What’s the best laugh-out-loud comedy on cable TV? What’s scarier, The Walking Dead or American Horror Story? Is Urine Drinker the most outrageous program title of the year? Who is the biggest bitch on cable TV? Fans across the country can cast their votes for the best and worst in cable TV in a variety of unusual categories in the 2012 Channel Guide Magazine Viewers Voice Awards.
Nominees have been selected and the official ballot posted for the cable entertainment magazine’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.
“Most of the nominees were selected based on programs readers identified in our annual reader survey as being a favorite,” said Barb Oates, editor in chief of Channel Guide. “We then created categories around these shows and extended the categories to include cable personalities to make it more fun.”
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 “Best Wars Series” category isn’t the Civil War vs. the Revolutionary War — it’s shows like TLC’s Craft Wars, Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Discovery Channel’s Property Wars, A&E’s Parking Wars, Shipping Wars and Storage Wars, and Animal Planet’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 that’s been refined a bit to Best “Period-Piece” Drama calling attention to some of cable’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.