Sunday, June 20, 2010

TV Meme: Day 19

"30 Days TV Meme"

Day 19 | Best TV show cast

I'm going to give myself a few limitations here. First, I won't mention any Joss Whedon shows, because they would just be my automatic answer anyways. Joss just has a knack in picking supremely talented unknown actors and letting them all shine as an well-oiled ensemble. Second, I'll leave off any casts from TV shows that just premiered or had its first season. They may be AWESOME now, but let's see how they hold up after a season or more, mmkay?

With that said, I knew my answer as soon as I read this and it goes out to the past, present, future, and flash-sideways casts of LOST.

I was one of those fans that was perfectly happy with the series finale. Sure, we were gypped by the island mythology storyline, but for me it was always about the characters and in relation, the actors and actresses that portrayed those characters pitch perfectly.

The sheer number of the cast is enough to call attention to it, but I also loved how diverse the cast is in most every sense of that word. In alphabetical order, here are all of the actors that have been series regulars for at least one season or played important characters in the show: Adewake Ajubbuoye-Agdabe, Sam Anderson, Naveen Andrews, L. Scott Caldwell, Nestor Carbonell, François Chau, Henry Ian Cusick, Michael Emerson, Alan Dale, Jeremy Davis, Emilie de Ravin, Jeff Fahey, Matthew Fox, Mia Furlan, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Malcolm David Kelley, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Ken Leung, Evangeline Lilly, Rebecca Mader, William Mapother, Dominic Monaghan, Elizabeth Mitchell, Terry O'Quinn, Mark Pellegrino, Harold Perrineau, Tania Raymonde, Zuleikha Robinson, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiele Sanchez, Rodrigo Santoro, Ian Somerhalder, John Terry, Kevin Tighe, Sonya Walger, Cynthia Watros, Titus Welliver, and finally the various babies and dogs that played Aaron and Vincent respectively.

Plus don't even get me started on those numerous guest stars such as Katey Sagal, Swoosie Kurtz, Julie Bowen, Nathan Fillion, Cheech Marin, Lilian Hurst, and many more!

It's absolutely criminal that this wonderful cast only garnered a relatively palty amount of recognition/awards throughout the show's run. The cast was honored with the Best Ensemble Cast at the 2005 SAG Awards. Only three actors were nominated for the Emmy Awards (Terry O'Quinn, Michael Emerson, and Naveen Andrews) with O'Quinn and Emerson winning once each. Jorge Garcia and Michelle Rodriguez won at the ALMA Awards while Terry O'Quinn and Matthew Fox won at the Saturn Award. None of the cast has won at the Golden Globes, but Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, and Naveen Andrews have been nominated. Finally, Malcolm David Kelley received the Young Artist Award.

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