THE DEADLINE IS JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY. VOTE NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
Welcome to first annual Bennie Awards nominations. The Bennies is the only competition honoring the worst in TV programming. Think of it as the Razzies for the small screen.
There were at least 365* prime time series in 2009 -- many of these were glorified high school talent competitions, people getting hit in the groin for cash or product placements disguised as dramas. The Bennies are your chance to express your gratitude for these shows.
From January 11 - February 12, you - the viewing public -- will nominate your choices for Worst Prime Time Show and Worst Actor/Actress/Reality Personality from 2009. Once you've determined your choice(s), write the name on the designated line (see below) and hit "SUBMIT." I'll take it from there. The Bennies uses American Idol-style voting, so stuffing the ballot box is completely legal. On February 22, I will announce the winners of the Golden Trash Can in a gala online event.
The Bennies pay homage to Hollywood's king of bad programming decisions -- former NBC Head Ben Silverman -- the architect of the failed Jay Leno prime time experiment as well as Knight Rider, Kath & Kim and countless others. It's also no small coincidence that "Bennies" is slang for Benzedrine (a drug I believe some Hollywood execs were on when they greenlit shows like Eastwick and The Beautiful Life: TBL).
I look forward to your entries. And please note, they are all anonymous. There is no way for me to know who entered what unless you write your name after it.
THE NOMINATION PERIOD IS OVER. YOU MISSED IT. NOW YOU JUST HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE RESULTS.
* I'm sure some shows are missing. Blame my bogarted Studio Systems account. For a reasonably complete list of 2009 prime time shows, see the attached documents below labeled "Scripted" and Reality." I've excluded syndicated, soaps and news. If you need help with actors' names, check out imdb.com.
Reality -- Bennies 2009
Scripted -- Bennies 2009