It turns out that Dana Brody has a lot of competition for the title of television's most annoying character.
A few weeks ago, I pegged a column about irksome TV folk to the moody, angsty teen played by Morgan Saylor on "Homeland." It was a chance to discuss how certain people on the small screen have a way of getting on our nerves and, in some cases, even provoking outright, teeth-gnashing, remote control-throwing hostility.
And so, with this being the season of giving, I opened up the floor and allowed you to vent. "Who are the most annoying current characters on TV?" I asked. Of course, you came through.
Diane O' Shea, for example, had a particularly colorful response:
"May I never have to share a meal, a work space, a home, etc. with the likes of Sheldon Cooper (of "The Big Bang Theory")," she wrote. "Shelly drives me nuts! (But) the writers are to be commended for doing an excellent job of creating a character that seems to be untouchable in the realm of conceit, genius, social ineptness and irritation."
And then O'Shea politely thanked me for allowing her to "address this issue."
Any time, Diane. We're here for you.
Steve Calais had a few choice words for Tara Knowles of "Sons of Anarchy."
"For six seasons now, we've watched her sneer, scowl, frown, fret, grimace, pout, and mono-syllabize her way through scene after scene," he snarled. "Even when she kisses her sons, she scowls. On the rare occasions when she smiles, the corners of her mouth rise slightly, yet her brow remains unflinchingly furrowed. Her interactions in the medical settings are hilarious. Hers might be the least believable TV portrayal of a doctor since Dr. Phil."
Steve undoubtedly popped open a bottle of Champagne last week, when (spoiler alert) poor, pouty Tara met her demise in the "SOA" season finale.
Like many of our participants, Cindy Romero chose to spray her verbal buckshot over an array of characters, including Max on "Parenthood" ("I know he's got Asperger's but he is soooo annoying."), Sharon Newman on "The Young and the Restless" ("She's a scheming little (expletive) who is worse when she's off her meds."), Alan Harper on "Two and a Half Men" ("The whole story line about him still living in Walden's house is dumb."), and the "wild and crazy" version of Molly on "Mike & Molly" ("Chuck Lorre needs to get a serious clue.").
Some readers directed their ire at youthful characters. Several of you, for example, cited Joffrey, the sniveling little twerp on "Game of Thrones," and Carl, the cocky trigger-happy cowboy on "The Walking Dead." Of the latter, Laura Moore said, "My son and I can't stand that character and every week hope for him to be bitten by a zombie."
Other irksome kid characters? Keith Marshman targeted Becky from "Glee," while Vicki Tallman called out Thea Queen on "Arrow" ("She talks through her teeth and has terrible sibilant S's."). Meanwhile, Paul Bacon refuses to watch "Trophy Wife" because he can't stand little Bert ("And it's too bad because I liked the rest of the cast, and the show was funny.").
Finally, a Facebook commentator picked on Lily of "Modern Family" ("She is super irritating ... neither cute nor sassy. I am thankful she's not on screen very much.").
Thanks to everyone for playing along. I was pleasantly surprised that most of you approached your TV "hate" in a relatively civilized manner. Of course, there are times when characters simply send us over the edge and provoke a more drastic response.
Such was the case with one respondent on Twitter, who finds Ted Mosby of "How I Met Your Mother" so relentlessly grating that he wants to "punch the actor, even with the knowledge he's just an actor."
Oh, yes, I feel your pain. Now, just take a deep breath and sloooowly back away from your TV set.
'MUSIC' TO OUR EARS: Speaking of TV irritants, I had fun reading the various barbed comments on social media during NBC's recent airing of "The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood. Yes, the production was watched by nearly 19 million, but apparently many viewers found it to be the musical equivalent of "Sharknado" and bailed out before it ended.
The "haters" will be glad to know that the beloved Julie Andrews version of "Sound of Music" returns this Sunday (7 p.m., ABC). Meanwhile, NBC programmers were so buoyed by the ratings for their live event that they're already searching for another Broadway project to do next December.