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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:

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

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)

Brooklyn Nine Nine
The Goldbergs
Modern Family
Nurse Jackieveeeep
Parks and Recreation

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!


The Best of Glee’s Prom

May 12, 2011

The whole day went by and I almost didn’t post any clips from last night’s hilarious Glee prom episode. But don’t fear, I have my three favorite clips for you right here including the brilliant cover of Adele’s # 1 smash “Rolling in the Deep” by Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Lea Michelle (Rachel) and returning guest star and Tony Award nominated actor (Spring Awakening) Jonathan Groff (Jesse)… Check it out below, plus the Abba classic “Dancing Queen” and Christina Perri’s recent smash “Jar of Hearts”.

Glee “Rolling in the Deep”- Rachel and Jesse

Glee “Jar of Hearts” – Rachel

Glee “Dancing Queen”  -Mercedes & Santana

Miss GLEE’s Amazing Season Finale? … Check it out here!

June 9, 2010

Last night Glee aired its wonderful emotional season finale entitled “Journey” which perfectly summed up the show’s first season , not to mention it included some great music by Journey. It was easily one of the best episodes of the season and had me laughing and crying left and right as the club headed to regionals and Quinn had her baby. It was also one of the rare episodes, like the pilot and the Madonna eppy, where I loved every song and immediately purchased them on iTunes. It also included some hilarious Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) one liners (“Kiss my ass Josh Groban!”) and guest appearances by Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. For the full episode, check it out below.

Glee’s Season Finale “Journey”

And here’s my ranking of last night’s songs….
1. “Faithfully”- Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith & Cast
2. “Anyway You Want It/Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’”- The Cast
3. “Dont Stop Believin’”- The Cast (it’d be higher were it not in the pilot… but kudos on the new arrangement and recording!)
4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”- Matthew Morrison with Mark Sailing
5. “Bohemian Rhapsody”- Jonathan Groff & Vocal Adrenaline

Gleeking out at Glee Live!

May 23, 2010

Last night, I gleeked out to no end. I was lucky enough to attend the GLEE LIVE tour at the Gibson Amphitheatre in LA with my friends Anil, Jim and Patrick and big props to Patrick because he got us backstage too! It was an incredible night with amazing performances, great music and great friends. It was also one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to in my entire life, and I go to a lot of concerts. Aside from the incredible talent of the performers, one thing that made the night so magical was the wonderfully jubilant audience. I haven’t been to a show in LA with that kind of positive energy in years, if ever. Nobody had that “impress me” vibe that permeates big shows here in lala land. Instead, it was a communal vibe of love and fun that afforded the performers an opportunity to enjoy themselves as much as the audience on their final night in LA.
The show opened with the cast doing their signature song, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and featured most of their big hits. Some highlights included the cast numbers “Jump”, “Somebody to Love”, “Like a Prayer” and a very moving “True Colors” with a lovely solo by Jenna Ushkowitz who plays Tina. We also got a taste of next week’s episode with the ridiculously awesome performance of “Bad Romance” with Tina, Santana, Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Mike Wang, and Brittany all in Gaga garb. Sooooo good. Speaking of Brittany, Heather Morris, was pretty much the star of the show. She came out with several of her hilarious asides, in character as Brittany, that were gut bustingly funny and she tore up the show with amazing dancing. She was truly incredible and on stage more than anyone else. You couldn’t take your eyes off her. I mean damn!
We also got a ton of great solos and duets. Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Naya Rivera (Santana) gave a sassy spin to “The Boy is Mine” while Mark Sailing (Puck), Rivera and Riley served up a hot threesome on “The Lady is a Tramp.” Lea Michelle (Rachel) and Cory Monteith (Finn) gave us a taste of the season finale with Journey’s “Faithfully” and Lea and Chris Colfer (Kurt) delivered a beautiful and emotional resonant take on “Defying Gravity” that had me and Lea in tears. That was easily the highlight of the show.
But there was more, Lea showcased her amazing vocals on “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and Amber Riley gave a ferocious spin to “Bust Your Windows”. Seriously, so many numbers, it was just ridiculous! We even got a special guest performance by the amazingly talented Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Jesse) who joined Lea for a gorgeous version of Hello”. I was be side myself.
Once the curtain closed on this great show, that also featured hilarious video clips featuring Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), we headed backstage and gleeked out even further. We were fortunate enough to meet the delightful Ushkowitz and the teen dream Monteith who was loving the attention. We also met Jonathan Groff who couldn’t have been nicer and I think fancied me. Ha, ok, maybe I was drinkin’ a lil too much Glee juice all night (ahem, diet coke), but I’m stickin’ to it! Finally we met Glee creator/writer/producer/director Ryan Murphy (also of Popular and Nip/Tuck fame) who was so gracious, intelligent and welcoming. Seriously, one of the best nights of my life. Feel free to giggle at me if you must, but I know you’re jealous. Enjoy the pictures I’ve posted from the show and backstage. Email me if you want to see more and watch Glee Tuesdays on Fox.

And here are some clips of the show….

My favorite “Defying Gravity”~ Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Lea Michele (Rachel)

The Cast “Bad Romance”

Glee Cast “Like A Prayer”

Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff (Jesse) “Hello”

Glee Live clips

Kristin Chenowith lets Newsweek have it!

May 10, 2010

Tony (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown) and Emmy (Pushing Daisies) winning actress Kristin Chenowith has had enough and just won’t take it anymore. Upon reading a recent homophobic, ignorant and ridiculous article in Newsweek, she just had to respond, and she did so eloquently and beautifully. The report declared that gay actors were just not believable in straight roles citing her Promises, Promises co-star Sean Hayes and Glee star Jonathan Groff as examples. What a bunch of horse pucky! Hello, Sean just got a Tony nomination for his straight role! And another big hello, they’re actors, they can and should play any role! It was just an insanely ignorant article and I love how Kristin responded. Check out more on the story, here on and here’s Kristin’s full response from

As a longtime fan of Newsweek and as the actress currently starring opposite the incredibly talented (and sexy!) Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh’s horrendously homophobic “Straight Jacket,” which argues that gay actors are simply unfit to play straight. From where I stand, on stage, with Hayes, every night — I’ve observed nothing “wooden” or “weird” in his performance, nor have I noticed the seemingly unwieldy presence of a “pink elephant” in the Broadway Theater. (The Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Tony members must have also missed that large animal when nominating Hayes’ performance for its highest honors this year.)

I’d normally keep silent on such matters and write such small-minded viewpoints off as perhaps a blip in common sense. But the offense I take to this article, and your decision to publish it, is not really even related to my profession or my work with Hayes or Jonathan Groff (also singled out in the article as too “queeny” to play “straight.”)

This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian. For example, there was a time when Jewish actors had to change their names because anti-Semites thought no Jew could convincingly play Gentile. Setoodeh even goes so far as to justify his knee-jerk homophobic reaction to gay actors by accepting and endorsing that “as viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker room torture in junior high school.” Really? We want to maintain and proliferate the same kind of bullying that makes children cry and in some recent cases have even taken their own lives? That’s so sad, Newsweek! The examples he provides (what scientists call “selection bias”) to prove his “gays can’t play straight” hypothesis are sloppy in my opinion. Come on now!

Openly gay Groff is too “queeny” to play Lea Michele’s boyfriend in Glee, but is a “heartthrob” when he does it in Spring Awakening? Cynthia Nixon only “got away with it” ’cause she peaked before coming out? I don’t know if you’ve missed the giant Sex and the City movie posters, but it seems most of America is “buying it.” I could go on, but I assume these will be taken care of in your “Corrections” this week.

Similarly, thousands of people have traveled from all over the world to enjoy Hayes’ performance and don’t seem to have one single issue with his sexuality! They have no problem buying him as a love-torn heterosexual man. Audiences aren’t giving a darn about who a person is sleeping with or his personal life. Give me a break! We’re actors first, whether we’re playing prostitutes, baseball players, or the Lion King. Audiences come to theater to go on a journey. It’s a character and it’s called acting, and I’d put Hayes and his brilliance up there with some of the greatest actors period.

Lastly, as someone who’s been proudly advocating for equal rights and supporting GLBT causes for as long as I can remember, I know how much it means to young people struggling with their sexuality to see out & proud actors like Sean Hayes, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon succeeding in their work without having to keep their sexuality a secret. No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams. I am told on good authority that Mr. Setoodeh is a gay man himself and I would hope, as the author of this article, he would at least understand that. I encourage Newsweek to embrace stories which promote acceptance, love, unity and singing and dancing for all! –Kristin Chenoweth