Named For: Noah Hunter (Beverly Hills 90210)
Awarded To: The best supporting character in a drama series
2009 Winner: Ari Gold (Entourage)
2010 Winner: Ari Gold (Entourage)
2011 Winner: Ornette Howard (Friday Night Lights)
10. Max Braverman (Parenthood) 4 points
4th by T-time and Jack
9. Chris Keller (One Tree Hill) 5 points
3rd by Jack, 4th by Me
8. Kevin Ball (Shameless) 6 points
2nd by Larry
7. Wade Kinsella (Hart of Dixie) 6 points
2nd by Jack
6. Joel Graham (Parenthood) 7 points
3rd by Larry and Matt
5. Roger Sterling (Mad Men) 13 points
1st by Jaydon and Mags, 5th by Me
4. Robert Chase (House) 15 points
1st by Tyson, Cecil, Rizzo, and Larry
3. Jerry Boyle (Luck) 15 points
1st by Bonz, 2nd by Me
2. Klaus Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries) 15 points
1st by Matt and Jack, 1st by Me
and the Poolie goes to...
1. Turo Escalante (Luck) 16 points
1st by T-time, 3rd by Me
This is Turo Escalante's first nomination and win for the best supporting character in a drama series. Here to discuss how Turo impressed in just nine episodes is Poolie voter T-time.
A drama character doesn’t have to provide constant laughs. He doesn’t have to save the day or serve as a clever foil for our hero. A drama character can keep to himself, speak condescendingly to any who interrupt his business and quietly go about his business and still earn praises from viewers. Turo Escalante, as portrayed by John Ortiz, did that in spades.
Escalante’s business was training horses. Training champions. Training mid-listers to dominate weaker fields. He knew his business. But what made him so interesting was the way he dealt with people who didn’t know that business. “It’s what they eat,” he said snarkily to an owner who was unaware that horses ate carrots. An owner that had just paid two-million dollars for the horse. Escalante doesn’t care who you are. Just leave the training to him.
Escalante’s smug arrogance after winning a race. His constant annoyance at the owners of Foray Stables. And of course, his description of ET. The cancellation of Luck means his Poolie run will be a short one, but one that more than lived up to his forebears.
by Tim Forcella