Since baseball will soon be handing out their coveted MVP awards, we thought it was an appropriate time in the fall season to hand out our own accolades to the players (read: performers) on teams (read: shows) who often don't get enough recognition. They are not only team players, but they are usually the best part of their given series -- and in some cases the only reason to bother tuning in at all.
10. Judith Light (Ugly Betty)
We nearly forgot about this show since it moved pretty much off the map to Friday nights. But we did catch the season premiere and it reconfirmed our suspicions that Judith Light's turn as Claire Meade is the best thing going on over there. She's got insane hair and doesn't care, she's no-nonsense but not bitchy like Wilhelmina and she even gives out sage dating advice. She's all-around awesome and she's the boss!
9. Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
With all of the changes this season and the constantly rotating judging panel, it's nice to have one thing that stays the same, and that's Tim. He's the same reliable, challenge-introducing, critique-giving, legging-hating lovable person he always was, though he does have a strange misguided affection for shirt-dresses.
8. Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse)
It's not just because Victor looks fabulous when he's dancing and pretending to be a flirty female college student... OK, that's got a little bit to do with it. This male doll is always entertaining, no matter what personality they imprint on him. He's talented, we're glad that his scars are gone and we'd love to see far more episodes fashioned around him... well, if we get any more episodes at all.
7. Danny Pudi (Community)
This show has just started, but we're already kind of in love with Abed. He's a little neurotic, possibly suffers from Asperger's and seemingly loves TV and movies more than even we do. His randomly spewed pop-culture quotes are fabulous, and his ability to drive psych majors crazy when he was their test subject pretty much cinched the deal for us.
6. John Cho (FlashForward)
This show is interesting as far as plots go, but it is paced so slowly. John Cho's Demitri is one of the few things that keeps us intrigued. What his future will hold -- or won't -- is exciting, and as an actor he's far more engaging than Joseph Fiennes. Plus, there's always the hope that he'll have a craving for White Castle at some point.
5. John Noble (Fringe)
The show seems so centered on Olivia and Peter and all the freaky creatures, but it's really Walter that we love the most. His odd inventions, utterly bizarre past, liberal attitude towards drug use and addiction to all things sugary have totally endeared this character to us. He's full of surprises and though we wouldn't eat anything in his lab, we'd love to spend more time with Walter and Gene.
4. Katie Cassidy (Melrose Place)
This show is not very good, but it is still somewhat watchable... depending on your tolerance for soapy, badly acted dramas. However, the one shining light in this whole series is Katie Cassidy. Her portrayal of the bitch-in-heels Ella is the best thing we've seen since Heather Locklear's Amanda all those years ago. The biggest problem? Katie deserves a far better series.
3. Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries)
We weren't all that broken up when Boone died on Lost, since that Somerhalder character was kind of dull. We weren't expecting much from him on Vampire Diaries, but we've been pleasantly surprised. He's got a biting wit, a dark charm and some mysterious qualities as the devilish Damon that we really appreciate. Maybe he should just always play villains.
2. Jane Lynch (Glee)
We love Glee and the rest of the cast is perfectly fine, but no one has us rolling on the floor laughing as much as Cheerio coach Sue Sylvester. She's mean, more than a little racist and utterly competitive. She doesn't need to sing a note to impress us.
1. Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation)
This show has gotten markedly better this season and there's been a lot more of Tom. Coincidence? We think not. Tom's become more involved in Leslie's schemes, we've learned more about his green-card marriage and we've gotten a lot more laughs along the way. We're now actually glad that this show got picked up, if only for our weekly fix of Ansari.
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