Nominees have been selected and the official ballot posted for the cable entertainment magazineâ€™s first annual Viewers Voice Awards. Readers are encouraged to vote as often as they want up until Friday, August 31, at midnight ET. The winners will be featured in a special November issue of the magazine, as well as online at channelguidemag.com.
â€śMost of the nominees were selected based on programs readers identified in our annual reader survey as being a favorite,â€ť said Barb Oates, editor in chief of Channel Guide. â€śWe then created categories around these shows and extended the categories to include cable personalities to make it more fun.â€ť
Oates said plenty of categories are tongue in cheek and designed to make people smile in agreement or get wide-eyed in amazement to learn, for example, that adult breastfeeding was actually the topic of an episode of Strange Sex.
The â€śBest Wars Seriesâ€ť category isnâ€™t the Civil War vs. the Revolutionary War â€” itâ€™s shows like TLCâ€™s Craft Wars, Food Networkâ€™s Cupcake Wars, Discovery Channelâ€™s Property Wars, A&Eâ€™s Parking Wars, Shipping Wars and Storage Wars, and Animal Planetâ€™s Swamp Wars and Whale Wars.
The awards ballot also looks at popular culture study series like Meet the Hutterites, Amish: Out of Order, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, Shahs of Sunset and Sister Wives.
Some traditional categories are also included like Best Drama, only thatâ€™s been refined a bit to Best â€śPeriod-Pieceâ€ť Drama calling attention to some of cableâ€™s critically praised favorites like Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias and Mad Men, as well as some freshmen series like Hell on Wheels and Magic City.
There are 25 categories total. Top votes in each category will be deemed winners.