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No matter what John Wells and company threw at John Spencer this season, he pulled it off beautifully. Heart attack in the woods near Camp David? Easy. Flying off to Cuba for a secret meeting with Castro? No problem. Stumbling around drunk in a Florida bar while a badly-wigged Kate looks on? Piece of cake. He can take the writer's worst dreck and turn it into thespianic gold. Of course, we have to think that if he didn't put so much effort into selling the crap they're writing, the writers might actually try to, you know, write better stuff. But as long as they keep giving him things to do, we'll be happy watching him experience a severe hay fever attack. Because the man can really sell it. -- LTG

Best Use of Prime-Time Drama as Therapeutic Wish Fulfillment
The creators of The West Wing were obviously shattered by the reelection of George W. Bush, so they took their therapist's advice and imagined what an ideal Republican would look like. And so they created Arnold Vinick. He's intelligent and moderate and pro-choice and kind to children and principled and not at all religious. Even more amazingly, it turns out that this is exactly the kind of candidate the Republican Party is looking for, because he handily won the Republican nomination. And sure, it's completely unrealistic. But it makes us feel better, and isn't that more important? -- LTG

Performer Most Likely to be Used as an Awards Statuette
Against all expectations, Kristin Chenoweth turned out to be a welcome addition to the cast of The West Wing, and a great comedic foil for Toby. But most of all, she's just so darn tiny and cute, we'd like to wrap her in gold foil and put her on the mantle. We'll call the award the Chennie, and we'll hand it out for Outstanding Achievement in Dating Someone Who Is Nearly Your Exact Opposite. -- LTG

Best Career Move
Ashlee Simpson was booed offstage in front of millions during the Rose Bowl halftime show and exposed as a lip-syncing fraud on a well-publicized Saturday Night Live. That's still less embarrassing and better quality work than staying on 7th Heaven. Good call, Ashlee. -- Sara M

Most Questionable Advancement of Disabled Persons
Arrested Development and House tie in this category, the former for showing us the hilarious consequences of having one's hand bitten off by a seal, and the latter for having a main character whose crippledness has helped make him a bitter drug addict who is mocked for his disability at least once an episode. On one hand, it's great to see more disabled people represented on television. On the other hand -- oh, wait. That one got eaten. By a seal. -- Sara M

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TWoP Staff Special Achievement Awards

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TWoP Staff Special Achievement Awards

No matter what John Wells and company threw at John Spencer this season, he pulled it off beautifully. Heart attack in the woods near Camp David? Easy. Flying off to Cuba for a secret meeting with Castro? No problem. Stumbling around drunk in a Florida bar while a badly-wigged Kate looks on? Piece of cake. He can take the writer's worst dreck and turn it into thespianic gold. Of course, we have to think that if he didn't put so much effort into selling the crap they're writing, the writers might actually try to, you know, write better stuff. But as long as they keep giving him things to do, we'll be happy watching him experience a severe hay fever attack. Because the man can really sell it. -- LTG

Best Use of Prime-Time Drama as Therapeutic Wish Fulfillment
The creators of The West Wing were obviously shattered by the reelection of George W. Bush, so they took their therapist's advice and imagined what an ideal Republican would look like. And so they created Arnold Vinick. He's intelligent and moderate and pro-choice and kind to children and principled and not at all religious. Even more amazingly, it turns out that this is exactly the kind of candidate the Republican Party is looking for, because he handily won the Republican nomination. And sure, it's completely unrealistic. But it makes us feel better, and isn't that more important? -- LTG

Performer Most Likely to be Used as an Awards Statuette
Against all expectations, Kristin Chenoweth turned out to be a welcome addition to the cast of The West Wing, and a great comedic foil for Toby. But most of all, she's just so darn tiny and cute, we'd like to wrap her in gold foil and put her on the mantle. We'll call the award the Chennie, and we'll hand it out for Outstanding Achievement in Dating Someone Who Is Nearly Your Exact Opposite. -- LTG

Best Career Move
Ashlee Simpson was booed offstage in front of millions during the Rose Bowl halftime show and exposed as a lip-syncing fraud on a well-publicized Saturday Night Live. That's still less embarrassing and better quality work than staying on 7th Heaven. Good call, Ashlee. -- Sara M

Most Questionable Advancement of Disabled Persons
Arrested Development and House tie in this category, the former for showing us the hilarious consequences of having one's hand bitten off by a seal, and the latter for having a main character whose crippledness has helped make him a bitter drug addict who is mocked for his disability at least once an episode. On one hand, it's great to see more disabled people represented on television. On the other hand -- oh, wait. That one got eaten. By a seal. -- Sara M

Most Redeemable Reality TV Moment

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