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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!


Rest in Peace Cory Monteith~ You will be Missed!

July 16, 2013

glee Cory & the boysA few years back, I had the pleasure of attending the first Glee concert tour and my friends got us back stage to meet some of the cast. While several of the cast greeted us with warm smiles, the one actor who was the most kind, gracious and enthusiastic about meeting the fans was Cory Monteith. He stayed for hours to meet with many devoted fans posing for pictures with everyone including yours truly and my friends who, let’s just say, fall out of Glee’s target demographic. Now, that is a great guy. He talked to us for a bit and was just so authentic and giving. Those were precisely the qualities he brought to his role of quarterback turned singing superstar Finn Hudson on Glee.
Unfortunately, as you all know, Monteith passed away this weekend from an overdose of alcohol and heroin. It was especially sad because Monteith had conquered his demons for so many years prior and blossomed as a wonderful actor and singer. I remember at the Glee concert, I was surprised at just how strong a live singer he was and how he held his own next to his powerhouse girlfriend Lea Michelle. His exuberance on stage was infectious as was his spirit in real life. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle and Cory’s family and friends and everyone at Glee. I’m grateful we had the time we did with Monteith but so devastated at his loss and the terrible illness that is addiction. Remember, there is help and hope out there if you are struggling.

For now, I want to leave you with some of Montieth’s best musical moments on Glee. Rest in Peace Cory!

Cory Monteith’s Best Musical Moments on Glee

And here’s the song from the episode that introduced many of us to Cory~ Glee “Don’t Stop Believin”

This is Why I Still Love “Glee”

May 13, 2013

Last Thursday’s season finale of Glee was a busy one. We saw the Glee Club win Sectionals, Brittany (Heather Morris), leave town for M.I.T., Will (Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) finally tie the not, and the identity of “Catfish” was revealed. (Hello I soooo knew it was Unique played by fantastic Glee Project finalist Alex Newell). What we didn’t see was whether or not Rachel (Emmy nominee Lea Michelle) got her part on Broadway in Funny Girl. We did at least get to witness her amazing performance of the Celine Dion hit “To Love You More” at her callback, and that performance is precisely why people should still be watching Glee. Michelle was amazing and the number was just stunning. I have it for you below… But you will have to wait til September for season 5 of Glee and the reveal of Rachel’s fate.

Glee~ “To Love You More” by Rachel (Lea Michelle)

Glee Goes to the Ballet

April 29, 2013

Last week on Glee, Santana (Naya Rivera) was in a funk trying to figure out where her life will take her. Cue a little inspiration from roommates Rachel (Emmy nominee Lea Michelle) and Kurt (Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) who were helping Kurt’s boss (Emmy and Golden Globe winner and guest star Sarah Jessica Parker) run a benefit gala for the New York ballet. They enlisted Santana’s help and it sparked her childhood dreams of being a ballerina again. The four also performed a brilliant number from the Tony winning classic musical A Chorus Line. They did the signature “At the Ballet” number and it was so good, I had to share it with you again. Check out Glee going to the ballet below and watch this week’s Glee with guest star Kate Hudson as they take on the songs of Stevie Wonder this Thursday on Fox.

Glee “At the Ballet”

GLEE gets “Cold Hearted”

March 13, 2013

This week on Glee, new NYC transplant Santana (Naya Rivera) confronts hottie Brodie (Dean Geyer) on his shady ways and she does it in true Glee style. Calling him out on his behavior, Santana belts out Paula Abdul‘s classic #1 hit from 1989 and the performance is awesome and reminiscent of the sexy original video. Check it out below and find out if Brody comes clean to Santana and Rachel (Lea Michelle) Thursday night on Glee after American Idol… Oh and a little trivia for you~ Geyer is a former Idol himself having placed 3rd on Australian Idol a few years back!

Glee “Cold Hearted”

And here’s the original brilliant “Cold Hearted” video by Paula Abdul:

Highlights from GLEE’s “Diva” Episode

February 8, 2013

Last night, Glee went into full on “Diva” mode. There was a sing-off between Kurt (Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Emmy nominee Lea Michelle) on the classic Les Miserables lament “Bring Him Home” at NYADA while back at McKinley, all the kids were channelling their inner divas. The best numbers belonged to Naya Rivera‘s Santana returning as she confronted her still lingering love for Brittany and her future and to Jenna Ushkowitz’s Tina who finally got to go center stage with her unrequited love for Blaine and a massive Madonna number. Big props to Glee for finally utilizing Ushkowitz this season. She has waited long enough for the spotlight and just keeps turning it out like a true diva in return. Kudos Tina Cohen Chang!… With that said, take a look at some of my favorite performances from last night’s show and catch Glee Thursday nights on Fox.

Glee “Diva” (Unique, Tina, Blaine, Marley, Brittany and Kitty)

Glee “Girl on Fire” (Santana)

Glee “Nutbush City Limits” (Santana)

Glee “Make No Mistake She’s Mine” (Santana and Sam)

Glee “Hung Up” (Tina)

Glee “Bring Him Home” (Rachel & Kurt)

“GLEE” Preview~ Rachel is “Torn” and Everyone Gets Naked?

January 30, 2013

This week Glee continues its strong fourth season with some interesting and unexpected plot twists. In McKinley, the students are raising funds for the glee club with a sexy calendar featuring the guys in various states of undress while back in New York, Lea Michelle‘s Rachel is dealing with her own naked dilemma. It seems Rachel is debating whether to disrobe for a film project (hello, someone tell her to call Coco from Fame!)… So, just who really takes it off and how does it affect them? Tune in Thursday on Fox and find out. In the meantime, for previews of pictures of the Glee studs in the episode, head to mjsbigblog and scroll down for a great musical number from the show as Michelle belts out Natalie Imbruglia‘s 90’s smash “Torn” below.

Rachel (Lea Michelle) sings “Torn” on Glee

Highlights from Glee’s Thanksgiving Episode

December 1, 2012

While it seems that most viewers are enjoying the newly invigorated season of Glee, I have to say I am loving it for the most part (aside from that Glease debacle)… Anywho, this week was one of the best episodes of the seasons as they Glee kids prepped for Sectionals and Rachel and Kurt celebrated Thanksgiving in New York. Take a look at a couple of my favorite performances from the week.

First up, Rachel (Emmy/Golden Globe nominee Lea Michelle) and Kurt (Emmy nominee/Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) take on the Scissor Sisters recent # 1 dance hit “Let’s Have a Kiki” mashed up with the classic “Turkey Lurkey Song”. They’re also joined by Emmy/Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker as Kurt’s mentor and RuPaul’s Drag Rae alum Shangela.

Next we have the Glee club’s fun take on the worldwide # 1 smash phenomena “Gangnam Style” by Psy with solos by Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) that has a dramatic ending!

The Warblers were also a big part of the episode performing Flo Rida‘s recent #1 hit “Whistle” and One Directions’s former # 3 hit “Live While We’re Young”. Check out the later featuring Nolan Gerard Funk and Grant Gustin below.

Finally, here’s my favorite song of the episode “Homeward Bound/Home” a mashup of the Simon & Garfunkel classic and the current top ten hit by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. It’s a beautiful interpretation featuring our favorite classic Glee characters Finn (Cory Monteith), Quinn (Diana Agron), Puck (Mark Salling), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Santana (Naya Rivera).

Glee Season 4 Preview~ “Call Me Maybe”

September 10, 2012

The Emmy winning juggernaut that is Glee returns for season 4 this Thursday night at 9pm in its new time slot following The X Factor. The show is changing quite a bit this season with dual story lines focusing on the kids in Ohio who didn’t graduate (Blaine, Brittany, Artie, Tina, etc) and some new additions to their choir room while the graduates (Rachel, Kurt, Finn, Santana, etc) pursue their dreams in New York and other places. We will also see some big guest stars by the likes of Oscar nominee Kate Hudson as an evil dance teacher at NYADA who faces off with Rachel (Emmy nominee Lea Michelle) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker as a fashionista involved with Kurt (Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer)…. And now, we have a little taste of the new season with the first musical number to hit the web with the McKinley high kids taking on Carly Rae Jepsen‘s massive # 1 smash “Call Me Maybe”. Check out Heather Morris, Jenna Ushkowitz, Darren Criss and Alex Newell (The Glee Project finalist who returns to the show as Unique) doing “Maybe” below, and watch the Glee season premiere Thursday Sept. 13th on Fox.

Glee “Call Me Maybe”

And here’s a preview of the first episode of season 4, “The New Rachel”

Glee Preview~ “Flashdance… What a Feeling”

May 11, 2012

Next week, we get a big double dose of Glee as the show heads toward the graduation season finale. The first episode gives us a special look at the underutilized and delightful Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina. Her character takes a fall, hits her head, and wakes up to a world where all the characters have switched bodies and personalities. I mean, just wait til you see Puck (Mark Salling) as Blaine (Darren Criss)…. In the second episode, the gang heads to the Nationals singing competition and clearly they are excited. For proof, take a look at the first number from the show to hit the web, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” below. It’s a great cover of the Oscar and Grammy winning 1983 smash by Irene Cara from the film Flashdance… And watch the double dose of Glee Tuesday night on Fox.

Glee~ “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Rachel (Lea Michelle)