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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
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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!


Sobriety’s a B#$ch~ “Nurse Jackie” is Back

February 19, 2013

Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Edie Falco returns to arguably her greatest role (Carmela Soprano lovers be damned) as Nurse Jackie returns for its fifth season on April 14. This year brings a lot of change as Jackie is going through a divorce and trying to stay sober. While the show serves up a great deal of hilarity and high jinks in Jackie’s life, the dramedy also honestly portrays an addict’s fight against her demons…. Showtime just released the first trailer for the new season and I have it for you below. Enjoy and catch Nurse Jackie on April 14.

Nurse Jackie Season 5 Preview:

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:

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

Emmy Awards Preview: Comedy Series

April 23, 2010

Here’s the latest installment of my series looking at this year’s competitors for the Emmy Awards. Today, it’s the big shows vying for the Outstanding Comedy Series trophy. 30 Rock has won it the past 3 years, but I smell an upset coming…



Glee: This unstoppable phenomenon is riding high with big ratings, Madonna tributes and Golden Globe and SAG Award wins. I think it has the buzz, the creative cache and a great mix of heart, humor and wit with an acerbic edge which all adds up to the strongest shot at stealing the title this year.

Modern Family: However, in this corner is the other new comedy that has great buzz, incredible reviews and non-stop hilarity. The first great family sitcom to come around in years may also be ABC’s first shot at winning this awards since the early 90’s and Roseanne.

30 Rock: After three-peating last year, this train shows no signs of slowing down. The jewel in NBC’s tarnished crown (sorry Office) still has more jokes per minute than any other show on TV and the heat of its multiple award-winning stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. Look for it to compete with Glee for the most overall nominations for a comedy this year.

The Office: After winning the prize in 2006, the show has been a bridesmaid the last 3 years. I doubt that will change but who can be sad with a 5th consecutive nomination, right?

Good Bets~

The Big Bang Theory: Ready to grab its first series nomination, Bang continues to grow in the ratings and remains a critic’s favorite. Revenge of the nerds indeed.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David can’t be ruled out at the Emmys. After 5 nominations, Curb is still a threat, especially coming off a season that featured the lauded Seinfeld reunion storyline.

Likely Contenders Battling for the last spot~

Nurse Jackie:  another freshman show with a dark edge, Jackie is a breath of fresh air as it tackles a complicated woman juggling her home and work life and an addiction to pills. The show mixes humor, tragedy and absurdity beautifully, but may suffer from people thinking it’s just the “Edie Falco” show.

Weeds: Everyone’s favorite show about a pot dealing mom, Weeds was the jewel in Showtime’s comedy crown til those pesky ladies Jackie and Tara showed up. Will they grab a nomination for the second year in a row?

Two and a Half Men: despite Charlie Sheens personal troubles, Men has been nominated for the big prize 3 times and could still contend this year. It is the highest rated comedy on television after all.

How I Met Your Mother: Grabbing it’s first series nom last year, Mother continues to get strong ratings despite CBS often treating it like a bad stepchild. The first true successor to the Friends throne could find itself back in the race again after another creatively brisk year. It also has added advantage of Neil Patrick Harris!

Lovable Longshot~

Ugly Betty: previously nominated in its first season, Betty fell out of favor with the academy soon after.  Instead its actors, costumers, and production department continued to garner nominations. Will their final creatively rejuvenated season put this deserving and already sorely missed gem back in Emmy’s good graces?

Outside Chance~

Entourage: after 4 comedy series nominations and no wins, will HBO’s Entourage still be in the game this year? I wouldn’t count it out. The biz loves satires about the biz. However, it looks like this year the boys may finally be out of luck. (And on a personal note, the show is just not funny. Bam, I said it!)

Cougar Town: A show whose name confuses too many viewers, Town has grown into a wonderful ensemble with a fiercely funny Courtney Cox Arquette leading the way. If people will give the show a shot, they’d realize it has all the brilliance of its creators work on the early years of Scrubs.

Parks and Recreation: the most improved show on TV this season, Parks is quickly rivaling 30 Rock for NBC’s best sitcom. Amy Poehler leads a cracker jack ensemble that deserves more attention and kudos by the second.

Family Guy: this animated Emmy winner shocked the industry by landing in the running for Best Comedy Series last year. However, the buzz has faded and I think it may be returning to the “Animated” category in the future…

On the ballot but not gonna happen: Better Off Ted, Scrubs, New Adventures of Old Christine, The Middle, Hung, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Chuck, United States of Tara, Community, Party Down, Desperate Housewives.

~Now, here’s how I’d rank my top 10 favorites from this list…

1. Glee

2. Modern Family

3. 30 Rock

4. Ugly Betty

5. Nurse Jackie

6. Parks and Recreation

7. The Office

8. Cougar Town

9. The New Adventures of Old Christine

10. Better Off Ted

~And finally these are the big 7 contenders I think will actually land the nominations for Best Comedy Series:

30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, The Office 

(I’d say How I Met Your Mother and Weeds are the most likely to usurp a spot)

“Fearless” Melissa Etheridge

April 9, 2010

Grammy winning rock superstar and out gay icon Melissa Etheridge has never been one to let a little trepidation get in her way, and with her great new album, she embodies everything that is fearless. A cancer survivor, Etheridge mines that experience along with her honest musings on love and fear in relationships on the upcoming Fearless Love which hits stores on April 27th. Etheridge is a wife, mother and multiplatinum recording artist whose authenticity speaks volumes in her work, especially in the brilliant new single, also titled “Fearless Love.” To promote the record she’ll be hitting select cities on tour in America and Europe. is also airing a Melissa special on April 16 featuring her new music from a live concert in Palm Springs, CA on April 1. For more on that special, Fearless Love Live, click here.

Check out Melissa’s incredible new single for “Fearless Love” here:

And here’s a clip of the song “Nervous” featured on the great Showtime comedy Nurse Jackie:

Finally enjoy her rousing Grammy Awards performance of “Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart” featuring Joss Stone that reintroduced her to the music world after completing her treatment for cancer.

A Little Advice for Hollywood…

March 16, 2010

With news that Hollywood is amping up remakes of Conan the Barbarian starring a random from Baywatch, a 5th Fast & Furious movie, a new Hawaii Five-O series and another go round with Alvin and the Chipmunks, it’s become abundantly clear that the entertainment world is in need of some serious new ideas. Now, for every reboot that works like Star Trek, there’s a massive failure like Land of the Lost. So, I think La La Land needs to be a little more selective in its projects and the stars they throw together hoping for a hit. With that said, here’s a couple tidbits of advice that might help you out, Hollywood…

~Stop trying to make these people movie stars: Jessica Biel, Dane Cook, and sad as I am to say it Jennifer Aniston. Jen, I love ya, but it’s time to return to the small screen like your other best friends. I don’t think any of us will be able to suffer through The Bounty Hunter

~ Don’t let the success of one Jersey Shore lead to mass production of more reality spinoffs with its “stars”. It’s hard enough to handle Snookie, The Situation, etc. once a week…  Seriously, MTV, you are to blame for Speidi, Lauren Conrad and Audrina Patridge. ‘Nuff Said.

~Speaking of spinoffs, stop with all the crime procedurals spinoffs. We have 3 CSI’s, 3 Law & Orders, 2 NCISs and now a second Criminal Minds is on the way… enough is enough.

~Don’t re-release Avatar in the summer. Hasn’t this cash cow Pocahontas in space rip off sucked the public’s bank account dry already? Is the 12 minutes of extra footage really gonna be that amazing?

~Stop with the corporate cookie cutter committee movie making already. It only produces results like The Wolfman, The Ugly Truth and Cop Out.

~Don’t go forward with the proposed Gilligan’s Island movie? I mean really? How on Earth can that work?

~Cast Betty White in everything. She rescued The Proposal, is a national treasure and will be the oldest host of SNL in May! The kids even love her.

~ Find the original and daring ideas for new TV shows that push the envelope like Glee, Damages, Nurse Jackie, and Lost.

~ Enough with Kristen Stewart. Not only is she a bad actress (have you seen the god awful Twilight films?), but she is a just a pill on talk shows and the red carpet. She seems ungrateful for her success and I just don’t get the appeal. Also, she clearly has no box office weight outside of the Twilight series (witness her box office duds The Yellow Hankerchief and Adventureland, etc.)

And there you have it, just a few suggestions for the future of Hollywood. Do you agree? What else would you recommend? Sound off below.

Shows you should be watching…

March 11, 2010

So, we all know I’m obsessed with television and several of my favorite shows are big hits like Lost, Glee, American Idol, The Good Wife, House, 24, Greys Anatomy and 30 Rock to name a few.  However, there are a lot of hidden TV gems out there that dont get the attention they deserve. Some are critically acclaimed  (Damages), some are a laugh riot (Parks and Recreation) and some are just a guilty pleasure (Human Target). So, to honor these shows, I thought I’d give you a list of the TV Shows You Should be Watching… and I mean like today! I’m also including their websites so you can see where to view them online… Enjoy and catch up fast, because there is some seriously good (Southland) and fabulous (Rupaul’s Drag Race) stuff going on out there…

Damgaes (FX): It’s a twisty legal murder mystery thriller with amazing performances by Emmy winner Glenn Close, Emmy nominee Rose Byrne and fantastic new cast-members Martin Short, Campbell Scott and Lily Tomlin (in a wig you just have to see to believe).

Rupaul’s Drag Race (Logo): Rupaul is back for season 2 with a host of fierce and crazy drag queens. The show is like a mix of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model with a bevy of outrageous drag beauties. Seriously, it’s the best time you’ll have in front of the tube all week.

Human Target (Fox): Mark Valley plays a bodyguard for hire in this humorous and action packed adventure series. He’s assisted by great turns from Pushing Daisies’ Chi McBride and former Oscar nominee (and the new Freddie Krueger) Jackie Earle Hayley.

Southland (TNT): this LA based cop drama stars Regina King (Ray) and Benjamin McKenzie (of The O.C.) and a great ensemble in a tense and realistic program that brings the crime of the streets right into your home. Thank goodness TNT rescued this show from NBC after they callously dumped it last year.

Nurse Jackie (Showtime): returning this month for a second season, Nurse Jackie follows Edie Falco’s flawed and pill-popping nurse at home and at work. She’s hilarious and has great support from a diverse group of coworkers and her stable husband and two daughters. Falco erases all memories of Carmella Soprano in this dynamite dramatic comedy. She has to be considered the early front-runner for the Emmy this fall for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Parks and Recreation (NBC): after a shaky start last season, this wacky comedy has really found its stride this year with a strong hilarious ensemble and a brilliant front woman in another likely Emmy contender, Amy Poehler. It often outshines its Thursday night peer The Office as well.

Cougar Town (ABC): A third contender for that Emmy comes in the form of Courtney Cox-Arquette in her comeback series (I’m erasing all memories of Dirt thank you) the hilarious and surprisingly heart-warming Cougar Town. Aided by a ton of strong comedy vets like Busy Phillips and Ian Gomez, Cox-Arquettes has found comic gold and the show gets better with each week. Seriously, why aren’t more of the masses who enjoy the funniest show on tv, Modern Family, staying tuned to this great comedy?

And those shows are just the tip of the ice berg. I could add V, The New Adventures of Old Christine (yes, it’s still on and it’s a riot), Ugly Betty (in its fantastic final season), and Caprica to name a few. So, check them out. I bet you’ll enjoy them as much as I do, and report back.

Enjoy the shows!