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TV Character Mashup Fantasies

Andrew was kind enough to poll Team Experience about their joy, bafflement, and dreams regarding last week's Emmy nominations but we saved one question for last since their was so much to read and parse already. We asked one final question of the team and we thought we'd share it with you here. Bonus points to the reader who comes up with the best spec script to make any of these fabulously impossible unions happen!

Which Emmy-nominated TV characters would you love to see paired up?!? 

The Dowager Countess was a constant presence in the answers...

mashup fun after the jump 

Jose: If Maggie Smith beats Christina Hendricks again I swear... but ironically I’d love to see the Dowager Countess visit SCDP and have a stare-off with Joan.

Deborah:  I think the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey would have some hilarious words for Peggy Olson on Mad Men.

Paolo: Liberace and Joan Harris being fabulous together.

David: I bet fun would ensue if Don Draper wandered into Hannah Horvath's life.

Laura Dern's Enlightened character also won quality screentime in our brains...

Glenn:  Amy Jellicoe from Enlightened and Adam Driver from Girls. Something tells me they’d get along like a house on fire.

Andrew: The possibilities are endless but the thought of Carrie Mathison and Amy Jellicoe – two women with lots of ambition, one more deluded than the other – teaming up to either take over the world or destroy it would be a sure-fire must watch show.

And the most popular mashup...

Michael: Oh, come on! That’s too easy. Every wants to see Diana Rigg’s Queen of Thorns square off against Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess, right?

 Maggie Smith’s Dowager and Diana Rigg’s Olenna Tyrell since they’re essentially the same character. They can be the sassy old lady version of Statler and Waldorf. 

: Dianna Rigg’s Olenna Tyrell and Dame Maggie’s Dowager Countess. Put them together and let the bitchy bon mots fly! 

Any favorites? Or perhaps you'd like to pitch a new pairing in the comments?

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I am in LOVE with the idea of Amy from Enlightened and Carrie from Homeland getting together. Wish I had thought of it.

I would (not-so) secretly like to drop the Dowager Countess into Westeros, just to see her reaction to... well, pretty much everything, really. But I really do think that she and Lady Tyrell would be best frenemies. I'm sure she would have some VERY choice words for the girls on Girls, too.

And to expand from the nominated characters a bit, wouldn't it be fun to see Victoria Grayson from Revenge on Game of Thrones? You just know she'd be sitting on that Iron Throne within a week, and throw the most fabulous ball the Seven Kingdoms have ever seen! That, or Joffrey would cut her head off, which would also be kind of entertaining in its own way.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

The main event: Sister Jude vs. the Dowager Countess

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

The main event: Sister Jude vs. the Dowager Countess

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Olivia Pope sorting out Game of Thrones.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry O.

You have breathed my fantasies into life. I will cherish this picture for the rest of my days as my Facebook cover photo.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Don Draper could not survive Hannah Horvath. Straight up. She would drive him absolutely mad and she would be the one to dump him.

Leslie Knope and Selina Meyer (Parks and Rec - Veep) with Leslie being really let down as she finds Meyer an incapable politician. I think she's great, OK? :p

Great photoshop work, as always!

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

I almost suggested Ron Swanson and Pete Campbell... then realized neither was nominated.

This might be too easy, but how about Francis Underwood and Selina Myer? And for a weird, but hilarious one... Adam Sackler and Jenna Maroney.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Hannah (Girls) is hired as a new cook assistant in Downton Abbey. Overwhelmed by all the duties and by Daisy's instructions, she decides to run naked into the big gardens. Dowager Countess and the rest of the women, who were having tea at that very moment, alerted by Lady Edith reach the window to have a look. Maggie Smith sips from her cup, looks half scandalised, but not as much as she pretends to be, sighs and says: nudity is so middle class.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

A lot of my dream mash-ups involve Mad Men:

Although a popular internet theory is that Alison Brie's Annie Edison on Community is the granddaughter of Pete & Trudy (Alison Brie's character on Mad Men) Campbell's granddaughter. None are nominated. Kartheiser, should've been.

It is revealed that Adam Sackler is of the Don Draper/Dick Whitman lineage (I find it slightly impossible that Don never left a bun in the oven) and suddenly his entire state of being makes A TON OF SENSE.

Elizabeth Jennings and Gregory on The Americans have in fact made Bob Benson their corporate spy in an attempt to subvert the entire advertising world that begins Sterling Cooper & Partners. Bob Benson working with GM is ALL PART OF THE PLAN. Meanwhile, Elizabeth seduces Jim Cutler along the way. Fine, neither Luke or Russell were nominated. We'll throw Margo Martindale in for good measure. But think of all the 60s wigs Elizabeth gets to wear.

Olivia Pope fixes the CIA/VP mess on Homeland (BTW, I think both Obama and Eric Holder are still at their jobs in the Homeland universe).

Frank Underwood vs. Sister Jude. All scenery be chewed. And since Spacey has a lot of vanity in singing, let there be a musical number thrown in.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

hi CMG, awesome idea! Maybe they could do a version of The Name Game. I would pay to see that! LOL

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

hi CMG, awesome idea! Maybe they could do a version of The Name Game. I would pay to see that! LOL

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

This is totally cheating....as neither have been nominated (though shoulda been) and one is from a generation ago....but I keep dreaming of a meet-up between Willow (Buffy, duh) and Cosima (Orphan Black). Okay....back on topic. Just had to get that off my chest.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercorey

Frank Underwood walks into a meth lab...

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDevin D

OMG, Don would destroy Hanna.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Walter White and the Dowager Countess could take over Westeros in twenty-four hours.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

One of them isn't nominated (sadly), but I'd love to see Jesse Pinkman transfer labs and start working for Walter Bishop (Fringe).

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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