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. Tamča says:

    Emily of course….I don´t know who is Sasha…,but Emily (Temperance) is so much Funny,amazing and beautiful..:)

    • pan says:

      You dont’t watch NCIS? Never? Ever? You never saw Sasha during 3 years of NCIS? You’re lying through your teeth, typically obsessed & deranged Bones fans. Your fat actress can’t hold a candle to Sasha Alexander.

  2. eddie says:

    Would have totally voted for Sasha if it was as Kate Todd…

  3. Captain says:

    Come on yall, Poppy is WAY prettier than Mariska.

  4. Penny says:

    Um, Isles please! Bones pisses me off!

  5. Luiza says:

    Totally Temperance Brennan!!!This character couln’t be more perfect :)

  6. I have to wonder why anyone would have any type of “crush” on Temperance Brennan. Forget that both Deschanels look like dead-behind-the-eyes proto-humans (there is something unreal about their look), the character is socially inept (except when it suits the writers to decide she is not) and often emotionally hurtful.

    But what I am not enjoying is that this tournament doesn’t have the photo bracket from Day One. It just seems lazier than the one for the men.

    • Meg says:

      Go jump off a clif. A very high one.

      • Peter Hyland says:

        Why? Because he stated his honest and true opinion? Emily has the hugest face I have ever seen and she’s not particularly “pretty” to me. Nothing you can do about that.
        How about you go play in traffic?

  7. Mari says:

    Brennan forever. Her eyes, her smile, her brains… I mean, who could not have a chrush on her? She’s perfect even being that socially awkward. I love her.

  8. Sophia says:

    Are you kidding? The Brennan is already rocking Sasha. She deserves it. Emily is a great actress and often the best in the series. I love it. I love Bones! :}

    • Mia says:

      I do not know who Sasha is, but no matter who it is, Brennan is smart, cute, “clumsy” socially. She is a sweetheart!
      Not to mention the appearance. She has an unearthly beauty. Those eyes, that smile, beautiful!

      • justified says:

        Yo Lesbians! Do you Bones fangirls listen to yourself speaking? You’re pathologically ‘in love’ with a woman, a masculine woman for that matter. You need therapy pronto.

  9. BonesForever says:

    Tempie is the best! She is so brilliant and kick-@ss!

  10. PolishAss says:

    Emily Deschanel is atrocious; looks-wise and acting wise. Which is why I’m surprised that she’s winning over Sasha Alexander who, in my opinion, beats her in both departments. But whatever. Bones has been going on for much longer than Rizzoli & Isles so of course, it would have a larger fanbase. That’s their only advantage.

    Still voted for Sasha/Isles anyway.

  11. OMG says:

    I love both Maura & Brennan and both actresses (Sasha & Emily)are fantastic!! Tough decision but i’ll go with Dr. Isles this time…

  12. Bonesfan says:

    Go Brennan. She’s the best character now on television.

    • TV watcher says:

      You obviously don’t watch much TV only Bones. Because there are SEVERAL female characters on Tv right now TEN TIMES BETTER than Bones who’s obnoxious and not believable. Only irritating with her robotic speech pattern and her I’m a genius, I’m extraordinary attitude while doing the most idiotic things possible, like walking hugely pregnant right into a tornado just to scorn her partner.
      You want a kick ass while vulnerable female character? Check out Olivia Dunham from Fringe.
      You want a complex, empathetic while kick ass woman? Check out Olivia Benson from L&O:SVU.
      You want a highly professional, brilliant, stretching the boundaries of good&evil woman? Check out Patty Hewes from Damages.
      Go watch some good TV. Stop worshiping a bland actress and her offensive character.

      • Bonesfan says:

        Oh, sorry, maybe I should have wrote this “I think she’s the best character now on tv”. Relax, ok? That was my opinion, if you don’t like ok, not everyone share the same opinion.
        And for your information I do watch other shows
        -I love Olivia in Fringe.
        -I love Jess on New Girl.
        -I love Lily and Robin on HIMYM.
        -I love Gloria on Modern Family.
        -I loved Buffy and I still do, as well as all the girls of Friends.
        And I could go on… It just happens that my favourite show over all is Bones and I love Brennan and how Emily acts. And if you don’t like it that’s fine, I respect it, so do the same for me and leave me alone.

        • fan says:

          I just started watching Bones about a month ago by accident. I love the show so much that I had to buy each year that it was on. I think the show is funny also.

  13. lkleo says:

    No surprises here.Benson,Brennan and their established shows and characters win easily,even after throwing in Montgomery’s work on Without a Trace to establish comparative longevity.Ditto with Alexander on NCIS.No real’kick-ass’status yet for either challenger,winners’bonafides evident in their body of work.Next round’s matchups more interesttng.Benson falls to lovely sexy Rizzoli,Brennan in a squeaker against Abby (think she’s far too highly seeded),both reach Final Four,their match looks like a tossup currently…

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  15. Rosa says:

    Yuss! Def Emily…Dr. B is one of the BEST on television, and so damn beautiful!…And had to choose Mariska Hargitay…love her! =)

  16. Tom says:

    Temperance Brennan, easily. She’s the best character on TV!

  17. siklka says:

    Maura Isles of course. She is the best! :-)

  18. Elizabeth Noonan says:

    Ugh! I love both characters. I know the show Bones better so I’ll have to go with Emily Deschanel.

  19. castle and beckett says:

    Beckett all the way!!
    Castle n Beckett forever(:

  20. Daniel Rodriguez says:

    Bones. Last episode she was talking about her swollen breasts, and how they’ve grown 2 cup sizes during her pregnancy. And how the squinterns “need to pay more attention to detail.”

  21. Sara says:

    Dr. Temperance Brennan is the best!!

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  23. jose says:

    I think Emily is so beautiful the romance between her and Booth is very dramatic and very inspiring I wanna get into the FBI when I get out of the Marines :)

  24. Vanessa says:


  25. jaco says:

    i love bones,so im voting for brennan,she is beautifull

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  29. Cinthia says:

    Brennan & Booth forever.

  30. Charles says:

    I wasn’t a Poppy Montgomery fan until she went red. Now she’s officially H-O-T Hot.

  31. Denny Neff says:

    Been watching Brennan longer buy all these ladies are beautiful for sure.

  32. Patrick kim says:

    I love u Bones!!! Your right to the point kine of girl not to mention your Hot. It inspiring to see smart Beautiful woman on tv.

  33. Barbara De Armas says:

    I love bones Dr Brenen.

  34. ALEJANDRA says:

    Brennan of course.

  35. Emily says:


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  37. Annie says:

    Brennan all the way!

  38. Victoria says:


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  40. Tiffany Courtney says:

    Bones all the way!!! As much as i love rizzoli and isles ive got to vote for bones.

  41. Samantha says:

    Dr brennan is the best!

  42. Annie says:


  43. Billy43 says:

    My Vote is for Emily. The first time I saw those eyes I was hooked. Olivia is hot too, but Brennan can do an autopsy on me anytime. Preferably when I’m deceased.

  44. Kim says:

    Dr Brennan.

  45. Mary says:


  46. Chamari Narasinghe says:

    We love you Bones…!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Alex says:

    Brennan ALL THE WAY;) i just love her and shes sooo adorable when she says “i don’t know what that means” &i don’t know if i could choose between Liv and Carrie ….Ive loved Liv for SO long but i love Carrie, especially when she’s with Al.(; But id probably end up going with Liv though;)

  48. Alex says:

    Ahh Brennan ALL THE WAY.i jus love her she’s so freakin adorable when she says “i dont know what that means ” &idk if i could choose between Liv and Carrie…Ive loved live FOREVER &i love Carrie especially when shes with Al;).But id probably end up goin with Liv ;)

  49. sam says:

    Bones yay! :D love brennan so weirdly quirky

  50. MICHELLE says:

    BRENNAN is the best,I LOVE BONES.