Thursday, July 18, 2013

Emmy Nominations Reactions and Judgments... Mostly Judgments

What a great day for Netflix, right folks? The movie provider got some nice Emmy love this morning along with Breaking Bad's actors, Behind the Candelabra and 30 Rock's final season. But even with some nice surprises, I'm feeling a bit more upset with the nominee list this year than in previous years.

Check out the list of nominees here.

The Justly Recognized: 

House of Cards- Nice to see a web-only show get recognition. Some entertainment reporters aren't the biggest fans of the political series, but I believe it's smart, brilliantly acted and addicting.

Game of Thrones- Best Drama and the two Supporting Actor categories were good to the HBO drama. Peter Dinklage is always a good choice in my book, but way to go Emilia Clarke for her first Emmy nod!

Connie Britton- Third TV show in a row, this talented woman cannot be stopped. Nashville can be a bit... soapy to say the least at times, but Britton manages to elevate even the most sappy material.

Surprises in the Best Actress Drama category- I am over the moon that Kerry Washington and Vera Farmiga got love! Farmiga especially delivers such brilliant work week after week on Bates Motel.

Breaking Bad- Not a surprise that one of the best dramas on TV received nods for Best Drama, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul but it's great to see Anna Gunn nominated for the second year in a row and finally some love for the always underrated Jonathan Banks. RIP Mike.

Mandy Patinkin- What can I say? As much as I adore Aaron Paul and Peter Dinklage, if Patinkin doesn't win Best Supporting Actor this year for Homeland, I'll be on the verge of rioting. Even during this season's most ridiculous story arcs, Patinkin was gold.

Laura Dern- Considering Enlightened's cancellation, it seemed there was no hope that Dern's great portrayal would get attention. Thank goodness it has. RIP Enlightened.

Louie- SO glad to see the Louie love last year wasn't a one-time thing.

Veep- It's no surprise that this funny series got Best Comedy and Best Actress nods but Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale sneaking in the Best Supporting categories was a lovely surprise.

Benedict Cumberbatch- I truly believe that Benedict Cumberbatch should be recognized for anything he does. I mean, even if he does a Friskies cat food commercial, there should be a special Grand Jury prize awarded to him. His wonderful performance in Parade's End is no exception to this rule.

Behind the Candelabra- The amount of love for this fantastic TV movie was no surprise, but I love every minute of it anyway

Bobby Cannavale- A perfect addition to Boardwalk Empire season 3 and a perfect choice for Emmy.

Top of the Lake- Loving the love for this difficult to watch but wonderful show. Love to see Peter Mullan and Elizabeth Moss getting recognition.

No Jon Cryer- I could cry with happiness right now.

The Legitimate Snubs: 

Tatiana Maslany- Normally I would say that the lack of a BBC nod is not a surprise as so many other networks churn out more mainstream hits. But no nomination for the insanely talented woman who plays seven characters, each with their own uniqueness and depth, that's bonkers.

Parks and Recreation- Amy Poehler is an Emmy darling but the show she's on... not so much. Parks- which is easily one of the best comedies on television- has only been nominated once so far which is crazy because the show continues to get stronger. And yet another year with no love for Adam Scott's Ben Wyatt and Nick Offerman's perfect portrayal of the perfect Ron Swanson. Silly. Just plain silly Emmy voters.

Dexter- I think we all knew the past few season of Dexter have been rough to say the least. And while the series does not deserve a nomination (sorry guys) Michael C. Hall is consistently great. And if Jennifer Carpenter is shut out again next year when Dexter's final season is up for awards, it'll go down as one of the great travesties by the Emmy voters. Carpenter is the emotional core of Dexter and she has deserved love when she was just a rookie cop with a dirty mouth, during the shows moments of idiocy (Falling for your step brother? Icky), to now when she had to choose to kill someone innocent for serial killer brother. RIP Maria Laguerta

New Girl Shut Out- Really? After nominating Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield last year, it's baffling that voters ignored the show in its stellar second season- which was actually an improvement over last year. Plus, most of us entertainment junkies were hoping for not just some Deschanel and Greenfield love but also recognition for Jake Johnson. Matt LeBlanc over Johnson is... just plain stupid.

Parenthood- The best chance this phenomenal show had for awards love this year was Monica Potter. And once again... nothing. Come on voters, this show tackles the most difficult situation with the most subtle and realistic hands. This is like Friday Night Lights all over again.

The Americans- It's insane to me that this fantastic new show was snubbed in the Best Drama, Best Actress and Best Actor categories. Emmy voters, did you even watch the show? If you did, you'd know that while it's great you've given Margo Martindale some love, the real attention should have been paid to Keri Russell and most importantly Matthew Rhys.

Julianna Marguiles/The Good Wife- Ouch, only one major acting nod for The Good Wife? That's harsh.

Hayden Panetierre- In my book, if Connie Britton gets a nod for Nashville, so should Panetierre. All the praise I have for Britton's work on this show is equally given to Panetierre, without a doubt.

Jeff Perry- Kerry Washington's foil in Scandal is also one of the best characters on Scandal. Perry's Cyrus Beane is frustrating, evil, heartbreaking, loving and funny at the same. Without Perry's expert hand (and the writing of course), the character would be a one-note villain.

Hannibal- A brilliant show that I am (fairly) confident will get its due soon. Hugh Dancy, I have faith that you and your wife will be nominated for Emmys in the same year. It's happening soon. I can feel it.

Will Arnett- Out of the Arrested Development cast, Gob's storyline was the most entertaining (along with Tobias' horrible musical)

Lily Rabe- Rabe was the standout for me in American Horror Story: Asylum. Seriously Emmy voters, I'm glad you love Jessica Lange so much but this is an egregious error.

The Should Get Nominated, But Never Will:

Southland- Seriously, the show has ended Emmy voters. You can't give these guys a break even now? That's cold. Regina King deserved a nod from day one and for its final season, Michael Cudlitz should definitely have gotten recognition. RIP John Cooper

Happy Endings- Another show that ended without the love it justly deserved. Casey Wilson and Damon Wayans Jr. especially delivered consistently laugh-out-loud performances.

Fringe- Shouldn't great shows that are ending get nominations somewhere? John Noble's repeated snubs for Best Supporting Actor truly stings the heart. 

Here They Are: Emmy Nominees 2013

Check out the full list now, come back in a bit for my reactions. You know you want to...


Best Drama

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Best Actor- Drama

Hugh Bonneville- Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston- Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels- The Newsroom
Jon Hamm- Mad Men
Damian Lewis- Homeland
Kevin Spacey- House of Cards

Best Actress- Drama

Connie Britton- Nashville
Claire Danes- Homeland
Michelle Dockery- Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga- Bates Motel
Elizabeth Moss- Mad Men
Kerry Washington- Scandal
Robin Wright- House of Cards

Best Supporting Actor- Drama

Aaron Paul- Breaking Bad
Jonathan Banks- Breaking Bad
Bobby Cannavale- Boardwalk Empire
Jim Carter- Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage- Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin- Homeland

Best Supporting Actress- Drama

Anna Gunn- Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith- Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke- Game of Thrones
Morena Baccarin- Homeland
Christina Hendricks- Mad Men
Christine Baranski- The Good Wife

Best Comedy

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best Actor- Comedy

Alec Baldwin- 30 Rock
Jason Bateman- Arrested Development
Louis CK- Louie
Don Cheadle- House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc- Episodes
Jim Parsons- The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress- Comedy

Laura Dern- Enlightened
Lena Dunham- Girls
Edie Falco- Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey- 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss- Veep
Amy Poehler- Parks and Recreation

Best Supporting Actor- Comedy

Adam Driver- Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson- Modern Family
Ed O'Neill- Modern Family
Ty Burrell- Modern Family
Bill Hader- SNL
Tony Hale- Veep

Best Supporting Actress- Comedy

Jane Krakowski- 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara- Modern Family
Julie Bowen- Modern Family
Merritt Weaver- Nurse Jackie
Mayim Bialik- The Big Bang Theory
Anna Chlumsky- Veep

Best Miniseries/TV Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Best Actor- Miniseries/TV Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch- Parade's End
Matt Damon- Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas- Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones- The Girl
Al Pacino- Phil Spector

Best Actress- Miniseries/TV Movie

Jessica Lange- American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney- The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren- Phil Spector
Elizabeth Moss- Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver- Political Animals

Best Supporting Actor- Miniseries/TV Movie

James Cromwell- American Horror Story: Asylum
Zachary Quinto- American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula- Behind the Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey- The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan- Top of the Lake

Best Supporting Actress- Miniseries/TV Movie

Sarah Paulson- American Horror Story: Asylum
Ellen Burstyn- Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling- Restless
Alfre Woodard- Steel Magnolias
Imelda Staunton- The Girl

Best Host

Tom Bergeron- Dancing with the Stars
Anthony Bourdain- The Taste
Cat Deeley- So You Think You Can Dance
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn- Project Runway
Ryan Seacreast- American Idol
Betty White- Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Best Reality Show

Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Variety Show

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Why I'll Miss Kevin Malone From The Office

It's here. The Office end is nigh. And while everyone will miss Jim, Pam, Dwight and Angela, one man often gets lost in the shuffle. That's why it was necessary to mention the best things about the most ridiculously dim, yet ultimately endearing character from the beloved NBC comedy: Kevin Malone. 

1. He's an AWESOME singer/rapper.

Also: Scrantonicity. Never Forget.

2. He has his life priorities sorted out

We're all with you Kev.

3. That giggle

It's like watching a hummingbird or a newborn puppy. You can't help but smile

4. He's really good at figuring out when people are dating.

See? First to call it.

5. He doesn't hide his feelings

6. He's got the best bromance with Oscar.

7. And to add to that, the two of them have super cool dance moves together

Way to try and keep up Kev.


8. He knows how to make the best of a bad situation. Remember the Kleenex-Box shoes? They were a real conversation piece.

And of course, there's that hair... issue.

9. He does so many ridiculous/unreasonable things that you can't help but laugh.

On second thought, this is totally reasonable. 

This is more like it. 

10. You always know where he stands with food


11. He knows how he wants to be treated... Even if it's inappropriate

12. He's also sneaky in the best way. 

13. He has very relatable problems. 

Been there buddy. Been there. 

14. He's always willing to learn. 

Stairs are hard people!   

15. And even though he (ironically) finds his friends stupid sometimes...

18. He still really loves them. 

We'll miss you, big guy. We'll all miss the whole lot of you. Thank you so many wonderful years.

Watch the series finale of The Office tonight at 9/8 central. It's guaranteed to make you (or at least definitely me) cry.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Why Ron Swanson With A Baby Will Make For Brilliant Television

Parks and Recreation's season has ended. But don't be sad! It's been renewed! Let's have a quick celebration!

So let's talk about the finale and what to hope for next season, shall we?


Yea. This guy. 

What on Earth will happen to him with a screaming, pooping child? Great television people, that's what. 

Here's why Ron and Diane having a kid is the best idea ever. 

1. He's already got a proven, written method on how to live life properly: 

2. He would never teach his kids to hide their feelings.

3.  He knows which animals rank supreme as pets. 

This is hands down one of the best lines of the series.

4. He already knows how to babysit!

See? He's definitely better than Ann.

5. He makes a pretty princess.

6. He knows how to plan his kid's wedding. 

Smart and affordable.

7. He would be a great teacher of wealth management/savings

I'm in agreement with Tom, this would be "dope" as a lyric in a rap song. 

8. He really has a way with words 

Yup those are basically the main words I know. 

9. He could do wonders on the anti-drug front. 

Just say no kids. 

10. He would show his kid how to enjoy the small things in life. 

Nothing is better than a complimentary breakfast buffet... even at a strip club. 

11. He would never let his kids be in danger of talking to strangers 

Smart rule. 

12. He would be good at giving his kids the tough love if they try to throw temper tantrums

It's a known technique- the cold shoulder. This would also be a good way to help your kids exercise. Efficient! 

13. He also knows how to teach his kids to have fun. 

Well, he's almost right. No way a scotch lotion is fulfilling. 

14. He would instill patriotism to the highest degree. 

15. He's got sick dance moves to bestow upon the world.

Step Up Ronvolution.

16. FINALLY, he would help his child enjoy what he or she eats. And eat whatever makes them happy. 

Plus if the kid gets Ron Swanson genes, that will be the healthiest meat and junk food eating child of ALL TIME.

NBC listen up, now you know why it's so important to announcement the renewal of Parks and Recreation RIGHT NOW. Or you'll deprive the world of an amazing child fathered by an amazing man. Diane's pretty awesome too. Can't wait for season 6! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why Tom Will Become The New Jerry On "Parks And Recreation"

Everyone, it's happening. Gary "Jerry" Gergich FINALLY gets to retire. No longer will he be the butt of jokes, no longer will we be subjected to "fart" attacks.

But the big question now is, who will be the new Jerry in the Parks Department? TVLine has given an exclusive first look at the other employees trying to figure out that very question. But let's be honest, we all know it's going to be Tom. Let the facts speak for themselves.

1. Tom has ridiculous names for things that most people could easily insult.

He doesn't even know where the "Z" in "cool-blasterz" came from! Plus, did you see Leslie's face? She definitely was holding back a joke/insult.

2. Sometimes he makes extremely questionable fashion choices

No girl wants to see someone's crotch say "What's crackin."

3. He makes Ron hate puppies.

4. That face. You know which one I'm talking about...

Listen, I love this face and his high-pitched voice when he gets excited. But it is very easy to make jokes. Case in point:

5. He doesn't realize that Drake will never reply to his tweets

So naive.

6. He tries to do things only Ron Swanson can do.

Poor little guy. He should have known better than to try and impress a girl over Ron Swanson. It's impossible because he's the manliest man ever created.

7. He complains. A LOT

8. He has way too much stuff.

Not smart Tom, not smart. 

9. And he gets so depressed without his stuff

10. He gives himself terrible advice

11. He has the worst pick-up lines

12. He is totally not loyal to Pawnee.

Not cool man. Not. Cool.

13. He is easily manipulated.

14. He cannot handle his liquor.

This is after two beers. Light beers.

15. Lastly, he has the worst friends (or maybe the best?)

Example 2:

You know what? Scratch all of this, Tom and Jean Ralphio are perfection. Who do you think will be the new Jerry??