I don't usually post about TV shows but the lots of new shows this year had really caught my eye for its originality and amazing cast.So here is some of my favourite Emmy worthy performances throughout the first half of this year.Note that I only included the newbies and possible first time nominees.
Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen and Regina in Once Upon a Time Season 1
-Lana Parrilla is the scene stealer of the series.Every time she is onscreen she just shine and mesmerise us with her performance of the multilayer character.Being the antagonist of the series,Lana's take on Regina the Mayor is very subtle.Her controlled body language and facial expression perfectly embodies the evil queen in disguise with a thirst for revenge.While as the Evil Queen,she excels in the emotional scenes with ease and it is sympathetic.There have been three takes on the Evil Queen this year,and clearly Lana Parrilla beats Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron as we actually sometime find ourself kinda rooting for the Evil Queen/Regina.
Elisha Cuthbert as Alex Kerkovich in Happy Endings Season 2
-Elisha proves that you can be beautiful and talented at the same time.Playing the quirky dumb friend of the group,she is extremely funny whenever she opens her mouth.Her chemistry with all the cast especially with Casey Wilson is A-mah-zing.
Lauren Potter as Becky Johnson in Glee Season 3
-Lauren Potter portrayal of Becky in the episode Yes/No is tear jerking and honest.I always find Glee very clumsy , Lea Michelle oriented but its supporting cast that carry the show and Lauren Potter is one of them.The scene where she tries to maintain a normal face after getting dumped and then breaks down in front Sue is definitely Emmy worthy.
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game Of Thrones Season 2
-Cersei Lannister the most evil bitch to ever being created..Having said that,Cersei is a very complex multilayered character.Lena Headey performance in Blackwater clearly showcased how complex Cersei is.Cersei is a queen,a mother,a wife and most importantly a woman in a sexist.Headey nailed every scene in this particular episode and again makes the audience to be sympathetic to this cruel and cunning character.Her cynical conversation with Sansa and then showing vulnerability with Tommen is not only worthy for a nod but a win.
Casey Wilson as Penny Hartz in Happy Endings Season 2
-Another funny actress from the series Happy Endings.Wilson is really good playing the desperate Penny.She has excellent comedic timing and her quirkiness is adorable.
Laurie Holden as Andrea in Walking Dead Season 2
- The Character Andrea has the best character development throughout the season.She was suicidal at the beginning and later becomes a emotionally strong character an a leader at some point.Laurie Holden consistently gives a strong performance especially the first episode.
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark in Game Of Thrones
-Michelle Fairley playing the matriarch of the Starks is one of the best performance from the amazing cast.She showcased strength and vulnerability as Cat when she counsels Robb and her scenes with Brienne are superb.
Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez in Glee
-Naya Rivera performance as Santana Lopez in Mash Off and I kissed a Girl is the highlight of Season 3 when Finn outed her publicly.Rivera showcased great acting chops when her character comes out to her grandmother and when she breaks down after Finn outed her.
Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn in Smashed
- Ivy is very similar to Rachel Berry of Glee.They are both great vocalist, ambitious and willing to do anything to get a role but the only difference is Ivy is more likable than Rachel and the actresses who portray them play a big role in making it likable.Ivy embodies the positive side of being ambitious while Rachel only whines about having a boyfriend and getting married .Compared to Katherine McPhee,Megan did a perfect Marilyn Monroe in vocal and acting wise.
Viva Bianca as Ilithyia in Spartacus Vengeance
- After the departure of John Hannah, both Lucy Lawless and Viva Bianca are the only actors that carry the show with their bold performance.Viva Bianca portrayal of the crazy,weird daughter of the Senator is really good as her character takes a softer turn.
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones
-It is very surprising that this is Maisie Williams first acting role.She gives a mature performance and even overshadowing her older cast mates in every scene she is in.The interaction between Arya Stark and Tywin Lannister clearly showcase how good the writers of GOT is and Maisie being at par with seasoned actors like Charles Dance.
Rosa Salazar as Zoe in Parenthood
-Another newcomer who who is clearly a scene stealer.The character Zoe is a emotional wreck like a headless chicken.Yes there is similarities with Juno but Salazar clearly gives a strong performance to match Ellen Page.
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones
-Sophie Turner being only 15 during the shooting of her scenes definitely embodies Sansa Stark in every episode she is in despite the risky and tough scenes she has to shoot.Sansa is a very internal character.She is a passive character who keeps growing and perhaps has the best character development throughout the series.Turner clearly had the most difficult scenes in the series keeping her age in mind(getting stripped and publicly beaten,puberty,near rape scene during the riot).Just like her co-star Maisie,Sophie also gives a mature performance in her won way.Blackwater is probably is where Sophie best scenes are especially her scene with Sandor where she says 'You won't hurt me' and her scenes with Tyrion and Joffrey before the battle.
Busy Phillips as Laurie Keller in Cougar Town
-Another dumb blond role but it is quite different as she says the dumbest thing which eventually help the other characters.All the scenes of Busy with the other neighbour Ellie just makes you laugh until your eyes are watery.
Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepperd in Private Practice
-While its always Grey's Anatomy cast gets recognised for their performances,PV also have some award worthy performance by some of its cast.Caterina performance in 'Who You are' is really good.The whole episode is quite intense and Caterina manages give a perfect performance as the drug addict whose addiction got so worse that a intervention is carried out by the other doctors.If you ignore the cliche flashback ,it was a solid performance by Caterina.
So which one of these are your favourites?If you have other suggestions ,just leave in the comment section.