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They’re Here~ My Big Bold 2013 Emmy Nomination Predictions!

July 17, 2013

hoc-ph-22120r-babd299b44de4b096fc2d563c31bb2398737e5d5-s6-c30Just a week after I apologized for my lack of posts, I am keeping my promise to give you my take on the upcoming Emmy nominations. And here they are. While I may have less time to devote to my blog, I’m still obsessed with awards shows and this year’s Emmy race is a really exciting one. We could see a ton of new blood from shows like House of Cards, Scandal and The Newsroom while we also could witness a decline in nods for previous faves like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire plus the return of Arrested Development will be a factor. So, just who do I think will make the final cut when the nods are announced on Thursday morning? Check out my big bold Emmy nominations predictions below!

My Big Bold 2013 Emmy Nomination Predictions~

Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men
~ spoilers: Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Scandal

Lead Actor Drama:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Kevin
Spacey (House of Cards)
~ spoilers: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Lead Actress Drama:
Clare Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards)
~ spoilers: Keri Russell (The Americans), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Glenn Close (Damages)Kerry-Washington-of-Scandal_event_main

Supporting Actor Drama:
Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Corey Stoll (House of Cards)
~ spoilers: Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Jeff Perry (Scandal), Nikolas Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Noah Emmerich (The Americans)

Supporting Actress Drama:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
~ spoilers: Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Morena Bacarrin (Homeland), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife)

Guest Actor Drama:
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Eddie Izzard (Hannibal), Nathan Lane (The Good Wife), Matthew Perry (The Good Wife), Ray Romano (Parenthood), Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy)
~ spoilers: Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Mike O’Malley (Justified), William Daniels (Grey’s Anatomy), Jason Ritter (Parenthood)

Guest Actress Drama:
Stockard Channing (The Good Wife), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Shirley MacLaine (Downton Abbey), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Carrie Preston (The Good Wife), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones)
~ spoilers: Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), Joan Cusack (Shameless), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy)

30 Rock, Arrested Development, The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Veep
~ spoilers: Girls, Parks & Recreation, New Girlveeeep

Lead Actor Comedy:
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Louie C.K. (Louie), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
~ spoilers: Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation)

Lead Actress Comedy:
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
~ spoilers: Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Mindy Kailing (The Mindy Project), Laura Dern (Enlightened)

Supporting Actor Comedy:
Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
~ spoilers: Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Tony Hale (Veep), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)

Supporting Actress Comedy:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie)
~ spoilers: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Guest Actor Comedy:
Will Arnett (30 Rock), Matthew Broderick (Modern Family), Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Patton Oswalt (Parks & Recreation), Martin Short (Saturday Night Live), Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
~ Spoilers: Louis C.K. (Saturday Night Live), Nathan Lane (Modern Family), Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), Patrick Wilson (Girls)

Guest Actress Comedy:
Elizabeth Banks (Modern Family), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live), Liza Minnelli (Arrested Development), Parker Posey (Louie), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
~ spoilers: Megan Mullaly (Parks & Recreation), Molly Shannon (Enlightened), Kate Hudson (Glee), Dot Marie Jones (Glee)

TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Asylum, Behind the Candelabra, Parade’s End, Phil Spector, Political Animals, Top of the Lake
~ spoilers: The Big C: Hereafter, Wallander200px-PoliticalAnimalsPoster

Lead Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), Benedict Cumberpatch (Parade’s End), Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Al Pacino (Phil Spector)
~ spoilers: Toby Jones (The Girl), Dominic West (the Hour)

Lead Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter), Helen Mirren (Phil Spector), Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
~ spoilers: Angela Bassett (Betty & Corretta), Brenda Blethyn (Mary and Martha), Melissa Leo (Call Me Crazy)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
James Cromwell (American Horror Story),Rob Lowe (Behind the Candelabra), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake), Oliver Platt (The Big C: Hereafter), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story)
~ spoilers: Jeffrey Tambor (Phil Spector), Sebastian Stan (Political Animals), John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias)
~ spoilers: Imelda Staunton (The Girl), Michelle Dockrey (Restless)

Reality Competition Show:
The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice
~ spoilers: American Idol, RuPaul’s Drag Race1373139231_RuPaul

Reality Competition Host:
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Phil Koeghan (The Amazing Race), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
~ spoilers: Jeff Probst (Survivor), Padma Laksmi (Top Chef), Heidi Klum (Project Runway)

Some people I would LOVE to see get nominated that aren’t listed above: Bellamy Young (Scandal), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Hugh Dancy (Hannibal), Mads Mikkelson (Hannibal), Megan Hilty (Smash), Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory), Michael Cudlitz (Southland), Regina King (Southland), Hayden Pannitierre (Nashville), Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation), Garrett Dillahaunt (Raising Hope), John Noble (Fringe), Kevin Bacon (The Following), James Purefoy (The Following)


My Take on the Best TV of 2012

December 14, 2012

The year is coming to an end fast and that means it’s time for “Best of” lists! I love them and admit it, a lot of you do too… So, in the next Happy_Endings_Season_3_Posterfew weeks, I will be posting about my favorite music, movies, performances and tv shows from the past year. Now, remember these are just my favorites and I do think most of them are darn great shows. So, with that said, today I start off with my “BEST of TV for 2012”. Enjoy!

MY BEST OF TV for 2012

Top Comedies:
1. Happy Endings
2. Modern Family
3. Parks and Recreation
4. Hot in Cleveland
5. Episodes
6. New Girl
7. Raising Hope
8. TIE: The New Normal  & Suburgatory
9. Veep
10. Nurse Jackie
~Honorable Mention:  30 Rock, Web Therapy

Two Favorite Shows that Really Are in a Class By Themselves~ Yes, I love me a Musical Dramedy:

Top Dramas:
1. Homeland
2. Breaking Bad
3. The Good Wifebreaking_bad_season_4_alt_by_truetier-d3o0z5e
4. Game of Thrones
5. Downton Abbey
6. Dexter
7. Scandal
8. Greys Anatomy
9. Fringe
10. Revenge
~ Honorable Mention: True Blood, Damages, Major Crimes

Best Miniseries: Political Animals (It so should’ve been renewed and become a series! Great work from Greg Berlanti, Sigourney Weaver and co.)

Best TV Movie: Game Change

Top 8 Reality Competition Shows:
1. So You Think You Can Dance
2. RuPaul’s Drag Race
3. The Glee Project
4. American Idol
5. Project Runway
6. The Amazing Race
7. Top Chef
8. The Voice (the fall season til Amanda Brown got the boot)

Most fun show you should be watching: Arrow

Comedy You Should Give Another Shot: Guys with Kids
(Seriously, the show gets funnier each week with a great ensemble and hello, I’m doing a guest spot on it in January!!!)

Most infuriating show I couldn’t stop watching: The Newsroom

Show that was Gone Far Too Soon: Partners

Dream Team to Host a Talk Show: Cat Deeley and RuPaul

Hottest Male Actor: Matt Bomer (White Collar)bomer-white-collar
Runner Up: Stephen Amell (Arrow)

Hottest Female Actress: Yvonne Strahovksi (Dexter)
Runner Up: Kerry Washington (Scandal)

Best Guest Stars: The Good Wife
Best Twists: Scandal
Best Creative Rebound: Dexter

Biggest Tearjerker: Greys Anatomy
Runner Up: Glee

Funniest Female: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings)
Funniest Male: Max Greenfield (New Girl)

Best Daytime Drama: Days of Our Lives
* and watch for me on the show in a small part in February!

2013 Show I’m Most Looking Forward To: The Following

NBC goes for Laughs with its new 2012 Fall Schedule

May 14, 2012

NBC has been mired in the ratings cellar for several years now, but with their new fall schedule, they are hoping to return to their 80’s and 90’s glory days. How are they gonna do it? Well, apparently, they are hoping to become the kings of comedy again. They did it with shows like Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls and Will & Grace. So, why not make a big play with 4 nights of comedy programming, Tuesday thru Friday? That’s what they will be doing by bringing back Community, Up All Night, Whitney (what?!) and 30 Rock  (in its final season) for 13 more episodes plus full seasons of The Office (with all the stars returning except for James Spader and Mindy Kaling who has a new sitcom on Fox) and Parks and Recreation. They will add 4 more comedies to the mix: Go On starring Matthew Perry as a sportscaster, Animal Kingdom with Justin Kirk as a House-like veterinarian, Guys with Kids from producer Jimmy Fallon and The New Normal with Justin Bartha and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) as a gay couple who enlist a surrogate to help them start a family. The latter comedy is from Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and costars Tony winner Ellen Barkin and looks like a riot. I can’t wait…
The network also has 3 more comedies for mid-season with Save Me starring Anne Heche, 1600 Penn (a comedy set at the White House) and Next Caller about a foul-mouthed DJ played by Dane Cook. Dramas joining later in the year are Infamous and Hannibal (yes, that’s about Hannibal Lecter!)
Also on the drama side, NBC has added Revolution, Do No Harm and Chicago Fire. Revolution will follow a new fall edition of The Voice which will now air twice a year essentially turning it into a singing version of Dancing with the Stars or Survivor, and thus further reducing the likelihood of ever producing a true music hit maker. (But it can still get good rating for the network that has such a low bar)… Also returning will be the musical drama Smash at midseason (so it can air 18 episodes uninterrupted) along with a newly reconfigured The Biggest Loser.... Cancelled shows include Awake, The Firm, Harry’s Law (boo!!!), Are You There Chelsea, Bent and Best Friends Forever. For more on the new shows and clips of them, head to TV Line here. And check out NBC’s new fall schedule below.

8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “REVOLUTION”

8-9 p.m. – “The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. – “GO ON”
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE NEW NORMAL”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

8-8:30 p.m. – “ANIMAL PRACTICE”
8:30-9 p.m. – “GUYS WITH KIDS”
9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “CHICAGO FIRE”

8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Up All Night”
9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”
10-11 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”

8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Community”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – “Fashion Star”
9-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”
10-11 p.m. – “DO NO HARM”

The 2nd Annual Comedy Award Nominations are Crazy about “Crazy Stupid Love” and “Bridesmaids”

March 6, 2012

This morning, the2nd Annual Comedy Award Nominations were announced and they were feeling the “love”…. the Crazy Stupid Love, that is as the film picked up 5 nominations tying the Oscar nominated smash Bridesmaids. Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy will be competing against her Oscar nominated costar Kristen Wiig in the film actress category while Oscar winner The Artist also picked up 3 nominations… On the TV front, 30 Rock and Modern Family each picked up 5 nominations… My favorite nod of the day has to be for my current favorite comedy, Happy Endings, which landed a nod for Comedy Series. Take a look at all the nominees below and for more on the show which will air May 6th on Comedy Central, head here.

2nd Annual Comedy Award Nominations~

Comedy Film
The Artist
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris

Performance by an Actor
Jason Bateman – Horrible Bosses
Steve Carrell – Crazy, Stupid, Love
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover Part II
Owen Wilson – Midnight in Paris

Performance by an Actress
Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses
Cameron Diaz – Bad Teacher
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids

Comedy Director
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
James Bobin – The Muppets
Paul Feig – Bridesmaids
Glen Ficarra and John Requa – Crazy, Stupid, Love
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Animated Comedy Film
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss In Boots

Comedy Series
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Happy Endings
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Performance by an Actor
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Louis C.K. – Louie
Steve Carell – The Office
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

Performance by an Actress
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

Late Night Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Show with David Letterman
Real Time with Bill Maher

Comedy Writing
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Saturday Night Live

Breakout Performer of the Year
Zooey Deschanel
Josh Gad
Donald Glover
Melissa McCarthy
Jason Sudeikis

Animated Comedy Series
Family Guy
The Life & Times of Tim
The Simpsons
South Park

The Stars of NBC take you to Broadway!

February 5, 2012

NBC is pretty much an unmitigated disaster area these days. Despite having two of the best and award-winning comedies on television. 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, the network is mired at the bottom of the ratings heap. However, they are hoping two new rays of light will save the network, the singing competition show The Voice and the new Broadway musical show Smash. I think those two shows are a fantastic start. While The Voice grew into a disastrous mess last year, it was quite fun to watch and the judges are very entertaining. Plus they will be adding great mentors like Lionel Richie, Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette and Kelly Clarkson (hello defecting from her alma matter!) to the mix; so, I’m cautiously optimistic…. And looking at the new show Smash, I’m overjoyed. The pilot is wonderful, hilarious, moving and intoxicating with a great cast (Debra Messing, Angelica Huston, Katharine McPhee and  Wicked’s Megan Hilty to name a few) tackling the making of a new Broadway musical. I gave the pilot an “A” grade and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
So, with both of those shows in mind, the NBC brass is taking to the Broadway stage again to publicize its shows. Check out this fantastic promo (airing during today’s Super Bowl) which features the stars of the network’s shows from The Office to SNL, Parenthood and beyond singing “The Brotherhood of Man” from the current hit revival of How to Succeed in Business without Trying. Enjoy it below and catch the season premiere of Smash tomorrow night at 10pm on NBC.

NBC “Brotherhood of Man” Promo

Fall on your Face Funny from “Parks and Recreation”

January 13, 2012

One of the funniest shows on television is undoubtedly Parks and Recreation and it’s easily NBC’s best sitcom (no disrespect to the hilarious 30 Rock by the way). Not only was I lucky enough to appear in an episode in season 3 (“Go Big or Go Home”) but I’m a huge fan and last night’s episode was a riot. I just need to show you one clip and you’ll agree. Please enjoy Golden Globe nominee Amy Poehler and the cast of Parks and Recreation. You will never be able to hear Gloria Estefan‘s “Get On Your Feet” without falling over in hysterics again.

Parks and Recreation (clip from 1/12/12)

My Big Bold 2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions are Here!

July 12, 2011

It’s almost Emmy time people. The summer tv season is in full swing and the big shows are about to return from their breaks. That also means its time for this years Emmy nominations which will be announced Thursday morning by Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly) who could wind up a nominee and Fringe star Joshua Jackson. Check back here on Thursday for all the contenders that are likely to be led by The Good Wife, Mad Men, Dexter, Modern Family, 30 Rock and Glee. But this year a big number of new shows should also make a showing, most notably Boardwalk Empire. And will we see some amazing genre shows like Fringe, True Blood and newbies Game of Thrones and The Killing get some love? And what about the domination of Betty White? Will she land nods for her show (Hot in Cleveland), her TV movie (The Lost Valentine) and her guest appearance (Community)? She could indeed. So, just what do I think will get nominated? Take a look below at my new batch of big bold Emmy Award Nomination predictions.

My 2011 Big Bold Emmy Award Nomination Predictions~

Best Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife, Mad Men, The Killing
~spoilers: Game of Thrones, True Blood

Lead Actor Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
~spoilers: Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), William H. Macy (Shameless), Jeremy Irons (The Borgias)

Lead Actress Drama Series:
Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer)
~spoilers: Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)

Supporting Actor Drama Series:
Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), John Noble (Fringe), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), John Slattery (Mad Men)
~spoilers: Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Walter Goggins (Justified), Denis O’Hare (True Blood)

Supporting Actress Drama Series:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire), Margo Martindale (Justified), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife)
~spoilers: Sara Ramirez (Greys Anatomy), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Sandra Oh (Greys Anatomy), KaDee Strickland (Private Practice)

Guest Actor Drama Series:
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Hal Holbrook (Sons of Anarchy), Jeremy Irons (Law & Order: SVU), Robert Morse (Mad Men), Bob Newhart (NCIS), Peter Weller (Dexter)
~spoilers: Johnny Lee Miller (Dexter), Bruce Dern (Big Love), James Frain (True Blood)

Guest Actress Drama Series:
Candace Bergen (House),Marcia Gay Harden (Law & Order: SVU), Debra Messing (Law & Order: SVU), Elizabeth Mitchell (Law & Order: SVU), Julia Stiles (Dexter), Alfre Woodard (True Blood)
~spoilers: Shoreh Agdashloo (House), Christine Lahti(Law & Order: SVU), Anika Noni Rose (The Good Wife), Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife)

Best Comedy Series:
30 Rock, Glee, Hot in Cleveland, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, The Office
~spoilers: The Big Bang Theory, Nurse Jackie

Lead Actor Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carrell (The Office), Joel McHale (Community), Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
~spoilers: Louis C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)

Lead Actress Comedy Series:
Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
~spoilers: Lea Michelle (Glee), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)

Supporting Actor Comedy Series:
Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Chris Colfer (Glee), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
~spoilers: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Oliver Platt (The Big C)

Supporting Actress Comedy Series:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family),Jane Lynch (Glee), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
~spoilers: Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Merrit Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives),

Guest Actor Comedy Series:
Jim Carrey (Saturday Night Live), Matt Damon (30 Rock), John Lithgow (How I Met Your Mother), Carl Reiner (Hot in Cleveland), John Slattery (30 Rock), Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
~spoilers: Darren Criss (Glee), Nathan Lane (Modern Family)

Guest Actress Comedy Series:
Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock), Kristen Chenowith (Glee), Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
~spoilers: Kathy Bates (The Office), Carol Burnett (Glee), Cynthia Nixon (The Big C)

Reality Competition Show:
The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, Survivor, Top Chef
~spoiler: So You Think You Can Dance

Reality Host:
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Padma Laksmi & Tom Colicchio (Top Chef), Jeff Probst (Survivor), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
~spoilers: Phil Koeghan (The Amazing Race), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)

TV Movie/Miniseries:
Carlos, Cinema Verite, Downtown Abbey, Mildred Pierce, Too Big Too Fail
~spoilers: The Kennedys, The Pillars of the Earth, Ths Sunset Limited

Lead Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Hugh Bonneville (Downtown Abbey), Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood), William Hurt (Too Big Too Fail), Barry Pepper (The Kennedys), Patrick Stewart (MacBeth), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos)
~spoilers: Idris Elba (Luther), Samuel L. Jackson (The Sunset Limited), Tommy Lee Jones (The Sunset Limited),

Lead Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Haley Atwell (The Pilars of the Earth), Taraji P. Henson (Taken From Me: the Tiffany Rubin Story), Diane Lane (Cinema Verite), Elizabeth McGovern (Downtown Abbey), Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)
~spoilers: Katie Holmes (The Kennedys)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Bryan O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce), Tim Robbins (Cinema Verite), Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys), James Woods (Too Big Too Fail)
~spoilers: James Gandolfini (Cinema Verite), Thomas Dekker (Cinema Verite), Paul Giamatti (Too Big Too Fail),

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Diane Hardcastle (The Kennedys), Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce), Maggie Smith (Downtown Abbey), Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce), Betty White (The Lost Valentine)
~spoilers: Cynthia Nixon (Too Big Too Fail), Eileen Atkins (Upstairs Downstairs), Ruth Wilson (Luther)

Check out NBC’s New Fall Schedule

May 16, 2011

NBC has had a rough few years of late with terrible ratings and some pretty terrible shows (ahem, Outsourced and Outlaw anyone?)… Well, with a new man in charge (Showtime’s brilliant Robert Greenblatt) and a new promising schedule, the network may just be able to turn things around. They have a host of promising new shows like Prime Suspect, Whitney, and Smash and they’ve lucked out with the midseason hit The Voice. So, let’s take a look at the full new schedule and descriptions of the new shows below… For more on NBC’s shows and clips of the newcomers, head here.

8/7c The Sing-Off
10 pm THE PLAYBOY CLUB (A new drama set at the famed Playboy club in the 60’s starring Amber Heard, Eddie Cibrian, and Tony winner Laura Benanti)

8 pm The Biggest Loser
10 pm Parenthood

8 pm UP ALL NIGHT (A comedy about modern parenthood with Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph)
8:30 pm FREE AGENTS (A comedy about PR executives and exes played by Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn)
9 pm Harry’s Law [new time slot]
10 pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8 pm Community
8:30 pm Parks and Recreation [new-ish time slot]
9 pm The Office
9:30 pm WHITNEY (A comedy starring the hilarious Whitney Cummings about a couple in no hurry to get married)
10 pm PRIME SUSPECT (an update of the classic British crime drama that starred Oscar & Emmy winner Helen Mirren. This one stars Maria Bello as the hard-drinking detective)

8 pm Chuck [new time slot]
9 pm GRIMM (a fantastical drama inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales produced by Sean Hayes and starring David Guintoli and Silas Weir Mitchell who just so happened to be a theatre T.A. of mine in college, heehee)
10 pm Dateline NBC

Repeats “Encore programming”

7 pm Football Night in America
8:15 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

On tap for midseason are these promising shows:
Smash: A musical drama starring Debra Messing, Idol’s Katharine McPhee, and theatre stars Megan Hilty, Christian Borle and Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell about the making of a Broadway musical brought to you by Steven Speilberg with original music by Marc Shaiman.

Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea: a riotous sitcom based on Chelsea Handlers massively popular book with Laura Prepon as the free wheeling party girl.

Best Friends Forever: a single camera comedy about best friends, natch!

Bent: A romantic comedy starring Amanda Peet

Awake: a drama about a man (Jason Issaacs) caught in two parallel realities after a car crash. One has his son surviving the crash and his wife perishing, with the other has the wife surviving, but not the son).

The Firm: a drama based on the Michael Crichton best seller that was the basis for the hit Tom Cruise film in the 90’s that takes place 10 years after the book/movie ended.

And here’s my quick take on things…

The Good: Chuck made it out with a fifth and final season coming to you on Fridays! Harry’s Law survived the cut and several new shows look very promising: Prime Suspect, Grimm, The Playboy Club, Whitney and Are You There Vodka… And NBC’s funniest sitcom Parks and Recreation made the fall cut!

The Bad: Really, you’re gonna give the innocuous The Sing Off two hours on Mondays? It will get destroyed by Fox’s Terra Nova/House combo, the CBS comedies and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

The Argh: we have to wait til midseason for 30 Rock (due to Tina Fey’s pregnancy), but at least it will air uninterrupted. And we have to wait til midseason for my most anticipated new show of all the networks’ offerings: Smash.

All in all, though, NBC looks to be in better shape than they have been for the past five years. We’ll see how things pan out with their competitors when they release their schedules all week-long.

NBC makes some Big Changes with its new Winter Schedule

November 16, 2010

NBC has had a rough few years and this fall has been no exception. With no new breakout hits, two cancelled new series (Outlaw, Undercovers) and its ratings continuing to drop, the network is ready to make some big changes in the hopes that things will turn around. The new winter schedule begins in January and already looks more promising than this fall’s. The good news: the return of the hilarious and under-appreciated Parks and Recreation (which I make an appearance on in the season premiere on Jan. 20), the debut of the new Kathy Bates drama Harry’s Law (created by David E. Kelly), and no more regular folk Apprentice (but the pesky celeb version is back). The bad news: they’re still sticking with Chase and Outsourced through the end of the season and the return of reality junk Minute to Win It. Along with those changes, watch for new time slots for a host of shows which could benefit them (Law & Order: LA heading to Tuesday after the Biggest Loser) or hurt them more (Parenthood to Mondays at 10pm opposite hits Castle and Hawaii Five-O)…. I have to give NBC props for trying something new like the all comedy Thursday night block (and for renewing Emmy winning 30 Rock for another year through 2012) and making these changes. We’ll see if they do help the network get out of last place…. And if not, they still have a few more new shows to introduce later in midseason with the ensemble comedy Friends with Benefits, the new romantic anthology series Love Bites starring Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and the return of Paul Reiser in The Paul Reiser Show.

Check out NBC’s full new winter schedule below.

8-9 p.m. – “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. – “THE CAPE”  (a new superhero family show starring David Lyons from ER will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11 p.m.). New episodes start in its regular time period on January 17 (9-10 p.m.)
10-11 p.m. – “HARRY’S LAW’ (beginning January 17)
9-10 p.m. – “The Event” (returns on February 28, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in its regular time slot March 7)
10-11 p.m. — “Parenthood” (debuts in this slot March 7 with all originals)
8-10 p.m. — “The Biggest Loser: Couples” (beginning January 4)
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (beginning January 4 for four episodes)
10-11 p.m. — “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (beginning February 8th)
8-9 p.m. — “Minute to Win It” (beginning January 5)
9-10 p.m. –“Chase” (beginning January 12)
10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (originals beginning January 5 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. ET)
9-10 p.m. – “AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT” (beginning March 16)
THURSDAYS (all beginning January 20)
8-8:30 p.m. – “Community”
8:30-9 p.m. – “PERFECT COUPLES” (another new ensemble comedy about 3 couples)
9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”
10-10:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”
10:30-11 p.m. – “Outsourced”
8-9 p.m. — “Who Do You Think You Are?” (beginning January 21)
9-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” (beginning January 7)
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – “The Marriage Ref” (beginning March 6)
9-11 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice” (beginning March 6)

My Big Bold EMMY AWARD Winner Predictions

August 26, 2010

Will it be Modern Family or Glee Lost or Mad Men? The show that revitalized the family comedy vs. the pop culture phenomena and the former winner looking for renewed glory vs. the incumbent on a role. Those are the two big battles raging as we get ready for Sunday’s big Emmy Awards ceremony. This year we could see a number of first time winners like Jane Lynch (Glee), Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family) or possibly the old standbys like Tony Shaloub (Monk), Glenn Close (Damages) and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) will be victorious. Either scenario could happen on the show hosted by Jimmy Fallon. What is certain is that the miniseries The Pacific will continue its Emmy winning ways from the Creative Arts Emmy Awards last weekend where it took home the most crafts awards and we also saw Betty White (SNL), John Lithgow (Dexter), and Ann-Margaret (Law & Order: SVU) grab Guest Acting Honors. Neil Patrick Harris even won two awards (Guest Actor for Glee & Special Class Program for Hosting The Tonys) and is a strong bet to add a third this weekend. So, just who will win and who should win? Check out my predictions below and watch the Emmy Awards Sunday on NBC.

Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife, Lost, Mad Men, True Blood
Will win: Mad Men
Should win: Lost
~spoiler: Dexter (if the top two split the vote)

Drama Lead Actor:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Matthew Fox (Lost), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House)
Will & Should win: Michael C. Hall (finally on his 5th try, including one nom for Six Feet Under)
~spoilers: Bryan Cranston (had an amazing tape), Hugh Laurie (he’s 0 for 6 here and overdue)
-This is the most difficult race to predict. Matthew Fox is also deserving for his fantastic work in the amazing series finale of Lost. Only Hamm and Chandler are out of the running.

Drama Lead Actress:
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), January Jones (Mad Men), Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer)
Will & Should win: Julianna Marguiles
~spoiler: Kyra Sedgewick (she chose a great episode submission and is overdue. So far she’s 0 for 5 at the Emmys)

Drama Supporting Actor:
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Michael Emerson (Lost), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Martin Short (Damages), John Slattery (Mad Men)
Will & Should win: Terry O’Quinn
~spoiler: Michael Emerson

Drama Supporting Actress:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Rose Byrne (Damages), Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife)
Will win: Sharon Gless (she has a great tape and industry respect)
Should win: Archie Penjabi (the most interesting new character and fascinating performance on a tv drama last year)
~spoiler: Christina Hendricks (somebody from Mad Men has to win an acting award sometime)

Drama Writing:
Friday Night Lights (“The Son”), The Good Wife (“Pilot”), Lost (“The End”), Mad Men (“Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency”), Mad Men (“Shut the Door, Have a Seat”)
Will & Should win: Lost
~spoiler: Friday Night Lights (or possibly Mad Men if it’s episodes don’t cancel each other out)

Drama Directing:
Breaking Bad (“One Minute”), Dexter (“The Getaway”), Lost (“The End pt. 1 & 2”), Mad Men (“Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency)”, Treme (“Do You Know What it Means?”)
Will & Should win: Lost (hello, it’s the brilliant finale)
~spoiler: Dexter (um, hello, that final episode was killer!)

Comedy Series:
30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, The Office
Will win: Modern Family
Should win: Glee (ok, yes, I’m a gleek… but I’ll be totally happy with an equally deserving Modern Family win here)

Comedy Lead Actor:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carrell (The Office), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Tony Shaloub (Monk)
Will & Should win: Jim Parsons (He is hilarious and I’m not even a fan of the show)
~spoiler: Tony Shaloub (he had a great and long tape and it’s the final year of his show)
* I’d love to see Steve Carrell win though (he’s 0 for 5 at the Emmys in this category)

Comedy Lead Actress:
Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Lea Michelle (Glee), Julia Louis Dreyfuss (New Adventures of Old Christine), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
Will & Should win: Edie Falco
~spoiler: Lea Michelle (she submitted the “Don’t Rain on my Parade” episode)
* this category could go many ways with Poehler and Collette submitting great episodes too

Comedy Supporting Actor:
Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Chris Colfer (Glee), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Will win: Neil Patrick Harris (he lost the last 3 years in a row when he deserved to win and he just won 2 at the Shmemmys. He’s on a role!)
Should win: Ty Burrell or Eric Stonestreet or Harris or Colfer or Ferguson (oh heck anyone but Cryer)
~spoiler: Chris Colfer

Comedy Supporting Actress:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Will & Should win: Jane Lynch
~this is the ONLY slam dunk of the night.

Comedy Writing:
Glee (“Pilot”), Modern Family (“Pilot”), The Office (“Niagra Pt. 1 &2), 30 Rock (“Anna Howard Shaw Day”), 30 Rock (“Lee Marvin v. Derek Jeter”)
Will win: Modern Family
Should win: Glee
~spoiler: Glee

Comedy Directing:
Glee (“Wheels”), Glee (“Pilot”), Modern Family (“Pilot”), Nurse Jackie (“Pilot”), 30 Rock (“I Do Do”)
Will & Should win: Glee (“Pilot”)~ the one that started it all
~spoiler: Glee (“Wheels”)~ it’s arguably better than the pilot directed by Emmy winner Paris Barclay

Outstanding Reality Competition Show:
The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway Top Chef
Will win: The Amazing Race (um, that’d be 8 in a row. It’s a great show, but enough!)
Should win: Top Chef
~spoiler: Top Chef

TV Movie
Endgame, Georgia O’Keefe, Moonshot, Temple Grandin, The Special Relationship, You Don’t Know Jack
Will & Should win: Temple Grandin
~spoiler: You Don’t Know Jack

The Pacific, Return to Cranford
Will & Should win: The Pacific

Lead Actress TV Movie/Miniseries
Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keefe), Clare Danes (Temple Grandin), Hope Davis (That Special Relationship), Judi Dench (Return to Cranford), Maggie Smith (Capturing Mary)
Will & Should win: Clare Danes (simply astonishingly good)
~spoiler: Joan Allen

Lead Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Jeff Bridges (A Dog Year), Ian McKellan (The Prisoner), Dennis Quaid (That Special Relationship), Michael Sheen (That Special Relationship), Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack)
Will win: Al Pacino
Should win: Ian McKellan
~spoiler: Jeff Bridges (he just won that Oscar you know…)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Kathy Bates (Alice), Catherine O’Hara (Temple Grandin), Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin), Brenda Vacarro (You Don’t Know Jack), Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack)
Will win: Julia Ormond
Should win: Brenda Vacarro (or the wonderful and subtle work from Catherine O’Hara)
~spoiler: Susan Sarandon (hello, she’s the big movie star here)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Michael Gambon (Emma), John Goodman (You Don’t Know Jack), Johnathan Pryce (Return to Cranford), Patrick Steward (Hamlet), David Strathairn (Temple Grandin)
Will & Should win: Patrick Stewart
~spoiler: David Strathairn (if there’s a “Temple” sweep)