Best TV Series and Best Series Ending: “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan’s award-winning cable series about high school chemistry teacher Walter White’s steady descent into evil was perfectly written and cast, with stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul putting in performances that will be studied by actors for years. It contained no “filler,” and its ending was perhaps the best dramatic series ending in TV history.
Worst TV Series Ending: The Dexter finale. In its early seasons Dexter had been a great show based on a superb series of books by Jeff Lindsay about a Miami Police blood spatter pattern analyst who is secretly a serial killer. The series deviated from the books and plotting became more strained. By its finale, Dexter was a series whose cut-up body parts should have been buried a season or two earlier.
Best Talk Show Host for Independents, Centrists, and Moderates: Michael Smerconish on XM radio. Some talk the talk. Smerconish walks the walk.
Best Pizza: Still Pepe’s in New Haven, Conn., with New Haven’s URBN, which now has restaurants in San Diego and San Francisco, a close second.
Best Book on John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his assassination: “The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy” by Larry Sabato. Sabato examined every utterance by Presidents after JFK to gauge his influence and conducted new tests on assassination evidence.
Best Political Sound Bite: House Speaker John Boehner on conservatives who forced the government shutdown saying they didn’t expect to win. “Are you kidding me?”
Worst Politician Sex Scandals: Serial sex harasser Bob Filner resigned as San Diego mayor and was sentenced to 90 days in home confinement, probation and fines totaling about $1,500. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner seemed a masochist pleading for defeat, humiliation and ridicule when he ran for New York mayor and got all three.