (The Simpsons and Family Guy really need to pick their game up!). All the characters are so fun and give a lot to us in each episode, but my choice is Tina for one reason, you can’t help but love her. She lives like any teenager, but maybe is a bit more odd than what you may have been like. She’s eaten cat food (watch and you will understand), worked to get her own phone and even made some rather humorous fan-fiction. However you see her, Tina is truly the heart of the show and it would not be the same without her!

Sian Gibson – Kayleigh on Peter Kay’s Car Share

I have said before how much I love this show and I would say Kayleigh is probably the main reason. She is adorable, naïve, silly and fun. You fall in love with her just seeing her interactions in that car with her buddy John. In series two, we get to see the duo reunite and their “friendship” is getting a lot of people talking, you really want them to come closer. Then you have that last scene of the series, where you think John has finally sweeped Kayleigh off her feet and admitted his feelings…then it turns out to be a dream! PLEASE PLEASE PETER KAY, DON’T LET IT END THIS WAY!

Bob Odenkirk – Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul

When it first began, I honestly thought Better Call Saul was going to suffer as a show. Following Breaking Bad was never going to be easy, but luckily enough, the writing and the character portrayals have managed to almost make this its own entity even though you know how it must all end. While there are so many to choose from, the lead is definitely the strongest this time. He has done all he can to keep out of jail, prove his Brother is a deceptive scumbag and he continues his journey to becoming the criminal lawyer we know and somehow like to see!

OK, I said 12, but there is one more I want to mention!

Alanna Masterson – Tara Chambler on The Walking Dead

I find it sad that many wanted to bully or moan at this actress. Alanna is a lovely human being who truly shows her worth in this show! Tara begins this season away from the group with Heath on a supply run when Negan deals with the rest of the gang. During this time, we see Tara go on her own adventure when she ends up at Oceanside, a community that has only women after all their men were killed by the saviors. Tara not only has to deal with the group (who nearly kills her too) but she also becomes key to helping Alexandria prepare for a war with Negan. Also, she is a little bit of light in a show where many characters have shown or now live in their dark side. I don’t care what anyone says, Tara is a superb character and deserves more recognition and for those who bully Alanna online either for her portrayal or physical look (she looks fine, she just had a baby and that does not affect her acting, trolls need to get a life and f**k off!) you need to grow up! I look forward to see what Alanna does next on the show!

What do you think of this list? Is there anyone who you would put on here? Let me know!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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The TV shows to see in 2017

2017 looks set to bring a lot more to the TV front than I think we can even handle. Whether it’s the return of Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the continued fight against Negan and The Walkers or even the Scout Regiment taking on the man-eating Titans, there will be so much for you to get into your schedule in the next 12 months. Without further ado, here are the shows you need to watch out for…

The Walking Dead

Season Seven started with the death of two series regulars at the hands (or bat) of new bad guy in town Negan. The series did need a bit of a breather after the frantic opening episode, but now we are about to go straight to war. Rick has been brought to pieces, seen some horrific sights and powerless to stop this new enemy. With the group reunited, it looks like the atlanta survivors will bring all their resources together to take down the nasty Negan once and for all…but will they succeed?

Samurai Jack

It is always horrible when a show finishes without it having a proper ending, but we are finally close to getting a finale to this brilliant cartoon. After 13 years, we will finally get the conclusion to Jack’s story of revenge against Aku. From the information I have seen, it is believed that the story will follow a much older Jack as he looks to finally rid the world of his evil. I can’t wait to see the epic conclusion and await the episodes that shall be upon us soon.

Not Going Out

Sadly, there isn’t many UK sitcoms which really hit the mark. Not Going Out has been a good source of laughs over the year, and I am glad that it is coming back in a few days time. The comedy follows Lee (Lee Mack) and his wife Lucy as they continue through their life a number of years after the last series, now being the parents to three children. Look out for favourite characters such as Daisy and Toby in the new series and many more hilarious moments to come (plus we know there will be another two series after this).

Red Dwarf XII

Red Dwarf has proved to still be a very popular sitcom, and last year’s Series XI gave us some truly fantastic episodes. With situations such as Lister losing his kidneys and a Rimmer Quartet, the show really hit a stride which it hadn’t seen for over 20 years. Filmed at the same time as Series XI, there will be a lot more laughs to come when Dave airs the next six episodes of Britain’s longest-running sitcom. Also, if you want to know what the episodes will be called, check out the cock-up on the series XI Blu-Ray with the episode titles (99% sure they are Series XII titles).

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Iron Fist

Netflix and their partnership with Marvel has paid off incredibly well so far. Daredevil was indeed a revelation to TV, Jessica Jones gave one of the greatest hero/villain dynamics I had ever seen on screen and then we also had Luke Cage’s own series and the introduction of The Punisher! Coming in March, Iron Fist will be the last piece of The Defenders puzzle to be released. Focusing on Danny Rand, a man who calls upon an ancient power to help him fight his enemies. The early previews look just as promising as the previous Netflix series and I can’t wait to binge on this one.

Taboo

This show I probably know the least about, but it does look very interesting. Tom Hardy leads the cast in this drama about a man who returns to Britain from Africa with a handful of stolen diamonds and revenge in mind after the death of his father. The show was actually conceived by Hardy and his father, and the previews look mesmerising. The eight-part series begins in just a few days and I look forward to providing my views on the show when it finally airs.

The Punisher

Earlier I mentioned the last main character we had yet to see from the Netflix/Marvel agreement, but this is indeed a show that so many people begged and pleaded for since Jon Bernthal was cast in the role. The show will bring Bernthal’s Punisher front and centre and see him reunite with Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen and joined by another impressive cast. This show already looks to be a must watch for 2017, but there is yet another Netflix one that people will be flocking to.

The Defenders

Netflix and Marvel have been building towards this since the beginning, and we are now just a few months away from seeing Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones leading the cast as the titular Defenders. Plus, we have Sigourney Weaver taking the role of the main villain (how could you not love that?). With a huge number of returning cast members and the promise of a truly epic crossover, 2017 will indeed be a high point for Marvel TV shows.

Game Of Thrones

Is there a bigger show in the world than Game Of Thrones? This show has for the fifth year in a row been the most illegally downloaded TV show and still attracts millions of viewers on each episode. Following the latest shocks in Westeros, we are finally getting to the last few episodes and a shortened Season Seven (with a six episode Season Eight next year) will see The Starks rise once again and the big battle with the Targaryen army and the white walkers being huge obstacles to come to the land.

Attack On Titan

Why is it taking so long for this show to come back? This was the anime that hooked me from the very beginning and was only narrowly beaten by Death Note as my favourite anime of the 21st century. The show about the survival of the human race from the man-eating Titans has been a hit worldwide. If you read the manga, you know what is to come. If you follow on a TV level, season two will follow straight on from that last shot of the Titan face in the wall. Eren, Mikasa, Levi and all your favourites will be back from April…but any update on when the western audiences can see it?

Better Call Saul

Very rarely a spin-off show could hold as much interest as its original programme (Frasier being a great example of it done right), but the Breaking Bad prequel/sequel focusing on Saul Goodman has indeed made for captivating viewing. Following from the season two finale, Jimmy/Saul has just been caught on tape by his brother Chuck admitting to his actions of stealing custom from the rival firm. Bob Odenkirk keeps this show exciting and Rhea Seehorn also is a fantastic part of this winning cast.

Silicon Valley

This HBO sitcom took me a while to get into it, I admittedly had to push myself into it three times to get through the first season. But, I was glad I did. T.J. Miller is a brilliant actor and his character Erlich Bachman is truly one of the greatest characters on TV. The show saw the gang having control of their own company and they become a video chat company thanks to the application created by Dinesh. The show may have taken a few episodes to settle on me, but I will be eagerly ready for this.

Star Trek: Discovery

Set before the original Star Trek, this new show has attracted quite a lot of attention before it even shot a second of film. Bryan Fuller (American Gods, Heroes) begun as the mind behind the new show, but then left the project. Then we had the awesome casting of Sonequa Martin-Green taking the lead role as Rainsford. Doug Jones also takes a part in the show and this will be the first Star Trek show which will mostly be online-only broadcasted. Though the details are still minimal, I guarantee so many people will watch it when it is on.

BoJack Horseman

Possibly one of the biggest surprises to many Netflix subscribers, this show almost never had the legacy or fanbase it now has. The show following the actor who made a Full House style show is just engrossing, funny and at times rather heartbreaking. The show had a brilliant season 2 and 3 (Season 1 was hit and miss at best, but can be forgiven). Animation for adults may not be at its peak, but this show is truly above any competition it may have.

American Gods

The adaptation of possibly my favourite ever book will be making its television debut in a few months’ time, and it looks good. Ricky Whittle takes on the role of Shadow Moon, a man recently released from prison who finds himself in the middle of a war between the gods of old and the gods of new. Honestly, this show looks great so far. Bryan Fuller is behind this and I look forward to seeing how he will bring the character of Mr Wednesday to the screen (played by the legendary Ian McShane).

Inhumans

Originally conceived as an entry to Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans will definitely be event television later this year. Black Bolt and the Royal Family will finally be introduced to us in live-action and the series will actually see its first two episodes released in IMAX! Need more convincing to see this show? It will be part of the MCU (so give us some damn crossovers please) and Scott Buck (Dexter, Six Feet Under) will be the showrunner, and there must be faith from Marvel in him after he lead the upcoming Iron Fist.

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Twin Peaks

Kyle MacLachlan is back…is it actually coming back this year? We don’t know much, but I know people will be happy to see the show come back.

Doctor Who

I had already mentioned why I thought the extended absence of Doctor Who was a bad idea and I still agree with that. ‘The Return Of Doctor Mysterio’ was a fun Christmas special and the trailer for the upcoming series 10 was intriguing. Peter Capaldi is back as The Doctor, this time he will be joined by Matt Lucas continuing his role as Nardole (can we all agree he was brilliant in the newest special?) and Pearl Mackie as Bill. It has been a long wait, but luckily it isn’t too long now till we finally reach that easter (sure it will be easter) start date!

I know there are hundreds of shows coming back and new ones coming in the next 12 months, but is there anything in particular you are hoping to see? Hope you enjoyed this list and let me know what you are planning to watch this year.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove