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

Why is TV better than real life? Because every year, it presents us with a bunch of new people and we get to pick and choose who we'd like to have as friends for the duration of the season. The ones who impress us earn the privilege of spending 30 or 60 minutes in our living rooms every week. Those who don't get banished from our lives with a simple click. We, the television viewers, hold all the power here. This is our Conveyor Belt of Love!

Below, we've assembled a list of our favorite new faces from the fall, and there's a poll at the bottom of this page with plenty of new characters who are fighting for the title of Best New Character. But first, let's take a closer look at some of the candidates selected by our staff.



Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) on The Mindy Project



The perfect contrast to Mindy's girly sunshine, Danny is the cocky doc who gets his rules on life from Esquire. It would be easy to dismiss him as the resident jerk, but he's written in a way that tempers the ridiculous behavior of The Mindy Project's other characters. When Danny points out Mindy's faults, he elevates both Mindy and himself to something more. He's the cynical voice the show needs if girlfriends are going to get their boyfriends to watch, and a key component to what makes this show work. Plus he's got crazy dope dance moves, yo!



Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) on Last Resort



Of all the great characters in this new (and now "limited-edition") offering from Shawn Ryan, the main draw is the booming voice and authoritative presence of the Cap'n. We've seen strong military figures come and go, but Chaplin adds just enough unrefined crazy to the norm that we get the feeling he might actually turn the key and level Washington, D.C. It makes him more than just a mouthpiece for spangled stars and stripes and creates a real quandary for those who serve below him, and that's why this drama is one of the best new shows of the season, even if it won't be sticking around.



BJ (Lucy Punch) on Ben and Kate



This show can be so sweet that it can kill you. But standing out from Ben's stammering and Kate's "aww shucks" goody-goodiness is the brash BJ, Kate's best friend and one of the few characters on the series who isn't afraid to unbutton her blouse and suck on some weed candy. She may be the devil on Kate's shoulder, but as long as a devil has a sexy British accent, she's perfectly okay with us.



Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) on Homeland



We thought we'd seen every single type of psychopath in Showtime's hit, and then THIS guy came along. He stabs hands! He shows Carrie his birthday suit! He gets shot and lives! The guy is cockier than John Holmes on Viagra, but he's so damn good at his job, it's hard to blame him.



Mr. K (Brett Gelman) on Go On



This guy is weird. In the perfect way.



Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) on Nashville



A lot of the attention (deservedly) goes to Connie Britton's Rayna James because Britton is 10 kinds of awesome, but we're even more enamored with Juliette's whoring, scheming ways. The show doesn't let her off easily, either; she botched an opportunity to salvage her name after a shoplifting incident and has a meth-addict for a mom. This makes her both pitiful and sympathetic, which sounds like a real person to us.



Arrow's Torso (Stephen Amell's torso) on Arrow



Few shows are more defined by one image than Arrow and the moguls that've been carefully sculpted onto the spot where Oliver Queen's beer gut should be. But Stephen Amell's torso is more than just eye candy for fitness fanatics and spinsters, it's a firm, fleshy symbol of just how super this new superhero is... not to mention how much time he had on that island with a coconut Ab Roller.

UPDATE: It seems Mr. Amell would appreciate your vote.



Sherlock Holmes (Johnny Lee Miller) on Elementary



Did we really need another Sherlock? No, but we're happy we got this one anyway. The idea of a recovering drug addict with a British accent on an American show dazzled us as much as his legendary deductive skills. But most of the accolades go directly to Miller, who finally gets his break on Stateside television with a role that suits him perfectly.



Tony DeMeo (Erik Palladino) on 666 Park Avenue



Oh man! Have you seen this guy? The cranky doorman/concierge at Hotel Hell? He's hilarious, whether he means to be or not. One of the bright spots in this mess of a series.



Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) on American Horror Story: Asylum



The actress getting the most out of the FX series' seasonal reboot is Rabe, who started out by putting on a sweet habit as the innocent nun who knew when she needs to be spanked... but is now possessed by a mischievous demon. This show is loaded with impressive new weirdos, but Rabe's soft features are a thing of beauty, peeking out from under her nun's wardrobe, and when those eyes goes demon black, they're as scary and off-putting as anything else in this terrifying and demented hour.


Now let's get Democratic up in here and put this to the popular vote. Go ahead and vote for as many characters as you like—and feel free to suggest additions in the comments! (And yes, we'll soon be asking you for the WORST new characters, too.)


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I was SO drooling over Oliver Queen's torso in that last ep... Flippin' heck!
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If this contest was started now, I'd vote for Sebastian Monroe from Revolution.
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None of these candidates really appeal to me so I’m adding my favourites:

Jackie Joyner-Kersee from The Neighbors
Shania Clemmons from The New Normal
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Although I don't care for the show of Nashville, Juliette Barnes is a very well written character.
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The first lady in Scandal
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SOA: Damon Pope. Old school G turned debonair diversified businessman. He's like Confucius, Machiavelli and R. Kelly rolled into one. Creepy at times, but I totally love it. Keep on bringing the rarefied ghetto wisdom into the boardroom Mr. Pope.
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Stephen Amell's Torso should definitely win, and of course Stephen takes a close second place. :) If you're laughing, you haven't seen his abs!
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Where's Michonne from The Walking Dead?
And Nero from Sons of Anarchy?
Instead, a torso?
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"If you're going to objectify me, I want to win"

Well, fair is fair, lol
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According to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Honestly, I like Miller's Sherlock, but Lucy Liu's AMAZING Watson should have gotten the mention instead. She just doesn't take any shit from anyone - including Sherlock! Just my opinion of course, but man she is one fierce lady.
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I voted for "the torso", mostly because he asked nicely :) and I don't especially like any of the others.
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I'll vote for more than just the torso, because I think that Amell does a very good job overall. Extra points for the tweet, too.
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stephen is great in this role, I love this series Arrow is the best show to come around in a long time
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Both sisters on American Horror Story and Oliver Queen's Torso because it wants to win, not that this site ever lets me vote :)
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How are you supposed to vote on these polls? You tick the box and then what? There's no submit button...
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Juliette Barnes is really the best part of Nashville. I started watching for Connie but her character is insufferable. Also think that Lily Rabe is totally showing up Jessica Lange on AHS. Best possessed nun ever.
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I feel like the twitter post has brought in some votes for the torso. Someone find Mr K on that thing.
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Peter Quinn from Homeland. Absolutely.
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Benedict Cumberbatch from the UK Sherlock is an order of magnitude better than the guy in Elementary.
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As we say in Great Britain - Bollocks.
JLM FTW!
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Did u see how hot Angelina jolie was back then?
I'd have trouble focusing too!
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Boo! At least his acting has improved since Hackers.
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Go On and Elementary are the only new shows I watch, but I'll still vote for that torso.
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Sherlock is brilliant, and BJ from Ben and Kate is literally the only good thing about this God awful show.
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Ryan King (Matthew Perry) from Go On! Well, tons of the characters from Go On, like the older lesbian woman whose wife died (?). She's great, love how she's the only "normal" one, and always cussing up a storm. The couselor is totally weird too, with her Snickers obsession/fatty past and lack of qualifications. AND the cat chick, though I don't "like" her. . . she's really weird, and oddly believable. . . His best friend and assistant are lovely too.
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Kristen Schall on 30 Rock/The Daily Show. She's blowing up my screen all of a sudden!
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Oli's bodyguard on Arrow.
Alexander and the other 4 hunters on TVD.Don't tell me you were staring at the tattoos during the flashbacks!
The new agent on Criminal Minds.
P.S. I'm bad with names,obviously.
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Rebecca Winstone from "Missing' - "I am a mother looking for her son"
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C'mon - Put Bear on the List already!.
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Naomi from SPN even though she's only appeared in one episode. I feel as if she's got the potential to be a great character.
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Bear the dog on "Person of Interest!" and Hook on "Once Upon a Time"
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Yes - I vote for Bear the dog too!
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Arrow guy got a vote too, just cause of his Tweet - ha ha
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Peter Quinn from Homeland - his the right amount of Crazy and the right amount of Awesome :)
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stephen amell and jonny lee miller are both awesome to watch :)
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oh and Gaston Means from boardwalk empire, dude's ace manipulator.
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Silent Asian dude from New Girl.
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+5 points to Stephen Amell for hearing about this poll and posting about it. Too funny!

-17 points to Stephen Amell for his twitter handle. Really? @amellywood is what you came up with?
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Suggestions:
1. Matthew Perry's Ryan King from Go On
2. Zachary Quinto's Dr. Thredson from AHS
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He asked, i will vote for him so he can win...but in return I want a coconut Ab Roller!.
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Nero has slipped so easily into the "Sons" fabric as an outsider drawn to Gemma. One of the best introduction scenes of any of these characters on your list. Jimmy Smits for the win or BJ from "Ben and Kate" because she is just an awesome character on an underappreciated new show.

And Robert Patrick is also awesome just being Robert Patrick on the canceled too soon "Last Resort".
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How about the "Knight of Onion" Davos from Game of Thrones??
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Stephen you the highest vote
Your fans love YOU
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Oliver!!!
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Pepper For The Win!!!
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Oliver Queen's... wait... WHAT?

Being a guy I can't vote for this guy's torso. No way. For the character Oliver Queen: Sure. BUT NOT FOR HIS TORSO.

But it's interesting to see that Captain Chaplin is up there in the Top 5 in the voting. Another great point for Last Resort. I can't believe ABC is axing it.
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I love the margin by which Stephen Amell won the vote. Apparently he tweet paid off :)
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Andre Braugher is just amazing, such a shame. Also love Mr. K, he's so hilariously wierd, he's perfect. Also agree on JLM's take on Sherlock, he does a great job. Finally, I have to give a shout out to Arrow's abs, because damn, I almost want to have sex with that guy.
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Top 5 fall 2012 characters (New):

1. The Governor - TWD
2. Major Neville - Revolution
3. Isaac Sirko - Dexter
4. Captain Chaplain - Last Resort. Great actor and character wasted on a silly show.
5. Oliver Queen - Arrow.
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I rewatched the video taping scene from Last Resort's pilot a few times and everytime when Chaplin says "test us and we will all burn together" I get goose bumps and start shaking. This man is so commanding, I wouldn't hesitate nuking my hometown if he told me to.
Also, Bear and Quinn!
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Torso! xD But seriously, I LOVE that show!!! :>
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Hells yeah!
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Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) of Beauty and the Beast, please!
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Sorry, only one torso per poll.
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stephen amell's torso and that badass black chick on walking dead!
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