Sunday, August 8, 2010

AFT Awards: Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

This is the seventeenth category of the 4th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television this past season. This year, semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work being done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Brotherhood, Lost, Mad Men, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy

Semi-finalists: The Closer, Dollhouse, Human Target, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rescue Me

Finalists: Breaking Bad let recurring players become even more crucial and significant while the lead ones stayed just as on top of their game. Damages found superb talent to make up the various players in its latest case. Justified invited viewers to a violent, destitute Kentucky with a fabulous set of actors and actresses to make it their own. Lost made its performers pull double duty with an alternate universe, and the results were magnificent. The Good Wife had a delightful and incredibly effective cast that helped make it an above-average procedural.

The nominees:

Mad Men brought in a British contingent that supplemented an already hard-working and extraordinarily talented cast. Parenthood brought together a diverse group of entertaining performers to craft a great family dynamic. Treme was only the latest in a tradition of great HBO dramatic ensembles, and New Orleans provided a fascinating backdrop for these finely-portrayed characters. True Blood made extensive use of its ensemble with problems aplenty in Bon Temps.

The winner:

Things got even more volatile than before for the club members, their wives, and their enemies on Sons of Anarchy and the entire cast delivered emotional, intense, frightening performances that made for one majestically messed-up and utterly captivating whole.

Next up: Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

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