The panelists will now vote on which five proposed nominees will actually receive a Hulu Award Nomination. Our first nomination is at stake! I'm so excited I've soiled myself.
Here are the proposed nominees:
2008 National Heads Up Poker Championship
Built to Shred
Fed Ex Orange Bowl Game 2008
MMA Fight Weekly
A Shot At Glory
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 2007
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 2008
And here are what our panelists are saying about their picks. I encourage everyone to speak their mind so that, when the dust clears, we have the five best nominees we can possibly have.
Panelist: Emily from Eclaire Fare (http://eclairefare.wordpress.com/)
Proposed Nominee(s): Firsthand
I chose nominees based on their production values, entertainment value, and unique perspectives on the sports they involve. I had never watched any of the 51 eligible programs listed, so I went into the selection process unbiased in that regard.
Surprisingly, my favorite of the three nominees was Firsthand. I don't normally follow extreme sports, but I liked how this show gave an inside look at the sports' athletes, while also showing impressive stunts and providing a sampling of different artists and music. I felt like there was a little something for everyone.
Panelist: Jason from The Semi Large Show (http://thesemilargeshow.blogspot.com/)
Proposed Nominee(s): NHL
They have highlights, full games, and interviews. It's great to see what's going on in the world of hockey.
Panelist: Amrie from My Take on TV (http://mytakeontv.wordpress.com)
The Matty Blake Show - love his sarcasm
Pinks - huge fan, watch it with my dad!
Ninja Warrior - hilarious
M80 - love Motocross!
Panelist: Antonice from The Angry Premed Student (http://antlouis.wordpress.com/)
American Gladiators— I nominated this because this is a classic. Yeah. It has been remade for the new generation but it’s all the same games and rules. You simply can’t go wrong with Gladiators!
2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship—I like Poker. Not a very good poker player but I jump at the chance to play and learn and become a skilled player, this is why I chose this for my second nomination. Poker has become such a phenomenon worldwide, that it’s hard to NOT want to play or even watch these people play and win millions on a card game!
Battle Dome—This,to me, is a combination of American Gladiators and some bad talk show. I liked the few episodes I saw.
Panelist: Ralph from This is Some Scene (www.ThisIsSomeScene.com)
Proposed Nominee(s): PINKS
Sports is my least favorite category, however I love cars. So my nominee for best Sports programming has to go to PINKS. I love the heated negotiations between the drivers and there is a lot at stake - Lose the race, lose your ride. Good drama.Panelist: John from Axiom's Edge (www.axiomsedge-scifi.com)
I'm a Football guy, so I'm going to go with what I know (with one exception):Panelist: Liz from her pop culture blog(www.lizarrasmith.wordpress.com)
1. Best of Bowl Bash 2008 (some good highlights from some good games)
2. Fantasy Fix
3. College Sports Minute (though why is there nothing from the last two weeks?)
4. National Heads-Up Poker (took a look at this and found it addictive)
5. Any of the Bowl Games
Fight Girls--Another series where the episodes are short and sweet; and the drama that a bunch of women live together and then have to fight one another Vegas is riveting to say the least. Battle Dome...it's like American Gladiators and WWE, with a sprinkle of Jerry Springer. And oozes with so much schtick that it's kind of hard not to watch.Panelist: Yours truly
A Shot at Glory--I am a sucker for "back story" profiles; and I think this show provides great access to today's athletes and strides to inspire as well as inform.
Proposed Nominee(s): Built to Shred
Built to Shred has all the authenticity and camaraderie of a Jackass episode, with none of the gross or reprehensible behavior. It basically features a group of inventive pro skateboarders building dreamscapes to skate upon. They use of a variety of materials and locations for their raw material. You don't have to be a skateboarding fan to enjoy this program. One downside is the quick-cut editing. I think that the average shot length is literally about three quarters of a second. I'm not exaggerating. Hey Fuel! These retinas have to last me a lifetime! Quit trying to burn them out!
Panelist: Rae from Ramblings of a TV Whore (www.ramblingsofatvwhore.com)
A Shot at Glory: Nominated as an excellent online Olympic companion with in-depth profiles of the biggest USA Olympic hopefuls. Each episode excels at capturing the Olympic spirit while also being interesting and informative.
Fight Girls: Reality show competition meets kick ass girls. These girls are tough and very focused on what they want but a competition always breeds drama so the show also shows the more social side of fighting in the ring.
Firsthand: Even though I know nothing about extreme sports, I found this series addicting. The firsthand profiles of the athletes gives the audience a sense of having a conversation with these athletes. The series is well-shot, mixing action in with the stories being told in such a way that the twenty minutes fly by quickly.
Panelist: Laura from Movie Review Report (www.moviereviewreport.com)
NHL- Live Every Shift (It's awesome that they have full games available and highlights for the week)