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Really #winning: TV stars who fared better than Charlie Sheen in 2011

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar Credit: Getty Images

Everyone knows that, despite his delusions, Charlie Sheen wasn't really #winning in 2011. We won't bore you with the rehash, but getting axed from "Two and a Half Men," going on bizarre rants, stockpiling "goddesses" and crowing about tiger blood does not a winner make. Then there was that embarrassing roast, which, if you ask us, accomplished nothing but providing proof that behavior like his can be validated.

However, there were a handful of stars who emerged victorious this year in the realm of television. Here are six that really were #winning in 2011.

Sarah Michelle Gellar. Fanboys and girls couldn't contain themselves when they heard Buffy herself was returning to TV, and it was worth the wait: Geller is better than ever playing twins in the twisty and addictive, if not exactly plausible, CW drama "Ringer."

Kelsey Grammer. Despite his tabloid-ready personal life (A "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ex-wife and a young-enough-to-be-his-daughter new wife), the actor chose to check his famed comedy skills at the door and tackle drama in Starz's original series "Boss." Unlike some of his past melodramatic turns on the stage, Grammer tackles the material seamlessly here, playing an immoral Chicago mayor battling terminal illness.

Claire Danes. In 2011, she received an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her work in the made-for-TV film "Temple Grandin,"and she'll likely score a slew of new noms for her sexy, manic portrayal of a paranoid CIA agent in Showtime's acclaimed new wartime drama "Homeland."

Ashton Holmes. Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp and the rest of the gang are all camp-tastic in ABC's soapy Hamptons drama "Revenge," but it's Holmes' effortless portayal of Tyler Barrol, a slimy, social-climbing, Tom Ripley-esque supposed good guy, that really makes viewers squirm.

Melissa McCarthy. Yeah, her turn in "Bridesmaids" was big, but in 2011, McCarthy also scored an Emmy for the CBS comedy
"Mike & Molly" and received raves for her "SNL" hosting gig this fall.

Zooey Deschanel. Indie's "It" girl swiftly moved into the mainstream this year, starring in FOX's single-camera comedy "New Girl" and singing the National Anthem at Game 4 of the World Series in October.

Follow Style/Buzz/Special Sections Editor Perrie Samotin on Twitter: @PerrieWS 

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