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2013 has been a great year for television ó perhaps one of its strongest in recent memory ó so narrowing down a list of favorites was no small feat. Luckily for us, TVBlend is home to numerous writers with a myriad of tastes, which is why we decided to go solo this year in picking and sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. Up next here is Assistant TV Editor Alicia Lutes, with a list that starts off with Mad Men at number five.
There are way too many good TV shows available to us today. We live in a world of modern riches; an over-abundance of goodness so vibrant itís terribly easy to miss the good stuff. Thereís just so much TV to watch, you see! Especially when you take into consideration television's biggest innovator: the premium network. For-pay stars like HBO, Showtime, and even Cinemax have pushed the medium where itís never gone before, and paved the way for the likes of AMC and others today.
The American Film Instituteís official selections for the 2013 AFI Awards have been announced, and the television selection proves that 2013 was a truly stellar year for the small screen. The list, which includes 10 of the yearís most outstanding television series as well as 10 equally-as-impressive movies, was selected by a panel of highly impressive judges.
One of the reasons we tune into award ceremonies is because we want to see our favorite talented TV personalities rewarded for the good work they do for our entertainment. As fans, the only thing we really stand to gain out of their victory is the satisfaction of knowing that we're not the only one who appreciates how awesome they are. With that in mind, here are our personal picks for who want to see take home an award at the Emmy's this Sunday night.
Good news for fans of HBOís Julia Louis-Dreyfuss fronted comedy Veep: Season 3 is officially on the way. HBO has renewed the series for another season with ten new episodes to air next year. The news comes only a few episodes into the currently-airing second season, which premiered on April 14th.
The ratings are in for HBOís Sunday night programming and it's good news for one show and not-so-good news for another. Sundayís Game of Thrones episode was another win for loyal viewers while Veepís Season 2 premiere faltered from Season 1. Letís talk about the good news, first.
You know how you don't realize someone has a habit of doing something until someone else points it out? How I Met Your Mother actually focused a whole episode on that scenario, and HBO's done it here with this funny look-back on Season 1 of their comedy series Veep. Vice President Selina Meyer has a tendency to repeatedly ask if the President has called, as though every day is the day after a first date. Of course, he hasn't called.
The trailer for the approaching second season of Veep somehow manages to find a way to build drama-like suspense while also working in phrases like "meme-ma'am" and "shituation room." Only in Veep! The road to power certainly is a bumpy ride, but it's one Selina Meyer is willing to take if it means getting the job done. Of course, she may have to do it by trading insults, having her "intelligence" (or intel) questioned, and occasionally stumbling along that bumpy road. But that's what this political comedy is all about, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus carries it well.
The previously released teaser for HBO's comedy series Veep showed Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Selina Meyer on the move and looking motivated to get things done. She appears to be far less active in the amusing poster that's been released for Season 2 of the series. In fact, she's out like a light.
Game of Thrones isn't the only series returning to HBO for a new season in the near future. Though we'll have to wait a couple of weeks longer to see political comedy Veep back on the air. In the meantime, HBO has released a new teaser, which shows us Selina Meyer and her dream-team staff. Check it out ahead.
Veep fans, itís time gear up for Season 2. HBO has given the Emmy-winning comedy a premiere date for its return to television, and itís only about two months away. Veepís second season will hit the air shortly after another HBO hit Game of Thrones returns
While one of the HBO's comediennes is back on the air with Lena Dunham returning to the schedule two Sundays ago with the Season 2 premiere of Girls, her partner in crime, or at least in gender, genre and Golden Globe nominations, Julia-Louis Dreyfus has yet to come back to office. There's still some waiting until Veep starts its second season. But by all means, let the campaigning begin!
Every major network listens to hundreds of television pitches each year. A small percentage of those receive a script order, a small percentage of those receive a pilot order, a small percentage of those actually get picked up, and hilariously, an overwhelming majority of those are still not very good. Most new television programs barely make it the full season let alone get picked up for another go around. Fortunately, there are always a dozen or so that somehow navigate through all of those trappings and actually work.
Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlendís top 10 comedies of 2012.
HBOís Veep started out with good reviews and decent viewership on the subscription cable network, and gained even more notice when lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series and the show was nominated for two more awards. If you missed out on the comedy series during the first round or, heaven forbid, donít have HBO, you may want to check out Veep: The Complete First Season when it comes to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on March 26, 2013.