News Nuggets: Who are the most liked TV actors working today?

Television fans have spoken, and the most popular actor on the small screen is something of a surprise: Michael Weatherly (“NCIS“). He has an impressive Q score of 34 (Q scores have long been used by marketers for advertising effect). The second highest score of 33 is held by four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“). Next in line are: Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal“), Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jon Seda (“Chicago PD“), Shemar Moore (“Criminal Minds”), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family“), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries“), and Jason Beghe (“Chicago PD”). The Wrap

Billy Crystal reflects on last month’s Emmy Awards, saying that his tribute to the late Robin Williams “was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” He discussed it with “Today” host Matt Lauer and “became understandably overwhelmed with emotion” as he recalled that night. He said, “He’s my closest friend, and to do it with humor and only in a short period of time that I had to do it was difficult.” E! Online

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Margaret Lyons refers to the new NBC program “The Mysteries of Laura” as a “bad show… a bad, bad show.” She said the show starring Debra Messing appealed to her in theory because it is about a working mom who is a New York homicide detective. However, she says, “the mystery is bad, the police work is bad, the home-life stories are bad, everything is bad.” Vulture

For the first time ever, Panama is entering a movie into the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. They have chosen “Invasion,” a documentary about the country’s collective memory of the 1989 U.S. invasion from director Abner Benaim. Hollywood Reporter

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Showrunners Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and Chip Johannessen (“Homeland“) win two-year board seats for the Writers Guild of America West. Others elected this week were: Katherine Fugate, Michael Oates Palmer, Marjorie David, Scott Alexander, Aaron Mendelsohn, Jonathan Fernandez, and Peter Lefcourt. A total of 1,835 ballots were cast, many online for the first time. Variety

CBS sets the date of January 7 for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. It will once again be live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and will be produced again by Mark Burnett. No word yet on hosts, but last year’s event was presided over by “2 Broke Girls” stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. Fans can start voting right away at peopleschoice.com. TV by the Numbers

The American Film Institute opens the submission process for their 2014 AFI Awards. They will announce their top 10 films and television shows on December 8. A private luncheon will be held on January 9 to celebrate the winners. The event is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Thompson on Hollywood

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