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My 2014 Emmy Nomination Wish List

May 17, 2014

Hey everyone,
What's In The Box?I’m baaaaack… Sorry for the delay between posts, but luckily I have been quite busy. I shot an episode of Grey’s Anatomy opposite the lovely Sandra Oh (more on her later), booked a new webseries to shoot in June, and Co-Produced my first feature film Like You Mean It. It’s been a wonderful time, but I have missed ya’ll.

So, I’m back with another blog on entertainment awards because I’m a little obsessed. TV’s big night, The Emmy Awards, will happen in late August with nominations due in early July. With that said, I am hereby recommend the following people on my Emmy Nomination Wish List… Now don’t fret, I still love a ton of people and shows that will probably grab nominations like Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith, Sofia Vergara and Clare Danes. However, I wanted to shine a light on some serious long shots along with my personal favorites and a few surprises. Take a look below and then let me know who you’d love to see grab an Emmy nomination this year.

2014 Emmy Nomination Wish List:

DRAMA SERIES:
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife (what a stellar year!)robin hoc
House of Cards
Masters of Sex
Scandal

Lead Actress Drama:
Lizzie Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Mirielle Enos (The Killing)
Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Tatiana Maslaney (Orphan Black)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Lead Actor Drama:
Demian Bichir (The Bridge)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)The-Killing-04-Mireille-Enos-Joel-Kinnaman
Joel Kinnaman (The Killing)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Supporting Actress Drama:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) ~ how has she never been nominated??
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) ~ how has she never won an Emmy for this role?!dexter_811_jennifer_carpenter_a_p
Bellamy Young (Scandal)

Supporting Actor Drama:
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Mads Mikklesen (Hannibal)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Perry (Scandal)
Peter Sarsgaard (The Killing)

COMEDY SERIES:
Brooklyn Nine Nine
The Goldbergs
Modern Family
Nurse Jackieveeeep
Parks and Recreation
Veep

Lead Actress Comedy:
Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Lea Michelle (Glee) ~ yes, many might scoff. However she had some fantastic episodes this year that were both moving and hilarious.wendi goldbergs
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Lead Actor Comedy:
Garrett Dillahaunt (Raising Hope)
Jonathan Groff (Looking) ~ while the show may have driving me nuts and it’s not really a comedy, I really enjoyed Groff’s work throughout.
Jake Johnson (New Girl)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation)

Supporting Actress Comedy:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Allison Janney (Mom) ~ Seriously this was the funniest performance on TV this year and she had the most heartbreaking performance with her guest arc on Masters of Sex… Janney is amazing.allisonjanneymom
Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland)
Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes)
Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie)

Supporting Actor Comedy:
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) ~ this was his best season yet
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)

And there you have it…. I wanted to include a few more great performers (Jane Leeves, on Hot in Cleveland, Michaela Watkins on Trophy Wife, Charles Esten and Hayden Panettiere on Nashville, James Spader on The Blacklist and everyone else on Modern Family) but these were the final ones who made the cut…. And I’m sure you have many you think I may have missed. So let me know them in the comments section and watch for the Emmy nominations in July!

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

Shameless Self Promotion~ Catch me on “Scandal”!

May 16, 2012

Hey readers,
I’ve got another one for you. After recent posts about my appearances in the web series The Adventures of Velvet Prozak and Sammy Kingsford: Manager to the Stars, I’m here to promote myself on a show ya’ll have probably heard of, ABC’s Scandal. Check out my small but I’m sure brilliant appearance as a Georgia reporter berating the President (Tony Goldwyn) about his alleged affair. Don’t blink or you could miss me. It was incredibly fun to shoot the show where I was finally doing something other than a comedy (but oh I do love comedy), and everyone on set was so nice. Mr. Goldwyn, who you probably remember best as the villain in Ghost but is also an accomplished film director (Conviction) and Broadway star (I saw him in the wonderful revival of Promises Promises a couple years ago), was wonderful to work with and the episode is a really juicy one. I’m thrilled the show was picked up for season 2 because you are so gonna want to find out what happens to Olivia Pope (the gorgeous and talented Kerry Washington) and her cohorts along with the scandal surrounding the murder of Amanda Tanner. It’s another fantastic show from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and I hope it gets some Emmy recognition. I have to give a special shout out to Jeff Perry for his brilliant portrayal of the smart and scheming Chief of Staff Cyrus Been. He had better get an Emmy nomination! … Anywho, enough of my babbling, check out the season finale of Scandal this Thursday on ABC at 10pm. Watch for me and enjoy this brilliant show!

Scandal season finale preview~ “Grant for the People”

Beginners, Albert Nobbs, Modern Family and Glee are among the GLAAD Media Award Nominees

January 19, 2012

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced the nominees for their 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards this morning and we saw some familiar faces. Previous TV winners, Glee and Modern Family were in the mix, along with previous nominees Grey’s Anatomy and Dancing with the Stars. In the Best Film (Wide release category), you have Oscar contenders Albert Nobbs, Beginners and J. Edgar duking it out while Best Film (Limited release) includes standout pictures Circumstance, Pariah, Tomboy, Gun Hill Road and my pic for the winner, Weekend. Take a look at several of the nominees below which feature some of my faves like Hot in Cleveland, The Glee Project and The Big C and for all the contenders and more info, head to the GLAAD site here…. The awards will be given out in 3 ceremonies over the next few months in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Stay tuned for the winners.

2012 GLAAD Media Award Nominees:

Outstanding Film Wide Release:
Albert Nobbs
Beginners
J. Edgar

Outstanding Film- Limited Release:
Circumstance
Gun Hill Road
Pariah
Tomboy
Weekend

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi
TeenNick
Grey’s Anatomy
ABC
Pretty Little Liars
ABC Family
Shameless
Showtime
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Starz

Outstanding Comedy Series

Exes and Ohs
Logo
Glee
Fox
Happy Endings
ABC
Modern Family
ABC
The Big C
Showtime

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

“Acceptance” Man Up!
ABC
“Beards” Hot in Cleveland
TV Land
“Prom” Drop Dead Diva
Lifetime
“Recruited” NCIS
CBS
“The Boy Has Style” Are We There Yet?
TBS

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series

Cinema Verite
HBO

Outstanding Documentary

Becoming Chaz
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
HBO
The World’s Worst Place to be Gay?
Logo
Two Spirits
PBS
We Were Here
Red Flag Releasing

Outstanding Reality Program

Dancing with the Stars
ABC
Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
Sundance Channel
The Glee Project
Oxygen
The Real L Word
Showtime
The Voice
NBC

Outstanding Talk Show Episode

“Chaz Bono” Late Show with David Letterman
CBS
“Children & Teens Caught in the Wrong Bodies” Anderson
syndicated
“Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests” The Oprah Winfrey Show
syndicated
“The Wedding of Scott Cronick & David Gorshein” Conan
TBS
“Zach Wahls” The Ellen DeGeneres Show
syndicated

Outstanding Daily Drama

All My Children
ABC
Days of Our Lives
NBC

Outstanding Music Artist

Beverly McClellan, Fear Nothing
Oarfin Records
Girl in a Coma, Exits & All the Rest
Blackheart Records
Hunx and His Punx, Too Young to Be in Love
Hardly Art
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Interscope Records
MEN, Talk About Body
IAMSOUND Records

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater

Bonded
by Donald Jolly
House of the Rising Son
by Tom Jacobson
Killer Queen: The Story of Paco the Pink Pounder
by Peter Griggs
No Word in Guyanese for Me
by Wendy Graf
Who’s Your Daddy?
by Johnny O’Callaghan

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway

Maple & Vine
by Jordan Harrison
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical
by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Sons of the Prophet
by Stephen Karam
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
by Tony Kushner
Unnatural Acts: Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920
conceived by Tony Speciale

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway

She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen
Southern Comfort
book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis
The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony)
by Holly Hughes
The Escape Artist
book by John Kelly, songs by John Kelly & Carol Lipnik
The Momentum
by Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell & Jordan Seavey

Ten Songs that Should Have Been Hits in 2011

January 2, 2012

Every year, there are a ton of great songs that just never quite become hits. Whether they don’t have any radio support, are too specifically targeted to one demographic, too artistic, too frothy or are from artists that may be considered past their prime (at least according to radio and execs), there are always so many gems that deserved to be hits. So, with that in mind, here is a list of ten of my favorites songs released over the past year that should’ve hit it big….

First two honorable mentions..
“Secret Love”- Stevie Nicks
“I’ll Survive You”- BC Jean
…and now the list

Top Ten Songs that Should’ve Been Hits in 2011:

10. “The Best Thing About You is Me”- Ricky Martin & Joss Stone: this mid-tempo pop confection just didn’t fit with all the dance records that hit it big this year. It’s a shame AC radio didn’t support it more because it’s the perfect song for a summer day with a wonderful message. And the Jump Smokerz dance mix is incredible.

9. “When You Loved Me”- Richard Marx: this 80’s/90’s pop powerhouse is still making great music. Whether writing Grammy winning songs for Luther Vandross or hits for the likes of Nsync, he always has great melodies and moving lyrics. Check out this song that hit the AC top 20 but couldn’t cross over anywhere else.

8. “Bright Lights, Bigger City”- Cee Lo Green: I have no idea why this one didn’t hit. It’s got a great groove and followed the massive chart topper “Forget You”. He should’ve sang it on The Voice every week!

7. “Desperate Girls and Stupid Boys”- Kimberly Caldwell: this season 2 American Idol finalist has become more known for hosting tv shows than her pipes, but she made a great debut album that finally hit stores earlier this year. Unfortunately, despite almost hitting pop top 40 radio, this great single had to settle for being a moderate dance hit. Kimberly deserved better! Seriously, this song is totally delightfully addictive.

6. “Inside These Lines”- Trent Dabbs: this gorgeous moody rock ballad got some notice this summer in a featured dance on So You Think You Can Dance. If only Hot AC radio had picked it up, it could’ve been a smash… And it so belongs in a Grey’s Anatomy montage.

5. “The Story”- Sara Ramirez: covering Brandi Carlisle’s emotional masterpiece for the Grey’s Anatomy musical episode, Ramirez just killed it. The Tony winning actress/singer gave a breathtaking performance in the episode and this song was the highlight. While it spent a few weeks on the digital sales chart and briefly made the Hot 100, radio never got behind it. Why? I seriously love this song!… Well, at least she has a Tony and a job on one of the biggest shows on TV.

4. “Don’t Turn Out the Lights”- NKOTBSB: one of two new songs on their combined hits album by boy band super groups New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, “Lights” was instant pop perfection. Apparently radio programmers thought of it as more of a novelty. With little support it peaked just outside the Hot 100. Despite this great track not getting its due, the group had the last laugh with a huge summer tour that grossed over $45 million.

3. “This Time”- Pia Toscano: my favorite contestant from this year’s American Idol was surprisingly booted far too soon. But she had the last laugh grabbing a record deal within days. It yielded this awesome first single that just missed the Hot 100. She has the look and an incredible voice, but it looks like she is still having trouble connecting to a mass audience. We’ll see if that changes when her debut album hits stores this winter.

2. “Collide”- Leona Lewis: after making a huge impression with her massive global smash “Bleeding Love” and successful debut album, Lewis has struggled to remain a player stateside. This first single from her upcoming third album was a # 1 in England and much of Europe but it fizzled on the pop charts here. It did hit the top of the dance charts though. I hope radio gets behind this talented artist’s new record when it drops in March or April. If ti’s as good as this fabulous track, we’re in for an awesome collection.

1. “Run”- Sugarland with Matt Nathanson: one of my favorite songs of the year period, “Run” is a wondrous blend of rock, country and pop by two fantastic artists. The song still could be a hit. After it was performed at the CMA Awards in November, it landed on the Hot 100 at #53 and started to garner country and Hot AC airplay. It has stalled a little since, so I’m worried. But the song, which came out this summer is simply brilliant and damn this performance below is just incredible. I deny you to not love this song!

Check out ABC’s New 2011 Fall Schedule

May 17, 2011

With their biggest scripted hits, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, getting a little long in the tooth, ABC is making a play for some new hits with its just announced fall schedule. They’re looking to big names (Tim Allen), big franchises (Charlie’s Angels) and sexy soaps (Pan Am, Revenge) to jump out of third place in the ratings. Taking a look at the new lineup, it looks pretty interesting and stronger than last fall’s by a mile. But enough of me, take a look at the new list, plus descriptions of the new shows and what’s coming at midseason, and my take on the schedule below.

MONDAY
8/7c Dancing with the Stars
10 pm Castle

TUESDAY
8 pm LAST MAN STANDING: a comedy featuring the return of Tim Allen (Home Improvement) to TV as a manly marketing director surrounded by a gaggle of women at home including his wife played by Nancy Travis (Three Men and a Baby).
8:30 pm MAN UP: a sitcom about modern men redefining just what being a man is all about starring Dan Fogler, Henry Simmons, Christopher Moynihan, and Teri Polo.
9 pm Dancing with the Stars Results Show
10 pm Body of Proof

WEDNESDAY
8 pm The Middle
8:30 pm SUBURGATORY: a comedy about a big city single dad (Jeremy Sisto) and his daughter (Jane Levy) moving to the hell known as the suburbs. The show also features Alan Tudyk and Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm).
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 pm Happy Endings [new time slot]
10 pm REVENGE: a new drama about a woman (Brothers and Sisters’ Emily Van Camp) returning to her childhood hometown to right wrongs from years past.

THURSDAY
8 pm CHARLIE’S ANGELS: a hot reboot of the classic series set in Miami this time starring Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), newcomer Annie Illonzeh and the fabulous Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights). It will also include a sexier younger and Latin Bosley played by Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire).
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm Private Practice

FRIDAY
8 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [new time slot]
9 pm Shark Tank [new time slot]
10 pm 20/20

SATURDAY
8 pm Saturday Night College Football

SUNDAY
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm ONCE UPON A TIME: a fairy tale series that updates the classics with a modern spin starring Jennifer Morrison (House) and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty).
9 pm Desperate Housewives
10 pm PAN AM: a sexy soap set in the 1960’s in the world of air travel starring Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner.

MIDSEASON SHOWS:
Good Christian Belles: a wicked soap set in Dallas starring Leslie Bibb (Popular), David James Elliott (JAG) and Emmy winner Kristen Chenowith (Pushing Daisies).
Missing: a suspense drama starring Ashley Judd as a mother and former CIA agent searching for her kidnapped son in Europe.
The River: an adventure series about a son (Joe Anderson) and his mother (24’s Leslie Hope) who go searching for their missing father/husband (Bruce Greenwood) in the magical Amazon river area.
Scandal: a drama from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes about a professional crisis manager (Ray’s Kerry Washington) and her dysfunctional staff. The show also features Emmy nominee Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) and Tony Goldwyn (Ghost).
Apartment 23: a wacky comedy about a sweet Midwestern girl (The Good Wife’s Dreama Walker) who moves in with a big ole beotch (Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter) in New York City. And in a clever twist James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) plays a heightened version of himself on the show too.
Work It: call this comedy Bosom Buddies 2.0 as it features two guys’ guys dressing as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps and find success. The show stars Ben Koldyke (How I Met Your Mother) and Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) as the men who are gonna have to, ahem, “work it”.

NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: Better With You, Brothers & Sisters, Detroit 1-8-7, Mr. Sunshine, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, The Whole Truth and V.

And here’s my quick take on the schedule…

The Good: Happy Endings was picked up and gets a plum timeslot! Charlie’s Angels will probably give ABC their first hit in the Thurday at 8pm hour in ages.
The Bad: Why are they waiting til midseason to bring out their buzziest show Good Christian Belles (formerly titled Good Christian Bitches, hehe)? Plus no Cougar Town til midseason… And a sad buh bye to the underrated V and the long running Brothers and Sisters
The Blah: A show with Ashley Judd~ yuck, and um, snore… And Jeremy Sisto in a comedy? Not sold on that… Plus do we really need a new Tim Allen sitcom? … And more Bachelor come midseason…

Highlights from the Grey’s Musical

April 1, 2011

How much did I love last night’s musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy? So much that I have my two favorite numbers from it right here for you! First up is Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” sung by Tony winner Sara Ramirez (Callie), Kevin McKidd (Owen) and Chandra Wilson (Bailey). Then we have Brandi Carlisle’s “The Story” done by Ramirez in an emotionally explosive performance that damn well better get her in the Supporting Actress Emmy race for the first time this year. Take a look at the clips below and for the whole episode, head to ABC here.

Grey’s Anatomy “Chasing Cars”

Grey’s Anatomy “The Story” by Sara Ramirez

The Grey’s Anatomy Musical is tonight!!!

March 31, 2011

I don’t know about you but I haven’t been this excited about a Grey’s Anatomy episode since… well, since the season premiere in Sept dealt with the aftermath of a crazed gunman. Seriously, it’s been a fantastic season, and in its seventh season, the show is about to get even better with tonight’s musical episode. The show’s cast will tackle songs made famous on earlier episodes of the series like The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” and Anna Nalick’s “Breathe 2 A.M.” With some amazing talent including Tony winner Sara Ramirez (Spamalot) and Broadway vet Chandra Wilson (Caroline or Change), I’m thrilled about the prospects for tonight’s episode that focuses on Callie (Ramirez) and Arizona’s (Jessica Capshaw) frightening car crash that leaves Callie and her unborn baby’s lives in jeopardy… And here’s a taste of what we will get musically with this gorgeous interpretation of the Snow Patrol hit “Chasing Cars” as done by Ramirez, Wilson and Kevin McKidd. LOVE IT! … Tune in for Grey’s Anatomy tonight at 9pm on ABC.

Greys Anatomy cast “Chasing Cars”

The Grey’s Anatomy Musical is coming!

March 9, 2011

After 7 seasons, you might have thought Grey’s Anatomy was running out of ideas. However, the show has been truly resilient this year. Following last season’s crazed shooter episode that left the hospital in tatters, caused Meredith (the wonderful and Emmy worthy Ellen Pompeo) to miscarriage and saw the deaths of several characters, the residing drama has been palpable this year and all of the performers have been at the top of their game. Now, the show is trying something entirely new with a musical episode that centers on trouble s in Callie’s (Sara Ramirez) impending pregnancy. The show will feature the cast taking on songs that have been made famous over the years on Grey’s. Some of the noteworthy tunes the actors will sing include The Fray’s “How to Save a Life”, Anna Nalick’s “Breathe 2 A.M.” and Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”. And looking at the preview below, I’m very hopeful about this episode. It will certainly help that shouldering the episode is Ramirez whose a Tony winner for the musical Spamalot. And Emmy nominee/SAG award winner Chandra Wilson also hails from a musical theatre background having performed in the Tony winning musical Caroline or Change on Broadway. Take a peek at the episode below and watch the full Grey’s musical episode on March 31st.

Grey’s Anatomy the musical episode sneak peek:

Emmy Voters~ Please don’t forget these Drama Queens (and Kings)!

June 21, 2010

The Emmy nominations are fast approaching and I’m worried several deserving contenders may be forgotten. I’ve already posted on some of my comedy favorites, and now, here’s a quick list of people I hope the Emmy voters remember alongside favorites like Juliana Marguiles, Glenn Close, Hugh Laurie and Michael C. Hall. So, take a look at my list, let me know your thoughts and suggestions and watch for my predictions in the upcoming weeks and the official nominations on July 8!

Matthew Fox (Lost): how on Earth Fox has never received an Emmy nom for his work as man of science turned man of faith Dr. Jack Shepard on Lost has me, well, completely lost. He has been amazing for 6 years and in the final season, his work was breath-taking. The Golden Globe nominee had better finally get his name called or else I may just have to storm the Academy in protest.


Josh Holloway (Lost): the never nomm’d actor was the heart and soul of the show in season 5 with his romance with Juliet (the brilliant Elizabeth Mitchell who should’ve had 3 nominations by now). This season his return to sullen anti-hero grieving over her death was extraordinary. He deserves some much overdue recognition.


Yujin Kim (Lost): another criminally under recognized actor from Lost, Kim deserved noms in seasons 2 and 3 and again this year. She does heartbreak like nobody’s business and in her touching final scenes with Jin (the wonderful Daniel Dae-Kim), you couldn’t deny her pain and unflinching love.


Matthew Bomer (White Collar): as the charismatic con man and star of USA’s hit White Collar, Bomer has become a star who’s not only incredibly easy on the eyes, but incredibly adept at assuming different personas equally at home in comedy and drama.


Jessica Capshaw (Greys Anatomy): easily the most consistently likable character on Greys, Capshaw’s Arizona dealt with a lot of relationship turmoil this season with the also Emmy worthy Sara Ramirez’s Callie not to mention the deaths of some of her young patients, a gun-toting madman in the hospital and Callie’s homophobic family. Through it all, she remained the only consistently positive character on the series and Capshaw’s performance was lovely, grounded and inspiring.


Mary Lynn Raskub (24) as the always irksome and brittle tech whiz Chloe on 24, Raskub has become the only indispensible character to last through the series along with Kiefer’s Jack Bauer. She was robbed of noms back in seasons 4 & 5, but with her standoff with her friend in the series finale, she may finally hear her name called on July 8.


Annie Wersching (24): arguably the most interesting part of this season’s 24 was the return, redemption and murder of Wersching’s troubled agent Renee Walker. She stole Jack’s heart, committed acts of torture and revenge, and heroically helped CTU and Jack find the Russian connection to the terrorist plot. Through it all, Wersching was spell-binding and should grab a nomination. (Heck she should’ve gotten one last season too!)


John Noble (Fringe): as the brilliant and kooky scientist Peter Bishop who literally ripped the fabric of time and space out from under us, Golden Globe nominee Noble is nothing short of brilliant. Straddling comedy, tragedy, and scientific mumbo jumbo with aplomb, Noble roots it all in the lovely relationship with his onscreen son Peter played by the increasingly good Joshua Jackson. Of all the people on my list, I think he has the strongest shot of actually grabbing a nod.


Regina King & Michael Cudlitz (Southland): as a tough female cop and a tough drug addled gay cop fighting LA’s inner city’s criminals, King and Cudlitz represent two fascinating and disparate characters on this great yet little watched show.


Alexander Saarsgard (True Blood): as the sexiest vampire in history (sorry Bill Compton, and Edward Cullen, for that matter), Saarsgard’s Eric in intense, intellectual and undeniable. He’s easily the standout male cast member on the show and that’s saying something considering Nelson Ellis’s wonderful work as Lafayette.


Michelle Forbes (True Blood): her crazy demonic debaucherous character wrecked havoc all over the show in season two and Forbes was fantastic in every single crazy second of it.


Calista Flockhart (Brothers and Sisters): The Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee from Ally McBeal has never received any kudos for her exemplary work on Bro & Sis, but with her dropping to the supporting race this year and a storyline dealing with her cancer battle, political travails, marriage woes and her husband’s death, Flockhart may finally be welcomed back into the Emmy spotlight.


Other names it might be nice to see on the list this year: the aforementioned Sara Ramirez (Greys Anatomy), plus the never nomm’d Ellen Pompeo (Greys) who did her best work this year, the coolest spy around Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), the absurdly debonair Nathan Fillion (Castle), the ever reliable Lisa Edelstein (House) and Joely Richardson for her fantastic guest work on The Tudors as Henry’s final Queen.