Book Reviews: Texas Island, Sci-fi Sex, East German Life

It’s okay that I thought “You’re a thirty thirty girl” when she told me it was her 30th birthday, but didn’t say it out loud. . . right?

Destined for Trouble
An FBI analyst—no one believes her when she says she’s not an agent and doesn’t carry a gun—goes through a breakup and decides to come home to a Texas island to rest and rethink life; good luck with that, considering her mom, an ex, and the requisite crazy girl from high school.
A local restaurateur is poisoned at her welcome-home party, but it isn’t till the reading of the will that things go crazy. The man leaves the restaurant to his favorite worker, who happens to be the main character’s bestie; the widow is furious, so motive, anyone? Not to these idiot hillbilly cops like the chief, who seems to be descended from a long line of such all the way back to Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. The deputy chief happens to be the aforementioned ex, the one cop who might be on her side, but as usual he wants her to keep her nose out of it. So of course she never tells him about the other suspects she’s uncovered. . . sheesh!
At what I thought was the ending I made a note: “Gotta say I’m a bit disappointed,” only to find there was one more twist left, which made things a little better, but it was kinda too little too late.
3/5

Star Trek Sex
Okay, that’s an intriguing enough title, especially for Trekkies. Yes, let’s enjoy an analysis of all the times Kirk, and once in a while the other crewmembers, enjoyed some happy bed time with fellow humans and/or aliens.
Sadly, that’s not close to what happens here. Instead we get a very lazy writer who figures he can sell this just from the title, which unhappily might be true.
Basically it’s a small list of episodes which feature some sort of physical coming together—and not always that—which allows him to pontificate on some tiny barely-related issue. Some of these are a stretch: mentioning that tribbles are born pregnant might fit in a very general sense, but come on.
The worst part is how uneven it is. Far too many episodes are completely ignored, the most egregious being “Shore Leave,” which was most likely the genesis of the Next Generation’s holodeck. Kirk rekindled a romance there, even if she wasn’t completely real, and McCoy was big-time flirting with a yeoman, so why isn’t this in the book? And speaking of those left out, what about Miramanee, Kirk’s only real relationship? She was pregnant when she got killed, so. . . yeah! How ‘bout the crazy Shakespearian actress?
He goes on to mention some actresses and characters from the other series, and while it took him long enough to get to Dax, he made absolutely no mention of 7 of 9. Huh?
The author must love cars; in a book entitled Star Trek Sex he includes a chapter on sexiest starships.
This was really disappointing. I would advise fans to stay away.
1/5

One More Chance
For most of the book I enjoyed both the writing and the characters, especially main heroine Ashley; I could see her as the type of girl I’d have a crush on in high school. She’s almost raped by the football hero cliché, only to be saved by the brooding musician hero cliché, who then makes a great impression on her taciturn dad until he finds out the guy’s name, at which point she is never to see him again.
By the time we get to the second half, fifteen years later, two more clichés of romance novels—misunderstandings and psycho chicks—have reared their ugly, heavily-made-up faces.
For me the best laugh was the auction scene that had the brothers discussing Disney princesses—although the whole thing started with Jessica Rabbit—but after Gabe pontificates on Elsa I felt outraged that Merida wasn’t included.
On the other hand, the worst moment came right out of the Writing Romances formula: everything is great, the happy couple is together. . . and then the writer makes circumstances that fuck everything up with another girl innocently where she shouldn’t be. WHY? WHY? Because it’s in the formula. And maybe the book wouldn’t have been long enough otherwise. That dropped my rating of a novel that features really good writing but less so on plot.
3/5

Wall Flower
Wow, was this ever difficult to read! And not just because I’m not a Hegel fan.
According to the translator, “She presents herself as a flower on the (Berlin) Wall. . .”  So there’s your title. A woman from West Berlin finds herself on the wrong side of the wall when it goes up and has to live in the DDR. For all those readers who grew up on the west side of the world, so to speak, this is where we all say, “Damn, that sucks. Too bad.” But she doesn’t quite see it that way.
At the start she’s a kid with a huge imagination for games, learning piano without having one around while she deals with a brutal father and apathetic mother, who tricks her into being in the east sector when the wall goes up, so she can no longer be with her singer grandmother in the west. She escapes so deeply into the music she goes crazy, so her parents say. After her release from the psych ward she won’t go back to her family, so she wanders around doing odd jobs; in the GDR it was apparently illegal to be homeless or jobless. Though she works nights at a light bulb factory, and takes a job at a butcher’s because she loves meat, she makes more money by being a thief.
When the rebellion inside her peters out she manages to get into the University of Liepzig to study philosophy, where I had a good laugh to find she liked the same stuff in symbolic logic that I did. Eventually she learns to play the system: when she sees the more pages written the better, she double spaces and makes more chapters. When she notices they count how many books you borrow from the library—the more the better—she takes suitcases of books home and earns the reputation she wants. Using her low blood pressure as an excuse, she pretends to faint and gets out of military training. She even marries a gay friend for a year, which worked out well for both of them; then they got divorced, and she marries the guy she’s been living with.
More importantly, she learned how to make people leave her alone. But by the end you can see that she learned to play the game at the cost of her soul. This comes into stark relief with her third marriage, an upright citizen who comes from a famous family, though she didn’t know that—or even met them!—before the wedding. She forces herself to become the dutiful politically correct wife, but eventually she realizes, “I had tried out the cynic’s way of life and could not endure it. . . ultimately I understood that I could not outwit the circumstances, even using the cunning of reason.” Yep, that’s how she thinks, and writes.
There’s a lot of funny quotes in her descriptions of the people around her and even herself. About her third husband she says, “His political standpoint did not matter to me, so long as he did not force it on me.” Of herself she mentions, “The role of political ‘dummy’ had its advantages.” In a moment of very dark humor she calls the Stasi the “Institute for Opinion Research.” And as for the people she was forced to hang around with, “The majority of socialist intellectuals found it distasteful that East Germans desired bananas, shower gel, and cars and not the complete works of Nietzsche or Trotsky.” Also “The great majority of East German intellectuals have totally disappeared, and hardly anyone misses them.” And as for the country itself, “For me East Germany had become a place to which, in the future, I wanted to return after my trips to the West in order to write in peace.”
She does have an interesting take on the Communist collapse: after saying that artists and writers had a lot of the same privileges as the politicians, she adds that the citizens were okay with that, because they loved their artists. “Only once they demanded for themselves what the artists had long been allowed. . . that the privileges be open to everyone equally, did the GDR collapse.”
And of course there can’t be a book on the Communist world without some mention of Pablo Neruda, who is introduced to her by her lover during her third husband; yep, girl got around. Even for an autobiographical piece, this just feels so self-indulgent; when I look back, I can’t help but think I should have enjoyed this more. There were too many philosophical ramblings, and judgments she made from them, that I didn’t understand, mostly because despite all this writing I couldn’t really get inside her head. Even the translator in his intro was kinda rambling.
3/5

;o)

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Top 15 Fave Actresses of 2014

Better do this before it’s time for the 2015 list. . .

Because this is only network shows, I can’t include Anna Silk, Emmanuelle Vauger, and Rachel Skarsen from Lost Girl and Rachel Nichols from Continuum, but they woulda made the list if it was so inclusive.

15 Zoe McClellan—NCIS: New Orleans
My fave character from JAG, her beauty still shines.

14 Madeline Stowe—Revenge
She must have a portrait in the attic. . .

13 Rachel Bilson—Hart of Dixie
I don’t doubt she’d be higher on the list if, like any sensible doctor, she didn’t wear five-inch heels.

12 Aisha Tyler—Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Nothing sexier than a sense of humor.

11 Stana Katic—Castle
She’d be higher if it wasn’t for the blondage that distracts from those gorgeous eyes.

10 Katherine McPhee—Scorpion
I think she’s far more attractive when she goes for cute rather than glam.

9 A.J. Cook—Criminal Minds
Another lady who doesn’t seem to age.

8 Jill Wagner—Wipeout
She’s funny enough to be on Whose Line.

7 Amy Acker—Person of Interest
From the cuteness that was Fred to the sheer bad-girl gorgeousness that is Root.

6 Molly Quinn—Castle
Amazing to look back at the Castle pilot and see how much she’s grown.

5 Missy Peregrym—Rookie Blue
Gorgeous and goofy; a deadly combination.

4 Kaitlyn Black—Hart of Dixie
So beautiful and so funny; another deadly combination.

3 Daniela Ruah—NCIS: Los Angeles
It took two of my all-time faves returning to TV to finally knock her from the top spot. Can’t really think of anything I haven’t already said about her wonderfulness.

2 Alana De La Garza—Forever
Amazing that from the first moment I saw her so long ago she hasn’t changed a bit.

1 Katherine Heigl—State of Affairs
There are no words. . .

Had Galavant debuted one week earlier Karen David would be on this list; as it is, she’s definitely on the 2015 edition.

;o)

Top 15 Favorite TV Shows, 2014 Edition

You know the rules: network TV only, no cable or Netflix, though I will mention a few of those at the end.

15. NCIS: New Orleans
Not a Bakula fan, but love Zoe McClellan since her time on JAG. There’s an easygoing Suthin’ charm to the show, which is to be expected in N’awlins, I guess.

14. Bad Judge
It’s awesome seeing the always cool and collected Kate Walsh be such an utter goofball.

13. Hart of Dixie
This show has only gotten better with the more frequent appearances of Kaitlyn Black, by the far the best character on the show.

12. CSI
Having been rejuvenated by Shue and Danson, it almost feels like the early years, though better. Perhaps that’s due to Jorja Fox coming back.

11. Rookie Blue
As long as Missy Peregrym keeps bringing it, I’ll keep watching it.

10. Criminal Minds
Not nearly the same since Paget left, but still fascinating in its delvings into the psychopathic mind.

9. NCIS
Another show rejuvenated by a new cast member. Nothing against Ziva, but the new girl has so much more personality, and since she’s married we don’t get Tony being his usual annoying self hitting on her all the time. (Don’t worry, he’s still annoying in other ways, especially with McGee.)

8. Wipeout
There’s nothing left to say, only enjoy: the wipeouts, the snark, Jill in such tight jeans they look to be borrowed from her 12-year-old sister. . .

7. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Have to admit to a bit of disappointment here with the plotting and the pace, but watching Coleson and May will never not be fun. Skye isn’t as wonderful as she usta be, though. . .

6. Big Bang Theory
Another one that just keeps rolling along, doing what it does best, which is making me laugh at people even geekier than me. . .

5. NCIS:LA
Never thought I would have it this low, but ever since that horrible plot used to cover Daniela Ruah’s pregnancy–sending Kensi to Afghanistan to snipe her former fiancé–it’s been tough to get back into. Still one of the best shows around, though.

4. Forever
Even in the show they had to mention Alana DeLaGarza’s cheekbones. Beyond that, the leads have the kind of chemistry all TV pairings wish they had and only Castle has achieved lately. Though I do wonder if Henry’s killed in Brooklyn or the other side of Manhattan if he’ll be reborn in another body of water. . .

3. Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Aisha Tyler is more fun than Drew Carey. Miss some of the guys from the previous shows, but the new ones are just as good, and once in a while the celeb guests really hit it out of the park.

2. Castle
Far from going downhill with them getting married, this show just keeps chugging delightfully along. The western was my fave epi since the second season.

1. State of Affairs
You all know by now I love Katherine Heigl, but this show would be almost as spectacular without her. It’s quite obvious their consultants and writers know their stuff, and I am frequently impressed by the variety of plots they conjure up. That being said, I’ve got a few story ideas floating in the noggin, if they ever need them. . .

On Netflix
Warehouse 13
This is what happens when creative people make a show where anything goes; they frequently go anywhere and everywhere, in a good way.

Continuum
Always liked Rachel Nichols, but this shows just how well she can act. At times the story is fascinating, at others tough to follow–changing to a different timeline, for example–she grounds the story with her fish-out-of-water attempt to get back to her time and family.

Lost Girl
Possibly the first nice succubus in history. The snark flies at full speed between her, wolf boy, 2 female humans, a no-longer king, and various other powerful creatures, now including a gorgeous blonde Valkyrie. . . but aren’t they all blonde?

Hinterland
Mostly gritty, sometimes weird, detective show set in Wales. The main character could be a little more. . . human, and I’m so tired of seeing damaged cops on TV–and hope to never see them in person–but some of the stuff here is as fascinating as Criminal Minds.

Mythbusters
Where else can you go to get your myths busted? Even the narrator is hilarious as they take the experiments to their logical conclusions. . . and then well beyond. Hope Grant’s leg has healed from when the karma hammer smacked him. . .

The Wall
As hard as it is to watch Gillian Anderson as anyone but Scully–the blonde hair helps–she’s amazing as an incredibly cold-hearted detective on the hunt for a serial killer in Northern Ireland, played by the guy who’s gonna be the lead in 50 Shades, I’m told. . .

;o)

Shield at Paley

Don’t remember if I mentioned it on the previous Paley Fest blog, but the Ariel Pez doesn’t look much like her, except for the red hair. The pink dress is just too jarring; find a way to give her a clam bra or a tail, dammit. Merida, on the other hand, is uncannily realistic, especially the long red curls; she already has a place of honor in my pocket. . . and no, that’s neither a euphemism nor a “That’s what she said!”
Mel’s again for another orange freeze, the place is much more full this time. Worked it so I wouldn’t be so early arriving at the Dolby, and found my ticket changed from balcony to the back of the floor, still far away but seemingly much closer. Cheesed my way to an empty row instead of seated in the middle and stepping over everyone, so I was feeling really good as the screen starts up with a scene from Sex in the City, with “Coleson” lying about being a doctor after sleeping with the redhead. . . and if you thought I knew their names, you have not been paying attention to this blog.
Finally one of the executive producers–not Joss Whedon–comes out to introduce what’s going on, getting all fan boy about “This is where they do the Oscars! That selfie was right down there!” Finally he remembered to tell us not to spoil–“that’s Latin for bad milk”–what we were about to see, which was the next episode, the one airing on, appropriately, April first. “You all now have level 7 clearance,” so act like it.
Approximately 40 minutes later:
Holy shit, I wanna tell everyone who the Clairvoyant is!

We quickly forgot about that as the moderator was introduced: Felicia Freakin’ Day! And things only got better when she squealed, “Happy Saturday. . . why is everyone laughing at that?”
Um, it’s Sunday. . .
She waves it off. “You don’t want to know what I did last night. . .”
As the cast is introduced, I’m a little horrified by that blue thing Chloe’s wearing {Holy shit, am I going to talk about fashion?} Chloe, look at Min-Na! That’s how you dress sexy!
The first thing that was said, and then said over and over, was that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens April 4, and a new episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs April 8–though the guy called it the seventh a few times–and it might be good for you to watch both, in that order. Gotcha, though I’d be a lot more interested if Lady Sif made an appearance. . .
But as usual I digress. There was a fun part early on when Ming-Na and Chloe complained about how the writers never tell them anything, so of course Jed Whedon had to act out the cookiest sneaking around pantomime you’d ever want to see about the actors trying to sneak into the writer’s room.
The best moment, or moments, were about who were Skye’s parents. Ming-Na, who is a helluva lot funnier than May, said she wanted Skye to be the love child of May and Thor, with flashbacks to those scenes.” In case you didn’t know it, she has a huge crush on Helmsworth. Then Clark Gregg nailed it with, “I was gonna say Coulson and Sif.”
In case you haven’t figured it out, I love Sif. . .
Even better were the audience questions, with a lot of people dressed up–one kid was Coulson Jr.–and others sporting “Coulson lives!” shirts. One guy was sporting a shirt that screamed “Coulson Is My Homeboy,” and he pointed out that for a secret group S.H.I.E.L.D. had a lot of stuff with the logo, leading his homeboy to explain, “The organization is not a secret. What they do is.” Nicely put, though even the plane has an espresso machine with the logo. “And Fitz can give you a latte where the foam is the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo.”
Always loved Coulson, but Clark Gregg is cool as himself too. He even hopped off the stage to hug fans, and joked about how he came up with 11,000 Twitter aliases for the #coulsonlives thing.
One thing that I’m glad they got out of the way was the possibility of a romance for FitzSimmons. Thankfully the guy who plays Fitz says they’re too much like brother and sister for that. Elizabeth–Simmons–when asked which Marvel character she’d like to have a scene with, chose a cup of tea with Loki, leading “Coulson” to grunt, “I’ve been in a scene with Loki.” Since everyone there knew Loki had killed Coulson in Avengers 1, it got a big laugh.
Someone asked if Felicia might appear on the show, which most likely got the biggest applause. And of course the spunky redhead had to mention that the 10% was in the mail for the person who asked.
There was the requisite mention of Chloe’s past as a teen pop singer in China; I thought she’d be more embarrassed to have that pop up, especially when Felicia, who wasn’t aware of that, asked her to explain, but she seemed more resigned about it.
When it ended it seemed like everyone rushed up to the stage, even beating Security to it. Stayed a while, but figured it would take way too long if ever to get a couple of autographs and headed our for lunch, since I doubted either Ming-Na or Chloe would be joining me. . .

And now some Ladies of Paley. . .

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;o)

 

Top 15 outings of 2013

Was talking to a violinist who told me the last time he’d played Summer from the Four Seasons, he’d been going so hard he lost control of the bow and hit a percussionist twenty feet behind him right between the eyes.
“There there,” his wife soothed. “It was just a percussionist. . .”

15        Oct 5   Burning Man Decompression
Woulda been higher if not for the allergy attack, but awesome because I finally—yes, finally!—got to shoot my buddy Christiane in conditions that didn’t cover her face or had the sun behind her or anything.

14        Apr 3   UCLA Beach Volleyball
Never cared much for my favorite sport on the sand—with just two players—but seeing ladies I’ve been rooting for made it a whole lot better.

13        Mar 14 2 Broke Girls at Paley
Getting to see the upcoming episode a few days early was cool, but finding out how witty Kat—well, the entire cast, really—was had to be the highlight.

12        Aug 27            Caprice/Missy Peregrym
I love Caprice Crane’s books enough to put up with her idiosyncrasies at her signings, but every time has been with the faint hope that her buddy Missy—who plays Andi on rookie Blue—might show up, and she finally did. . .

11        Oct 12 NCIS: LA convention
Well, not exactly a convention, but certainly a get-together of fans flying in all the way from Germany, with plenty of people from the show and even officially recognized by the network, with their PR people in attendance. One of the actors even showed up. . .

10        May 4  UCLA Archaeology open house
Even without Dr. Cooney giving the lecture—she had to give way for a British lord—it was mostly, though not thoroughly, fun herding Christiane’s kids around.

9          Feb 10 What is art? Paulina Logan and Vixen
Loved Vixen’s fire act and Paulina’s Lovely so much I went twice. . . though the second time was also to take photos, and included a UCLA gymnastics meet beforehand. {Two links}

8          Sept 21 Marina V house concert
A house concert at the musician’s house—that’s new, right?

7          Dec 24 Stomp
The Percussionist’s Wet Dream

6          May 16 Natalie Gelman at Hotel Café
(Bonus for being on the same blog: June 5 Before Midnight/Riddle the Sphinx at Molly Malone’s)

5          Sept 18 Los Angeles County Fair
“I went to the LA County Fair and all I got was this Jeri Ryan poster. . .”  (and the next 5 blogs after the one linked)

4          June 22 Molly Quinn in Kindertransport
I keep tellin’ ya, everything’s better with redheads. . .

3          July 9   Catalina
Birthday trip.

2          Oct 26 Mark Knopfler at the Wiltern
Happy to finally take the Telegraph Road in person. . .

1          May 12 Daniela Ruah in Proof
Getting a hug from your favorite actress is too awesome for mere words. . .

;o)

2014 top 15 actresses

Women are their most beautiful in the morning: no makeup, hair wild, in their natural state.

And with that positive note, here’s the annual, albeit late, list of the sexiest women on TV, most of them actresses but not necessarily. As always, the caveat is no cable, on shows everyone can watch.

15 Amy Acker–Person of Interest
Amy’s whacked-out psycho has quickly become the best part of this show, particularly after seeing her so timid on Dollhouse.

14 Maggie Lawson—Back in the Game
A not-very-famous actress I’ve enjoyed for years, probably since Cybill. Love her girl-next-door demeanor and looks.

13 Cobie Smulders–How I Met Your Mother
Nine years into this show, she’s still so gorgeous.

12 Jill Wagner–Wipeout
She returned and the show went right back to the awesomeness it had before she’d left.

11 Ming-Na Wen–Agents of Shield
Such a classically beautiful woman; even though I couldn’t stand her character on Stargate: Universe, and Melinda May acts a lot like her, this role has to be a lot more fun for her as well as the viewers.

10 Bellamy Young–Scandal
Her sweet role as Hotch’s girlfriend on Criminal Minds is likely a thing of the past, but even if her character here is too much, she’s still lovely to look at. . .

9 Mircea Monroe–Hart of Dixie
While not as gorgeous as she was in Drive—as a redhead—her amazing blue eyes are well worth a worshipful gaze or two.

8 Michelle Borth–Hawaii 5-0
Every year she’s on this list, and every year she’s on a different show; it’s the mark of a quality actress to be so in demand.

7 Molly Quinn–Castle
College-aged redhead whom I saw in a play a few months ago. Such a nice girl. . .

6 Missy Perygrym–Rookie Blue
Also met her this past year, and she and her show just get better every year. Also a sweet lady in person. . .

5 Kristin Kreuk–Beauty and the Beast
While the show is a sacrilege compared to the amazing original, I could watch her ethereal beauty forever. . .

4 Kaitlyn Black–Hart of Dixie
Once again the best thing about the show. Those eyes. . .

3 Darby Stanchfield–Scandal
Have yet to meet her—someday—but I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s exactly like her character, all that sassiness with a pinch of Meredith from Castle. . .

2 Daniela Ruah–NCIS: Los Angeles
Holy crap, she’s not first this year! Even after I met her in person after a play. Sweetest person ever to be in Hollywood.

1 Chloe Barret —Agents of Shield
Daniela certainly didn’t lose anything, we just have a newcomer of exceptional beauty who can also do excellent comedy while showing plenty of intelligence. Joss Whedon sure know how to pick ‘em. . .

Extra credit

Rudabeh Shabazi and Bri Winkler
When Rudabeh is anchoring the channel 7 news on weekend mornings and Bri is doing the weather. . . let’s just say no one’s listening, just watching. . .

;o)

Top 15 TV Babes 2012

Subtitled: Sexiest actresses

Lord Byron: All tragedies are finished with a death; all comedies are ended by a marriage

Like on the TV shows blog, only broadcast need apply—no cable

15. Stana Katic {Castle}
Okay, Stana looks so gorgeous when she smiles. . . I can’t leave her out.

14. Sela Ward {CSI: Noo Yawk}
Still the epitome of classic beauty. . .

13. Erin Cummings
I first saw Erin Cummings on an episode of Cold Case, where she proved to be an absolutely perfect redhead. Since then her hair color has changed, but here on Made in Jersey she’s back to red, though she’d be higher on this list if it wasn’t for all makeup, heels, and attitude. Joisy girl indeed. . .

12. Missy Perigrym
No other reason to watch Rookie Blue, no more reason necessary to watch it. . .

11. Molly Quinn
Castle’s little redheaded girl has grown up. . .

10. Bellamy Young
Having seen this lovely actress for years, particularly a few episodes of Scrubs, I guess it was inevitable for her to become First Lady, even if it’s a Scandal. . .

9. Meghan Ory
Who woulda thought, so soon after the most luscious Red Riding Hood ever, Amanda Seyfried, we’d get another gorgeous crimson-draped dessert-carrying lady, this time on Once Upon a Time.

8. Rudabeh Shabazi {Eyewitness News, Channel 7}
Most likely the most gorgeous news reporter ever, and that’s saying a lot. With a special shoutout to meteorologist Bri Winkler. . .

7. Janet Montgomery
The actual Made in Jersey girl, which I find hilarious, having heard her usual stuffy-upper-class-British twang so often.

6. Jeri Ryan {Body of Proof}
If I need to tell you who this is, you should get off the internet right now; you obviously don’t know how to use it!

5. Amanda Righetti
Three straight years on this list for The Mentalist redhead.

4. Kaitlyn Black
She appears on Hart of Dixie much less often than she should, but when she does it’s usually comic genius. . . at least I think that’s what it is, I’m so struck dumb by her ethereal beauty. . .

3. Paget Brewster
Probably her last appearance in this category, with her leaving Criminal Minds again, albeit this time of her own choosing.

2. Darby Stanchfield {Scandal}
I have to admit I will never forgive Shonda for putting the most awesome redhead ever {and that’s saying A LOT} in bed with Jeremy from Sports Night, though his taste is obviously better now. And just when you think things couldn’t get better, she’s back as the Deep-fried Twinkie on Castle. . . never thought there would be a mother-daughter duo on this list. . .

1. Daniela Ruah
This woman is so incredibly attractive she’s even hot in a Marine Corps uniform, which is not easy; I knew many attractive female Marines, but they weren’t so in uniform.

Too many also-rans to list. . . which is obviously a cop-out but has to be done, or my brain might explode. . . or rather, other parts. To tide you over, here’s a recap of the previous years.

2011
15. Ghida Fakhry–Al Jazeera English
14. Stana Katic–Castle
13. Lana Parilla–Once Upon a Time
12. Madeleine Stowe–Revenge
11. Jill Wagner–Wipeout
10. Jeri Ryan–Body of Proof
9. Missy Peregrym–Rookie Blue
8. Rachelle Lefevre–A Gifted Man
7. Michelle Borth–Combat Hospital
6. Amanda Righetti–The Mentalist
5. Nathalie Kelley–Body of Proof
4. Molly McKinney–Aqua Kids
3. Julia Benson (Anderson)–Stargate: Universe
2. Paget Brewster–Criminal Minds
1. Daniela Ruah–NCISLA
2010
15. Rochelle Aytes–The Forgotten
14. A.J. Cooke–Criminal Minds
13. Melina Kanakaredes–CSI Noo Yawk
12. Emily Procter–CSI Miami
11. Leighton Meester–Gossip Girl
10. Cobie Smulders–How I Met Your Mother
9. Michelle Borth–The Forgotten
8. Eliza Dushku–Dollhouse
7. Morena Baccarin–V
6. Alana de la Garza–Law And Order
5. Heather Stephens–The Forgotten
4. Amanda Righetti–The Mentalist
3. Paget Brewster–Criminal Minds
2. Stana Katic–Castle
1. Daniela Ruah–NCIS Los Angeles

;o)