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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts!

Posted by Mr. Feeny on July 8, 2010

Can’t Lose!

Well, they’ll almost certainly will lose. But truly, in this case, to be nominated is a victory in itself.

After years of campaigning and subsequent snubbing, Friday Night Lights finally got two acting nominations. Their phenomenal stars Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler were nominated for Oustanding Actress and Actor in a Drama Series. The work they have done for four seasons is incredible and it’s about time they got recognized for it. DirectTV certainly helped.

The rest of the Emmy nominations, which were announced this morning, were equally as pleasing to me. I haven’t had time to think about snubs, but some of the nominations have me so happy/excited, I won’t worry about that until later.

Of course, most every category is full of the usual suspects, some of whom don’t deserve to be nominated. But the new additions are so great, leaning on critical favorites instead of fan favorites, that I can’t complain, at least not right now.

Except on one thing. 19 nominations for Glee? A little bit excessive. It’s a fun show, but certainly not deserving of awards. Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison: I like them, but they don’t deserve to be nominated.

There are plenty of places on the internet you can find the list of nominees. For instance, here for the big categories, and here for the mostly complete list. So instead, my analysis will be on the best categories to watch. And probably some that other reviewers won’t focus on.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

This is my favorite of the categories, but probably the biggest slam dunk. It’s John Lithgow‘s to lose. He gave a stirring performance in Dexter this season. Made a serial killer a family man, but just as disturbed either way. Basically, the only reason to watch Season 4. The easy favorite, even though he should have been supporting not guest. But…he has some fantastic challengers. First among them: Gregory Itzin. He was nominated for his work as a supporting actor in Season 5, and his portrayal of President Logan lost nothing in Season 8. He’s one of the finest actors in 24 history and should get this award in any other year. There’s also two actors with serious Broadway credentials that gave great performances on TV this season: Robert Morse (Mad Men) and Alan Cummings (The Good Wife). Throw in a Ted Danson (for an unremarkable performance in Damages this time around), Beau Bridges (The Closer) and Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), and this could have been the best nail-biter of the bunch. If not for Lithgow.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Not to be outdone, the ladies showed up in full force for their guest actress category. It features multiple double-nominees seen else where on the list, but there’s no clear front runner. Will the public’s insatiable Betty White obsession give her the Emmy for her hosting of Saturday Night Live? Or will they go with the old SNL and Emmy favorite, Tina Fey (last year’s winner)? Perhaps the voters will continue their love of 30 Rock by rewarding Elaine Stritch again (2007 winner). All three of them were actually nominated last year too, as was Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory). Here come the wild cards: Kristin Chenoweth for Glee (she won the Supporting Actress Emmy for Pushing Daisies last year);  Jane Lynch for Two and a Half Men (she will win the Supporting Actress Emmy this year for Glee); and Kathryn Joosten. Yes, Mrs. Landingham, for her work as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives. My money’s on Betty White. Nobody can resist her charms.

Oustanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

OK, the ladies were actually outdone. The Guest Actress in a Drama category doesn’t excite me, so the boys get two focuses. But when you see this list, you’ll understand why. I watched all of these nominees except Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie), and I can attest that their episodes were some of the best of the entire season for their respective shows. Jon Hamm, beloved for his work on Mad Men (though not enough to actually win), continues to show his versatility on 30 Rock, hamming it up (sorry, had to). Will Arnett just plays himself on that show, but he’s darn funny at it. Another one who’s awfully good at playing himself: Fred Willard. The perfect fit for Phil’s father in Modern Family. But then you get to my two favorites. The first, a huge shock. This category is usually reserved for big names. Mike O’Malley is not one of them. But he did such on outstanding job as Kurt’s father on Glee, that they couldn’t keep him off this list. He brought to the show what they need most: heart. Then, my man crush on Neil Patrick Harris is well documented. But his guest starring role as Bryan Ryan was the best episode of the season for Glee. With all the Glee obsession this year, this is a perfect way to reward NPH and the show all at once. So I’d say he’s the winner.

Outstanding Commercial

Did you even know that was a category? I have to include this, only because it’s going to be an epic battle: Betty White vs. The Man Your Man Could Smell Like. Two of the most talked about ads from this past year. Will it be the Snickers commercial that was pretty much responsible for White’s guest actress nomination? Or will it be one of the most quoted commercials ever for Old Spice (“I’m on a horse”)? I say the latter. Just so well shot as well. In mostly one take. Also nominated: Absolut’s Anthem, Coke Finals, Audi’s Green Police, and Nike’s Human Chain. I honestly don’t remember those at all. I hope they show these during the telecast. I’d love to see him ride out on a horse to accept the award.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

And now for some categories you’ll actually see. I’m floored that Modern Family got three of the six nominations. Very much deserving, but I thought they’d only get two at the most. But that wasn’t the only surprise in this category. Chris Colfer, Kurt on Glee, was nominated. He’s a bit of a one-trick pony for me, but he does a very nice job and is deserving of a nod. Probably more so than Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), the old standbys. But, one of those three could walk away with the trophy (perhaps defending champ Cryer) if Modern Family splits the votes. Do you go with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell or Eric Stonestreet? Each of them a key cog in what makes this the funniest show on television. My favorite is Burrell…I think he’s hilarious. But Stonestreet is probably most deserving. A great comedic straight actor who’s playing a gay man. But, I bet Cryer will win.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Another loaded category. One where Martin Short should be the favorite for his incredible performance in Damages, showing his versatility, if not for so many other wonderful repeat nominees. John Slattery is one of the most enjoyable things on Mad Men, and Aaron Paul is arguably a better actor in Breaking Bad than two-time winner Bryan Cranston (blasphemy, I know). Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) probably should have been nominated instead for his guest work on House, but Emmy voters love him. And then there’s the two previous winners: Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn for Lost. A darn-near impossible category to choose. If Emmy voters love Breaking Bad so much, then they should recognize Paul. Short’s work was unexpectedly great, but he played a smaller role than Paul. However, I think the Academy wants to reward Lost in some way, and this is their best chance. But who? Locke or Linus? Remember, they’re only supposed to base it off one episode. And while O’Quinn had the tougher task of playing two characters, “Dr. Linus” was such a great character piece, I think Emerson wins it again.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Most of the other categories are pretty much the same group as always, with a few exceptions. But this one has a lot of newcomers. Of course, for Modern Family, Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen. I don’t find them as funny as the male members of this ensemble cast, but they are very deserving of the nominations. Holland Taylor gets a nod. I can’t say anything about her performance because I don’t watch Two and a Half Men. Kristen Wiig got another nomination for Saturday Night Live, as did Jane Krakowski for 30 Rock. But there’s no suspense in this category. Glee‘s Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) will wipe the floor with these also-rans and use their tears to polish her trophy.

Other things of note I like:

Matthew Fox and Lost each getting nominations for the final season (O’Quinn, Emerson and Elizabeth Mitchell did as well). Fox’s first.

Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm getting nominations for their great “Seinfeld Reunion” season

Charlie Sheen didn’t get a nomination for the second time. They’re sick of him.

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler getting nominations for Friday Night Lights (yeah, I mentioned it already…it’s worth saying twice!)

Amy Poehler getting a nomination for Parks & Recreation. Sure, it’s because of their love of her, not because the show is the second-best comedy on the air. But still, it makes me think Nick Offerman was this-close to getting his own nomination if not for Modern Family and Glee.

Sharon Gless getting the biggest surprise nomination of the bunch. She got a supporting nod for her role as Michael Weston’s mother, Madeline, on Burn Notice. Awesome!

We’ll do more predictions and breakdowns in August before the Emmys (August 29). I wasn’t looking forward to them as much with Jimmy Fallon hosting instead of Neil Patrick Harris…but these nominees make up for it.

Maybe I’ll do a post about problems with this list too. But I feel like focusing on the positive, not 30 Rock and Glee‘s ridiculous crop of nominations…or 24 being snubbed.


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The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 20, 2009

I was genuinely worried that after spending all this time anticipating the Emmys, it’d be a huge letdown. Thankfully, that was not the case. This was one of the best award shows I’ve seen in a long time.

But first, let me just thank those who stopped by our live blog and joined in the conversation. We had a great time talking and interacting with you and hope it added to your “Emmy Experience” too.

You can choose to rate an award show in two different ways. Either the show itself or the awards given out. The latter gets all the talk the next day…but the former is what makes people actually remember the show. And this was definitely memorable.

I’d love to go into great detail, but after 3 hours of blogging on this topic…and episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Mad Men to watch…I just don’t have the time. So here are some snippets! As best I can remember from the live blog…

  • Neil Patrick Harris was phenomenal as the host. His opening number was just what the Dr. Howser order. His jokes were subtle but clever. His gags were always entertaining. And he looked very snappy in a white tux. He’s just a perfect M.C. A great command of the show. It only went three minutes over time! He’d better be back next year. Several performers said the same thing in their speeches.
  • None of the speeches were that spectacular. I do remember Kristin Chenoweth begging for jobs now that Pushing Daisies has been canceled. That was good. And Neil Patrick Harris ribbing Jon Cryer for winning over him (why is Cryer a supporting nominee? He’s ONE of the TWO and a Half Men. That should equal lead…and loss).
  • The set was very impressive. Stylish with lots of TVs, but they used it well. Never got distracting or in the way.
  • Most of the presenters did a fantastic job, but my favorite was easily Bob Newhart. He’s still got it after all these years. Those long pauses aren’t age…it’s how he’s always been!
  • The biggest thing I’m taking away from this is just the constant humor in between awards. Things like Dr. Horrible interrupting the broadcast when the lawyers are giving their explanation of ballot counting. Or NPH using IMDB to find the most obscure credits to introduce famous presenters. Or the completely fake voiceovers while winners are walking up to the stage. Written and voiced by the PC guy from those commercials. Even the way they avoided some of the duller category announcements by having directors and writers give pithy advice…or a gag for the “Variety Writing” nominees.
  • And as for the winners…It’s disappointing several won again from last year (Alec Baldwin, Glenn Close, Bryan Cranston, 30 Rock, Mad Men), but they’re only 2 time winners. It’s not like The Amazing Race, which won for a 7th straight time. But the best winners were the supporting drama ones. Michael Emerson from LOST and Cherry Jones from 24. Jones revitalized the show with an incredibly strong president and was a highlight all season. While Emerson has continually added nothing but greatness in terms of delivery and emotion to LOST.

There are still some problems with the Emmy format that could use fixing. But that’s overdone in the blogosphere.

What were your thoughts? Who was robbed? Should Neil Patrick Harris do it again? Comment away!

(oh, and…um…I was 8 for 20 in predictions…so I understand if this is the last time you read something written by me)

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Emmy Primer

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 20, 2009

Ready for the Emmys? Remember, follow them live with us at

In preparation, how about a little Neil Patrick Harris sample…who I know both Jennie and I are hoping wins Best Supporting Actor tonight. But, he’s also hosting. What happened last time he hosted an award show? This little number:

So NPH sang at the Tonys, which makes sense. There’s a lot of singing. But Hugh Jackman sang at the Oscars (which is actually up for an Emmy tonight). So could we get a song tonight? I hope so!

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Emmy Predictions!

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 19, 2009

Remember, tomorrow we’ll be live blogging at our companion site, We hope you all join us for the 61 Annual Emmy Awards!

The article CJ posted is a much read primer on the Emmy philosophy in general. Yes, it’s a sham. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Also, just to be clear…the addition of an extra nominee in each category doesn’t make this a tougher thing to predict. Those extra nominees have no chance of winning. They’re only there to appease mainstream viewers.

By the way. Fun fact: Neil Patrick Harris is only the third person to host two major award shows in the same year. That means, Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy. Obviously, NPH this year with the Tonys and Emmys. Rosie O’Donnell did it in 2000 hosting the Grammys and Tonys. And Bill Cosby did it in 1970 with the Grammys and Emmys.

Today, I’m going on the record with my picks. I’m inclined to take some risks, and I must admit it’s partially hopeful. But in general, it’s not necessarily who should win but who I think will win. And the order is based on the ballot you can print out at home, right here. I’m leaving out miniseries categories, though, since I haven’t seen them.

  • Supporting Actress, Comedy — Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
  • Writing, Comedy30 Rock, “Apollo, Apollo”
  • Supporting Actor, Comedy — Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
  • Lead Actress, Comedy — Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Directing, Comedy 30 Rock, “Apollo, Apollo”
  • Lead Actor, Comedy — Steve Carell, The Office
  • Reality Host — Jeff Probst, Survivor
  • Reality CompetitionTop Chef (it’s time for Amazing Race to lose after six years)
  • Directing, VarietyAmerican Idol
  • Writing, VarietyThe Colbert Report
  • Original MusicSaturday Night Live: “Motherlover”
  • Variety SeriesThe Daily Show
  • Supporting Actor, Drama — John Slattery, Mad Men
  • Supporting Actress, Drama — Cherry Jones, 24
  • Directing, DramaMan Men, “The Jet Set”
  • Writing, Drama Mad Men, “Meditations in an Emergency”
  • Lead Actress, Drama — Glenn Close, Damages
  • Lead Actor, Drama — Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Comedy Series30 Rock
  • Drama SeriesMad Men

Feel free to make some of your picks in the comment section!

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Pre-Emmynent Awards

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 15, 2009

No, this isn’t another fake award competition. I just like puns.

These are the actual Emmy Awards. Only, the ones that don’t get televised and that most Americans don’t really care about. Typical viewers want the glam and glitz of lead and supporting actors and actresses…not best casting or opening theme music. But we’re not typical viewers!!!

OK, we kind of are. These “smaller” Emmys don’t matter much to us either, for the most part. But I think there are some winners that definitely deserve recognition. So here’s a short list of winners. Check the Emmys site for all the winners and nominees.

Also, don’t forget. CJ, Christopher and I will be live blogging on Sunday for the actual Emmys telecast. We hope you make us part of your evening!

Select Creative Arts Emmys:

Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live Action Entertainment Program

What’s that? Just look at our video on the side. Or click here.

Outstanding Animated Series

WINNER: South Park

Outstanding Art Direction

WINNER: How I Met Your Mother (multi-camera)

WINNER: Pushing Daisies (single camera)

Outstanding Children’s Program

Selena Gomez looks good in purple and black

Selena Gomez looks good in purple and black

WINNER: Wizards of Waverly Place (I like this show…and the star wants to go to NU)

Outstanding Costumes

WINNER: Pushing Daisies

Outstanding Guest Actors/Actresses

WINNER: Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live

WINNER: Michael J. Fox on Rescue Me

WINNER: Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live

WINNER: Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: SVU

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

WINNER: Dan Castellanetta, The Simpsons

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