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Game of Thrones Conquers the Creative Arts Emmy Awards

September 16, 2012

Kathy Griffin may call them the “Shmemmys” but the Creative Arts Emmys are actually the same as the regular Emmys. They just don’t make it onto the big awards telecast. They did, however, take place tonight and in years past, they are where Griffin was a 2 time winner. This year, she may have lost her bid for a golden guy, but Game of Thrones was up for 13 and that fantastic series led tonight’s winners with 6 awards. Tonight’s ceremony honored mostly the creative and technical categories like lighting, editing and art direction, but there were a few big awards. Taking home the Best Non Fiction Program (i.e.: reality show award) for the first time was Undercover Boss while Smash pulled an upset in the Choreography category out dancing several amazing contenders from So You Think You Can Dance. In the casting categories, Homeland, Game Change and Girls prevailed (yay for the first two, not so much the latter) while there were 4 acting awards handed out in the Guest Actor categories. Taking the Drama Guest Actor Awards were Jeremy Davies for Justified and Martha Plimpton for The Good Wife. (An extra yay for Plimpton who is brilliant on that show and was surprisingly omitted from the very competitive Best Actress Comedy Series race this year for Raising Hope after grabbing a nod last year.) On the comedy side, Jimmy Fallon won for hosting Saturday Night Live while Kathy Bates finally landed a win for playing Charlie Sheen’s old character on Two and A Half Men after 11 nominations. (She could still won next week for her work on Harry’s Law too)… For more on all the winners and the Emmys, head here. Then check out all the winners below and be sure to catch the Big Folk Emmy Awards next Sunday Sept. 23rd on ABC.

2012 Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners~

DRAMA

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
X – Jeremy Davies, “Justified”
Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
Mark Margolis, “Breaking Bad”
Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
Loretta Devine, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Julia Ormond, “Mad Men”
X – Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife”
Jean Smart, “Harry’s Law”
Uma Thurman, “Smash”

COMEDY

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Will Arnett, “30 Rock”
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
X – Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
Michael J. Fox, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jon Hamm, “30 Rock”
Greg Kinnear, “Modern Family”

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS
Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock”
X – Kathy Bates, “Two and a Half Men”
Margaret Cho, “30 Rock”
Dot Marie Jones, “Glee”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”

REALITY

BEST REALITY SERIES
“Antiques Roadshow”
“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”
“MythBusters”
“Shark Tank”
X – “Undercover Boss”
“Who Do You Think You Are?”

VARIETY

BEST VARIETY SERIES DIRECTING
James Hoskinson, “The Colbert Report” – “7121A”
Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” – “17087″
Jerry Foley, “Late Show With David Letterman” – “3602″
Jonathan Krisel, “Portlandia” – “One Moore Episode”
X – Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” – “Host: Mick Jagger”

BEST VARIETY SERIES WRITING
“The Colbert Report”
X – “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Portlandia”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL
“Betty White’s 90th Birthday”
“Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker”
X – “The Kennedy Center Honors”
“Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again”
“Tony Bennett: Duets II”

ANIMATED

BEST ANIMATED PROGRAM
“American Dad!”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Futurama”
X – “The Penguins of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole”
“The Simpsons”

BEST SHORT-FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM
“Adventure Time”
“Disney Phineas and Ferb”
“MAD”
X – “Regular Show”
“Robot Chicken”

CHILDREN’S

BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
“Degrassi”
“Good Luck Charlie”
“iCarly”
“Victorious”
X – “Wizards of Waverly Place”

BEST CHILDREN’S NONFICTION REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
“It Gets Better”
X – “Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger”
“The Weight Of The Nation For Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover”

NONFICTION

BEST NONFICTION SPECIAL
“Bobby Fischer Against the World”
X – “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
“Gloria: In Her Own Words”
“Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies”
“6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park”

BEST NONFICTION SERIES
“American Masters”
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”
X – “Frozen Planet”
“Inside the Actors Studio”
“The Weight of the Nation”

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
“The Amish (American Experience)”
X – “Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Independent Lens)”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”

BEST NONFICTION PROGRAMMING DIRECTING 
Bertram van Munster, “The Amazing Race” (“Let Them Drink Their Haterade”)
Robert B. Weide, “American Masters” (“Woody Allen: A Documentary”)
X – Martin Scorsese, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
Craig Spirko, “Project Runway” (“Finale, Part 2″)

BEST NONFICTION PROGRAMMING WRITING 
Barak Goodman, “American Experience” (“Clinton”)
Peter Jones, “American Masters” (“Johnny Carson: King of Late Night”)
Anthony Bourdain, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (“Cuba”)
X – Geoffrey C. Ward, “Prohibition” (“A Nation of Hypcrites”)
Christine Ferraro, “Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger”

SPECIAL CLASS

BEST SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM
“84rd Annual Academy Awards”
“69th Annual Golden Globe Awards”
“54rd Annual Grammy Awards”
“Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin (Great Performances)”
“Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater”
X – “65th Annual Tony Awards”

BEST SPECIAL CLASS SHORT FORMAT – LIVE ACTION ENTERTAINMENT 
X – “Children’s Hospital”
“The Daily Show Correspondents Explain”
“Parks And Recreation: April And Andy’s Road Trip”
“30 Rock: The Webisodes”
“Web Therapy”

BEST SPECIAL CLASS SHORT FORMAT – NONFICTION 
“Bravo’s Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen”
X – “DGA Moments in Time”
“Jay Leno’s Garage”
“Thank a Vet”
“30 Rock: Ask Tina”

CHOREOGRAPHY/COMMERCIAL/INTERACTIVE/STUNTS/TITLES/VOICE-OVER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Travis Wall and Teddy Forance, “Dancing With the Stars
X – Joshua Bergasse, “Smash”
Stacey Tookey, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Christopher Scott, “So You Think You Can Dance
Spencer Liff, “So You Think You Can Dance”

BEST COMMERCIAL
The Bark Side – Volkswagen
X – Best Job – Procter & Gamble Corporate Brand
Color Changes Everything – Target
The Dog Strikes Back – Volkswagen
It’s Halftime in America – Chrysler

BEST INTERACTIVE MEDIA
“Bravo’s Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen”
“Game Of Thrones Season Two – Enhanced Digital Experience”
X – “The Team Coco Sync App”

BEST MAIN TITLE DESIGN
“American Horror Story”
X – “Great Expectations”
“Magic City”
“New Girl”
“Strike Back”

BEST STUNT COORDINATION
“American Horror Story”
“Crimina Minds”
“Grimm”
“Hawaii Five-0″
“NCIS: Los Angeles”
X – “Southland”

BEST VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
Brenda Strong, “Desperate Housewives”
Dan Povenmire, “Disney Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension”
Rob Rigg, “Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice”
X – Maurice LaMarche, “Futurama”
Kristen Wiig, “The Looney Tunes Show”
Hank Azaria, “The Simpsons”

ART DIRECTION

BEST ART DIRECTION – MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
“Hell’s Kitchen”
“How I Met Your Mother”
“Mike & Molly”
“30 Rock”
X – “2 Broke Girls”

BEST ART DIRECTION – SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
X- “Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
X – “Game of Thrones”
“Justified”
“Mad Men”

BEST ART DIRECTION – MINISERIES OR MOVIE
“American Horror Story” (“Open House”)
“American Horror Story” (“Part 1″)
X – “Great Expectations”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
Hemingway & Gellhorn
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

BEST ART DIRECTION – VARIETY OR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
“84th Annual Academy Awards”
X- “54th Annual Grammy Awards”
“Saturday Night Live” (“Host: Jimmy Fallon”)
X- “65th Annual Tony Awards”
“The Voice”

CASTING

BEST CASTING – COMEDY SERIES
“The Big C”
X – “Girls”
“Modern Family”
“New Girl”
“Nurse Jackie”
“Veep”

BEST CASTING – DRAMA SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
X – “Homeland”
“Mad Men”

BEST CASTING –  TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
“American Horror Story”
“Five”
X – “Game Change”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY –  MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
“How I Met Your Mother”
“Mike & Molly”
“Pair of Kings”
X – “Two and a Half Men”
“2 Broke Girls”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
X – “Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Glee”
“Mad Men”
“Pan Am”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY–  TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
“Game Change”
X – “Great Expectations”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”
“Treasure Island”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – NONFICTION 
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”
X – “Frozen Planet”
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
“Prohibition”
“Whale Wars”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – REALITY 
“The Amazing Race”
X – “Deadliest Catch”
“Project Runway”
“Survivor”
“Top Chef”

COSTUMES

BEST COSTUMES – SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire”
“The Borgias”
“Downton Abbey”
X – “Game of Thrones”
“Once Upon a Time”

BEST COSTUMES – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
“American Horror Story”
X – “Great Expectations”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”
“Treasure Island”

EDITING

BEST SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING –  DRAMA SERIES
“Breaking Bad” (“End Times”)
“Breaking Bad” (“Face Off”)
“Downton Abbey”
X – “Homeland”
“Mad Men”

BEST SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING – COMEDY SERIES
X – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Modern Family” (“Leap Day”)
“Modern Family” (“Election Day”)
“30 Rock” (“The Tuxedo Begins”)
“30 Rock” (“Leap Day”)

BEST MULTI-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING – COMEDY SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Hot in Cleveland”
X – “How I Met Your Mother”
“Two and a Half Men”
“2 Broke Girls”

BEST SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
X – “Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

BEST PICTURE EDITING – SHORT FORM AND VARIETY
“84rd Annual Academy Awards – Opening Film”
X – “2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony”
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
“Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater”

BEST PICTURE EDITING – NONFICTION 
“American Masters: Johnny Carson – King of Late Night”
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”
“Beyond Scared Straight”
X – “Frozen Planet”
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”

BEST PICTURE EDITING – REALITY 
“The Amazing Race”
X – “Deadliest Catch”
“Project Runway”
“Survivor”
“Top Chef”

HAIRSTYLING

BEST HAIRSTYLING – SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire”
“The Borgias”
X- “Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Mad Men”

BEST HAIRSTYLING – MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL
“Dancing With the Stars”
X – “Saturday Night Live”
“Victorious”
“The Voice”

BEST HAIRSTYLING – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
X – “American Horror Story”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”

LIGHTING

BEST LIGHTING DIRECTION – VARIETY SERIES
American Idol
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Saturday Night Live”
X – “So You Think You Can Dance”
“The Voice”

BEST LIGHTING DIRECTION – VARIETY SPECIAL
“84th Annual Academy Awards”
“Andrea Bocelli Live In Central Park”
X – “54th Annual Grammy Awards”
“Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show Starring Madonna”
“Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011″

MAKEUP

BEST MAKEUP – SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (NON-PROSTHETIC)
“Boardwalk Empire”
X – “Game of Thrones”
“Glee”
“Mad Men”
“The Middle”

BEST MAKEUP –  MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL (NON-PROSTHETIC)
X – “Dancing With the Stars”
“Hot in Cleveland”
“How I Met Your Mother”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Victorious”

BEST MAKEUP – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES (NON-PROSTHETIC)
“American Horror Story”
X – “Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”

BEST PROSTHETIC MAKEUP 
“American Horror Story”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Game of Thrones”
“Once Upon a Time”
X – “The Walking Dead”

MUSIC

BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES/SPECIAL
“Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice”
“Game Change”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
X – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Missing”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION – SERIES
“The Borgias”
X – “Downton Abbey”
“Pan Am”
“Smash”
“30 Rock”

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION
“Christmas in Washington”
“Country Music (In Performance At The White House)”
X – “The Kennedy Center Honors”
“Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy”
“Seth MacFarlane: Swingin’ in Concert”
“The Thomashefskys: Music And Memories Of A Life In The Yiddish Theater (Great Performances)”

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
“The Heart of Christmas” – “The Heart of Christmas”
“Raising Hope” – “Welcome Back to Hope”
“Saturday Night Live” – “I Can’t Believe I’m Hosting”
“Smash” – “Let Me Be Your Star”
X- “65th Annual Tony Awards” – “It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore”

BEST ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
“Great Expectations”
“Hell on Wheels”
“Homeland”
X – “Page Eight”
“Touch”

SOUND

BEST SOUND EDITING – SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“CSI: Miami”
X – “Game of Thrones”
“The Walking Dead”

BEST SOUND EDITING – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
“American Horror Story”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
X – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“The River”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

BEST SOUND EDITING – NONFICTION 
“The Amazing Race”
X – “Frozen Planet”
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
“Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies”
“Prohibition”

BEST SOUND MIXING – ONE-HOUR COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
X – “Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Person of Interest”

BEST SOUND MIXING – HALF-HOUR COMEDY, DRAMA, OR ANIMATION
“Entourage”
X – “Modern Family”
“Nurse Jackie”
“Parks and Recreation”
“30 Rock”

BEST SOUND MIXING – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES 
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
X – “Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

BEST SOUND MIXING – VARIETY SERIES OR SPECIAL
X – “84th Annual Academy Awards”
“ACM Presents: Lionel Richie And Friends – In Concert”
“American Idol”
“54th Annual Grammy Awards”

BEST SOUND MIXING – NONFICTION 
“The Amazing Race”
“Deadliest Catch”
“Frozen Planet”
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
X – “Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies”

TECHNICAL DIRECTION

BEST TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL – SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“Late Show with David Letterman”
X – “Saturday Night Live”
“30 Rock”

BEST TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL – TV MOVIE/MINISERIES OR SPECIAL
“84th Annual Academy Awards”
“54th Annual Grammy Awards”
“The Kennedy Center Honors”
X – “Memphis (Great Performances)”

VISUAL EFFECTS

BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“Falling Skies”
X – “Game of Thrones”
“Inside the Human Body”
“Once Upon a Time”
“Pan Am”
“The Walking Dead”

BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS – SUPPORTING
X – “Boardwalk Empire”
“Bones”
“The Borgias”
“Breaking Bad”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Touch”
“Sherlock: A Study in Pink”

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Some Thoughts on Today’s Emmy Nominations…

July 20, 2012

So, today we saw several of the usual and deserving suspects grab multiple Emmy nominations like Modern Family, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. However, there were some big surprises and some upsetting snubs… Let’s take a look at some of those.

Good Surprises:

~ The Acting Love for Downton Abbey with Michelle Dockery (Mary), Hugh Bonneville (Lord Granville), Joanne Froggat (Anna), Brendan Coyle (Mr. Carson), and Jim Carter (Mr. Bates) all grabbing nods alongside last year’s winner Maggie Smith.
~ Anna Gunn finally grabbing a nod for Breaking Bad
~ Martha Plimpton getting a nod for The Good Wife despite being snubbed for Raising Hope
~ Veep getting nominated for Comedy Series. I thought only Julia Louis Dreyfuss would be recognized, so I’m thrilled
~ Max Greenfield, the standout performer on New Girl, joined his show’s star Zooey Deschanel with a nomination
~ Merrit Weaver finally getting a nomination for her hysterical work on Nurse Jackie … and yay for Edie Falco still getting recognized for her wonderful work too in one of the show’s best seasons.
~ Margaret Cho getting a nod for her side-splittingly hilarious work on 30 Rock
~ the continued love for Cat Deeley and So You Think You Can Dance
~ Jean Smart grabbing a nod for her brilliant turn on the cancelled Harry’s Law (joining the show’s star Kathy Bates who also grabbed a nod for her guest turn on Two and A Half Men)

I’m also very pleased in general with the nominations for Homeland, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Game Change, Dot Marie Jones, Game of Thrones and all the actors from The Good Wife.

Now the bad…

~ Girls getting nods for series and star Lena Dunham. While I appreciate that Dunham is not your usual tv star, I despise this self-satisfied horribly unfunny show and its unlikable characters
~ The Voice got a nod over American Idol? That’s a tragedy!
~ Jon Cryer, Don Cheadle and Larry David all got nods over Parks & Recreation’s fantastic Adam Scott? That’s not right!
~ Boardwalk Empire‘s nods, ugh… They should rename it BOREDwalk Empire

And now the shocking snubs….

~ Where the hell is Parks and Recreation in Comedy Series and double, where the hell is Nick Offerman in Supporting Actor Comedy
~ So many Glee snubs, but the biggest were for Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and guest star Matt Bomer... I guess the industry is no longer singing their tune…
~ Where in the world is The Good Wife for Drama Series?!!!
~ Former nominees left out in the cold: John Slattery (Mad Men), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Laura Linney (The Big C), Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Michelle Forbes (The Killing) and Hugh Laurie (House) who will sadly never have won for his iconic character.

There are tons more omissions that are upsetting like Lena Heady (Game of Thrones), John Noble and Anna Torv (Fringe), the rest of the cast of The Killing and the show for that matter, Happy Endings and its stars Casey Wilson and Damon Wayans Jr, everyone on GCB, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Matthew Perry and Carrie Preston‘s guest work on The Good Wife, Megan Hilty (Smash), Jeff Perry and Kerry Washinton (Scandal), RuPaul and RuPaul’s Drag Race and on and on…. I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch, but my head is spinning as it is… For more on Emmy’s snubs, multiple nominees (Poehler, Dunham, Bates, Michael J. Fox and more), statistics and interesting facts, head to Deadline Hollywood here and let me know who your thoughts on the nominations below.

It’s time for my Big Bold 2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions!

July 16, 2012

Thursday morning July 19th is the day all of the television industry has been looking towards as this year’s Emmy Nominations are announced. We should expect last year’s winners Mad Men and Modern Family to be at the top of the heap again. However, we could see a few other series top them for overall nominations including Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation, The Good Wife, and Game of Thrones. Some newbies are likely to make a big mark like New Girl and especially Homeland which should rack up a lot of nods. Check back here on Thursday for all the nominees and check out my big bold predictions below… I’m rooting for a few long shots like The Killing and its superb cast, Smash‘s Megan Hilty, Casey Wilson from Happy Endings and Jeff Perry from Scandal. How about you?

My Big Bold 2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions~

Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Homeland, Mad Men
~spoilers: Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Justified

Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock
~ spoilers: New Girl, Veep, Happy Endings, Glee

Lead Actor Drama:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kelsey Grammar (Boss), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
~spoilers: Steve Buscemi (Boarkwalk Empire), Dustin Hoffman (Luck), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Lead Actress Drama:
Clare Danes (Homeland), Glenn Close (Damages), Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer)
~ spoilers: Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), Debra Messing (Smash)

Lead Actor Comedy:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiams), Louis C.K. (Louie), Joel McHale (Community), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men),

Lead Actress Comedy:
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Laura Linney (The Big C), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Laura Dern (Enlightened)

Supporting Actor Drama:
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Slattery (Mad Men)
~spoilers: Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Jeff Perry (Scandal), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing)

Supporting Actress Drama:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Lena Heady (Game of Thrones), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
~spoilers: Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire) Megan Hilty (Smash), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Jamie Anne Allman (The Killing), Rose Byrne (Damages)

Supporting Actor Comedy:
Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
~ spoilers: Chris Colfer (Glee), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Oliver Platt (The Big C)

Supporting Actress Comedy:
Julie Bowen (Modern Familly), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Casey Wilson (Happy Endings)
~ spoilers: Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) , Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope)

Guest Actor Drama:
Alfred Molina (Harry’s Law), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Robert Morse (Mad Men), Edward James Olmos (Dexter), Matthew Perry (The Good Wife), Fred Willard (The Closer)
~spoilers: Mos Def (Dexter) , T.R. Knight (Law & Order: SVU), Jeremy Davies (Justified), Chris Messina (Damages)

Guest Actress Drama:
Joan Cusack (Shameless), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Lucy Liu (SouthLAnd), Bernadette Peters (Smash), Carrie Preston (The Good Wife), Jean Smart (Harry’s Law)
~spoilers: Anika Noni Rose (The Good Wife), Julia Ormond (Mad Men), Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), Uma Thurman (Smash)

Guest Actor Comedy:
Matt Bomer (Glee), Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), Michael J. Fox (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Greg Kinnear (Modern Family), James Marsden (30 Rock), Paul Rudd (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Wil Arnett (30 Rock), Ricky Martin (Glee), Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live), Bobby Cannavale (Modern Family)

Guest Actress Comedy:
Ellen Barkin (Modern Family), Patricia Clarkson (Parks & Recreation), Kathryn Hahn (Parks & Recreation), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live), Mary Steenburgen (30 Rock), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
~spoilers: Megan Mullaly (Parks & Recreation), Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Chloe Moretz Grace (30 Rock) , Robin Wright (Enlightened)

Reality Competition Show:
The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance
~spoilers: The Voice, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Reality Host:
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Phil Koeghan (The Amazing Race), Jeff Probst (Survivor), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
~spoilers: RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Padma Laksmi (Top Chef)

TV Movie/ Miniseries:
American Horror Story, Game Change, The Hatfields & The McCoys, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia, The Hour
~spoilers: Page Eight, Luther, Great Expectaions

Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia), Idris Elba (Luther), Woody Harrelson (Game Change), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Bill Paxton (The Hatfields & The McCoys)
~spoilers: Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys),Bill Nighy (Page Eight)

Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Connie Britton (American Horror Story), Patricia Clarkson (Five), Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Julianna Moore (Game Change), Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult)
~spoiler: Rachel Weisz (Page Eight)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Ralph Fiennes (Page Eight), Martin Freeman (Sherlock: Scandal in Balgravia), Ed Harris (Game Change), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), David Strathairn (Hemingway & Gelhorn)
~spoilers: Michael Gambon (Page Eight), Powers Boothe (Hatfields & the McCoys)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Gillian Anderson (Great Expectations), Judy Davis (Page Eight), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Sarah Paulson (Game Change), Mare Winningham (Hatfields & McCoys)
~spoilers: Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Ruth Wilson (Luther)

“Once” Dominates the Tony Awards

June 11, 2012

Tonight, the best of Broadway was celebrated on the 66th Annual Tony Awards hosted by the always brilliant Neil Patrick Harris. He, and the show, were excellent with wonderful performances from all the nominated musicals (big ups to Newsies, Once, Ghost, Follies, Porgy & Bess and Ricky Martin with Evita for my favorite numbers) and clips from the nominated plays. The musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Once was the big winner with 7 trophies included Best Musical and Best Actor for Steve Kazee who had the best and most emotional speech of the night. Audra MacDonald also gave a very emotional and lovely speech as she won her 5th Tony for Porgy which also won best Revival of a Musical. Taking the Featured Actor in a Musical wins were Nice Work if You Can Get It stars Judy Kaye and Michael McGrath… On the play side, Clybourne Park took home best play while best revival went to Death of a Salesman and its lauded director Mike Nichols. Other big winners included the wonderful Judith Light for Featured Actress in a Play, Smash’s Christan Borle for Featured Actor in a Play, Nina Arianda for Lead Actress in a Play and the hilarious James Corden for Lead Actor in a Play. Take a look at all the winners below and head to the Tony website for more on this fantastic show and the wonderful theatre of Broadway.

2012 Tony Award Winners~

Best Musical
Nominees: Leap of Faith; Newsies; Nice Work if You can Get it; Once
WINNER: Once

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Nominees: Audra McDonald (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Cristin Milioti (Once); Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde)
WINNER: Audra McDonald (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nominees: Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur); Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow); Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities); Linda Lavin (The Lyons); Cynthia Nixon (Wit)
WINNER: Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Nominees: James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors); Philip Seymour Hoffman (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man); Frank Langella (Man and Boy); John Lithgow (The Columnist)
WINNER: James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Nominees: Danny Burstein (Follies); Jeremy Jordan (Newsies); Steve Kazee (Once); Norm Lewis (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Ron Raines (Follies)
WINNER: Steve Kazee (Once)

Best Revival of a Musical
Nominees: Evita; Follies; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; Jesus Christ Superstar
WINNER: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Best Play
Nominees: Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher; Venus in Fur

WINNER: Clybourne Park
Best Revival of a Play
Nominees: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; Master Class; Wit
WINNER: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Best Original Score
Nominees: Bonnie & Clyde (music by Frank Wildhorn and Lyrics by Don Black; Newsies (Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Jack Feldman); One Man, Two Guvnors (Music & Lyrics by Grant Olding); Peter and the Starcatcher (Music by Wayne Barker and Lyrics by Rick Elice)
WINNER: Newsies (Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Jack Feldman)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Nominees: Elizabeth A. Davis (Once); Jayne Houdyshell (Follies); Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Jessie Mueller (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever); Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Ghost the Musical)
WINNER: Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Nominees: Michael Cumpsty (End of the Rainbow); Tom Edden (One Man, Two Guvnors); Andrew Garfield (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park)
WINNER: Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher)
Best Direction of a Play

Nominees: Nicholas Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors); Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park); Mike Nichols (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Roger Rees and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher)
WINNER: Mike Nichols (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman)

Best Direction of a Musical
Nominees: Jeff Calhoun (Newsies); Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work if You Can Get It); Diane Paulus (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); John Tiffany (Once)
WINNER: John Tiffany (Once)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Nominees: Linda Emond (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Spencer Kayden (Don’t Dress for Dinner); Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher); Judith Light (Other Desert Cities); Condola Rashad (Stick Fly)
WINNER: Judith Light (Other Desert Cities)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Nominees: Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Michael Cerveris (Evita); David Alan Grier (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar)
WINNER: Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It)

Best Choreography
Nominees: Rob Ashford (Evita); Christopher Gattelli (Newsies); Steven Hoggett (Once); Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get It)
WINNER: Christopher Gattelli (Newsies)

Best Orchestration
Nominees: William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Bill Elliott (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Martin Lowe (Once); Danny Troob (Newsies)
WINNER: Martin Lowe (Once)

Best Book of a Musical
Nominees: Newies (Harvey Fierstein); Nice Work if You can Get it (Joe DiPietro); Once (Edna Walsh); Lysistrata Jones (Douglas Carter Beane)
WINNER: Once (Edna Walsh)

Best Costume Design of a Play
Nominees: William Ivey Long (Don’t Dress for Dinner); Paul Tazewell (A Streetcar Named Desire); Mark Thompson (One Man, Two Guvnors); Paloma Young (Peter and the Starcatcher)
WINNER: Paloma Young (Peter and the Starcatcher)

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Nominees: John Lee Beatty (Other Desert Cities); Daniel Ostlin (Clybourne Park); Mark Thompson (One Man, Two Guvnors); Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher)
WINNER: Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher)

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Nominees: Bob Crowley (Once); Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll (Ghost the Musical); Tobin Obst and Sven Ortel (Newsies); George Tsypin (Spider-Man Turn off the Dark)
WINNER: Bob Crowley (Once)

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Nominees: Gregg Barnes (Follies); ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess); Eiko Ishioka (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark); Martin Pakledinaz (Nice Work If You Can Get It)
WINNER: Gregg Barnes (Follies)

Best Sound Design of a Play
Nominees: Paul Arditti (One Man, Two Guvnors); Scott Lehrer (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman), Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), Darron L. West (Peter and the Starcatcher)
WINNER: Darron L. West (Peter and the Starcatcher)

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Nominees: Acme Sound Partners (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess); Clive Goodwin (Once), Kai Harada (Follies); Brian Ronan (Nice Work If You Can Get It)
WINNER: Clive Goodwin (Once)

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Nominees: Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher); Peter Kaczorowski (The Road to Mecca); Brian MacDevitt (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman); Kenneth Posner (Other Desert Cities)
WINNER: Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher)

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Nominees: Christopher Akerlind (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess); Natasha Katz (Follies); Natasha Katz (Once); Hugh Vastone (Ghost the Musical)
WINNER: Natasha Katz (Once)

Actor’s Equity Association Award
WINNER: Hugh Jackman
Isabelle Stevenson Award
WINNER: Bernadette Peters
Regional Theater Award
WINNER: Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.
Special Tony Award For Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
WINNER: Emanuel Azenberg

“Homeland” Dominates the TCA Nominations!

June 7, 2012

Earlier this week, Homeland reaped a bunch of Critic’s Choice TV Award nominations, and now the Television Critics Award nominations are honoring the hot and suspenseful drama. (And yes, these are two different critics groups people.) Homeland picked up a leading 4 nominations including Program of the Year, New Program, Drama Series and Individual Achievement in Drama for star Clare Danes. Nabbing 3 nods apiece were Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad while Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory and Louie lead the Comedy nominations. For more on the TCA’s, head here, and check out all the nominees below.

2012 Television Critics Award Nominations~
ndividual Achievement in Drama

Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” AMC)
Claire Danes (“Homeland,” Showtime)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story,” FX)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

“Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)
“Game Change” (HBO)
“Hatfields & McCoys” (History)
“Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
“Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Justified” (FX)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

Individual Achievement in Comedy

Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)
Lena Dunham (“Girls,” HBO)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS)
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

“Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)
“The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“Frontline” (PBS)
“60 Minutes” (CBS)
“The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“The Glee Project” (Oxygen)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

“iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
“Phineas and Ferb” (Disney)
“Sesame Street” (PBS)
“Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)
“Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program

“Girls” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“New Girl” (Fox)
“Revenge” (ABC)
“Smash” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Community” (NBC)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Career Achievement Award

Dick Clark
Andy Griffith
David Letterman
Regis Philbin
William Shatner

Heritage Award

“Cheers” (NBC)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Star Trek” (NBC)
“Twin Peaks” (ABC)

Program of the Year

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)

NBC goes for Laughs with its new 2012 Fall Schedule

May 14, 2012

NBC has been mired in the ratings cellar for several years now, but with their new fall schedule, they are hoping to return to their 80’s and 90’s glory days. How are they gonna do it? Well, apparently, they are hoping to become the kings of comedy again. They did it with shows like Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls and Will & Grace. So, why not make a big play with 4 nights of comedy programming, Tuesday thru Friday? That’s what they will be doing by bringing back Community, Up All Night, Whitney (what?!) and 30 Rock  (in its final season) for 13 more episodes plus full seasons of The Office (with all the stars returning except for James Spader and Mindy Kaling who has a new sitcom on Fox) and Parks and Recreation. They will add 4 more comedies to the mix: Go On starring Matthew Perry as a sportscaster, Animal Kingdom with Justin Kirk as a House-like veterinarian, Guys with Kids from producer Jimmy Fallon and The New Normal with Justin Bartha and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) as a gay couple who enlist a surrogate to help them start a family. The latter comedy is from Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and costars Tony winner Ellen Barkin and looks like a riot. I can’t wait…
The network also has 3 more comedies for mid-season with Save Me starring Anne Heche, 1600 Penn (a comedy set at the White House) and Next Caller about a foul-mouthed DJ played by Dane Cook. Dramas joining later in the year are Infamous and Hannibal (yes, that’s about Hannibal Lecter!)
Also on the drama side, NBC has added Revolution, Do No Harm and Chicago Fire. Revolution will follow a new fall edition of The Voice which will now air twice a year essentially turning it into a singing version of Dancing with the Stars or Survivor, and thus further reducing the likelihood of ever producing a true music hit maker. (But it can still get good rating for the network that has such a low bar)… Also returning will be the musical drama Smash at midseason (so it can air 18 episodes uninterrupted) along with a newly reconfigured The Biggest Loser.... Cancelled shows include Awake, The Firm, Harry’s Law (boo!!!), Are You There Chelsea, Bent and Best Friends Forever. For more on the new shows and clips of them, head to TV Line here. And check out NBC’s new fall schedule below.

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “REVOLUTION”

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. – “GO ON”
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE NEW NORMAL”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

WEDNESDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “ANIMAL PRACTICE”
8:30-9 p.m. – “GUYS WITH KIDS”
9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 p.m. – “CHICAGO FIRE”

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Up All Night”
9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”
10-11 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”

FRIDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Community”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m. – “Fashion Star”
9-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”
10-11 p.m. – “DO NO HARM”

Carrie Underwood Blows Away the Competition on the Charts

May 10, 2012

Grammy winning country pop superstar Carrie Underwood blows away the competition this week on the Billboard 200 Album chart as her fourth album, the fantastic Blown Away, debuts at # 1. This give her a third chart topper on this list following Play On and Carnival Ride. Surprisingly her debut album, Some Hearts, only hit # 2 despite being her biggest seller by far with over 7 million units shifted. All four albums hit # 1 on the Country Albums chart. Blown Away is also the second biggest debut of 2012 with 267,000 copies sold coming in behind Madonna’s MDNA with over 359,000 copies… Underwood leads a bunch of debuts this week from the likes of Norah Jones, B.o.B., the Smash cast and Marilyn Manson. For more on Carrie’s chart achievements (including her 15th top ten country hit “Good Girl”) and this chart, head to Billboard here.... Also of note, fans of the Beastie Boys celebrated their music this week pushing 8 of their albums back onto the Billboard 200 following the untimely and sad passing of Boys member Adam Yauch from cancer. The highest ranking was their signature debut record, Licensed to Ill, at # 18.

Top Ten Albums on the Billboard 200:
1. Blown Away- Carrie Underwood (debut)
2. Little Broken Hearts- Norah Jones (debut)
3. Now 42 Compilation- Various Artists (debut)
4. 21- Adele (last week~ 2)
5. Strange Clouds- B.o.B. (debut)
6. Tuskegee- Lionel (lw~ 3)
7. Blunderbuss- Jack White (lw~ 1)
8. Up All Night- One Direction (lw~ 4)
9. Smash soundtrack- Smash Cast (debut)
10. Born Villian- Marilyn Manson (debut)

Over on the Hot 100 singles chart, it’s business as usual with Gotye landing a fourth week on top with his crossover smash “Somebody that I Used to Know”. This song has topped the Dance and Alternative charts and is in the top ten of the Rock, Hot AC and Pop Charts as well. The rest of the top ten on the Hot 100 is stagnant. We’ll see if anyone can break in next week, but in the meantime, take a look at this week’s list below.

Top Ten Singles on the Hot 100:
1. “Somebody that I Used to Know”- Gotye w/Kimbra (last week~ 1) * 4 weeks on top
2. “We Are Young”- fun. w/Janelle Monae (lw~ 2)
3. “Payphone”- Maroon 5 w/ Wiz Khalifa (lw~ 3)
4. “Call Me Maybe”- Carly Rae Jepsen (lw~ 5)
5. “Wild Ones”- Flo Rida w/ Sia (lw~ 6)
6. “Glad You Came”- The Wanted (lw~ 4)
7. “Starships”- Nicki Minaj (lw~8)
8. “Boyfriend”- Justin Bieber (lw~ 7)
9. “What Makes You Beautiful”- One Direction (lw~ 9)
10. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”- Kelly Clarkson (lw~ 10)

And before I go, please enjoy Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” which is set to be the second single from her new album, and trust me, it’s awesome!

This Smash Highlight is a “Smash”!

May 8, 2012

It’s no secret I love NBC’s musical dramedy Smash. Sure, the show is inconsistent at times and has a lot of growing to do to figure out just what it wants to be. However, one thing it always is is entertaining. The cast is fantastic and all of the musical numbers from the show within a show Bombshell are wonderful. My favorites so far have been “Second Hand White Baby Grand” and “Let Me Be Your Star”, but last night showcased a new number I’d at to that list, “Smash”. This one was a duet between Ivy (the amazing Broadway vet Megan Hilty) and Karen (American Idol‘s Katharine McPhee who has made a great impression on the show thus far). Check it out below and watch Smash’s juicy season finale next Monday on NBC.

Smash~ “Smash” by Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty)

“Smash” Preview~ Uma Thurman as Marilyn

April 16, 2012

So far the main dramatic thrust of the new and delightful musical dramedy Smash has been whether Broadway vet Ivy (Wicked’s Megan Hilty) or newbie Karen (American Idol’s Katharine McPhee) will get the juicy part of Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming musical Bombshell. Both have had their moments and the actors are doing some amazing work. However, the producers of the show are giving them some serious competition in the form of movie star Rebecca Duvall played by Oscar nominee Uma Thurman. Yeah, I think she’s totally wrong for the part, but that never stops Hollywood from miscasting stars in real life. So, the storyline makes a good deal of sense and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. Check out a teaser clip of Thurman singing and dancing below. She’s pretty good actually. That’s not too much of a shock since she was perhaps the best thing in the film adaptation of the Tony winning musical The Producers. Watch Smash, which was recently renewed for a second season, tonight at 10pm on NBC.

Smash Preview 4/16/12

“Smash” Preview~ Katharine McPhee’s “Touch Me”

March 26, 2012

Smash is on the upswing. The incredibly engrossing and juicy (albeit a little inconsistent) musical dramedy just grabbed an order for a second season following a great “Workshop” episode last week and climbing ratings…. This week, they’re keeping the heat up with Director Derek (Jack Davenport) doing some sneaky machinations involving Katharine McPhee‘s Karen. Check out Karen singing a new track by Grammy winning pop producer/writer and OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder below. (Hello, someone could be a dance diva in the gay clubs!) And watch the fireworks on Smash tonight at 10pm on NBC.

Smash– Katharine McPhee “Touch Me”