The Most Annoying New TV Characters of Fall 2010

Fall premieres bring new shows, new plot lines, and welcome relief from the reality-heavy programming of summer TV. But they also bring new characters on both new and returning shows. Some of the new players are so charming, so complex, so mysterious that we can't wait to catch up with them every week. And some of them are so annoying that we wouldn't shed a tear if their next script had them falling down a manhole or coming face-to-face with a speeding bus. Behold, our list of the most annoying new characters of fall 2010.

Outlaw's Lucinda Pearl (Carly Pope)

This gal is simply an amalgamation of "bad girl" cliches, complete with "bad girl" wardrobe choices like leather jackets, miniskirts, and "edgy"-looking... cuff bracelets. What a poser!

Glee's Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet)

Okay, mostly we're annoyed with Sam because he's just too perfect: Those eyes! That voice! That Justin Beiber hair! So what's the catch? Maybe it's his popular-kid ambition: Would it have killed him to give glee club a chance?

No Ordinary Family's Daphne Powell (Kay Panabaker)

"OMG! Mommmmmm! I'm super self-centered and all I do is text!" Yep, she's a whiny teenager who's written the way an older person thinks a teenager would act.

$#*! My Dad Says's Vince Goodson (Will Sasso)

His dopey demeanor is too much of a throwback to an era when dopiness was funny, and that ship has sailed—or at least needs to ride more nuanced waves.

Running Wilde's Mr Lunt (Robert Michael Morris)

Steve Wilde's butler seems to be half-British and also weirdly half-effeminate, but he also has no real point of view.

Better with You's Casey (Jake Lacy)

Idiot characters are only funny when they have, like, a redeeming quality that makes them tolerable (i.e. Michael Scott). Casey has no redeeming qualities. He is an idiot through and through. (And as far as we can tell, the guy is so one-note that he doesn't even have a last name!)

Detroit 1-8-7's Ariana Sanchez (Natalie Martinez)

Okay, she's tough—we get it. But we could do without the "I'm so sassy" ego; it's way too bully-ish and in-your-face.

The whole damn cast of Outsourced

This show just makes us wince.

Juliet Sharp (Katie Cassidy), Gossip Girl

Between her smirk, her power suits, and her bossiness, we think we're through with Juliet. Plus, she can't possibly keep up with the rest of the glamazons on this show.

Mad Men's Stan Rizzo (Jay R. Ferguson)

As a plot point, we understand that a new art director is integral to Peggy's arc—but seriously, this man is so smarmy that we just want to reach through the screen and strangle him. Plus, he'll never compare to Sal.

Betty White on pretty much everything

ENOUGH ALREADY! Ms. White is great and all, but we're tired of seeing her make a cameo on every freakin' TV show. We hereby proclaim this national White-Out month.

Which of this season's new characters are on your hit list?

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I agree with some of yours, but not enough to quit watching. I like Vince on my Dad Says, well I love the guy who portrays him, and I adore Betty White, shame on you for picking a wonderful character no matters what she does.
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Really?! Would you have to put Betty White on your hangman's list?!

WHY?!

There is a reason that we give this honors to veterans of the entertainment industry. There are many of us who have watched Ms. White for decades on various TV shows & even more viewers who have watched her since her Big, Silver Screen days.



You know where you can shove your noose!
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Outsourced? This has one of the most endearing casts to come along in a while!
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Steve MgGarret is such a jerk. Has no humanity at all.

1st episode was also the last.
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Still, Outsourced is doing way better than all you critics' favourite Lone Star, which actually turned into the biggest flop in years. Shows how far are you from the masses' opinion.
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I love the show Dark Blue..this season they had to bring a new boss (female) Alex Rice (Tricia Helfer). Totally ruined it for me, she is cocky and not necessary to the show...
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Tony DiNozzo may be they mosy annoying character EVER to be cast in a television show. NCIS is a great show; it's one of my favorites, but DiNozzo is a tiresome jerk!
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shane west on nikita! for crying out loud BAD ACTING! ugh, such a good show but shane west ruined it
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okay kay panabaker is hot but i think she is to old now to play whiny teenager what is she 21.
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Absolutely agreed on "Outsourced." That train wreck can't get canceled fast enough.
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How DARE you say an unkind word about our National Treasure! Betty White, if anything, should be on more television!
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I haven't watched any of the new shows yet so what can I say?
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Sorry, I don't have a new character on my hit list, just an old character. Liz Lemon on the unfunny UNWATCHED 30rock! When is the boring Tina Fay's 15 minutes of fame going to end?
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Geez man, bitter much? Betty White is a national treasure. They don't make stars like that anymore. One by one we're losing great actors and these fly by night, famous in one minute "stars" of today don't even have one tenth of the talent of the stars that we're losing. I for one enjoy her appearances, thought I would laugh my butt off at her when she hosted SNL. Especially when she said after looking at FB that she thought it was a large waste of time, ironic since that is what got her the hosting gig. Do you volunteer at animal shelters? Have you adopted a shelter pet? Get out of your own box and stop being so bitter. Lighten up, life is too short to be so bitter.
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Omg...Betty White annoys you? Did you see the episode? I think I pee'd a little when she held up that weapon and said 'I'm going to attack you, and you use self-respect to defend yourself'. Come on man, that was hilarious.



I hardly watch any of the other shows on the list though.
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@SammyP

Not really sure why you felt it necessary to White Knight a "TV.com Staff Writer" who doesn't even have the balls to disclose their name, but the reason why they are getting so much negative blow back is because they were being negative in a most disgusting and immature way. The nooses were unnecessary and ridiculous. You reap what you sew. That said, I agreed with the rest of your post, especially the part on No Ordinary Family.

@TykiaDuffie

No idea honey what planet you or the anonymous "TV.com Staff Writer" are living on, but No Ordinary Family nailed what most teenage girls are like these days, and it's not just the girls its all the teenagers. On their breaks in schools, kids these days will huddle together in groups, and rather than talk to each other they'll text, even if the person they're texting is standing right next to them. They even sleep with their phones in their hands with them ready to text in the middle of the night. Ridiculous! No Ordinary Family was spot on, and I like the pilot in general too.
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Kirsten Vangsness on Criminal Minds irritates me. While A.J. Cook is leaving the cast, Kirsten is staying and also being cast in the spin-off series as well. She doesn't hold a candle to Abby on NCIS. Bring back A.J. and let Kirsten go.
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Betty White is awesome. **** you.
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both of Undercovers are abominable.
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I hate Gossip Girl's Juliet character! I don't even see what the actress is doing there, she's not even hot or beautiful like all the other actors.
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How dare you mock the inimitable Betty White! This is a sacrilege and an affront to the TV gods! You will surely burn in TV he||!
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How about every single person who is on a reality show!
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i agree about Betty White. Oh how hip it is to have the old bag of bones appear on a show. Hey heres and idea, lets have her do something a young person would do, it would be hilarious if she did that, because shes so old! I am tired of seeing Corpsey Mc Skeleton everywhere.
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Am I the only one who feels that during one of the worst recessions and the highest unemployment is years A show about out sourcing american jobs is in very very poor taste?
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Sam ddn't give the glee club a chance.. yet.. but this wasn't his only episode. and Daphne Powell is supposed to be a shallow self-centered teen, but she'll change soon enough now that she's all different, but i'm sure she'll whine about being different a lot in the meantime
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I really thought Daphne was a good character. Yeah, she texted a lot, but oh well. Kay did a great job.
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I will definitely have to agree on the Betty WHite one. It's like they are trying to force any and all jobs in from her before she dies. I've just havent been impressed with the half of the Betty fab. And you guys were spot on about No Ordinary Family. It's soo overdone and annoying. An older person HAD to written her character.
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I haven't watched most of those shows, but I agree about Betty White. I mean, she seems nice and all, but how does somebody get to be so ironically hip just by being old and swearing on SNL?
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SammyP i agree with you it become depressing to read the posts in tv.com lately they keep saying negative thing about shows or characters and most people donot agree with them they seem to be picking up on every show these days i think they should take your reply and send it to everyone who post topic so they can just stop this negative talk because i start to hate this site
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Why is it that all the Tv.com posts are so negative? If you scroll down on the home page the entries are:

- most annoying new characters of 2010.
- No ordinary family: a clichee.
- Chuck: enough with the stunt casting.

Going through tv.com lately is making me feel like watching tv is a waste of time. and with the amount of tv i watch i get all that from my family and friends. what the heck? attacking Katy Cassidy on Gossip Girl when she is nothing but fresh air to the show. Sick of Betty White, we need to be applauding her relevance and staying power! Casey from better with you is pretty much the entire fun of the show. We don't even know the character Vince Goodson enough yet to deem him annoying. Chord Overstreets character in Glee is annoying coz he is retty and didnt join Glee Club off the Bat? I wonder which tv.com writer would be slandering Glee for being too predictable if he did (you just cant win) and finally Kay Panabaker's character on No Ordinary Family does in fact resemble the majority of todays 13 - 16 year old gilrs. Whiny little self-centred brats that text and obess about boys all day long (its not her character thats annoying, its 99% of girls in that age group)... jeez! Stop writing about tv if you gonna hate on it so much!
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really? a noose. very low class. blech, i gotta stop reading these columns.
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It's nice to know that Betty can still provoke dialogue. I love her, some of you hate her, some of you are just bored. That's the true sign of a star.
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For me it is the computer geek on Criminal Minds (can't remember her name). They tried to make a carbon copy of Abby on NCIS.
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excuse my typos please lol
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btw, you mention Betty White and this no longer becomes a discussion of most annoying tv characters...it becomes more of " everyone obsessiong over Betty White:" which is what you seem to fidn annoyin so idk pick and choose your batttles more carefully.
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You guys def got it wrong on NOF...I agree the girl is somewhat annoying but the brother is even worse! Everytime he opened his mouth and whined about not having powers I wanted to poke my eyes out. I disagree about Betty White though...yes, her sudden popularity can be annoying at times but it's so refreshing from the usual tenn obsessions most people have and she is so talented. Otherwise, huge props for haivng enough guts to put a noose around a 88 year old person's neck...I would be a little paranoid personally. lol
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With the exception of the girl who plays the daughter on Castle, all of the kid actors on television today are self centered, spoiled, mouthy brats. I stopped watching Two and a Half Men because Jake is the most annoying, illiterate, disrespectful little jerk on tv. That and the fact that he actually makes $ 250,000 an episode is beyond belief. I hope he saves his money because once this show is cancelled I am pretty sure we will never see him on tv again.
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For me, it's Molly's sister on Mike & Molly.
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your "noose" is the most annoying thing in this article
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Betty White is a comedic icon, and adds a touch of old-school class mixed with a bit of acerbic wit to everything she's on. I haven't laughed that hard at an episode of Community for quite some time. And she has all the best lines on Hot in Cleveland. I hope she has quite a few more years to share her talent with us. Long live Betty!
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Betty White rocks! She is not annoying in the least. She's Gold.



The new guy on Glee is far from annoying and he has only been on one episode thus far. Give me a break. Actually, this article was "annoying". JMO.
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I'm tired of Betty White and Cloris Leachman duking it out for nastiest old person award.
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ac58 i agree with the max thing from Parenthood but i mean he is authistic thats how they act and i love that show so great, and i agree with the casidy from better with you even though he was better in this last episode he is just too stupid
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Have you ever been in a situation where you have over stayed your welcome? People won't usually say anything to you. They just give you hints until you get it. She must know by now. I'm embarassed for her.
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I love Betty White. Let her alone. She has more talent than most of the young stars that are a flash in the pan.
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Ok I will get heck for this but the MOST annoying character on TV comes from one of my top loved shows and she has been around for now 8 seasons on NCIS and I know that it is the way that she is writen but ABBY on NCIS makes me almost want to have an option on my DVR to just mute her and black her out...
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Okay, I know people will hate me especially the autism association, but I find the character Max on Parenthood annoying. He's very manic, he makes me too jittery. Anyway, while we're at it...Maddie, his sister is very annoying also. Otherwise, I love the show!
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Never use a noose to point out characters you don't like. It's ridiculous.
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Er... How could you possibly dislike Betty White? She's radical! XD
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Are you people crazy or stupid? Betty White was hilarious on Community! and she was fantastic on that Superbowl snickers ad!
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