2011 Emmys

Sep. 18th, 2011 12:26 pm
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Well, well, well....

It is that time of year yet again. Time for the pretty people on our small screens to pat each other on the back. That is right: It is EMMY time.

When it comes to picking winners for the Oscars, it more more of a mathematical calculation --- determine strength of the nominee, the pedigree of the nominee, the voting bloc for the category, the prior nominations and wins at earlier awards shows then throw in a pinch of gut to boot.

But the Emmys are a different breed.

See, the Emmys are creatures of habit. For example, see Mad Men. Don't get me wrong. Mad Men is a great, superb, awe-inspiring series. But it has won three years in a row for best drama. But was it THE best each year? No, but that matter not to the Emmy voters. They like to keep it in the family so to speak. That means that HBO will get a little extra strength than broadcasters. That means move stars get a little more support than small screen stars. That means that once you've won, you're likely to get a nomination (and likely a trophy) year after year.

That is what makes the Emmys such a tough nut to crack. Just because a series or star comes along that is bigger and better does not mean it will get the recognition is deserves. Having said that, I always like to make a guess. And, as always, I am more than happy to let it be known who should win. So....here we go!

Outstanding Drama Series
‘Boardwalk Empire’
‘Friday Night Lights’
‘Game of Thrones’
‘Dexter’
‘Mad Men’
‘The Good Wife’

SHOULD win: Friday Night Lights
WILL win: Mad Men


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Kyle Chandler, ‘Friday Night Lights’
Timothy Olyphant, ‘Justified’
Michael C. Hall, ‘Dexter’
Jon Hamm, ‘Mad Men’
Hugh Laurie, ‘House’

SHOULD win: Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights
WILL win: Jon Hamm for Mad Men


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Kathy Bates, ‘Harry’s Law’
Mariska Hargitay, ‘Law & Order: SVU’
Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’
Mireille Enos, ‘The Killing’
Connie Britton, ‘Friday Night Lights’
Elisabeth Moss, ‘Mad Men’

SHOULD win: Connie Britton for Friday Night Lights
WILL win: Julianna Marguiles for The Good Wife


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, ‘Game of Thrones’
Josh Charles, ‘The Good Wife’
Alan Cumming, ‘The Good Wife’
Walton Goggins, ‘Justified’
John Slattery, ‘Mad Men’
Andre Braugher, ‘Men of a Certain Age’

SHOULD  win: Walton Goggins for Justified
WILL win: John Slattery for Mad Men


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Kelly Macdonald, ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Archie Panjabi, ‘The Good Wife’
Margo Martindale, ‘Justified’
Michelle Forbes, ‘The Killing’
Christina Hendricks, ‘Mad Men’
Christine Baranski, ‘The Good Wife’

SHOULD win: Margo Martindale for Justified
WILL Win: Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire


Outstanding Comedy Series
‘Glee’
‘Modern Family’
‘The Big Bang Theory’
‘Parks and Recreation’
‘The Office’
‘30 Rock’

SHOULD win: Parks & Recreation
WILL win: Modern Family


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K., ‘Louie’
Matt LeBlanc, ‘Episodes’
Steve Carell, ‘The Office’
Alec Baldwin, ‘30 Rock’
Jim Parsons, ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Johnny Galecki, ‘The Big Bang Theory’

SHOULD win: Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory
WILL win: Steve Carell for The Office


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, ‘Nurse Jackie’
Laura Linney, ‘The Big C’
Melissa McCarthy, ‘Mike & Molly’
Amy Poehler, ‘Parks and Recreation’
Martha Plimpton, ‘Raising Hope’
Tina Fey, ‘30 Rock’

SHOULD win: Martha Plimpton for Raising Hope
WILL win: Laura Linney for The Big C


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Chris Colfer, ‘Glee’
Eric Stonestreet, ‘Modern Family’
Ed O’Neill, ‘Modern Family’
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, ‘Modern Family’
Ty Burrell, ‘Modern Family’
Jon Cryer, ‘Two and a Half Men’

SHOULD win: Ty Burrell for Modern Family
WILL win: Ed O'Neill for Modern Family


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Lynch, ‘Glee’
Julie Bowen, ‘Modern Family’
Sofia Vergara, ‘Modern Family’
Kristen Wiig, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Jane Krakowski, ‘30 Rock’
Betty White, ‘Hot in Cleveland’

SHOULD win: Jane Krakowski for 30 Rock
WILL win: Betty White for Hot in Cleveland


Outstanding Reality Show

‘The Amazing Race’
‘American Idol’
‘Dancing With the Stars’
‘Project Runway’
‘So You Think You Can Dance’
‘Top Chef’

SHOULD win: The Amazing Race
WILL win: American Idol

Of course, there are other categories that involve miniseries and made for tv movies, but who cares about those? 

That is all...for this year... 

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Here is a quick rundown on my Emmy predictions:

Best Comedy Series
Will win: Modern Family
Should win: Glee

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Will win: Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Should win: Jim Parsons

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Will win: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Should win: Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Will win: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Should win: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Will win: Jane Lynch, Glee
Should win: Jane Lynch

Best Writing for a Comedy Series
Will win: Modern Family
Should win: Glee

Best Directing for a Comedy Series
Will win: Glee
Should win: Glee

Best Drama Series
Will win: Mad Men
Should win: Dexter

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Will win: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Should win: Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Will win: Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Should win: Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Will win: Terry O'Quinn. Lost
Should win: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Will win: Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Should win: Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Best Writing for a Drama Series
Will win: Lost
Should win: Friday Night Lights

Best Directing for a Drama Series
Will win: Lost
Should win: Dexter

Best Reality Series
Will win: The Amazing Race
Should win: The Amazing Race

Best Writing for a Variety Special
Will win: 82nd Annual Academy Awards
Should win: The Kennedy Center Honors

Best Directing for a Variety Special
Will win: Vancouver 2010 Olympics Opening Ceremony
Should win: 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Best Variety Series
Will win: Late Night With Conan O'Brien
Should win: Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Best Miniseries
Will win: The Pacific
Should win: The Pacific

Best Made For TV Movie
Will win: Temple Grandin
Should win: Moonshot

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Will win: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
Should win: Michael Sheen, The Special Relationship

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Will win: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Should win: Claire Danes

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Will win: Patrick Stewart, Hamlet
Should win: Jonathan Pryce, Return to Cransford

Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Will win: Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin
Should win: Catherine O'Hara, Temple Grandin

Best Writing for a Miniseries or Movie
Will win: Temple Grandin
Should win: The Pacific

Best Directing for a Miniseries or Movie
Will win: The Pacific
Should win: The Pacific

See you tonight...

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I will be doing a live blog of the Emmys tonight starting at 7 pm Central.
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So.... It is the first week of July. That means it is hot everywhere, especially on the small screen. This morning the Academy of Television  Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for the 2010 Emmy awards to be handed out on August 29. Below are the nominees in the biggest categories and some thoughts. Enjoy!

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad 
Dexter 
The Good Wife 
Lost 
Mad Men 
True Blood 
---Mad Men has won this twice so it was a shoo-in for this year. Breaking Bad is also a multiple nominee (that deserves to win). The Good Wife has been unimpressive to me, but the critics eat it up. I am also happy to see True Blood with a nod. A great show that is nothing if not a guilty pleasure. Lost intrigues me. It really did not deserve the nod, but it has the sentimental votes for the series finale. And Dexter. I love Dexter. It is a solid drama that always pleases.
What is missing from the nominee list: Friday Night Lights. It is easily the best drama out there, but it didn't even make the cut.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie, House 
Matthew Fox, Lost
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
--- Cranston has won two years in a row for his awesome role as a meth-cooking, cancer-surviving, teacher/divorcee. He is brilliant. Hamm has also been nominated twice. He is great, but his role lack the depth of Cranston's. Hall is the titular Dexter and fully deserves the nod as well. Kyle Chandler was the surprise here. He is amazing, but his best performances as the coach in Friday Night Lights were in seasons past. Laurie, the titular Dr. House, is also very good. But, like Chandler, past season were better.
Who is missing from the nominee list: Timothy Olyphant for his role in Justified. But, he's an ass. And the critics don't like rewarding asses.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer 
Glenn Close, Damages
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife 
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
January Jones , Mad Men 
--- Sedgwick, CLose, Hargitay, and Jones were all nominated last year. And they are very good actresses all deserving of another nod. Marguiles is also a critical favorite, but her series is just not on the level of the others. Connie Britton shines, not just as the new actress to make the list, but also in her role. Kudos to her!
Who is missing from the nominee list: Anna Gunn for her role on Breaking Bad. She is simply superb in every scene. Maybe next year.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Martin Short, Damages
Terry O'Quinn , Lost
Michael Emerson, Lost
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men Of A Certain Age
--- Aaron Paul is amazing on Breaking Bad. Short is brilliant on Damages. O'Quinn is brilliant AND won the award last year. Emerson is spookily good on Lost. Slattery is terrific on Mad Men. But Braugher? Really? Mediocre acting on a sub-par series. Weird.
Who is missing from the nominee list: John Noble from Fringe AND Zach Gilford from Friday Night Lights. Both light up the screen with their performances.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Sharon Gless, Burn Notice
Rose Byrne, Damages
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski , The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
---I am happy to see the surprise nominee was Gless. She, of Cagney & Lacey fame, does a tremendous job as the mother on Burn Notice. Panjabi and Baranski suffer for being on The Good Wife, but you never know. Hendricks and Moss both rock on Mad Men, but who doesn't? Byrne is an interesting choice. While she is great on Damages, her performance pales in this category.
Who is missing from the nominee list: Debra Ann Woll from True Blood. Her Jessica is a fan favorite.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office 
30 Rock 
--- 30 Rock has won three years in a row. Curb is getting stale. Nurse Jackie is well and good, but not good enough to be here. The Office, while I love it, suffered from a mediocre season. But HOLY YES! Modern Family and Glee both made it. Academy, I heart you right now.
What is missing from the nominee list: Community, The Middle, Big Bang Theory and Better Off Ted. Ted is gone having been canceled. But it was the most brilliant comedy of the past two years. Community is a strong freshman series that will likely prove to be a contender next year. The Middle is a simple yet fantastic comedy that deserved some attention. And Big Bang is one of the funniest geeky comedies on the air.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory 
Larry David , Curb Your Enthusiasm 
Matthew Morrison, Glee 
Tony Shalhoub, Monk 
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock 
--- Parsons, Morrison, and Baldwin deserve their nods. Carrel has a sub-par season. And Shaloub? No idea how he is on here.
Who is missing from the nominee list: Joel McHale from Community. Next year, Joel. Next year.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lea Michele, Glee 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures Of Old Christine
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation 
TIna Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, United States Of Tara
---I have no idea how Falco got nominated. Louis-Dreyfus is also another head scratcher. She was good but not great. Poehler, Fey and Collette are all critical darlings, so they were no surprise. But Lea Michele? Hot damn!
Who is missing from the nominee list: Portia di Rossi from Better Off Ted. She was the best actress in a comedy, but she isn't here. And where is Patricia Heaton for The Middle?

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Chris Colfer, Glee
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men
---Having Ferguson, Stonestreet and Burrell all being here tells you that Modern Family is a very strong comedy. Cryer, though....not so much. And Colfer? Score a good surprise!
Who is missing from the nominee list:  Nick Offerman from Parks & Recreation. His take on the conservative city employee is pitch perfect.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, Glee 
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski , 30 Rock
Holland Taylor, Two And A Half Men
---Bowen and Vergara round out Modern Family's haul of nominations. Krakowski is also a great nominee. But Taylor confuses me...  I have no idea how she got nominated. But the big moment was for Lynch. Hand's down she is the best of the year.
Who is missing from the nominee list: Alison Brie for Community.

Outstanding Animated Program
Alien Earths
Disney Prep & Landing
The Ricky Gervais Show
The Simpsons
South Park
--- Alien Earths? Really? Disney Prep and Landing? Really? I get the Ricky Gervais Show. That is brilliant. But the real nominees are The Simpsons and South Park.
What is missing from the nominee list: American Dad

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report 
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live 
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien 
--- All of these are the usual suspects, with the exception of Conan O'Brien. He got the nod even after the whole NBC debacle that sent Jay Leno back to late night and sent Conan to TBS this fall. Hope he wins just to screw NBC.

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