Bones and Isles Geeks Clash, Unforgettable and SVU Stars Collide in 'Law-Enforcement Crushes'

A crime is about to be committed: Two of the four women in Round 2, Day 7  of our Ultimate Female Law-Enforcement Crushes Bracket Tournament are just days away from being eliminated — and thereby will fail to crack the Top 16 of our single-elimination competition.

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We’ve got Bones‘ Temperance Brennan vs. Rizzoli & Isles‘ Maura Isles, and Law & Order: SVU‘s Olivia Benson vs. Unforgettable‘s Carrie Wells.

And, of course, in the single-elimination world of the TVLine Thunderdome, two crime-fighters will enter, but only one will leave!

Every afternoon over the next few weeks, in fact, we’ll launch another set of bouts that will test the strength of your character allegiances. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 2 voting will be open for 72 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

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(Oh, and in case you’re wondering/fretting, we put a cap of two cast members per show, which meant some fan favorites had to warm the bench this time around.)

Also, if you’re interested in the match-ups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE 64-PLAYER BRACKET (then click again for a zoomed-in view) — and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.

Now ready, set, vote!

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  1. Templar says:

    Couldn’t vote for anyone in the first box. Can’t stand Emily or Sasha.

  2. Summer says:

    I voted for Maura Isles, even though I know she’s going to get brutally beaten out by Brennan. I really just adore her character.

  3. Gina says:

    Go Temperance Brennan!!! Emily is just perfect at playing this character!!!

  4. KK says:

    How can I possibly choose between Maura/Kate and the lovely Brennan? I’ve been dedicated to both of these actresses for years. How do I possibly – oh, those eyes, okay, Emily Deschanel got me. But I feel so bad that I’m not voting for Sasha. Gah. Emily or Sasha is too hard of a choice, too early on.

    • Erin says:

      Emily’s eyes are amazing. I’m jealous of them. But I will vote for Emily over anyone any day. She is an amazing person inside and out. <3

  5. Saint Alicia says:

    Go Caitlin “Kate” Todd!
    Olivia too :D

  6. Ashley says:

    Olivia Benson FTW!

    • Nin says:


      Olivia Benson can enforce the law on me any day. I don’t do well with authority figures, but with her, I wouldn’t mind one bit.

  7. wordsmith says:

    Poppy Montgomery is so attractive it sometimes hurts to look at her.
    There are certainly more “crush-worthy” characters on this list, but I still feel compelled to give her my vote.

  8. Dolores says:

    vote for Sasha. She’s better than Emily. Brennan getting more and more boring.

  9. Emily M. says:

    Brennan all the way. She is just so cute and adorable. No other character is as perfect. Go Emily.

    • lana rose says:

      i just love bones, its my favorite show on tv.emily is getting so funny, and booth, no man can take his place, so come on people lets keep bones alive.

  10. Tempris says:

    well i just have to say i think its going to come down to Kate Beckett and Temperance Brennan and whoever you are that said she is boring IS DEAD FING WRONG and if you cant stand Emily KEEP IT TO YOURSELF when you say that five Emily adorers kill themselves and that is all

    • Ashley says:

      If they’re that obsessive, then they’re probably doing the world a great service. I used to love Bones but she’s a scientific Brooke Burke now.

    • Selbs says:

      Yo, Tempris! I’m a woman, and I’m soooooo in love with Temperance/Emily. The entire show is just a jewel in the crown, and I can’t help but yell “I so love this show” after every episode. Crazy, maybe, but Tempie is the BEST and could out-slug even my darling Olivia! Silly competition, really, but I’m still intrigued by it all. Temperance and Olivia so rule!

  11. Arlen says:

    Olivia Benson <3

  12. Wendy says:

    Temperance Brennan got my vote!

  13. 220868 says:

    Funny, I like all the actresses, but I greatly prefer Sasha Alexander as Kate from NCIS in the first one — and Poppy M. as Samantha from Without a Trace in the second.

  14. Briana says:

    Temperance Brennan FTW!!! :)

  15. Don says:

    How you you NOT vote for Emily D. ? She is the most adorable kick-ass forensic anthropologist EVER. She’s a wonderful actress.

    On the other hand, I vote for Mariska. Only know Poppy for Without a Trace, so yeah.

  16. Barbie says:

    A week ago I wouldn’t have had any doubts about the first one, but I’ve been catching up on Rizzoli & Isles this week, and after watching 19 episodes in a row, I have to say, I just ADORE Isles! I had a bit prejudice, because I’m a HUGE fan of the books, and the show is so different it’s not even funny. Still… How can you NOT love Sasha Alexander’s Isles? I fell in love with her right away.

    Brennan’s gonna win, though. And that’s okay. I like her too.

    And, Carrie Wells is gonna lose, but I voted for her. I just adore her, too. She has the BEST skill on tv, hands down. I’d give anything to be able to do what she does. I know, it’s not her merit, it’s like an “illness”. Still, so cool and kickass.

  17. Cindy says:

    Brennan is boring???? I am not watching Rizzoli& Isle , but I remember Kate . That was BORING. GO Bones !!!!

  18. ali says:

    Tempy brennan! No contest.

  19. Krystina says:

    As KAte in NCIS she was sooo boring yes absolutely, but Isles is adorable and great i love her! to be fair i have never watched Bones so I don’t know anything about that character, so on a stricly crush based on appearance, sorry i still think Isles is much more attractive. Olivia vs Carrie that was a toughy I love them both tons! Olivia I have loved longer though so I’m sorry Carrie, you’re played by one hot lady but Olivia as a character has won my heart and vote!

  20. Kari says:


  21. pattycampos5 says:

    Emily deschanel all the way! Wonderful actor those stunning brilliant eyes and wonderful facial bone structure without a doubt!

  22. Justin says:

    The first box was a tough one for me. Love them both, but eventually I gave Brennan the slight edge over Isles. But box 2, Carrie Wells all the way!

  23. Deena says:

    Olivia Benson has been the total package in the crime fighting TV world for 12 years. It doesn’t get better than Benson baby!

  24. Sophie says:

    My two favorites, Brennan and Benson! Glad they’re not together; that’d be a hard choice. I’d probably vote for Benson though; she’s so badass and god, Mariska Hargitay is sexy. I’m straight, but if there was one person I’d go lesbian for…

  25. Rizzoli&IslesFTW says:


  26. Joanna says:

    Maura Isles is amazing… therefore obviously voting for her, even though I know that Temperance will probably win, but we can try ;)

  27. pussyfoot says:

    Bones vs. Maura Isles?! Tougher than expected.

  28. Sally says:

    Brennan or Isles??? I’ve never been more conflicted in my life.. =/
    But the second one is a no brainer; Poppy all the way!

  29. Rachel T. says:

    Temperance Brennan all the way!!!

  30. MParcs says:

    Vote goes to Emily Deschanel! Yay!

  31. Mark says:

    Bones’ Brennan I think is the best..:) and that classic beauty, wow!

  32. Brandy says:


  33. Anthony D. says:

    there’s no one hotter than Sasha. Isles 100%

  34. Jane says:

    there’s no question in my book. Maura wins every time.

  35. Freida Callahan says:

    I voted for Carrie Wells. But I do live Olivia too. Can not stand bones nor R & I…

  36. Arjay says:

    Easy voting for me.

    Bones never really held my interest. I like Emily Deschanel, but I never could get into the show. Maura is my favorite from R&I, so Sasha all the way. :)

    I’ve seen every episode of L&O: SVU and not a single one of Unforgettable (though I hear it’s good). Benson FTW.

  37. Lia says:

    Yea bones!!! Vote for emily!she is awesome not only on tv, but also in real life. Had the oppurtunity to work on bones and I had to say that they have one of the best cast and crew!! :]

  38. Daniel says:

    Isles is really warm and funny. Bones is a longtime fave though. Hard to decide but I chose Isles. Emily D will win though.

  39. Hanna says:

    Emily from Bones, no doubt about that :D

  40. Melody says:

    YAY Brennan is winning! Go Bones!!!!

  41. Ana Drago says:

    Temperance Brennan rocks! she is a very unique caracter and emily is an amazing actress.

  42. Breck says:

    This side of the bracket is a formality:
    Olivia Dunham vs. Kate Beckett

  43. kytivafan says:


  44. Fã Brasileira says:

    ♥Temperance Brennan♥ ♥Eu te amo♥ , vai com tudo !!!
    Vai vai ganhar !!!!!
    Bones 4-Ever ♥

  45. Abby says:

    Temperance Brennan all the way!! Can’t possibly get more adorable than her!

    A vote against Emily shows you have a low IQ!

  46. CM says:

    Temperance Brennan/Emily Deschanel all the way!

  47. Emily says:

    Emily! For God sake! Look at that woman! I could marry her and raise her kid!

  48. roby says:


  49. Bones says:


  50. chris says:

    Are you kidding me? Mariska Hargitay over Poppy Montgomery? Are you blind?