The weather outside is frightful, but with the imminent return of ABC's V and FlashForward next month and new episodes of Supernatural and Lost burning up the air, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural hunks who are warming up your winter nights.
Here's a list of some of the sexiest men of sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural TV, based on your comments and our admittedly biased judgment. (Click on the images for larger versions.)
Sawyer on ABC's Lost
After an entire year of not seeing his shirtless tanned and toned body, (and when we did it was mostly covered up by a crappy Dharma Initiative uniform) Sawyer is back and looks better than ever. When he's not making Jack (Matthew Fox) look and feel like a dork, he's taking charge, walking around shirtless and generally being exquisitely sexy. "He's one gorgeous man," says forum poster Selah on Lost-Forum.com.
Father Jack Landry on ABC's V
While we're waiting for V to come back on the air, I'll go ahead and draw your attention to the hot blond priest played by Joel Gretsch, who gets caught up in the underground resistance with Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) on the revamped alien-invasion TV series V: Do I sense sexual tension? Will he leave the priesthood? Will he make out with Erica while wearing his vestments, preferably somewhere forbidden, like on the altar? We'll have to stay tuned for the rest of the series to find out. You also know him from Syfy's Taken and USA's The 4400 and thought he was hot. "His eyes are amazing," says die-hard forum poster irulan. Ron Cullen adds some insight into the character: "We all know Jack's story. That's what makes his character here so heartbreaking. He's torn between his belief in God and accepting life from which are not of earth let alone not even human. He's a man who spent all his devotion to God only to have that questioned. It's not an easy road to take." (Both from V: The Series Fan Forum)
Peter Bishop on Fox's Fringe
Joshua Jackson might immediately call to mind his more embarrassing years on the teen show Dawson's Creek in the late 1990s. But Pacey's all grown up now, and his sarcastic, edgy character Peter Bishop is not only a super-genius son of a super-genius physicist, but also one of those brooding boys who oozes angst. It also doesn't hurt that his eyes are so blue they usually match whatever lab equipment is glowing in the background while he and his FBI agent partner Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) look into mysterious cases involving the paranormal. Fans of the character find his dark side sexy: "That being said, his character, Peter, is clearly a borderline personality with self-serving tendencies, a loose moral code (he does what he THINKS is right not what he FEELS is right, a sign of sociopathic tendencies) and an IQ so high I could probably forget about all the psycho-babble and marry him." (TheGoddessM.~ on the Official Fox Fringe Forums)
Spartacus on Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Andy Whitfield may be the most ripped man on television today. Period. His Spartacus has amazing muscle tone and awesome prowess with a sword, but his gladiatorial skills in a Roman arena are no match for his noble nature and sense of honor. Did I mention he's usually walking around in a loincloth? This new show features some seriously slick action, and Whitfield is usually right in the middle of it, in super-slow-bicep motion. We'll get to see Spartacus duke it out and try to win his freedom throughout the first season; let's hope he has to seduce a few people along the way for some more steamy sex scenes. Jepgirl from the Starz Spartacus Forums says "One word to describe Andy - HOT!!"
Capt. Jack Harkness on BBC America's Torchwood
Not only is this character rocking a greatcoat most of the time, but Capt. Jack Harkness was the first openly gay/bisexual/omnisexual character in the Doctor Who universe. Barrowman plays him with finesse and style, as well as a devastatingly "tall, dark and handsome thing." His dramatic leadership skills eventually made him the leader of Torchwood and a role model for LGBT people who also like sci-fi. "Such a truly gorgeous, sexy man!" (Spaceygal on Torchwoodforum)
The 11th Doctor on BBC America's Doctor Who
The latest actor to play the Time Lord is really something to look at. We got nervous when they were going to recast the character, replacing fan favorite David Tennant, but this bowtie-wearing, distinguished-looking, new-wave-hair-stylin' guy is impressing some of you out there. It's his sweet disposition and sexy nerdiness that really set him apart from his predecessors. Jyvette on whoismattsmith.com writes: "I ponder if Matt will be bigger than Tennant at this rate?"
Demetri Noh on ABC's FlashForward
This show has a lot of sex appeal (one of those Fiennes guys is in it) as it deals with the chaos that ensues when the entire world blacks out and mentally flashes forward to future events, but one of the sexiest guys in it is the ill-fated FBI agent played by Cho, the hot Korean-American actor who also sexied-up Mr. Sulu in the recent Star Trek. We hope Mr. Sulu gets some sex scenes in the Star Trek sequel, not to mention a few one-liners, because Cho can sure deliver a funny line. You know what my ex-husband always says, "Make 'em laugh, make 'em breakfast."
Damon Salvatore on The CW's The Vampire Diaries
I'm so glad Somerhalder is back from virtual career death after leaving Lost in 2005. As a dangerous older-brother vampire on the hit Vampire Diaries, "he has that dark look that I love! They did great when they picked Ian!" says vampfreak258 on vampirediariesonline. Also, his recent guest appearance on Lost reminds us of how much we miss Boone.
Sam Merlotte on HBO's True Blood
Screw Stephen Moyer's Bill the vampire. We'd rather have Trammell's scruffy dog man lick our neck. Not only does the character of Sam Merlotte own his own bar, but he can also shape-shift into any animal he wants. Can you imagine how cute it would be for him to change into a puppy when you're feeling sad? Plus, he's not a vampire, so you don't have to worry about him killing you. "Sam is divine and beautiful," says fan Louou on the Gossip rocks forum. Tweetiebird insists, "He is the only reason I sit through True Blood."
Himself on Syfy's Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy
The best thing about Steve Gonsalves is that he's a totally real person. He probably knows how to change a tire, fix your cable-box wires and barbecue stuff. He's not playing a character when he's off looking for ghostly phenomena. OK, so he's afraid of flying in an airplane, but he's probably got a better job than your current boyfriend. And have you seen his tattoos? Yum.
His fans enjoy his everyman appeal as much as we do. Happyhippygerl from SyFyForums says, "Would you really want your children learning from Steve? Should we list the consequences of that disastrous situation?"
Who's your vote for a hot winter sci-fi hunk?