With all the new shows premiering in the 2014-2015 season we’ve been introduced to some truly great characters. They’ve made us laugh, cry and scream at the television. Ok maybe that last one is just me. But no doubt they’ve affected us and our enjoyment of the show. So we want to celebrate those characters, as well as the writers that shape them and the actors that portray. So here are our top 8 new characters from premiering shows.
Oswald Cobblepot AKA Penguin (played by Robin Lord Taylor) – Gotham
There are so many good characters in this show it was almost impossible to pick. But one has stood above the rest and that is Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. Each episode Robin Lord Taylor has delivered outstanding performances. He plays the role as such that one minute he terrifies you and the next you feel sorry for him which is no easy feat. I mean we know he’s a villain and yet we’re still rooting him. Despite the fact that he already gets a lot of screen time, I feel like there’s so much more to explore with his character.
After every episode I always wish I’d seen more of him (as well as Edward Nygma who is almost took Penguin’s place on this list). I’d go as far to say that he is probably the best new character introduced in the 2014/2015 television season. Penguin spinoff anyone?
Laurel Castillo (played by Karla Souza) – How to Get Away with Murder
I know what you’re thinking. Not Annalise? Not Connor? Whilst those two are brilliant, as are the rest of the characters by the way, Laurel has really been the dark horse of the show. She was the most intriguing of the pilot, the one I wanted to know more about. And when she finally got the focus she deserved it certainly wasn’t disappointing. Like Wes she’s shown as more caring and down to earth than the rest, making her instantly likeable and connecting us an audience to her. However she also has a darker side which is shown in both her relationship with Frank and the tension within her family. Karla Souza does a brilliant job in the role and has really made the character stand out in show full of big personalities.
Cabe Gallo (played by Robert Patrick) – Scorpion
I’ll admit I found it difficult deciding between Cabe and Toby, going back and forth on who place on the list. Whilst Toby brings a smile to my face each episode, Cabe wins the title for his brilliant emotional performances. The episode where he explained losing his daughter was just pure magic from Robert Patrick. He made me, and I’m sure quite a few others, cry. What I really love about Cabe is he’s not the typical government agent that always appears in television/movies. He’s not just the tough guy with a gun. He provides deep emotional support for the team encouraging them when they lose hope. He both understands them and advocates for them. Honestly he’s simply a greatly written and performed character.
Cookie (played by Taraji P. Henson) – Empire
How could I not include Cookie? Taraji P. Henson is a powerhouse and delivers gutsy and bold performances each week. Henson manages to steal every scene that she is in, and that’s saying something with the great calibre of actors on the show. As for Cookie herself despite her brash and fiery attitude she comes across as one of the most likeable characters on the show. Yes she wants a piece of the empire but she also wants to be a good mother to her sons. The latter is where we get to see the character’s softer side and where Henson really shines. What’s great about both Cookie and Taraji P. Henson is that I know she’s got even more in her, making season 2 a very exciting prospect.
King Richard (played by Timothy Omundson) – Galavant
From the Galavant trailer it looked as if King Richard was set to be the villain. Once you watch the first the episode you realise he is the worst villain ever. And that’s what makes him brilliant. His dastardly schemes always end with disastrous and hilarious consequences. The truth is he’s just too nice to be evil. What makes the character even better is his relationship with his right hand man Gareth and Chef Vincenzo. Together they really amp up the show’s comedy level. Timothy Omundson brings so much panache to the role he’s stands out each episode as the most entertaining. Let’s hope Galavant gets a season 2 so we can see even more of him.
Rebecca Wright (played by Kate Walsh) – Bad Judge
I know that Bad Judge has been cancelled but that doesn’t stop Rebecca Wright deserving her place on this list. Probably the most relatable character in the top 10 she’s basically a hot mess. Despite being a great judge she also has a sort of Peter Pan syndrome, always getting into trouble and displaying eccentric and outrageous behaviour. However she’s just so loveable. She’s the type of character you want to be friends with. You can see Kate Walsh really relished the role, delivering her hilarious one liners with vigour and enthusiasm. It really is sad that we won’t get to see Rebecca again next season.
Jake, Annie, Gil, Dennah and Kay (played by Ken Marino, Casey Wilson, John Gemberling, Sarah Wright Olsen and Tymberlee Hill) – Marry Me
I know it’s a bit of a cop out but I honestly couldn’t choose one. They’re all such great characters. And I think what makes them great is how they all interact with each other. There’s such great on screen chemistry between them all that it actually elevates their individual characters. Jake and Annie are the responsible yet drama inducing leaders of the pack, Gil is the quirky man child, Dennah is airy and free spirited whilst Kay is straight talking and sarcastic. It’s the perfect combination and that’s why each one of them deserves to be on this list.
Janice Lawrence (played by Mariana Klaveno) – Stalker
Stalker is a dark show so it’s nice to have a character that provides some light hearted humour. Janice does just that. Despite being the heart and sometimes comedy of the show she is also a total badass. Her confrontation with Perry proved how strong and smart she is, and I suspect she has a rather interesting past (of which we may get to see more of if the show is renewed). Marianna Klaveno looks right at home in the role alternating easily between a tough detective and a loyal friend to the team. Her performances are effortless each week and she seems to really be enjoying the character. Let’s hope she’s here to stick around for a possible season 2.