TV Madness 2019 is officially upon us! March is one of our favorite times of the year for many reasons — spring is in the air, the days are getting longer, and the idea of a bracket is a part of our pop-culture lexicon. TV Madness is CarterMatt’s version of March Madness, where a number of fantastic shows from across the map face off against each other. There are seedings, head-to-head showdowns, and the performance of each show is based entirely on you, the reader.
In this showdown, we have what we consider to be a fascinating showdown between recently-revived comedy Last Man Standing (a show with a tremendous swell of round 1 voting) and then also a newcomer to TV this year in Manifest, which supplanted itself among one of the medium’s most thought-provoking shows. Both have a lot to be excited about ratings-wise (though shockingly, neither has been renewed as of yet for another season), and if you’re at this article looking to vote for one of the two shows, there’s a good chance that you already enjoy them creatively. Yet, only one can make it to our version of the Elite Eight!
If you’ve taken part in CarterMatt’s TV Madness before, you likely know how this works — we spotlight the two competitors and then, on the other side of it, give you a poll for you to commence your voting! The poll is located at the bottom of this article.
How voting works – Vote however often you would like! (Technical instructions for multiple voting can be found right above the poll.) We will keep this poll open until Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. Whoever wins this showdown will be facing off against one of four possible contenders — MacGyver, Blue Bloods, Grey’s Anatomy, or Mayans MC. All four of those shows are still competing in round 1; voting will conclude for them below.
You can see the full bracket (including start dates for each individual round) in the graphic at the top of this article.
Last Man Standing (#8 seed) – The Tim Allen comedy did something in round 1 that has not been done since TV Madness 2017 — topple a #1 seed in the first round! It’s actually only been done twice, when Supergirl defeated Game of Thrones that year and when Call the Midwife managed to overtake The Walking Dead. That speaks a lot to Last Man Standing fans and their passion for this show, which they are largely responsible for getting back on the air in the first place.
This show has already toppled a worthy challenger in Poldark in round one — while the British drama failed to reach the same level of votes it has in past years, it was still a challenging adversary for Last Man Standing to look in the eye. Here, it’s got a formidable foe in an upstart show completely steeped in intrigue.
Manifest (#4 seed) – Meanwhile, here we have a case of a freshman sensation! Manifest had a pretty decisive victory in the first round, and we cannot say that we’re altogether surprised when you think about what it’s bringing to the table here. Think in terms of a strong central mystery, great characters, and writing that is meant to constantly make you ask questions no matter where you turn. We’re one season in, and now we’re left until most likely the fall to wonder what is next.
For Manifest, it’s gotta be considered the underdog moving into round 2, even with the higher seeding. Last Man Standing had more total votes in round 1, but in the world of CarterMatt’s TV Madness, there is almost always a state of flux and just a couple of votes can make a huge difference. It’s like Manifest in that way, when just a select few can impact the lives of many.
Let the voting commence…
Be sure to share who you want to see advance in our TV Madness Tournament below!
I can’t see the poll; what do I do? – If you are on mobile, scroll to the bottom of the page and click to view the non-AMP version. If that does not work, give the poll a moment to load! On some mobile browsers, it may take a moment.
How can I vote more than once? – If you are having trouble casting multiple votes, try switching your browser, your device, or visiting the page under private browsing or incognito mode. There should be many handy guides online explaining how to do so if interested.