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Emmy Nominations 2012

21 Jul

Lets talk about the Emmy nominations.

Emmy Award

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First the snubs, any and all of Revenge, really Academy, no Gabriel Mann, (Nolan), no Ashton Holmes (Tyler), don’t get me started on the lack of Emily Van Camp or Madeline Stowe.

But the biggest and longest running Emmy injustice is their failure to recognize John Noble, Walter Bishop on Fringe. This man consistently turns in a stand out performance week after week, for 22 episodes. Not some mini-series of 6 or 12, yes I am talking to you Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), John Hamm ( Mad Men) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). It’s like giving teacher of the year to a substitute, its lame.

And while we are on the subject, how does Veep and Girls get nominated, they weren’t that funny. Where all the broadcast sitcoms really that bad, what about Community and Parks and Recreation. Oh Academy is HBO paying you guys off or something. And Lena Dunham‘s nomination for lead actress is an insult to the rest of the women on the list.  I hope Amy Poehler wins, that would be sweet.

Did you know that there are no other supporting actors in a comedy on any other show other than Modern Family, that all but one slot went to that show is ridiculous.

I have learned with these awards that it is politics and favorites, its high school all over again. Just like life, work is nothing more than high school repeated with cliques and pets, and so are these awards. Ok, bitterness rant over.

More disappointments, Vincent Kartheiser and John Slattery from Mad Men, but, Jared Harris’ nomination makes it a little better.

What about Person of Interest, or Blue Bloods. Does the Academy have any other channel besides HBO?

What was I happy with, it was nice that Downton Abbey was recognized, unfortunately its was a horrible season. I was very happy that Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates) was recognized. He is by far my favorite Downton character.  Good to see Louis C.K. get nominated, I am not a fan of the show, but I respect what he is doing.

Also good, but expected, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis from Homeland, I think Claire is the odds on favorite to win. Damian not so much, it would be great if John Hamm finally won. Hamm gave a fantastic performance this season, Weiner gave him some very complex material this past season and Hamm delivered. His performance was so understated, those performances are usually undervalued because the actor isn’t chewing up the scenery. 

I was extremely pleased to see Ben Feldman’s name on the list for best supporting actor in a drama, he was a great addition to Mad Men this season, I can’t wait to see what Weiner does with him next year. This actor has a come a long way from being Jane’s guardian angel Fred on Drop Dead Diva.  The supporting actor in a drama category is the tightest race there is, Dylan Baker, Michael J. Fox both for The Good Wife, Jeremy Davies (Justified), Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) and Jason Ritter (Parenthood).

There were some other nominations that were pretty much a gimme, but deserving none the less. Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore for Game Change, Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman for Hemingway and Gellhorn and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock. 

All in all, no surprises (well none in a good way), Veep and Girls were bad surprises.  The rest was as pretty much as expected.

The Emmy’s will be given out on September 23rd, Jimmy Kimmel is hosting, he brings the funny so at least we have that.

What are your thoughts on the nominations? Did one of your favorites get left off the list? Sound off in the comments below.

Sunday May 27 What You Should Watch

27 May

Mad Men and The Killing

This season of Mad Men has been once crazy trip, LSD reference intended. I really hate Megan and can’t wait to see it all end, but how will Matt Weiner do it. Vincent Kartheiser has delivered a top performance, it would be nice if he finally won his much deserved Emmy. Not to mention Elisabeth Moss and of course John Hamm.  But I think this year’s Best Actor Emmy will go to Hugh Laurie, it was House’s final season and he has been nominated so many times without a win, he had become the Susan Lucci of the Primetime Emmy’s.

As far as The Killing, I really hoped it would improve over last year, it did pick up the pace a bit, but the red herrings and side stories ruin would could have been a great procedural drama.  If it wasn’t for the relationship between Holder and Linden I wouldn’t keep watching.

Mad Men

Don’s challenged by a pitch; Peggy considers a trip.

The Killing

Episode: 72 Hours
Sarah moves unsteadily; Stan tries to make amends; Richmond gets a boost in the mayoral race.

Homeland – “Achilles Heel”

21 Nov

Last nights episode of Homeland, “Achilles Heel” made it very clear that everything you think you know about this show is wrong.

The last five minutes of last night’s episode turned the show again in a new direction or is it back to the same direction it was before Brody’s “confession”. I really believed everything Brody told Carrie in “The Weekend”, boy do I feel stupid.  What a great liar Brody is, I already thought Damian Lewis‘ performance was fantastic, tonight’s reveal sealed it.  Mr. Lewis we will see you at the Emmy’s.

Back to the episode, Brody and his family reconciled, Carrie will always be alone, Saul and his wife officially broke up, the CIA is on Tom Walker’s trail and Brody is being courted to run for Congress.  The last bit is a little to Manchurian Candidate for me, this show is too smart for that, so I am sure it will turn again.

Tom Walker, is alive, turned and on the run with a gun. His wife let him know his call was being traced and he was able to escape. Due to a communications screw up, two innocent men where shot in a Mosque while they were praying.  There is going to be some fallout from that I am sure.

I have no idea which way this show is going, which is fine by me. I like smart TV that you can’t figure out, it keeps you guessing and builds on itself every week.

This was another stellar episode with great performances. I am sure we will also see Claire Danes at the Emmy’s next September. Not sure if Mandy Patinkin will make the cut, but he should.  I have followed his career since he was on Broadway as Che in Evita. What a voice!!

Here is a sneak peek for next week

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