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The Votes Are In: The Best New TV Show and Character of 2008

For my best of 2008 series, I asked you to pick the best new TV show and new character of 2008. One of the decisions was easy, while the other was a fight to the finish. Who came out on top? Read on . . .

Best New TV Character of 2008
Holly, The Office

Holly, come back! Amy Ryan made her first appearance as Holly Flax in the fourth-season finale of The Office, and she immediately endeared herself to Office fans, winning almost a quarter of the vote in this crowded field. It's just a shame that she's not scheduled to be in any more episodes after her cruel transfer to New Hampshire.

Kevin McKidd's hunky Owen Hunt of Grey's Anatomy came in second, and third place was a virtual tie between Megan (JoAnna Garcia) of Privileged and Walter Bishop (John Noble) of Fringe.

To see what new show you picked as the year's best, just


Best New TV Show of 2008
Tie: Fringe and True Blood

Even after some extra prodding, this poll remained so close that I eventually had to just call it a tie between Fringe and True Blood. Each show rallied a large (and nearly identical) number of fans, with each getting about 22 percent of the vote.

Not too far behind in third was The CW's Privileged, which also pulled away from the pack with 18 percent of the vote. Lipstick Jungle finished fourth. A couple of write-in votes went to Worst Week and My Own Worst Enemy.

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Join The Conversation
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I love everything about the Office and Fringe. Fringe blew my husband and I's minds with how unique and creative it is. And Walter should have won! :raspberry: And I was surprised by the canning of Holly as well.
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
John new character!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Sorry for double-posting.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I think Owen Hunt should've won Best New Character, but I guess I'm a little biased because I don't watch The Office (shocking, I know). Yay for True Blood though!
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
yay for Fringe and True Blood!! Two of the best shows on. also, wtf for new character, Walter should've won.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I am still so mad that they got rid of Holly, and I am still betting they bring her back - they have to! I am so glad Fringe got best new show, not because I have even watched it which I haven't (I'm just waiting for the dvds), but because it looks and sounds so much better than all that other crap out there...
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