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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!

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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

Happy Valentine’s Day from Betty White

February 14, 2012

So, I’ve never been a big fan of Vday, ahem Valentine’s Day. However, if anyone can give us single folks a smile on this dumb day, it’s Betty White. Check out the Emmy winning star of Hot in Cleveland wishing you a wonderful holiday below. Thanks Betty!

My Big Bold SAG Award Winner Predictions

January 27, 2012

It’s time for some new predictions… And I have a real stake in these because I actually got to vote for them! I’m speaking, of course, of the SAG Awards that will air this Sunday on TNT. It’s all about the actors rewarding other actors and as a proud member of SAG for over a decade, I’m always thrilled to get to vote for my favorites. With that said, I’m not gonna spill who I voted for (you can send me a private email for that). However, I will give you my big predictions that should see some clear Oscar faves continue their winning streaks… Maybe there will be a surprise or two? Who knows, but let’s take a look at my crystal ball…

My Big Bold SAG Award Winner Predictions!~

Movies~

Best Ensemble Cast:
The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Help, Midnight In Paris
Will & Should win: The Help
~spoiler: The Artist

Best Actor:
Demian Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Will win: George Clooney
Should win: Jean Dujardin
~spoiler: Brad Pitt

Best Actress:
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Will & Should win: Meryl Streep
~spoiler: Viola Davis
* this is probably the hottest contest for the film categories and could be real close. Plus, SAG voters got dvds of both Viola and Meryl’s films so they both have great shots at winning.

Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Armie Hammer (J. Edgar), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Will & Should win: Christopher Plummer
~spoiler: Kenneth Branagh (however, Nick Nolte is super worthy of a surprise win)

Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Will & Should win: Octavia Spencer
~spoiler: Melissa McCarthy (hello who doesn’t love her?!!)

TV:

Drama Series Ensemble:
Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife
Will & Should win: The Good Wife (I’m going out on a big limb here… but it’s the only network show and the one most voters might watch. Plus it is frikkin’ fantastic)
~spoiler: Breaking Bad (a very worth winner it would be)

Drama Actor:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Patrick J. Adams (Suits)
Will & Should win: Bryan Cranston
~spoiler: Steve Buscemi

Drama Actress:
Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), Glenn Close (Damages), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer)
Will win: Juliana Marguiles
Should win: Glenn Close
~spoiler: Jessica Lange

Comedy Ensemble:
The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, The Office, 30 Rock
Will & Should win: Modern Family
~spoiler: The Big Bang Theory

Comedy Actor:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Steve Carrell (The Office), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Will & Should win: Ty Burrell
~ spoiler: Steve Carrell

Comedy Actress:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Will win: Betty White
Should win: Julie Bowen
~spoiler: Sofia Vergara
* where the heck is Amy Poehler in this category??? Grrr

TV Movie/Miniseries Actor:
Laurence Fishburne (Thrugood), Paul Giamatti (Too Big To Fail), Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys), Guy Pearce (Midred Pierce), James Woods (Too Big To Fail)
Will & Should win: Guy Pearce
~spoiler: James Woods

TV Movie/Miniseries Actress:
Diane Lane (Cinema Verite), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult), Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Betty White (The Lost Valentine)
Will win: Kate Winslet
Should win: Diane Lane
~spoiler: Maggie Smith

There ya have it, my pics for who I think will win the SAG Awards on Sunday. Do you agree? Do you wish other people were nominated? Let me hear it below.

Harry Potter casts as Spell at the People’s Choice Awards

January 12, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was not only the biggest movie of 2011, but it’s also the People’s Choice Award winner for Best Film. In fact, the movie won 4 awards at last nights kudosfest hosted by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco. It was a deserving winner and one of several that made me happy. Usually this show, voted on by the fans online, is a wash honoring several blah choices like Taylor Swift and Adam Sandler. However, this year, along with Potter, I was thrilled to see wins for Hot in Cleveland, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen Degeneres, Bridesmaids, Lea Michelle and Emma Stone. Check out all the winners below and for more on what the people love, head to their website here.

2012 People’s Choice Award Winners:
MOVIES
Favorite Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Drama Movie: “Water for Elephants”
Favorite Comedy Movie: “Bridesmaids”
Favorite Action Movie: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Stone
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite Action Movie Star: Hugh Jackman
Favorite Movie Icon: Morgan Freeman
Favorite Movie Star Under 25: Chloe Grace Moretz
Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Book Adaptation: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
Favorite Movie Superhero: “The Green Lantern”
Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Johnny Depp, “Rango”

TELEVISION
Favorite Network TV Drama: “Supernatural”
Favorite Cable TV Drama: “Pretty Little Liars”
Favorite Network TV Comedy: “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite Cable TV Comedy: “Hot in Cleveland”
Favorite TV Crime Drama: “Castle”
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: “Supernatural”
Favorite TV Competition Show: “American Idol”
Favorite New TV Drama: “Person of Interest”
Favorite New TV Comedy: “2 Broke Girls”
Favorite TV Comedy Actor: Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Lea Michele, “Glee”
Favorite TV Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion, “Castle”
Favorite TV Drama Actress: Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”
Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Late-Night TV Host: Jimmy Fallon
Favorite TV Guest Star: Katy Perry, “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite Celebreality Star: Kim Kardashian

MUSIC
Favorite Album: “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
Favorite Song of the Year: “E.T.,” Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
Favorite Music Video: Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night”
Favorite Tour Headliner: Katy Perry
Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry
Favorite Pop Artist: Demi Lovato
Favorite Band: Maroon 5
Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem
Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift

My 2011 TV Recap!

December 21, 2011

Well, the year is finally over and it’s been a pretty good one on the ole boob tube. We had the return of a juicy soap to the airwaves (Revenge), the rise of the resurgent miniseries (Downton Abbey, Mildred Pierce, The Kennedys), and the continuing comedy renaissance (Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, etc). All in all, I had a lot to watch. And here are my rankings of my favorite shows of the year… plus a few musings on 2011’s TV Landscape…

Top Ten Dramas:
1. Breaking Bad
2. Homeland
3. The Good Wife
4. Game of Thrones
5. The Killing
6. Revenge
7. Dexter
8. Fringe
9. True Blood
10. The Closer
Honorable Mention: Southland, Grey’s Anatomy

Top Ten Comedies:
1. Modern Family
2. Happy Endings
3. Parks and Recreation
4. Hot in Cleveland
5. Glee (yes, I still loooooove it and this season has been great!)
6. 30 Rock
7. Cougar Town
8. Nurse Jackie
9. New Girl
10. Raising Hope
Honorable Mention: The Big C, Suburgatory

Top 5 Reality/Competition Shows:
1. So You Think You Can Dance
2. RuPaul’s Drag Race
3. Project Runway
4. American Idol
5. Top Chef

Show I should watch but have never seen: Justified … (I know, I’m terrible!)

Most Improved Show: American Idol … (wow, they turned around that sinking ship with good judge additions and, more importantly, some great talent~ Pia, Haley, Lauren… and ok, Scotty was decent too… and he’s turned into a massive music selling machine!)

Most Underrated Miniseries: The Kennedys … (It was super entertaining with great performances by Tom Wilkinson, Diana Hardcastle, Greg Kinnear and Emmy winner Barry Pepper)

Most Underrated TV Movie: Cinema Verite… (Diane Lane was simply brilliant in this exploration of the first “reality” TV family)

BEST SNL Host: Melissa McCarthy …. (“There’s a Hidden Valley Ranch Party in my mouth”)

Show I finally quit: Survivor … (the former contestants are annoying and OMG, Redemption Island is neither redemptive, nor an island… buh bye)

Best Reality Host: Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance… (no one even comes close. She shoulda won the Emmy)

Show I really enjoy when I finally get around to watching it: Harry’s Law

Show I just couldn’t get into: American Horror Story (creeeeeeeeeeeepy!)

Most Unfortunately Boring Show: The Borgias

Hottest Actor on TV: Matt Bomer (White Collar)
Runner-up: Alexander Skarsgaard (True Blood)

Hottest Actress on TV: Naya Rivera (Glee)
Runner-up: Amber Heard (The Playboy Club… shut up, it was kinda a fun show for a minute!)

Show I will miss even though it was on forever (ahem 10 seasons that is): Smallville

Most Disappointing Show of 2011: The Voice (after a great start with the blind auditions, the show turned into a mess… and the judges were way more interesting than the talent… I am cautiously optimistic for the second season though)

WORST SHOW OF 2011: The X Factor…. (It’s simply a disaster. It’s the most overproduced, manipulated, annoying competition show I’ve ever seen…. These singers aren’t stars and don’t try to act like they are before they’ve proven anything…. The judges are ridiculous. Nicole is a puppet… The host is hot but boring… The dancers, videos, graphics and lights make me wanna shoot myself… And only one of the finalists was any good… They have a lot to fix for next year).

Most Anticipated show of 2012: Smash… (I can’t wait for this new musical drama about the making of a Broadway show starring Oscar winner Angelica Huston, Emmy winner Debra Messing, Tony nominee Christian Borle, Broadway diva Megan Hilty and former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee).

Smash trailer

Other Shows I’m excited for in 2012: Awake, The Bitch in Apt. 23, and Scandal (yes, I did a little guest spot on that one)

So, what were your favorites on the tube this year? Lemme know below, and here’s to great TV in 2012!

My Big Bold SAG Award Nomination Predictions

December 14, 2011

This one is all about the actors… It’s time for my big bold SAG Award Nomination predictions. The nods will be announced tomorrow morning and I expect to hear a lot of names from The Help, The Descendants, Modern Family, Mildred Pierce and Breaking Bad.  And just who do I think will take home the most nods for an individual? I’m going with Melissa McCarthy who I say will grab two nods for Bridesmaids and one for Mike & Molly. Take a look at my picks below and check back here tomorrow for all the official nominees that are chosen by the actors themselves (including me~ a proud SAG member since 1998).

My Big Bold 2012 SAG Award Nomination Predictions:

MOVIES~

BEST ACTOR:
George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
~spoilers: Woody Harrelson (Rampart), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Ryan Gosling (Drive)

BEST ACTRESS:
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
~spoilers: Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Kenneth Branaugh (My Week with Marilyn), Albert Brooks (Drive), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Max Von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)
~spoilers: Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
~spoilers: Carey Mulligan (Shame), Vanessa Redgrave (Corolianus), Sandra Bullock (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Bernice Bejo (The Artist)

BEST FILM ENSEMBLE:
The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
~spoilers: The Ides of March, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Midnight in Paris

TV~

TV COMEDY ACTRESS:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) , Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
~spoilers: Tina Fey (30 Rock), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Jane Lynch (Glee)

TV COMEDY ACTOR:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Steve Carrell (The Office), Chris Colfer (Glee), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
~spoilers: Eric Stonestreet (30 Rock), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family)

COMEDY ENSEMBLE:
The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Hot in Cleveland, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation
~spoilers: 30 Rock, The Office

DRAMA ACTOR:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House)
~spoilers: Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

DRAMA ACTRESS:
Glenn Close (Damages), Clare Danes (Homeland), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Margo Martindale (Justified), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer)
~spoilers: Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)

DRAMA ENSEMBLE:
Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Good Wife, Homeland
~spoilers: The Closer, Game of Thrones, The Killing

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS:
Patricia Clarkson (Five), Diane Lane (Cinema Verite), Maggie Smith (Downtown Abbey), Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce)
~spoilers: Elzabeth McGovern (Downtown Abbey), Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce)

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR:
Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood), William Hurt (Too Big To Fail), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce), Barry Pepper (The Kennedys), Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys)
~spoilers: Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys), Idris Elba (Luther), James Woods (Too Big To Fail)

Betty White Raps!

October 12, 2011

Ok, this is an unexpected delight…
We all know Emmy winning icon and Hot in Cleveland star Betty White is a brilliantly talented actress and comedian. Many of her fans also know she’s quite adept in the musical theatre department too. However, I bet none of us knew she could rap…. But now, we get to see MC White in her glory. Check out the hilarious video below for “I’m Still Hot” by British dance artist Luciana featuring a rap by Betty. The song, available at all digital retailers, also will benefit the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and The Lifeline Program.
Check check check it out.

Luciana w/Betty White “I’m Still Hot”

Forget Miss America, here comes Best in Drag!

October 7, 2011

If you thought the Miss America, Miss USA or Miss Universe were the ultimate beauty pageant, you thought wrong. Or more likely, you’ve never experienced the audacious awesomeness of the annual Best in Drag show every October to benefit Aid for AIDS. The beauty and talent competition not only raises funds for a good cause, but is a ridiculously fun and outrageous eventing pitting drag queens against each other in a classic pageant battle. Plus, Emmy winner Kathy Griffin opens the show and is one of the celebrity judges. Also participating on the judging panel this year are Emmy nominee Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law), Lisa Rinna (Melrose Place), Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Rita Wilson (Larry Crowne), Emmy winner Wayne Brady (The Wayne Brady Show), Tony Award winner for Spamalot and Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez, Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) and my costar from our guest appearance on Hot in Cleveland, Oscar nominee Melanie Griffith (Working Girl). That’s quite a lineup and I guarantee you will have an amazing time helping out this worthy cause.
Here’s some more information on the show…

Founded 2003, Best In Drag Show® (Orig. 1989-2000, Battle For The Tiara®; 2001-2002, Quest For The Crown®) …Get on the 2011 mailing list: BIDS@aidforaids.net…. About www.BestInDragShow.org

 Sunday Oct. 9th. at 7pm~ Outrageous annual beauty pageant spoof supports CA non-profit Aid For AIDS. Show Name® to Aid For AIDS. www.aidforaids.net.

 Company Overview An annual fundraising event in Los Angeles, California, produced by a remarkable group of volunteers, benefiting the California-based non-profit, Aid For AIDS (AFA), executive producer. See more at http://www.aidforaids.net.

Mission Keep the “FUN” in “fundraising” and see how much money can be raised to help those impoverished and struggling with HIV/AIDS without spending a lot to do it.
Products Legendary, celebrity-supported annual drag show supporting highly-regarded CA non-profit Aid For AIDS that mimics a beauty pageant from swimsuit and evening gown segments to a “talent” section and a heart-felt Q & A. A roster of notable celebrities vote on the contestants to award the title, Miss Best In Show.
Website http://www.AidForAIDS.net/events.html

And check out this reel of some of the highlights of shows over the past few years.

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.