Last night’s People’s Choice Awards were yet another example of why democracy doesn’t always work. Sure, it’s a nifty idea for government, but when it comes to TV, the people typically make bad or confusing decisions. As proof, look at the fact that the painfully unfunny $#*! My Dad Says was named Favorite New Comedy.

In my mind, we already have a People’s Choice Awards, and it’s called the Nielsen ratings. Surprisingly, what people choose and what people choose to watch are two completely different things. Take the People’s Choice category for Favorite TV Crime Drama. FOX’s Lie to Me won, despite the fact that it’s the lowest-rated series of the five nominees (it competed against Bones, NCIS, Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU). How can a show be the People’s Choice if no one watches it?

This isn’t my only problem with the People’s Choice Awards. Try to make sense of these winners.

Americans Love Gay Actors, Hate Gays

Every time a state referendum comes up to legalize gay marriage, it gets shot down in this country, even in California, the alleged liberal bastion. But I guess Americans only have a problem with gay marriage, not gay actors. Glee won Favorite Comedy while the acting honors went to Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother and Jane Lynch for Glee, both openly gay. How can the people love gays on TV but not want them to marry?

Americans Love $#*!

I’ll admit that this year’s list of new comedies wasn’t that strong, but surely $#*! can’t be the favorite. Outsourced and Mike and Molly are marginally less offensive, Better with You is perfectly acceptable and FOX’s Raising Hope is, arguably, the best new show of the fall season. Yet the people voted for a real piece of $#*!. In the words of radio-sanitized Cee Lo, forget you.

America is Ruled by Teens

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won four awards, including Favorite Movie and Favorite Drama Movie. Once upon a time in this country kids were ruled by their parents, but now everything is upside-down. Young kids today with their Twitter and Facebook think that their voice is just as important as everyone else’s because in Little League, everyone gets a trophy for participation and even underachievers get awards. Society has let teenagers take control of everything, from pop culture to fashion to politics. This epidemic is best illustrated by the fact that a dopey film about angst-ridden vampires and werewolves is the People’s Choice for the Best Movie of the Year.

Americans Don’t Watch a Lot of Dramas

I think House is a perfectly good show, but I always have a problem when one show dominates in any one category. House picked up four awards, including Favorite Drama, Actor (Hugh Laurie), Actress (Lisa Edelstein) and Doctor. Don’t the people watch anything else? Right now there’s a wide diversity of TV and a lot of it is quite good. But based on the People’s Choice Awards, America’s idea of diversity is eating at McDonald’s one night and Burger King the next.

To fully understand all of my outrage, check out the full list of People’s Choice Award winners.


Favorite drama

Favorite comedy

Favorite drama actor
Hugh Laurie, House

Favorite drama actress
Lisa Edelstein, House

Favorite comedy actor
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Favorite comedy actress
 Jane Lynch, Glee

Favorite new drama
Hawaii Five-0

Favorite new comedy
$#*! My Dad Says

Favorite sci-fi/fantasy show

Favorite competition show
American Idol

Favorite crime drama
Lie to Me

Favorite crime fighter
Tim Roth, Lie to Me

Favorite doctor
Hugh Laurie, House

Favorite obsession

Favorite guilty pleasure
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Favorite talk show host
Conan O’Brien, Conan

Favorite guest star
Demi Lovato, Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite chef
Rachael Ray

Favorite family TV movie
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Favorite family
The Simpsons, The Simpsons


Favorite movie
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Favorite drama
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Favorite comedy
Grown Ups

Favorite action movie
Iron Man 2

Favorite family movie
Toy Story 3

Favorite horror movie
A Nightmare on Elm Street

Favorite actor
Johnny Depp

Favorite actress
Kristen Stewart

Favorite comedic star
Adam Sandler

Favorite action star
Jackie Chan

Favorite movie star under 25
Zac Efron

Favorite on screen team
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner


Favorite male artist

Favorite female artist
Katy Perry

Favorite hip hop artist

Favorite pop artist

Favorite R&B artist

Favorite country artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite breakout artist
Selena Gomez and the Scene

Favorite rock band

Favorite song
“Love The Way You Lie,” Eminem featuring Rihanna

Favorite music video
“Love The Way You Lie,” Eminem featuring Rihanna


Favorite viral video star
Single Ladies Devastation

Favorite online sensation
Katy Perry

(Image courtesy of CBS)

John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.