Poll: Who Are the Worst New Characters of the Fall 2012 TV Season?

By TV.com Staff

Nov 30, 2012

Television represents a cross-section of the real world, and a cold hard fact about the real world is that some people suck and they're just not worth your time. We're normally an agreeable lot, but sometimes we just can't help but point out the worst in people... so we've put together a short list of new characters from the fall TV season that we plain don't like, as a companion piece to our recent compilation of all the new characters we love.

Please note that just because we don't like the following characters doesn't mean we don't like actors who portray them; in fact, we love a lot of their past work. But their current on-screen personas are terrible, and they either need to get the F out or get to changin'. You know?

Jane (Rachael Taylor) on 666 Park Avenue

The bland center of this bland (and now-canceled) show is bland blonde Jane, a character with as much depth as a bowl of soup. Her days consist of snooping around places she shouldn't be snooping around, and her nights consist of dreaming that she's snooping around places she shouldn't be snooping around... while shoeless. A strong central character might have saved this show from being an exercise in pain tolerance, but instead it went the Jane-eric route. Okay come to think of it, everyone on this show is boring except the grumpy concierge.

Nana (Ellen Barkin) on The New Normal

Nana is the worst. She's obviously just there to serve as a mouthpiece for the polar opposite of Ryan Murphy's views, and the result is a springboard from which bigotry and conservatism can leap so that Murphy can skeet-shoot it out of the sky and then raise his own arms in triumph. Make no mistake, it's the only reason she's on the show, and it's so transparent it hurts. Also, former sex symbol Barkin as a grandmother makes us realize how old we are.

Danny (Graham Rogers) on Revolution

This whole thing is all your fault, Danny! All of it! You wouldn't put the crossbow down and let your father go quietly with the Militia. Then you got captured and we had to endure 10 hours' worth of Charlie and Miles chasing you down. And all this time you haven't done one thing worthwhile. You're just a bag of post-teen pre-man hunk with a whispery rasp and tumbling boy-band coif. It should have been you instead of Maggie, Danny. It should have been you.

Ben (Nat Faxon) on Ben and Kate

We like Nat Faxon. Really, we do. The faces, the teeth, the stammering and yammering, no problem. It all works. In doses. But when it's up in our grill there's something extremely punch-in-the-face about his character, Ben, that sometimes makes us want to punch him in the face. Tone it down, stop running a joke into the ground, and you'll be okay Ben.

Kitty (Becca Tobin) on Glee

You know, at first, Kitty was a good time—ruthlessly mean, like an early Quinn or a vintage Sue. But at least those two characters had reasons for the rudeness, not to mention the occasional redemptive moment of compassion. Kitty is just plain mean, and once she started her campaign to turn rival Marley bulimic, she crossed the line from "mindlessly fun evil" to "needs psychological counseling."

Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) on Revolution

Oh, Charlie. Charlie, Charlie, Charlie.

Beauty (Kristin Kreuk) and the Beast (Jay Ryan) on Beauty and the Beast

Cathy Chandler is the toughest most adorable hard-nosed detective whose cheeks we just want to pinch. Vincent is a not-so-horribly disfigured government experiment who likes to save hot damsels. Their two lives were forced together with all the power of the Hadron Collider, and the love they've formed is something off the jacket blurb for a young adult book. Beauty, meet Beast, and have beautiful beastly babies.

Louis (Michael Urie) on Partners

Michael Urie is one talented dude, so it was extra painful to see the openly gay actor pedal backward and reinforce homosexual stereotypes with the character of Louis. Louis was a character whose description was probably drafted in the writers room as "really, really gay" and then never revisited. Oddly enough, MORE really gay characters on the show might have helped—Louis's boyfriend Wyatt was not the flamboyant type, leaving Louis the task of reminding viewers that the show featured gay men. And how would they know if he wasn't super over-the-top stereotypical?

Cash (Justin Prentice) on Malibu Country

Cash is TV's latest dumbo horny teen male, and in a cast full of ridiculous "types," he stands out even more than Lily Tomlin's pot-smoking grandma. This is a terrible character who doesn't even try.

Sage (Sofia Black-D'Elia) on Gossip Girl

On a show full of awful characters like Gossip Girl, it takes some kind of true skill to show up and instantly be unlikable. Sage, the high school troublemaker intended to remind Blair and Serena of how horrible they were (/still are)—presumably to show how "far" they have come—is one of the more annoying characters in the show's history. Sure, she's catty, immature, and legitimately mean in the way most of the Gossip Girl's characters are, but without any of the redeeming traits Blair and Serena had initially. But that's okay, because Gossip Girl's writers are so out of their minds in this final season that Sage fits in perfectly.

Nick (Marc Warren) on The Good Wife

One of the most misguided storylines of the season—Kalinda and Nick's puzzling relationship—totally threw one of television's most respected dramas way off course with the introduction of this character. But Nick's greatest crime was taking the time of one of our favorite characters, Kalinda, with rough sex and abuse. This plot was hated by everyone; the show's producers quickly realized their mistake, apologized, and wrote it out. This isn't a diss on Warren, who was actually good in the role, but the storyling was an attempt at drama that just didn't work and it was all because of Nick.

Now get to clicking on your least favorite characters, and if you have some suggestions of your own, put 'em in the comments. The nominations with the most "thumbs up" votes from the rest of you will be added to the poll!

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  • Mysterv Jun 17, 2013

    I've only watched four of the shows on the list and agree with the two characters on Revolution and the one on 666 Park Avenue.
    I have only watched a couple of the Beauty and the Beast episodes but did not have a dislike of the two leads...nothing special though.

    I would include 'Kenneth' in dislikes (who I liked on 30 Rock) who now plays a Dentist on The Middle. That character is really bad.

    Same with Hurley (from Lost) who appears on Once Upon A Time. He is awful.I love the show but it has some other characters, such as the sheriff, who I never particularly like.

  • Katep18 Dec 15, 2012

    I love Jane from 666 Park avenue!!! Please don't cancel the series...

  • mad-pac Dec 10, 2012

    This poll just shows the awesomeness of Revolution and 666 Park Avenue characters. They shouldn't even be on this list.

  • stanking Dec 05, 2012

    I'm hoping that in the latest episode of The Good Wife, Kalinda put Nick in the ground.

  • LytaAlexander1 Dec 04, 2012

    This totally unjustified bad reviewing caused 666 to be cancelled for no serious reason, it's a good show and personally I enjoy it a lot. You've been attacking it since the first episode, normally one gives a show the chance to develop before doing that. I don't know what you expected to see but given the genre (mystery with a tinge of horror) it's a perfectly good show. And Jane is not a shallow character as you suggest.
    I agree Nick is just terrible, he annoys me just to look at him and the whole Nick/Kalinda storyline should end. Like others here have pointed out..where is Mindy? Is there anything more annoying in US television right now? (barring reality shows that is)

  • stanking Dec 05, 2012

    The reviews didn't kill 666. If reviews had that power, Last Resort would be doing fine and Beauty and the Beast would be gone.

  • LytaAlexander1 Dec 06, 2012

    Not on their own, but they didn't help either, they were critizing the show from the first episode. I thought it was kind of unfair, given that it wasn't a bad show, and it was too early to tell anyway, from just a couple episodes in

  • bewareofcrazies Dec 04, 2012

    Personally, the most hated character I've come across so far this season... is Steve's mother from Hawaii 5-0, aka Shelburn. Ugh. She might have gotten better, but I have not been able to get past episode 3 because of how obnoxious she is. The writers want us to love her, and I hate her, and that's what makes it worse.

  • gaspy1976 Dec 04, 2012

    The poll was rigged against Charlie - there are 2 pics of her on the frontpage accompanying the article. And while I hated Charlie with passion, she was OK in episode 10. There's still hope.
    I disagree with Jane (666), she's the actively searching for answers, as opposed to, say, Henry. Dany from Revolution is not a bad character, just a useless one.

  • GirishStewart Dec 04, 2012

    I just keep wondering why Mindy isn't on the list. Her character seems to divide everybody to the extremes. Either they hate her or love her. Having two characters from one show, especially when one got really likable by the end, just makes the poll seem that much more rigged.

  • mad-pac Dec 04, 2012

    Totally rigged. There are pictures of Charlie illustrating the poll everywhere (including the mobile site). And the captions are also biased as they telegraphed their intentions as for who we should vote for: Charlie's is "Charlie Charlie Charlie" while Ben "will be OK".

    There are two Revolution characters, so Tim wants to make a point the show is bad no matter what, and he wants people to agree with him. And it's interesting he left Aaron and Nora out. Aaron is the most useless character in the show, and even fans will admit that, and Nora is absolutely bland and inconsequential. But no, he had to have picked Charlie.

    I think they should've heard the people as for which characters to choose for this poll. Aaron and Danny would be good picks. And they aren't so important to the show so all of us could have fun with it. I could also think of second characters from other shows as well.

  • Kaax Dec 03, 2012

    Oh, Charlie. Charlie, Charlie, Charlie.

  • mad-pac Dec 04, 2012

    Yep! That's her name! But no, she's not like Bettlejuice, so repeating her name three times won't make her appear in front of you.

  • Kaax Dec 04, 2012

    D'oh! :P

  • amazing_race Dec 03, 2012

    Wow, what is with the Revolution and 666 Park Avenue hate? Whoever wrote this should get the award for Worst Writer, that's all I am saying. Someone is clearly delusional.

  • Mysterv Jun 17, 2013

    Both Revolution and 666 Park Avenue improved greatly as the season progressed.
    Unfortunately time ran out for 666 Park Avenue.It is gone.
    For those of you who gave up on Revolution I recommend that you catch the last 10-11 episodes - the earlier ones really are not very good. The show found some direction and Season 2 could be entertaining.

  • JcHendee Dec 04, 2012

    Yes, because anyone who disagrees with you is therefore obviously wrong.

  • poulters Dec 03, 2012

    Jami Gertz-Debbie Weaver from the neighbors
    Jeanne Tripplehorn-SSA Alex Blake from criminal minds
    Mayim Bialik-amy Farrah Fowler big bang theory
    Elisabeth Harnois-Morgan Brody CSI

    I am sure there are more you should rethink list
    but agree nick on the goodwife should go very annoying

  • Mysterv Jun 17, 2013

    I find the lead character from The Big Bang to be creepy.

  • EricWelsch Dec 03, 2012

    I humbly disagree with one on your list. Mayim Bialik has been a real treat on BBT. I hope they keep her around for the rest of the show's run.

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