March 14, 2010

TV Showdown Tournament: The Regionals

It's March, which means it's time for March Madness, and I've decided to follow the lead of Hulu, and put together a 64-show TV Showdown Tournament.

The way the TV Showdown Tournament is going to work is there are going to be two 32-show brackets, one for drama and one for comedy, and each bracket will consist of two regionals (network and cable). The winners of the 2 network regionals will face off against the winners of the cable regionals to crown two winners.

The participating shows were picked using the following criteria:
  • Each Big Three Network (ABC, CBS, NBC) will have four automatic berths; FOX and The CW will have two automatic berths due to less hours of programming.
  • If a Network cannot fill its automatic slots, the remaining slots become Wild Cards which can be filled by a show from any of the other Networks, with FOX and The CW getting priority.
  • Since there are so many cable channels and less programming on each channel, the Cable shows are not subject to the Network Automatic Berths Rule.
  • Seedings will take into consideration: ratings, award wins and nominations, critical buzz, and my own subjective beliefs.
  • This is purely subjective and for kicks, so don't get your feelings hurt if your show didn't make the cut.
Now, onto the Regions...

Drama: Network Regional
2. House (FOX)
3. Lost (ABC)
4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
5. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
6. The Mentalist (CBS)
7. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
8. The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
9. Bones (FOX)
10. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
11. Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
12. Castle (ABC)
13. Supernatural (The CW)
14. Law & Order (NBC)
15. Heroes (NBC)
16. Friday Night Lights (NBC)

Click here to see the match-ups.

Drama: Cable Regional
1. Mad Men (AMC)
2. True Blood (HBO)
3. Sons of Anarchy (FX)
4. Dexter (Showtime)
5. The Closer (TNT)
6. Damages (FX)
7. Burn Notice (USA)
8. Breaking Bad (AMC)
9. Leverage (TNT)
10. Big Love (HBO)
11. The Tudors (Showtime)
12. In Treatment (HBO)
13. Torchwood (BBC America)
14. White Collar (USA)
15. Warehouse 13 (SyFy)
16. Spartacus: Blood & Sand (Starz)

Click here to see the match-ups.

Comedy: Network Regional
1. The Office (NBC)
2. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
3. 30 Rock (NBC)
4. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
5. Modern Family (ABC)
6. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
7. Glee (FOX)
8. Chuck (NBC)
9. Family Guy (FOX)
10. The Simpsons (FOX)
11. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
12. Community (NBC)
13. The Middle (ABC)
14. The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
15. Scrubs (ABC)
16. Better Off Ted (ABC)

Click here to see the match-ups.

Comedy: Cable Regional
1. Psych (USA)
2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)
3. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
4. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
5. Entourage (HBO)
6. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
7. Weeds (Showtime)
8. Eureka (SyFy)
9. Californication (Showtime)
10. Royal Pains (USA)
11. United States of Tara (Showtime)
12. Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
13. Greek (ABC Family)
14. My Boys (TBS)
15. Party Down (Starz)
16. Bored to Death (HBO)

Click here to see the match-ups.

Again, this tournament is mostly for my own enjoyment, and I doubt any one will take it seriously, but if you have opinions about the match-ups, please let me know.


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