'Revenge,' 'Happy Endings' are two of 2011's TV highlights

'Revenge' and 'Happy Endings' were two of the best things about TV in 2011

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    'Happy Endings' has gotten decent ratings thanks to its strong fan base.
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Favorite TV Trend: Suffice it to say, nothing puts a smile on our face like the proliferation of adorable television babies (See: RAISING HOPE’s Hope and DEXTER’s Harry)

Least Favorite TV Trend: The proliferation of the “T.B.D.” As in air dates for COUGAR TOWN, COMMUNITY, and AWAKE remain to be determined.

Trend That Has to Stop Now: Shows that deliver a series finale under the not-always-correct assumption that they’ll have life on another platform. (See: ENTOURAGE and ALL MY CHILDREN)

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Best Excuse to Spend 3 Hours on a Couch: From THE MIDDLE to REVENGE and everything in between, there is nothing that makes us happier than Wednesday night’s on ABC.

Favorite New Bromance: What PERSON OF INTEREST’s Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) lack in verbiage, they more than make up for in steely glances that say more than most pairings do in an entire episode’s worth of dialogue.

Show in Desperate Need of an EXTREME MAKEOVER: SUPPORTING CAST Edition: The only thing funnier than 2 BROKE GIRLS leading ladies Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are the writing team who thought that surrounding them with a collection of highly offensive and astoundingly unfunny stereotypes would be a good idea.

Biggest Casting Blunder: THE OFFICE’s Andy Bernard is no Michael Scott.

Most Pleasant Surprise: The unexpected ratings success of REVENGE, HART OF DIXIE and HAPPY ENDINGS, three TV Addict favorites that in any other year would normally have been classified as “on the bubble” due to the very fact we love them so.

Most Pleasant Surprise (Runner-Up!): Thanks to a string of phenomenally talented hosts including Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, and Jimmy Fallon, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE actually became appointment viewing again.

Favorite Finale: We challenge you to find anything more flawless than FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS final montage. Go ahead, we’re waiting.

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