The Emmys do their best at honoring the best in television, but a few things fall through the cracks. Here is your chance to vote on the Best Supporting Character from the 2012-2013 television season.
Ron Swanson ("Parks and Recreation") — The fact that Nick Offerman has yet to be nominated for his work as the libertarian, woodworking, meat-and-brunette-loving boss of Pawnee's Parks and Recreation Department is a shame that we as a nation will never be able to live down.
Saul Goodman ("Breaking Bad") — Albuquerque's shadiest attorney is brought to you by comedy legend Bob Odenkirk, who clearly relishes the slogan "Better Call Saul." With his waiting room always full of some of New Mexico's more interesting characters, Saul is a fixer for his clients and comic relief for the viewers. (AMC also just announced a "Breaking Bad" prequel starring Odenkirk.)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham ("Downton Abbey") — There is an almost perennial cloud of gloom surrounding the Crawley family (often, someone has just died or figured out they're broke), but the few beams of light are provided by Maggie Smith's Violet Crawley. Her consistent ability to benevolently manipulate and her deep well of one-liners have made her a fan favorite since "Downton" premiered.
Saul Berenson ("Homeland") — The steady moral center of a show that continues to go further and further off the rails, Berenson is portrayed masterfully by Mandy Patinkin, with major assists from his gravelly voice and magnificent beard.
Sally Draper ("Mad Men") — Kiernan Shipka's eldest Draper child is our hope in a world of irredeemable adults. The young actress has handled a wide variety of heavy material as she deals with an alcoholic dad, an ice queen mother, and a shape-shifting little brother.
Richard Harrow ("Boardwalk Empire") — In a show full of fancy men giving fancy speeches, Jack Huston's disfigured World War I vet is the quiet one, donning a mask as he helps care for his late friend's son. His very NSFW rampage was a highlight of Season 3.
Daryl Dixon ("The Walking Dead") — The most beloved character on AMC's smash hit, Norman Reedus's good ol' boy zombie fighter had to navigate a sibling rivalry along with the usual undead issues. If you're going to have a never-ending myriad of problems, it helps to have a badass motorcycle and crossbow when dealing with them.
Nolan Ross ("Revenge") — While Emily Thorne is busy kicking butt and plotting the Graysons' downfall, her tech billionaire BFF Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) is winning our hearts with catty quips and multiple popped collars. Season 2 of "Revenge" was, let's face it, not great. But we still enjoy spending our Sunday nights with Nolan.
Sloan Sabbith ("The Newsroom") — The characters in Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" are often talking too fast or too busy being self-important to give the audience time to form a good opinion of them. The only player who frequently rises above the flashy dialogue to become a likable person is ACN's economics expert, SloanSabbith, played by Olivia Munn. She's stupid smart, attractive, socially awkward, loyal, and unapologetic — it all works.
Pam De Beaufort ("True Blood") — A longtime favorite on "True Blood," badass vamp Pam is not afraid to speak the truth and even less afraid to lace it with some of the best profanity you will hear on television. The owner of local vampire bar Fangtasia, Pam doesn't care much about anyone except her maker, Eric, and her progeny, Tara. "True Blood" may not be as good as it once was, but Pam's blunt one-liners are still top-notch.
Mike Ehrmantraut ("Breaking Bad") — If you'll allow us to double-dip on "Breaking Bad," Jonathan Banks started out as one of Saul's employees and turned into perhaps the best character of the show. A "Get Stuff Done" all-star, Mike served as a mentor for Jesse, the logistics maven for a large drug ring, and as a really awesome grandfather.
** VOTING CLOSES AT 10 P.M. ET ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 **
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