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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:
Glee
Smash

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

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Another Sneak Peak at Dexter’s New Season!

September 7, 2011

Season 6 of the Emmy winning serial killer drama Dexter gets underway on Oct 2nd and there will be several new faces joining the show. As previously noted, Colin Hanks, Mos Def and Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos (Stand & Deliver) will all be meeting up with Emmy nominee and SAG Award/Golden Globe Award winner Michael C. Hall’s titular character in a variety of ways. And now, we have a little more insight into what they’ll be doing. Take a look at the new video from Showtime highlighting the latest for season 6 of Dexter.

Dexter sneak preview

Dexter Takes Wing…

August 12, 2011

Oct. 2nd can’t get here soon enough… You see, that’s the day of the season premiere of the Emmy nominated serial killer drama Dexter. Season 6 will have Dex (Golden Globe and SAG Winner, and 5 time Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall) reverting to his season 1 ways but also exploring faith a little. Hence the picture below. Dexter has wings! … Well, blood wings! Love it… Are you ready for the new season? It will also feature guest stars Mos Def, Colin Hanks and Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos who will all have to live up to the awesome guest stints by Julia Stiles who is currently nominated for an Emmy and John Lithgow who won an Emmy last season… I’m dying with anticipation (pun intended, lol). Watch Dexter on Showtime on Oct. 2nd.

Dexter’s back and He’s Badass!

July 22, 2011

Emmy nominated drama Dexter is getting ready for a killer season 6… pun intended. After all kinds of personal drama with the loss of his wife Rita (the sorely missed Julie Benz) and the exit of his killer soul mate Lumen (Emmy nominee Julia Stiles), Dexter is back in badass mode mowing down the evildoers of Miami. The first trailer for the new season starring Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall (how has he not won yet?!! And while I’m at it, how the heck has his costar Jennifer Carpenter NEVER been nominated? That’s a killer crime!) just hit the web after debuting at Comic Con and it’s awesome. Looks like Dexter will be facing several new foes in the form of Colin Hanks, Mos Def and Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos. He’ll also be exploring the question of faith. Sounds good. For more on the new season, head to TVLine here and check out the Dexter preview below. Watch for the season premiere on Sunday Oct 2nd.

Dexter season 6 trailer

First Look~ The Amazing Spiderman!

July 20, 2011

With the annual geekfest Comic Con in full effect in San Diego this week, the entertainment industry has swarmed over the city to pimp their newest and most prized projects. Along with panels for summer movies like Cowboys & Aliens and Fright Night, you’ll get confabs on TV shows like Glee, Dexter, Terra Nova and Fringe. But what may be most exciting is a glimpse at big movies heading our way over the next year and arguably the most anticipated is the rebooted Spiderman franchise pic, The Amazing Spiderman. The first in the new series features Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) taking over from Tobey Maguire as the titular character alongside a great cast including two-time Oscar winner Sally Field (Places in the Heart, Norma Rae) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as his Aunt and Uncle, Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone (Easy A) as his first love Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as the villain. They all work under the direction of Mark Webb who is best known for the fantastic indie romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer, and judging from the first trailer that leaked at Comic Con, it looks pretty good. (However, the CGI scenes look a little too video-gamey for me). Take a peak for yourself below and watch as Spidey flies back into theatres July 3, 2012.

The Amazing Spiderman trailer

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)

My Big Bold SAG Award Winner Predictions

January 28, 2011

Ok, enough with Oscar fever, who’s hungry for some SAG sweets?… yeah, I know that makes no sense, but I love me some alliteration, hehe… Anywho, the SAG Awards are this Sunday on TNT and it’s one of the last few big awards shows before the Oscars, and often, they signal a shift in awards voting (only the Independent Spirits and the BAFTAS are left after this). So, does this mean Annette Bening can stomp Natalie Portman in her toe shoe tracks? And can The King’s Speech steal the thunder from The Social Network? I say, yes they both can. Sure, I may be going out on a hopeful limb for Bening, but I think the large SAG voting body may not be as partial to the very divisive Black Swan as the critics groups were. So, we’ll see.
The SAG’s also honor the best in television and we could see some of my favorites like Dexter, Glee, Modern Family and Hot in Cleveland (which I’m appearing on February 9th by the way) take home the statue. So, check out my predictions below and watch the show live on Sunday night…. Also, send me a private email if you wanna know just who I voted for!

My Big Bold SAG Award Winner Predictions:

~Movies~

Best Actor:
Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), James Franco (127 Hours), Robert Duvall (Get Low), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Will & Should win: Colin Firth

Best Actress:
Annette Bening (The Kids are Alright), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Hilary Swank (Conviction)
Will & Should win: Annette Bening
~spoiler: Natalie Portman

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale (The Fighter), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jeremy Renner (The Town), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are Alright), Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)
Will & Should win: Christian Bale
~spoiler: Geoffrey Rush

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Will & Should win: Melissa Leo
~spoiler: Amy Adams (and I would looooove that)

Best Ensemble:
Black Swan, The Fighter, The Kids are Alright, The King’s Speech, The Social Network
Will & Should win: The King’s Speech
~spoiler: The Fighter

~TV~

Actor in a Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House)
Will win: Jon Hamm
Should win: Bryan Cranston
~spoiler: last year’s winner Michael C. Hall (and I’d love that)

Actress in a Drama Series:
Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer)
Will win: Juliana Marguiles
Should win: Kyra Sedgewick
~spoiler: Elizabeth Moss

Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Chris Colfer (Glee), Steve Carrell (The Office), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family)
Will & Should win: Chris Colfer
~spoiler: Ty Burrell

Actress in a Comedy Series:
Tina Fey (30 Rock), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Will & Should win: Jane Lynch
~spoiler: Betty White (and I would looooooooooooove that!)

Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries:
John Goodman (You Don’t Know Jack), Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack), Denis Quaid (The Special Relationship), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos), Patrick Stewart (Macbeth)
Will & Should win: Al Pacino
~spoiler: Edgar Ramirez

Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries:
Clare Danes (Temple Grandin), Catherine O’Hara (Temple Grandin), Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin), Winona Ryder (When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story), Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack)
Will & Should win: Clare Danes

Drama Series Ensemble:
Boardwalk Empire, The Closer, Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men
Will win: Mad Men
Should win: The Good Wife
~spoiler: Boardwalk Empire

Comedy Series Ensemble:
30 Rock, Glee, Hot in Cleveland, The Office, Modern Family
Will & Should win: Modern Family
~spoiler: last year’s deserving winner Glee
(but I would kinda love to see Hot in Cleveland win, hehe)

The Good, the Bad and the Really? at today’s Golden Globe Noms

December 15, 2010

This morning several of the expected contenders names were called at the Golden Globe Nomination announcement. We heard titles like The King’s Speech, The Social Network, Glee, Modern Family, Black Swan, James Franco, Annette Bening and Jane Lynch. However, who could’ve guessed that Jennifer Love Hewitt and The Tourist would grab nods? Those were just two of several surprises, some infuriating, some delightful. So, take a look at my reaction to this morning’s nominations below and for the full list of nods, click here.

The Good

~Congrats to the deserving noms for The Social Network and The King’s Speech, the best two films of the year.
~Yay for The Kids are Alright and its wonderful stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening’s nominations (and likely the film and Bening’s upcoming wins here).
~How great was it to see Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams’ nominated for their brilliant performances in the little film Blue Valentine? (I think Williams could even be an Oscar spoiler if Natalie Portman and Bening split the vote… but that’s getting ahead of myself)
~Happy to see all the Glee love especially for Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch who both received their first Glob noms this year.
~Thrilled for the Dexter noms for the show, Michael C. Hall and Julia Stiles. I just wish Jennifer Carpenter had been recognized too.
~And what a treat to see Emma Stone land a nod for her incredibly funny and charming performance in Easy A

Best Surprise

~Mila Kunis: the girl from That 70’s Show makes good with a nod for supporting actress for her great work in Black Swan. (thank goodness they didn’t give Barbara Hershey’s disastrous turn a nom too!)

Worst Snubs:

Jim Carrey: He should’ve been nomm’d (and won) for Lead Actor Comedy/Musical for his hilarious and heartfelt work in I Love You Phililp Morris
~Mark Ruffalo: His charming turn in The Kids are Alright was ignored for some unknown reason. At least he should bounce back with a SAG nom on Thursday and the film got 4 noms total.
~Sam Rockwell & Juliette Lewis: apparently the HFPA didn’t see Conviction because if they did, they would’ve noticed the utterly fantastic work done by this dynamic duo.
~Lisa Cholodenko & Debra Granik: Um, does the HFPA have a thing against women directors? I didn’t think so after deservedly awarding Kathryn Bigelow Best Director last year for The Hurt Locker. But both of these ladies were denied noms for their work on Kids and Winter’s Bone respectively.
~Where’s Waiting for Superman in the documentary category and its brilliant theme song by John Legend “Shine”?
~Other unsettling snubs: Diane Weist & Aaron Eckhart (Rabbit Hole), Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham), and Leonardo DiCaprio & Marion Cottillard from Inception

The BAD!

~The Tourist noms: um really? 3 noms for this universally maligned thriller? Apparently, the Globes really wanted Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp to attend…
~ The Alice in Wonderland noms: this movie just sucked. I’m sorry and Johnny Depp, I love ya, but you were an incoherent disaster in this one…
~Halle Berry: Ok, I love you and I appreciate your ambitious attempt in Frankie & Alice, but the film was atrocious and you took a spot from far more deserving contenders like Hawkins, Lesley Manville, Hilary Swank and Tilda Swinton.
~Michael Douglas: Um, can you say pity nomination? His work in Wall Street 2 was fine, but no way in heck should he have grabbed a nod over Rockwell, Ruffalo, and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone).
~Jennifer Love Hewitt: she got a nom for playing a hooker in the Lifetime TV Movie The Client List… Oh brother!
Piper Perabo: she’s very likable on Covert Affairs, but that is not award worthy material. She gets in over Glenn Close, Connie Britton and Sally Field? What?
Chris Noth: sure, you’re good on The Good Wife, but you’re nowhere as good as Alan Cumming on it. And in this catch-all supporting category, the work of Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson from Lost should’ve landed one of the dramatic spots here instead…. And where the heck are the Lost noms for its wonderful final season while I’m at it?
Scott Caan: you got a nod for Hawaii 5-0. Yes, you’re the best thing on the show, but no, you should not be awarded for it…

My Guilty Pleasure Favorite Nominations:
The 3 nominations for Burlesque. Yes, it certainly deserved the song noms (for Christina Aguilera’s “Bound to You”- I told you she’d get a nom, and Cher‘s “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me”), but the nom for Best Picture Musical/Comedy was certainly a shocker. Still, it kinda makes me really happy.

My Secret Favorite Category?

~BEST ORIGINAL SONG~ Because it’s a diva smack down… You have songs performed by Cher, Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Mandy Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow all nominated! And both Underwood and Aguilera co-wrote their tracks and are eligible to win… Which lady will prevail? … I’m actually thinking it’s Paltrow’s song from Country Strong or Cher’s record from Burlesque.

Ok, that’s my quick two cents on today’s nominations. I’m sure I could keep babbling on and on, but I need to get my SAG nomination predictions ready. Watch for them tomorrow and enjoy the Golden Globes on NBC on January 16th.

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!)

TOP REALITY COMPEITION SHOWS:
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.

More Fall TV Reviews~ “Boardwalk Empire” & “Outlaw”

September 20, 2010

The Fall TV season is in full swing and I’ve got two more reviews for you. This time it’s one highly anticipated drama from HBO, Boardwalk Empire, and the other a drama featuring the return of Emmy winner Jimmy Smits on NBC, Outlaw.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sundays at 9pm)~ This new drama focusing on Atlantic city in the early days of Prohibition is gorgeously shot with incredible attention paid to the lush production design. Everything about it is top-notch regarding the cinematography, costumes, set and historically accurate music. It also features a strong ensemble cast and is an admirably ambitious production that will likely snare a few fans who enjoy Mad Men or loved The Sopranos. However, for this viewer, it left me a bit bored and cold. Despite the wonderful technical aspects and lovely direction by Oscar winner Martin Scorcesse, the story and the characters just didn’t win me over. Steve Buscemi is fine as Enoch Thompson Atlantic City’s Treasurer and a bootlegging criminal who runs and underground business along with his police chief brother, a bunch of assassins and go to men like his impulsive ambitious right hand man ably played by Michael Pitt. They face off against a bible thumping fed played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and other gangsters from New York and Chicago. There’s also a potential in the single mom who Buscemi’s character takes interest in played beautifully by Kelly Macdonald. Ultimately, though, I just didn’t find anyone to root for and found myself admiring it more than enjoying it. Grade: B

Outlaw (NBC, Fridays at 10pm): I’m not sure Jimmy Smits should’ve chosen this vehicle to return to series TV after his wonderful work on The West Wing and Dexter because Outlaw is just crap. Really, it’s so contrived, convoluted, pandering, obvious and poorly executed that I’m wondering what attracted Smits to it. I suppose the part of a roguish arrogant Supreme Court justice who thrills in his vices yet has a crisis of conscience and decides to resign to fight the good fight as an everyday lawyer seemed intoxicated. Unfortunately, he just comes off as irritating and self-serving. His team of lawyers are all cookie cutter boring characters and the case in the pilot was un-engaging and predictable. This is one outlaw I wish stayed back out west. Grade: D