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Emmy Love

The Emmy nominations are in, and oddly enough, NO ONE seems to be talking about them. So I thought I’d give my thoughts to the only categories anyone really cares about.

Outstanding Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Dexter”
“The Good Wife”
“Lost”
“Mad Men”
“True Blood”

I don’t watch The Good Wife, so there’s not much I can say about it. I’ve heard some good things, and from what I understand, the fact that the show and Julianna Margulies were nominated isn’t too big a surprise. Breaking Bad and Mad Men earning nominations also lands firmly in the “no big surprise” category, as both shows put out some of their best work this past season. Dexter seems to be a show we should expect to see in this category, although — with the exception of John Lythgoe’s performance in the show’s fourth season — Dexter seems to be a series offering diminishing returns with each season. With the [spoiler alert!] death of Rita at the end of last season, the show has a chance to seriously shake itself up. We’ll see whether or not they’re able to pull it off. Lost has been nominated in this category a couple of times before, but I have a feeling this time around its inclusion has more to do with the show going away FOREVER. Don’t get me wrong, I was satisfied with the way the show wrapped things up in its final season, but taken as a whole, season 6 wasn’t nearly as strong as seasons past. Rounding out this group is True Blood, which I’ve only seen a few episodes of. The fact that it was able to make its way into the drama category is a little amazing to me, given Anna Paquin’s horrible southern accent.

Outstanding Comedy
“30 Rock”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Glee”
“Modern Family”
“Nurse Jackie”
“The Office”

30 Rock and The Office are a couple of moldy oldies when it comes to Emmy noms, but I don’t think neither one of them is going to take the award away this year. 30 Rock suffered a pretty big dip in quality when stacked against past seasons, and The Office was just horrible. I don’t care if Jim and Pam finally got married and had a kid. The show sucked. Seriously, I don’t understand how The Office was nominated and Parks and Recreation got passed over. I have yet to be disappointed by Curb Your Enthusiasm, and look forward to the show’s eighth season with great relish, but I don’t really think it has any chance of winning. That honor will probably go to Modern Family, which had an incredible first season. Now, I say that Modern Family will win, but of course the country’s strange fascination with Glee will come around to bite it in the ass. With 19 nominations, I’m worried. And you should be, too.

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Hugh Laurie (“House M.D.”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”)
Matthew Fox (“Lost”)
Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”)

Nice to see Matthew Fox, but again, I think his best work on the show came in previous seasons. I count Michael C. Hall and Jon Hamm out. They’re both great actors, BUT Bryan Cranston’s also been nominated, and has won in this category two years running now. And as much as I love Mad Men, Breaking Bad is just doing more for me right now. That aside, what I’m really happy about in this category is Kyle Chandler’s nomination. It’s a long shot, but his work on Friday Night Lights these past four years has been phenomenal and it’s a shame that it’s taken so long for him to be recognized here.

Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”)
Glenn Close (“Damages”)
January Jones (“Mad Men”)
Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”)
Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”)
Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”)

Again, Friday Night Lights. I could easily see Connie Britton winning this category, but that may be my utter lack of interest in L&O, Damages and The Closer speaking. Realistically speaking, Julianna Margulies has a real chance here.

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Matthew Morrison (“Glee”)
Steve Carell (“The Office”)
Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”)

I don’t see how Alec Baldwin doesn’t get this one. Although seeing as how Monk is going away, Tony Shalhoub’s also got a shot. I’d love to see a Larry David win, but it probably isn’t in the cards. Again, for shame Steve Carell, for shame.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”)
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”)
Lea Michele (“Glee”)
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)
Toni Collette (“The United States of Tara”)

I’m glad to see Parks and Recreation wasn’t completely passed over. Although I’m not sure Amy Poehler can defeat Tina Fey’s star power. From what I understand, Edie Falco is the least comedic thing about Nurse Jackie, so I wouldn’t put much stock in her this year. From the rest of the pack, Lea Michele is the only one I can see winning, in one of those bonehead stunts the Academy likes to pull, like when James Spader beat out James Gandolfini a few years back. No, James Spader. You are not a better actor than James Gandolfini.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”)
Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age”)
John Slattery (“Mad Men”)
Martin Short (“Damages”)
Michael Emerson (“Lost”)
Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”)

Just a few thoughts on these supporting categories. I love John Slattery, Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, but none of them did what Aaron Paul did this past year on Breaking Bad. If he doesn’t walk away with the award this year, it’ll be a travesty. Congrats to Andre Braugher for sneaking in under the radar here.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”)
Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”)
Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”)
Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”)
Rose Byrne (“Damages”)
Sharon Gless (“Burn Notice”)

I used to date Christina Hendricks, so I’m partial to her in this category, and thought she showed more range than Elizabeth Moss in this season of Mad Men. Again, I don’t watch The Good Wife (or Damages for that matter), and as of yet, no one’s offered to pay me to watch Burn Notice.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Chris Colfer (“Glee”)
Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”)
Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”)
Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)

This one’s pretty crowded, but I would put my money on either Eric Stonestreet or Ty Burrell. I’m just desperately hoping that Glee doesn’t come in and sweep the whole thing.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”)
Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”)
Jane Lynch (“Glee”)
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)
Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”)
Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”)

My heart says Kristen Wiig, but this one is probably going to go to Jane Lynch. She’s obviously a great comedian, and her character on Glee is pretty funny. Congrats to both Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara for their nominations, although now that I think about it, this is one that I can’t really see Julie Bowen winning.

Other thoughts…

  • Suck it, Charlie Sheen.
  • Suck it, Entourage.
  • Really surprised to see Ed O’Neill snubbed this year.
  • Not surprised to see Sons of Anarchy snubbed.
  • I’m not the biggest Community fan out there, but not a single nomination? Come on, now.
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The Year End Review: TV

It’s had its ups and downs, but overall, the gods of television have been kind to us this year. This is my list of the top 5 best shows this year, and you can add this list of new TV to what you see below.

Battlestar Galactica

One of the best science fiction shows ever created ended its four-season run this year. And in the lead up to the end it never once stopped to breathe, or wasn’t able to find that balance between action and drama. I was glad that the show decided to answer some questions while leaving others ambiguous, and give it major props for tying some things up in ways I never suspected. Except for the whole Fat Lee thing. I’m still trying to figure that one out.

Mad Men

If there’s any show that could drive me to drink, it’d be this one. And I mean that in a good way. Three seasons in and this is still one of the best shows on television, maybe the best currently running. It’s also one of the only shows I’ve seen that has yet to suffer any sort of creative slump. The stories, the characters, the acting, the production all make this one hard to keep out of any TV best-of lists this year. Plus now, any time I’m being sexist, I can just say that I’m pulling a Draper, and it’s all good.

Friday Night Lights

I’m a little late to the game when it comes to this one. I only started watching the show about a month ago, and I burned through three and a half seasons in only a couple of weeks. For me, this show is better than cocaine, and I can say that because I’m a massive cocaine addict. I really can’t say enough good things about it (the show, not cocaine). They gave us a game-changing finale last season, and have come up with a creative way to keep the story going despite the fact that about half of the cast has turned over. And where other shows try the same thing and fail, Friday Night Lights is still going strong. Plus, it’s filmed in my hometown. Seriously, I saw Brad Leland in downtown Austin a couple of weeks ago and almost crapped my pants. I might take some flak for it, but FNL definitely cracks my Top 5 best TV shows of the past 10 years.

Breaking Bad

Mad Men showed us that AMC knew how to handle their own drama series. Breaking Bad showed us that AMC was the network to watch out for. Can you believe that, up until a couple of years ago, all I could think of when I saw Bryan Cranston was, “Could you pass me a schtickle of fluoride?” He’s come a long way.

Parks and Recreation

At the end of last season, I was ready to write this one off. Amy Poehler is funny. Greg Daniels is funny. It only makes sense that if NBC put the two of them together, everyone would make bags and bags of money. Well, it turns out that building a park wasn’t the comedy gold mine everyone thought it would be. Now they’re in their second season, and have looked a little farther for their storylines, and the show couldn’t be funnier. This is easily the strongest of NBC’s Thursday night lineup.

A few popular shows that didn’t make it, and why…

30 Rock
I think there’s a reason 30 Rock has won the Emmy for best comedy series these past three years, and that is, for these past three years, it’s been the best comedy series on television. This season, it just hasn’t lived up to that. Tracy making jokes like, “I’ll show you that I can finish everything I–” or Liz liking ham can only go so far. These past couple of episodes have been a lot better, so we’ll see where they go.

The Office
I heard someone say that on this season of The Office, Dunder Mifflin should go out of business, everyone should lose their job, and that would be the end of the series. I didn’t think that was the most horrible idea I had ever heard. In its sixth season, The Office feels like it’s just spinning its wheels, especially now that Pam and Jim are happily married. A few episodes, like Shareholder Meeting, seemed like a lot of wasted potential. The company is losing money, and just when it seems like Scott and Oscar are going to save the day, every runs out of the hotel and speeds away in a limo.Hopefully the show comes back (creatively), because I don’t think NBC can afford to get rid of it right now. I’d hate to see it overstay its welcome.

Community
This show is still trying to decide what it wants to be. Is it a parody like The Office, is it over the top like 30 Rock? I don’t know, because they haven’t settled on one yet. Add that to the fact that all off the characters, with the exception of maybe Abed, are one-dimensional stereotypes, making Community one of the biggest disappointments this season. After that 5-minute clip they released last May, I really had my hopes up for this one.

Dexter
Although I enjoyed season 4 and thought the writers took some great creative twists, there have always been a few small things that have annoyed me about this show, and affected how much I enjoy it. One of them is Debra. Seriously, this woman is like a turd that just won’t flush. Hey, I wonder what happens to her this season. I bet she gets into a relationship that goes bad and manages to call everyone around her selfish along the way. My other big problem with this show is Dexter and Rita’s relationship. It stopped being believable after the first season. It’s like after she got over her experience with her first husband, she never found that balance between standing up for herself and being a jerk. And Dexter’s so great at blending in to normal life, yet still can’t stand up to her. Plus, the dialogue between the two of them reads like it came out of Marriage for Dummies.

Lost
I’m a huge fan of the show, but I didn’t think that the fifth season delivered the way previous seasons had. With the show about to begin its sixth and last season, I felt like it was taking one last, deep breath before it sped off to the finish.

FlashForward
This show is trying to be as great as Lost while ignoring everything that makes Lost great. On Lost, the characters always came before the mystery, and on FlashForward, I’m still trying to remember what the characters names are. Add that to the fact that if everyone in the entire world blacked out for two minutes, there’d be no way in Hell I’d be back at work the next day, or week. Maybe ever. This show is bogged down in its own mythology, and I’m wondering if it’ll be able to crawl back out.

Tonight’s the night.

Pictures

With just a few exceptions (True Blood and So You Think You Can Dance) summer TV is a dark, dark place. It’s full of reruns and unpopular shows that networks have left to die. As the new Fall season approaches, networks are ramping up their ad campaigns, whetting our appetites with small glimpses of what’s to come.

And we all watch it. When we’re hanging out with friends and someone starts talking about House or 24, we may be quick to say, “Oh, I’m so busy! I hardly watch any TV at all!” but that’s just because, unconsciously, our sphincters are clenching in fear that our friends will find the Firefly DVDs and empty cans of Mountain Dew scattered across our bedroom.

For a while now, I’ve really been digging the advertisements networks run promoting their shows. For a moment, it makes me feel high-brow and good about all the hours and money I’ve thrown in to TV and DVDs. When I think of this stuff, I usually think of The Sopranos, which really owned us all (you can click most of the pictures for larger versions).

In this picture, you’ll recognize the bodies on the ground as characters who have died over the years — Ralph Cifaretto, Big Pussy Bonpensiero, Gloria Trillo, and Richie Aprile.


The Sopranos isn’t the only show to have used the Last Supper motif. Here are two promos from Battlestar Galactica and House…

I’m not a huge fan of House, but that picture makes me wish I was…maybe. And for BSG and The Sopranos, such an evocative image was totally appropriate for the shows. Of course, there are other shows like Bones, who start with a good idea and then SURPRISEPOKER!!1!

Booth: Bones! How much are you in for?

Bones: Fiddy bones! LOL!

But we knew they’d screw it up in the end, right? Networks like HBO and Showtime release this sort of thing a lot more than networks like FOX and NBC, so when looking for examples, I wasn’t able to find a ton of variety. Maybe you’ll forgive me.




Some of my favorite stuff is for Showtime’s Dexter (returning September 27th!). Man. That kid’s eyes…

All these shows do this stuff like they’re old pros, but then there are other shows who just use the profile pics from their Facebook pages.

Booth: “Bones! What are you doing?”

Bones: “Oh, just examining my bones, LOL! … Thursdays at 8/7c.”

If any of you are interested in this sort of thing, you should flip through the occasional issue of Vanity Fair. They’ve got a lot of good stuff. If any of you find anything out there you particularly like, send it to fuggidup@yahoo.com and we’ll post it. Unless it’s Bones. I mean, seriously?

MIGUEEELLL!!

Dexter marathon completed. I LOL’d hard when I watched this.