New television characters are like new neighbors - they can bring fun, mischievousness and sexy to the block or they can piss off the whole neighborhood. These newbies made their surroundings sparkle.
Grey's Anatomy plunged deeper than the Dow this year, but stopped short of totally crashing thanks to hot Scot Kevin McKidd. As Dr. Owen Hunt, McKidd gave McSteamy a run for his money, and left Cristina weak in the knees. His brusque, no-nonsense, battle worn compassion brought some much needed stoicism to Seattle Grace.
Holly Flax was the best thing to invade Dunder Mifflin Scranton since the flying bat. Amy Ryan's kooky HR Rep was the perfect match for Michael's nonsensical nuttery. We loved seeing Michael find his (almost) equal, and the scenes between he and Holly were brilliantly idiotic. We're hoping the big screen doesn't steal Amy away from The Office forever.
Lost takes the idea of the ensemble cast to the extreme. Keeping track of each character and every backstory can feel like a recitation of the periodic table. So, we were a bit reluctant at first to welcome Daniel Faraday to the island. But Jeremy Davies wore us down and pulled us in with his disheveled grace. His ethical struggles and mad scientific theories are at the heart of the mystery of Oceanic Flight 815.
Though we were originally drawn to Fringe by Joshua Jackson, and dutifully tune in every Tuesday night to see his adorable face, we will happily admit that the real centrifical force of the show is Dr. Walter Bishop. John Noble has created a character so complex, so morally ambiguous, so deliciously clever we couldn't look away even if we wanted to. Is Walter crazy? A genius? A crazy genius? We don't know, but we'll definitely keep watching to find out.