People's Choice

People's Choice

Nine television shows with ties to Carnegie Mellon University were nominated for a 2012 People's Choice Award.

Congratulations to Ian Harding (A'09), whose show "Pretty Little Liars" won for Favorite Cable TV Drama.

"I've got nothing but love for Carnegie Mellon. As grueling as the experience was, it was really amazing and I would do it over again in a heartbeat," Harding said.

"'Pretty Little Liars' is a really amazing first job. I get serious recognition and really cool scenes. It's a lot of fun. Without CMU, I don't think I would be doing this right now."

Also nominated were:

  • Favorite TV Crime Drama: "CSI," "NCIS".
  • Favorite New TV Drama: "A Gifted Man," "Hart of Dixie."
  • Favorite Cable TV Comedy: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: "True Blood."
  • Favorite Cable TV Drama: "White Collar," "True Blood," "Pretty Little Liars."
  • Favorite Network TV Drama: "The Good Wife."

The alums contributing to their success are:

  • Ted Danson, "CSI," CBS
  • Matt Bomer (A'00), "White Collar,"  USA Network
  • Joe Manganiello (A'04), Michael McMillian (A'02), "True Blood," HBO
  • Ian Harding (A'09), Chuck Hittinger (A'05), Paloma Guzman (A'06) "Pretty Little Liars," ABC Family
  • Cote DePablo (A'00), "NCIS," CBS
  • David Hornsby (A '98), "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," FX
  • Ross Phillips (A'10), "Hart of Dixie"
  • Jack Carpenter (A'06), Seth Fisher (A'04), "The Good Wife," CBS
  • Patrick Wilson (A'95), Pablo Schreiber (A'00) and Rhys Coiro (A'02), "A Gifted Man," CBS

"It's hard enough to get a TV show off the ground much less make it through the first few weeks, so to be honored for one of the best new shows is exciting," said Patrick Wilson (A'95), star of "A Gifted Man."

"A Gifted Man" also features CMU alums Pablo Schreiber (A'00) and Rhys Coiro (A'02).

"I'm thrilled to have three CMU alums on this show. We have a lot Tartan pride," added Wilson, who met his wife and closest friends at CMU.

"The best thing about CMU for me was the people, the relationships I built there. When you eat, sleep and breathe your craft at such an early age, and you're with a group of people doing the same, you build a family very quickly."

While Schreiber both enjoys and appreciates the nomination, you won't catch him letting it go to his head.

"There's a lot of focus on us as celebrities, but we're really just a part of the narrative process," said Schreiber. 

"The most I can really hope to do is fulfill my part of the story. The impact of the story on the viewers, that part is out of your control. There's a lot to be said for charisma and casting, but any story is only as good as its combined parts."

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