TV Fanatic Round Table: Best Dramatic Performance of 2013

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The TV Fanatic staff is back with a new end-of-the-year Round Table.

Following a discussion over the Best Comedic Performance of 2013, we're back with our views on the opposite end of the television spectrum: Who was the Best Dramatic Performer of 2013?

Scroll down for our take and then chime in with your own...

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Miranda Wicker: Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan in Dexter. It's really a series-long award instead of just the final season, but Debra was consistently one of the best parts of the show, no matter how whacky the writing got at times. Watching her struggle with learning Dexter's secret and killing LaGuerta and ultimately decide to let Dexter go with Hannah and then dying? Geez. I'm sad all over again. RIP Debra Morgan.

Matt Richenthal: Bryan Cranston. It may be an obvious pick, but it's an obvious pick for a reason. Just go back and watch the final scene of Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 14. My goodness.

Kate Brooks: Jonny Lee Miller, Elementary. The first episodes that immediately come to mind are "M" and the Elementary Season 1 finale, "The Woman/Heroine. "The range that Miller demonstrated in these installments were some of the best performances I've ever seen on TV. I still cannot believe that he was Emmy snubbed. A beautiful actor who just pulls you into his scenes and makes you feel what he's feeling.

Leigh Raines: Maggie Siff on Sons of Anarchy. She perfected the art of losing your sh*t because you married into crime and need to protect your family. Between the fake miscarriage and screaming at Jax outside the brothel, she gets my vote.

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Steve Marsi: Kerry Washington took Scandal Season 2 to a whole new level. She can play strong, vulnerable, vengeful and sensitive. All at the same time, no less.

Carissa Pavlica: I'll give it to Tatiana Maslany. There have been many actors and actresses who have attempted to portray multiple roles, but none with as wide a range and with as much sincerity as Maslany did in Orphan Black. Because of her performance, it was easy to lose yourself in the story and believe each woman was someone completely different. What she accomplished was nothing short of amazing.

Nick McHatton: I'm tipping my hat to Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florick on The Good Wife. Her separation from Lockhart Gardner was riled with emotion and she played the cut beautifully. Alicia runs a gamut of emotions: sad, feisty, cutthroat, charming, witty, etc. Her performance has given the show a brand new feel and energy.

Chandel Charles: My hat is off to Piper Perabo on Covert Affairs. This season took a completely different and much darker turn and the way she played through Annie's relentless quest to bring down Wilcox made it impossible for me to keep my eyes off the television or my body off the edge of my seat.

Doug Wolfe: Cranston. His composite portrayal of Walter White left me wondering if the character wasn't in fact a psychopath. The actor made White a presence, not just another character.

YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: Who would you say was the Best Dramatic Performer of 2013?

 

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Hugh Dancy on Hannibal.

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Matt Bomer has NAILED so much raw emotion as Neal Caffrey on White Collar this year. He deserves the nod.

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Jeffery Donovan of Burn Notice for season 7 episode Psychological Warfare. Hands down the best acting performance of 2013.

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i love annie walker!

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Covert Affairs with Piper Perabo is the best Spy Show on tv.

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Lana Parrilla as Regina/Evil Queen (Once Upon A Time)

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Love The Good Wife so Julianna was my vote but there have been so many other great people who didn't get a mention. Archie Panjabi as Kalinda (TGW) did an amazing job in 2013. Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant (Scandal) her portrayal especially in season 3. Lana Parrilla as Regina/Evil Queen (Once Upon A Time) who could deny her after the tree of regret scene. So many other fantastic actors and actresses as well.

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POI had some great characters. In my book top performance goes to Maggie Q in Nikita, however. Surprised she didn't make it on the list.

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How about Jim Caviezel or Trajai P. Jenson of POI they had the best dramatic performance during the Endgame arc of Season 3

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For me, Julianna Margulies. Anyone, but Kerry Washington, i.m.o. she´s too overrated; actually in her show there are a lot of better acting than hers (at least for me).