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My Big Bold 2011 Emmy Winner Predictions

September 15, 2011

This Sunday Sept 18th is television’s big night, the Emmy Awards honoring the best on the tube in the past year. Emmy winner Jane Lynch (Glee) is up for another award this year and is our fearless host for the show that airs live at 8pm on the East coast (5pm for ya’ll on my side of the country). It should be a great show and we could see a wide variety of winners. However, I think the two big races will look like repeats from last year with Modern Family and Mad Men repeating in the Comedy and Drama categories… So, who else do I think will and should win? Take a look at my big bold perhaps clueless Emmy winner predictions below and watch the big show on Sunday night on Fox.

My Big Bold 2011 Emmy Winner Predictions~

Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Mad Men
Will win: Mad Men
Should win: The Good Wife
Spoiler: Boardwalk Empire

Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock
Will & Should win: Modern Family
Spoiler: Parks and Recreation

Lead Actor Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
Will win: Jon Hamm
Should win: Michael C. Hall (hello, he’s never won, what???… yeah, it’s just my personal thing. However, apparently Jon Hamm really does deserve it for his submission episode “The Suitcase”)
Spoiler: Steve Buscemi

Lead Actress Drama Series:
Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Will & Should win: Juliana Marguiles
Spoiler: Elizabeth Moss

Lead Actor Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carrell (The Office), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Louis C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Will & Should win: Steve Carrell
Spoiler: Jim Parsons

Lead Actress Comedy Series:
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Will & Should win: Amy Poehler (yes, I’m going out on a big limb here)
Spoiler (and a very deserving one): Laura Linney (she’s never lost an Emmy race mind you… but she already has 3 of em!)

Supporting Actor Drama Series:
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Walter Goggins (Justified), John Slattery (Mad Men)
Will win: Alan Cumming
Should win: Peter Dinklage
Spoiler: Walter Goggins
~this one is a serious horse race. Any of them could prevail

Supporting Actress Drama Series:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empiret), Margo Martindale (Justified), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife)
Will & Should win: Margo Martindale
(I have a soft spot for Michelle Forbes though and would be thrilled if she pulled off an upset)
Spoiler: Archie Penjabi

Supporting Actor Comedy Series:
Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Chris Colfer (Glee), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Will win: Ty Burrell
Should win: Chris Colfer
Spoiler: Eric Stonestreet (seriously, it could be anyone but Cryer and I’d be happy)

Supporting Actress Comedy Series:
Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Will win: Betty White
Should win: Julie Bowen (even though White is still super awesome)
Spoiler: Jane Lynch (she has an amazing episode submission dealing with the softer side of Sue Sylvester and her sister’s death)

TV Movie/Miniseries:
Cinema Verite, Donwtown Abbey, The Kennedys, Mildred Pierce, The Pillars of the Earth, Too Big Too Fail
Will win: Downtown Abbey
Should win: Cinema Verite
Spoiler: Mildred Pierce (it was the most nominated program of the year by the way and that always helps)

Lead Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Idris Elba (Luther), Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood), William Hurt (Too Big To Fail),Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys), Barry Pepper (The Kennedys), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos),
Will win: William Hurt
Should win: Barry Pepper
Spoiler: Edgar Ramirez

Lead Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Taraji P. Henson (Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story), Diane Lane (Cinema Verite), Jean Marsh (Upstairs Downstairs), Elizabeth McGovern (Downtown Abbey), Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)
Will win: Kate Winslet
Should win: Diane Lane

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Bryan O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce), Paul Giamatti (Too Big to Fail), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce), Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys), James Woods (Too Big To Fail)
Will win: James Woods
Should win: Tom Wilkinson
Spoiler: Guy Pearce

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Eileen Atkins (Upstairs Downstairs), Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce), Maggie Smith (Downtown Abbey), Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce), Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce)
Will & Should win: Maggie Smith
Spoiler: Evan Rachel Wood

Reality Competition Show:
American Idol, Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef
Will win: American Idol (they’ve never won and this feels like their best chance or they will probably never win)
Should win: Project Runway or So You Think You Can Dance
Spoiler: Top Chef


All Hail the Great Picks for the Critic’s Choice TV Awards

June 6, 2011

I think they rarely get a pat on the back, but today I am congratulating the critics. You see, they announced their nominations for the first annual Critic’s Choice TV Awards and their choices are pretty fantastic. Along with the worthy Emmy winners like Mad Men and Modern Family (which led with 6 nominations), several unheralded but fantastic shows and actors reaped nominations including Justified, Fringe (plus stars John Noble and Anna Torv), Rupaul’s Drag Race, and Parks and Recreation. Plus how wonderful is it to finally see Courteney Cox and Busy Phillips from Cougar Town grab nominations. Other actors I was thrilled to see on the list include Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Michelle Forbes & Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Shawn Hatosy (Southland), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation )…. Of course, there were still some very deserving people who didn’t make the cut like Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy), Kadee Strickland (Private Practice), Laura Linney (The Big C) Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and the big shocking ommisions~ Chris Colfer (Glee) and Betty White (Hot in Cleveland). But, hey, at least those last two will definitely hear their names on Emmy nomination day next month… In the meantime, take a look at the list below for the show that will be hosted by the awesome and nominated Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) that will be given out on the June 20th and air on Reelz channel on June 22nd.

Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The Killing
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Anna Torv (Fringe)

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)

The Big Bang Theory
The Middle
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Sister Wives
Undercover Boss

The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef

Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Chelsea Lately
The Daily Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Oprah Winfrey Show

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.

AMC’s Killer New Series is the Best of 2011 so far…

April 5, 2011

This year TV broadcasters have thrown a bunch of options at us hoping to make up for a lackluster fall season. While Harry’s Law has done surprisingly well for NBC, most of the new shows have faltered like instant stinkers The Cape (NBC), Off the Map (ABC) and Traffic Light (Fox)… This Sunday two big new cable shows joined the fray, Showtimes decadent and devious The Borgias, and AMC’s latest The Killing. Both did well in the ratings, but The Killing is the show with all the buzz and the fantastic reviews, and for good reason. The show is just damn good. It’s completely engrossing from the first few seconds. This mystery crime thriller about the investigation of a teen girl’s murder is dark, deeply emotional, intriguing and compelling featuring wonderful performances from the entire cast but especially an Emmy worth Michelle Forbes (24, Battlestar Gallactica, True Blood) and Brent Sexton (Justified) as the grieving parents. The show is completely unpredictable and features interconnected stories including political machinations, troubled teens, mysterious characters (both good and/or bad) and a lead police detective whose an enigma unto herself nicely played by Big Love’s Mirielle Enos. In fact, I don’t really want to tell you anymore because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. I just totally encourage you to watch the show Sunday nights on AMC. Head here for more info on the show and check out the preview trailer below. Then watch the show and look out come Emmy time as this one could be a surprise dark horse to challenge its own networks current title holder Mad Men.

The Killing trailer