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“Cougar Town” is Coming Back!

October 4, 2012

I was thrilled when I heard the news that TBS had picked up one of the most hilarious and underrated comedies on tv, Cougar Town, for a fourth and fifth season. ABC is losing out because this show is a riot with Emmy worthy performances from its brilliant ensemble including Critic’s Choice winners Courtney Cox and Busy Phillips. The show returns to Tuesday nights on TBS January 8th and they just released a great and funny promo song to get you in the mood. Check out Josh Hopkins and the Cougar Town crew with some celebrity surpasses singing about the new season below. Welcome back cul-de-sac crew!!!

Cougar Town Season 4 Song


Check out the 1st Annual Critic’s Choice TV Award Winners

June 21, 2011

When I heard about the first annual Critic’s Choice TV Awards honoring the best in television, I was very excited. I thought “hey, maybe these guys will get it right where the Emmys get it wrong.” Then, I saw their nominees with shows like The Killing, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Justified and Fringe and names like Cat Deeley, Martha Plimpton, Courtney Cox, Anna Torv, Shawn Hatosy, and Nick Offerman on the list and I was overjoyed. Some great programs and actors were finally getting their due recognition…. That is, until today’s Awards ceremony…. You see, several of the old guard still picked up awards like…

Don’t read further if you don’t want to know and would rather find out when the show airs this Wednesday 6/22 at 8pm on Reelz channel…

…. when several of the old guard like Tina Fey, Mad Men and Juliana Marguiles all won. Now, don’t get me wrong. They’re all quite deserving, I was just hoping that maybe someone like Mirielles Enos from The Killing might win. But, hey at least she was nominated… And there were three really awesome winners: Busy Phillips (Cougar Town), John Noble (Fringe) and Margo Martindale (Justified). I can only pray that they will at least get Emmy nominations, let alone a win. Progress takes time people…. Anywho, take a look at the full list of winners below and catch the show on Wednesday which is hosted by the brilliant (and unfortunately loser to Mike Rowe, what?!) Cat Deeley which will also feature a tribute to Danny DeVito.

2011 Critic’s Choice TV Award Winners
Drama Series: Mad Men
Lead Actor Drama: Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Lead Actress Drama: Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Supporting Actor Drama: John Noble (Fringe)
Supporting Actress Drama: TIE~ Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) & Margo Martindale (Justified)
Comedy Series: Modern Family
Lead Actor Comedy: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Lead Actress Comedy: Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Supporting Actor Comedy: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Supporting Actress Comedy: Busy Phillips (Cougar Town)
Reality Competition Show: American Idol
Reality Series: TIE~ Hoarders & The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Reality Host: Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs)
Talk Show: Daily Show with Jon Stewart

All Hail the Great Picks for the Critic’s Choice TV Awards

June 6, 2011

I think they rarely get a pat on the back, but today I am congratulating the critics. You see, they announced their nominations for the first annual Critic’s Choice TV Awards and their choices are pretty fantastic. Along with the worthy Emmy winners like Mad Men and Modern Family (which led with 6 nominations), several unheralded but fantastic shows and actors reaped nominations including Justified, Fringe (plus stars John Noble and Anna Torv), Rupaul’s Drag Race, and Parks and Recreation. Plus how wonderful is it to finally see Courteney Cox and Busy Phillips from Cougar Town grab nominations. Other actors I was thrilled to see on the list include Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Michelle Forbes & Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Shawn Hatosy (Southland), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation )…. Of course, there were still some very deserving people who didn’t make the cut like Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy), Kadee Strickland (Private Practice), Laura Linney (The Big C) Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and the big shocking ommisions~ Chris Colfer (Glee) and Betty White (Hot in Cleveland). But, hey, at least those last two will definitely hear their names on Emmy nomination day next month… In the meantime, take a look at the list below for the show that will be hosted by the awesome and nominated Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) that will be given out on the June 20th and air on Reelz channel on June 22nd.

Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The Killing
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Anna Torv (Fringe)

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)

The Big Bang Theory
The Middle
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Sister Wives
Undercover Boss

The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef

Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Chelsea Lately
The Daily Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Oprah Winfrey Show

Give these People Emmy Nominations!

April 26, 2011

It’s been a little quiet on the Awards front lately for the entertainment biz, but no fret, things are about to ramp up. In June, we’ll have the Tony Awards honoring the best on Broadway and in July, this year’s Emmy nominations will come out. Of course I will give you my predictions and in a few weeks I’ll be posting a wish list of potential nominees. However, there are a few standout actors and actresses that I think deserve mention right now! So, take a look at my list of people who absolutely deserve Emmy nominations for the 2010-11 season alongside the obvious frontrunners like Jane Lynch, Juliana Marguiles, Michael C. Hall, Betty White, and Jon Hamm to name a few…

Here are some Dramatic candidates…

John Noble (Fringe): as the bumbling brilliant scientist Walter Bishop, Noble has been nothing short of spectacular for the past 3 seasons. He’s at times wounded, calculating, hilarious and heartfelt. However, this season he was even better as the show delved into an alternate universe where Noble also tackled Bishop’s doppelgänger, “Walternet”. This other role gave Noble a chance to be ruthless, brutal, and evil at the same time as his noble (pun intended) counter part on the other side. I dare say, not only does John Noble deserve a nom… he deserves a win.

Anna Torv (Fringe): ok, for the first two seasons, Torv was very adequate and then quite good as she grew in her performance as Olivia, the FBI investigator with a mysterious past on the best sci-fi show on TV, Fringe. But, this season, she simply blew it out of the park as she took on her doppelgänger in the alternate universe as well. Playing two distinct versions of herself~ one fighting for the truth and attempting to bring down her walls and open up to love while the other doing the evil bidding of “Walternet” and then subsequently realizing she’s on the wrong side, Torv has been fantastic. She’s even physically battled herself and shown tremendous growth and layers heretofore unkown. Give her, and this show for that matter, some kudos attention please!

Kadee Strickland (Private Practice): sure, she’s on a show  that’s the ignored stepchild of Greys Anatomy and rarely has it been awards worthy. However, every now and then the show nails it and with Strickland’s character Charlotte suffering a brutal rape and its consequences, the show rose above. And Strickland has been nothing short of brilliant. Her performance has been harrowing, brittle, broken and beautiful. If ever there was a time for this show to break through, it’s right here with Strickland’s exemplary work.

Sara Ramirez (Greys Anatomy): speaking of the mothership Greys, Tony Award winner Ramirez has been wonderful for years on the show, but never really got to standout. She was always eclipsed by great showboaters like Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh. But in this season’s musical episode, it was all about Ramirez’s Callie and her amazing pipes. She was simply undeniable… In fact, check out the clip below and I dare you to say she doesn’t deserve a nomination.

Grey’s Anatomy~ Sara Ramirez “The Story

Michelle Forbes & Brent Sexton (The Killing): as the grieving parents on this season’s best new drama, Forbes and Sexton have been simply amazing. Their grief at the loss of their daughter has been palpable. Forbes mother has been driven into cataclysmic despair while Sexton’s father has become a conduit of rage and revenge. The are the most powerful players on an incredibly powerful show.

Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife): sure Alan Cumming, Archie Penjabi, Christine Baranski and Juliana Marguiles will all be nominated for the even better second season of the best drama on network TV. But even better news would be a well deserved nom for the incredibly charming, smart, devious, cocky and often understated work of Czuchry as the attorney their firm let go who’s now often their primary antagonist in court. Czuchry’s acting choices are always unexpected and wonderful and he should no longer stand in the shadows on this incredible ensemble.

Emmy Rossum (Shameless): while I’m no fan of this show, I find it incredibly hard to watch, often irresponsible, uncomfortable and William H. Macy’s main character utterly disgusting and awful, Shameless does have one big asset going for it. That is the masterful and ingenious performance of Emmy Rossum as the oldest sibling struggling to keep her extended family and her drunken disaster of a father together. Who knew the little singer from Phantom of the Opera had this powerhouse performance in her?

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones): after only one scene in the premiere episode of Thrones, I said to myself “Peter Dinklage is gonna get an Emmy nomination.” He stands out among the sprawling cast on this epic show as the most interesting and unique character full of humor and debauchery that all belies great despair and anger. I can’t wait to see where they take his character and how high Dinklage’s performance can soar.

Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter): sure this show has been all about Michael C. Hall’s unquestionably astounding performance as the title serial killer (and a few of his awesome adversaries like John Lithgow and Johnny Lee Miller). But, this season Carpenter rose to the occasion with a depth we didn’t know she had. Dealing with the grief of a lost love, questioning her career, jumping into a convoluted and confusing new relationship with a coworker, and picking up the pieces of her brother’s fractured family life, Carpenter was just impeccable, ballsy, heartbreaking, funny and magnificent.

Now, before I head to some Comedy performers, here’s a quick shout out to some names, I’d love to hear on nomination day as well: Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Regina King (Southland), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Denis O’Hare (True Blood) and Michael Cudlitz (Southland).

And a few Comedy contenders…

Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland): it’s a foregone conclusion that Betty White is the front-runner to win Supporting Actress for HIC, but how’s about a nom (and win) for Malick in Lead Actress. She’s an amazing physical comedian and can spin a joke out of pretty much any word, yet still ground it in reality. And having guested on the show with her, I have to say she’s the consummate professional and a delight to work with. She’s also the most consistently funny person on the show if you ask me.

Courtney Cox (Cougar Town): How did she never get a nom for Friends? And how was she ignored last year? People get it together and nominate this brilliant and hilarious comedian on the most underrated comedy on network TV.

Busy Phillips (Cougar Town): in an ensemble full of Emmy worth performers (Christa Miller, Ian Gomez, Courtney Cox), Phillips is always a standout. She’s simply a riot and should be a front-runner for this award… if only she could get a nomination first…

Garrett Dillahunt (Raising Hope): he doesn’t stand a chance in the supporting category going up against Chris Colfer (Glee), Neil Patrick Harris (HIMYMother) and the men of Modern Family, but what a treat would it be if he got a nomination. As the biggest boob of a granddad on Raising Hope, Dillahunt never ceases to surprise with his hilarious takes and line readings. He could be a big wonderful surprise on nomination day.

And before I go, here’s some other Comedy names I hope to hear at the nominations: Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Allison Janney (the best thing about Mr. Sunshine), Vanessa Williams (the best thing about this season of Desperate Housewives), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Oliver Platt (The Big C) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)… but I know the last one will happen in the Guest Actress category at least….

Anywho, there are a few of my “For Your Consideration” actors for this year’s Emmy noms. What do you think of them? And who would you add? Let me know below and watch for more Emmy suggestions and predictions in the weeks to come.

My Top TV of 2010!

December 8, 2010

The first decade of this new millennium is nearly over and it’s time to star looking back at what moved, excited and upset me in 2010 in the entertainment world. Today I’m taking a gander at my favorites in television from the past year. So, let’s rank the shows I loved the most and celebrate a few other special people and programs.

My Top 15 Shows of 2010:
1. Modern Family: The Emmy winning sitcom is consistently the funniest and smartest show on TV.
2. Glee: There’s nothing like it and I can’t get enough. Plus they have great guest stars (Gwyneth Paltrow anyone?)important storylines, wonderful music and Emmy winner Jane Lynch!)
3. Lost: It was one of the best dramas in TV history and it went out as it began~ beautifully, action packed, full of emotion and mystery.
4. Dexter: who knew they could follow up a brilliant season with crazy killer John Lithgow so well? But picking up the pieces after Rita’s death became easier once Julia Stiles came along and gave Michael C. Hall’s Dexter an ingenious revenge plot. Loved it!
5.Cougar Town: this show is the wackiest most unsung comedy on television with a wonderful ensemble. Seriously, why aren’t more of you watching it?
6. 30 Rock: while it’s been a little uneven this year, it’s still brilliant and even a lackluster episode is absolutely hilarious
7. Nurse Jackie: Edie Falco rocks and this dramedy never hits a false note in its fascinating portrayal of an addict nurse.
8. Hot in Cleveland: This “old-fashioned” sitcom is simply a laugh riot. The ensemble is brilliant and it feels like home when I watch it. Betty White is an icon, Wendie Malick is divine, Jane Leeves is fantastic. Oh and I’m gonna be on episode 3 of the second season in February! So watch it!
9. Parks and Recreation: the show really came into its own in season 2 and the cast is lead by the hysterically talented Amy Poehler. Season 3 starts on January 20th. You better watch cuz I’m gonna be on that episode too!
10. The Big C: Laura Linney is an acting treasure. She makes flawless choices and brings me to tears through my laughter on this great dramedy about a woman dealing with a terrible cancer diagnosis.
11. The Good Wife: this ensemble drama about Chicago lawyers and politics got even more fascinating in season 2 and features a ridiculous well of talented actors like Emmy winners Archie Penjabi, Julianna Marguiles, and Christine Baranski alongside Chris Noth, Josh Charles and Emmy nominee Alan Cumming.
12. Ugly Betty: In its final season, Betty hit all the right notes returning to its hilarious, sharp-witted and heartfelt roots anchored by the brilliance of America Fererra, Vanessa Williams (now stirring up much-needed trouble and giggles on Desperate Housewives) and the dynamic duo of Michael Urie and Becki Newton.
13. Fringe: it’s the best sci-fi drama on TV. It’s a mind-bender that keeps you glued to your television no matter what alternate universe we’re in. And John Noble needs an Emmy stat!
14. Damages: Emmy winner Glenn Close got some amazing support from Emmy nominees Martin Short and Lily Tomlin on this potboiler of a thriller this year and kept us guessing til the end.
15. Raising Hope: the best new sitcom this season finally gives Martha Plimpton the TV vehicle she deserves with this dysfunctional white trash family comedy. Plus Garret Dillahaunt and Cloris Leachman are ridiculously funny.
~Honorable Mention: The Closer (thank goodness Kyra Sedgwick finally won her much deserved Emmy!)

1. So You Think You Can Dance (the Best reality competition show on TV by far. The talent is amazing~ Lauren, Robert, Kent, Alex “frikken” Wong, the All Stars to name a few. And Cat Deeley is the best and most fashionable host on TV to boot)
2. RuPaul’s Drag Race (Who knew RuPaul’s TV comeback would be so hilarious, fascinating, dramatic and tense? Um, RuPaul, that’s who!)
3. Survivor (“Heroes v. Villains” was the perhaps the best cycle in the show’s history at least since the original season in Borneo)
4. Top Chef (Great casts, great judges, great challenges, and now an Emmy winner!)
5. Project Runway (finally back in fashion with a fantastic cycle featuring awful Gretchen and Ivy and the super talented Mondo who should’ve won!)
6. The Amazing Race (the old stalwart is still great)
7. Dancing with the Stars (Spring edition with Nicole Scherzinger… oh and we’re going to pretend this past fall edition never existed)
8. Top Chef Just Desserts (I wanted to eat everything they made! And Yigit is perhaps the most adorable reality winner ever!)
9. American Idol (um, worst season ever, but I’m still soooo addicted)
10. America’s Next Top Model (Yesh, I’m still watching and the recent high fashion edition gave the show its strongest top 4 to date)

Best TV Movie: Temple Grandin
Best Reality Show (Non-Competition): Kathy Griffin Life on the D List
TV MVPS: Jane Lynch (Glee, Do Something, Two and a Half Men), Neil Patrick Harris (Emmys, How I Met Your Mother, Glee)
Best Guily Pleasures: Human Target, White Collar, V
Breakout Drama Performer: Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter
Breakout Comedy Perforrmer: Busy Phillips, Cougar Town
Sad Goodbyes to Shows We Lost this Year: Lost, 24, Ugly Betty, Better Off Ted
Gone too Soon: Lone Star

~And special props to Grey’s Anatomy for returning to its juicy goodness over the past year~ quite a feat for a show in its 6th season.

So, what were your favorites this year? Do you agree with me or are you wondering where Mad Men is? (um, it’s well done, but not my cup of tea). Let me know your thoughts and faves below.

The Emmys: Which of these Funny Ladies do you Support?

April 2, 2010

 Here’s the latest installment of my series looking at this year’s competitors for the Emmy Awards. Today, it’s more comedy with the funny supporting actress vying for the trophy.



Jane Lynch (Glee): the Golden Globe nominee and SAG ensemble award winner plays the breakout TV character of the season with the acerbic bitter and ballsy Sue Sylvester. She has the best one liners anywhere on television and Lynch makes the most of every single one. I’d say she’s the clear front-runner.

Jane Krakowski (30 Rock): This Tony winner was a nominee last year and looks likely to repeat and possibly steal Lynch’s trophy as the wacky narcissistic and hilarious Jenna Maloney. She’s also a former Golden Globe nominee and SAG Ensemble winner for her work on both 30 Rock and Ally McBeal.

Good Bets:

Kristin Wiig (Saturday Night Live): She remains the best (and sometimes only) reason to watch SNL with hilarious characters like the Target Lady and Sue Surprise. A burgeoning film career (Macgruber, Paul, Whip It)  can only bolster her chances on grabbing a second consecutive nomination.

Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty): the 3 time nominee may finally win the golden girl on her 4th try for Ugly Betty’s last season. The show and Williams have been on fire and she’s certainly overdue for her uproarious role as venomous “Wilhelmina Slater”. She’s also a perennial SAG nominee, a Broadway vet and a multiple Grammy Award nominee.

Strong Contenders:

Sofia Vergara (Modern Family): playing the hot Columbian mama Gloria, Vergara has finally found a sitcom worthy of her immense talents. She more than holds her own on TV’s smartest hit comedy.

Julie Bown (Modern Family): playing the straight woman to Ty Burrell’s crazy husband and wacky kids, Bowen mines comic gold with the best Bea Arthur takes in ages. The former SAG nominee (Boston Legal, Weeds, Modern Family) may grab her first individual kudos this year.

Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds): with 3 previous nominations and no wins, Perkins could be overdue. A former Golden Globe and SAG nomine who’s also well respected for her dramatic work, she’s perfection as the severely flawed and acid tongued Celia on Weeds.

Jenna Fischer (The Office): with her fantastic work this season as her character “Pam” dealt with her first pregnancy, Fischer could land a second career Emmy nomination to go with all those SAG Ensemble Award wins.

Outside Shot:

Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm): a two time Emmy and SAG nominee for her role as the long suffering wife/ex-wife of Larry David on Curb, Hines could be a contender again this year.

Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men): a former Emmy winner for The Practice and a three time nominee for Two and a Half Men, veteran Taylor can’t be ruled out as a threat. In my opinion, she’s the only reason to watch that boring and conventional sitcom.

Jayma Mays (Glee): as OCD clean freak “Emma” on this season’s sensation Glee, Mays could be a surprise nominee. She’s hilarious and heartfelt in every scene and has been a guest star on practically every other show on television only adding to her notoriety in the biz. She shared in the SAG ensemble award earlier this year as well.

Loveable Longshots:

Busy Phillips (Cougar Town): ever since Freaks and Geeks, Phillips has been a go to sidekick on a number of shows (Dawson’s Creek, ER), but never has she been better or funnier as the flighty and flirtatious “Laurie” on the increasingly addictive freshman show Cougar Town.

Becki Newton (Ugly Betty): Newton has been criminally ignored by the Emmys and Globes for her wonderful work as airheaded “Amanda” on Ugly Betty. However this season her character’s growth and depth have given Newton some seriously great submission episodes that may finally get her a nod. At least she has two SAG ensemble nominations and a new pilot for fall season.

Merrit Weaver (Nurse Jackie): holding her own against multiple Emmy winner Edie Falco is a tough job but Weaver is more than up to the task. As the goofy newbie nurse “Zoey”, Weaver could ride a potential Jackie Emmy wave to a nomination.

On the ballot, not gonna happen:

Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Conchatta Ferrell (Two and A Half Men), Alyson Hanigan (How I Met Your Mother), Colbie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Dana Delaney (Desperate Housewives), Amber Riley (Glee), and Portia DeRossi (Better Off Ted)~ I’d love that one though!

~So, just who do I think is most deserving? Here’s my rankings of this year’s contenders:

1. Jane Lynch

2. Jane Krakowski

3. Vanessa Williams

4. Kristen Wiig

5. Becki Newton

6. Julie Bowen

7. Sofia Vergara

8. Busy Phililps

9. Amber Riley (hello, did you see her “And I Am Telling You” or “Bust Your Windows” numbers?!!)

10. Jenna Fischer

~But who do I think will grab the nominations? Here are my current predictions for this year’s Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)