Our Extra Emmys categories were meant to be a nice appetizer to Sunday evening’s main course. It was meant to be inclusive (over 50 shows and a dozen networks were in the fray) and fun, but what happened instead was an internet blood feud we may never recover from. Team Caskett vs. Team Olitz will be remembered for generations.
Best Couple: Olivia and Fitz (“Scandal”)
We lead off with Best Couple because it was as epic as a battle as you will ever see. For four days fans of “Castle” and “Scandal” went to war, the leader swinging back and forth on an hourly basis. “Castle” looked to have the win sealed when the Gladiators got a rallying cry from Olivia Pope herself. The final result? Olivia and Fitz 51%, Castle and Beckett 45%. Caskett supporters should hold their heads high, because…
Best Show Overlooked by the Academy: “Castle”
“Scandal” was ineligible for this category due to Kerry Washington’s Best Actress nod, opening up the door for Caskett fans to get their crown. They dominated a loaded category, accruing an impressive 67% of the vote against heavyweights like “NCIS,” “The Walking Dead” and “Sons of Anarchy.” Major credit to “Castle” supporter, as their organization across Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook was truly astonishing. If Nathan Fillion ever runs for public office, he is the safest of all possible bets.
Best Moment: Nick and Jess kiss (“New Girl”)
Maybe love can overcome. The first kiss between “New Girl’s” stars managed to top some considerably darker entries, as the Red Wedding from “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead’s” bloody birth tied for second. We have a little more faith in humanity (or at least Zooey Deschanel fans).
Character You Love to Hate: Merle Dixon (“The Walking Dead”)
Merle was in a tight contest with King Joffrey for most of the week, but pulled away late on the backs of very active and very mobilized zombie fans. In fact, Merle wasn’t the only Dixon brother to claim a digital trophy…
Best Supporting Character: Daryl Dixon (“The Walking Dead”)
Our most-stacked category, Best Supporting featured big names like Ron Swanson, the Dowager Countess and Saul Goodman, but it was a two-horse race all week. Olivia Munn’s Sloan Sabbith (the most appealing character on “Newsroom” by a wide margin) fought valiantly, but Sorkinites could not mobilize against “Dead”heads and Norman Reedus’ Daryl claimed the crown, which should go nicely with his crossbow and motorcycle.
Mindy Kaling’s freshman sitcom battled “Hannibal” and “Orange Is the New Black” for the Rookie of the Year trophy. “Mindy” fans, however, were not content with just one award.
Best Breakout Performance: Chris Messina as Danny Castellano (“The Mindy Project”)
Messina’s swaggering doctor provided a nice foil for “The Mindy Project’s” title character. FOX freshmen dominated this category, as second place went to Valorie Curry for work as Emma Hill on serial killer drama “The Following.”
Best Bromance: Sheldon and Leonard (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons and costar Johnny Galecki earned their victory here, as the nerd duo gathered 27% of the vote in a fractured category that saw “Suits” (Harvey and Mike), “The Voice” (Blake and Adam) and “Hawaii Five-0” (McGarrett and Danny) all hitting double digits.
Group You’d Most Want to Hang Out With: “The Big Bang Theory”
The third series to claim double titles (along with “The Walking Dead” and “The Mindy Project”), “Big Bang” slipped past the crews of “How I Met Your Mother” and “New Girl” for the victory.
Departing Show You’ll Miss The Most: “Fringe”
The FOX sci fi favorite was a runaway winner here, almost doubling up its next closest competitor. Must See TV comedies finished second and third, with “The Office” and “30 Rock” trailing Dr. Walter Bishop and families.
Best Guilty Pleasure: “The Vampire Diaries”
The increased level of insanity on this season of The CW’s supernatural teen soap didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of its fans, who rallied “Diaries” to an impressive 47% of the vote. MTV’s “Catfish” was a distant second.
A big thanks to everyone who voted and encouraged others to do the same.