Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Look at the Emmys

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

I feel like the nominations were announced super early this year. I've been reading about picks for a couple weeks already, and there's still 4 more days until the awards. Still, I haven't made an predictions yet, so I interrupt the normal Monday flow to do so today (even though it's Tuesday, I know). Oh, and I'm not touching the Creative Arts Emmys... maybe next year.

I do want to say, however, that it never ceases to amaze me that I watch a TON of television and most every show I watch is never nominated for anything, so I often feel like I have more of a basis for picking Oscar and Tony winners than I do picking Emmy winners...

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Glee "Pilot - Director's Cut" (FOX), Ryan Murphy, Director
Glee "Wheels" (FOX), Paris Barclay, Director
Modern Family "Pilot" (ABC), Jason Winer, Director
Nurse Jackie "Pilot" (Showtime), Allen Coulter, Director
30 Rock "I Do Do" (NBC), Don Scardino, Director
- Not thrilled with this selection, but at least I saw it. I still feel like Glee is ridiculously overrated.

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Breaking Bad "One Minute" (AMC), Michelle MacLaren, Director
Dexter "The Getaway" (Showtime), Steve Shill, Director
Lost "The End" (ABC), Jack Bender, Director
Mad Men "Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency" (AMC), Lesli Linka Glatter, Director
Treme "Do You Know What It Means (Pilot)" (HBO), Agnieszka Holland, Director
- I've never seen three of these shows at all, and I'm anti-Mad Men, so that leaves Dexter.

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Georgia O'Keeffe (Lifetime), Bob Balaban, Director
The Pacific Part Eight (HBO), David Nutter, Director; Jeremy Podeswa, Director
The Pacific Part Nine (HBO), Tim Van Patten, Director
Temple Grandin (HBO), Mick Jackson, Director
You Don't Know Jack (HBO), Barry Levinson, Director
- Well, it sounds like an interesting subject...

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report "#5076 (in Iraq)" (Comedy Central), James Hoskinson, Director
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart "Episode #15054" (Comedy Central), Chuck O'Neil, Director
Late Show With David Letterman "Show #3289" (CBS), Jerry Foley, Director
Saturday Night Live "Host: Betty White" (NBC), Don Roy King, Director
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien "#146" (NBC), Allan Kartun, Director
- um, Betty White for the win. >

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement (PBS), Ron de Moraes, Director
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), Louis J. Horvitz, Director
63rd Annual Tony Awards (CBS), Glenn Weiss, Director
The 25th Anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Concert (HBO), Joel Gallen, Director
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (NBC), Bucky Gunts, Director
- Yay, Olympics!

Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming
The Amazing Race "I Think We're Fighting The Germans, Right?" (CBS), Bertram van Munster, Director
By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama (HBO), Amy Rice, Director; Alicia Sams, Director
Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) "Lust For Glory" (IFC), Bill Jones, Director; Ben Timlett, Director
My Lai (PBS), Barak Goodman, Director
Terror In Mumbai (HBO), Dan Reed, Director
- Um, guessing blindly here. But, hey, what the heck. Let's support the President... after all, it's his election itself which may be the best thing he's done...

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), Larry David as Himself
Glee (FOX), Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester
Monk (USA), Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk
The Office (NBC), Steve Carell as Michael Scott
30 Rock (NBC), Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
- Um, I'm sure not voting for Larry David, 30 Rock, or The Office. Big Bang is okay... I kinda hate Glee, and while Tony Shalhoub is great, that character didn't have much this season since it was pretty much over... so, Sheldon it is!

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC), Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Dexter (Showtime), Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV), Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor
House (FOX), Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
Lost (ABC), Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard
Mad Men (AMC), Jon Hamm as Don Draper
- um, Hugh Laurie is amazing. That is all.

A Dog Year (HBO), Jeff Bridges as Jon Katz
The Prisoner (AMC), Sir Ian McKellen as Two
The Special Relationship (HBO), Michael Sheen as Tony Blair
The Special Relationship (HBO), Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton
You Don't Know Jack (HBO), Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian
- um, again, nothing solid to go on. But, Sir Ian McKellen gets my vote.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Glee (FOX), Lea Michele as Rachel Berry
The New Adventures Of Old Christine (CBS), Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell
Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation (NBC), Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 Rock (NBC), Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
United States Of Tara (Showtime), Toni Collette as Tara Gregson
- I support Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
The Closer (TNT), Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson
Damages (FX Networks), Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV), Connie Britton as Tami Taylor
The Good Wife (CBS), Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson
Mad Men (AMC), January Jones as Betty Draper
- um, I haven't seen this show, but Julianna Margulies was great in ER, so let's pretend she's great here, too.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Capturing Mary (HBO), Maggie Smith as Mary Gilbert
Georgia O'Keeffe (Lifetime), Joan Allen as Georgia O’Keeffe
Return To Cranford (Masterpiece) (PBS), Dame Judi Dench as Miss Matty
The Special Relationship (HBO), Hope Davis as Hillary Clinton
Temple Grandin (HBO), Claire Danes as Temple Grandin
- not sure what it's about, but I haven't seen Claire Danes in anything in the longest time, so kudos to her.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Glee (FOX), Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel
How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
Modern Family (ABC), Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell
Modern Family (ABC), Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
Modern Family (ABC), Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Two And A Half Men (CBS), Jon Cryer as Alan Harper
- Well this was an easy choice. NPH is brilliant as Barney!

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC), Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Damages (FX Networks), Martin Short as Leonard Winstone
Lost (ABC), Terry O'Quinn as John Locke
Lost (ABC), Michael Emerson as Ben Linus
Mad Men (AMC), John Slattery as Roger Sterling
Men Of A Certain Age (TNT), Andre Braugher as Owen
- Again, I've never seen any of these shows. But let's go Martin Short.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Emma (Masterpiece) (PBS), Michael Gambon as Mr. Woodhouse
Hamlet (Great Performances) (PBS), Sir Patrick Stewart as Ghost / Claudius
Return To Cranford (Masterpiece) (PBS), Jonathan Pryce as Mr. Buxton
Temple Grandin (HBO), David Strathairn as Dr. Carlock
You Don't Know Jack (HBO), John Goodman as Neal Nicol
- as a theatre scholar first, Sir Patrick Stewart as Claudius all the way.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Glee (FOX), Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
Modern Family (ABC), Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family (ABC), Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Saturday Night Live (NBC), Kristen Wiig as Various Characters
30 Rock (NBC), Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney
Two And A Half Men (CBS), Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper
- um, I think just about any average American is going with Sue Sylvester. And while I'm not personally a fan of the character, I think she's a good actor.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Burn Notice (USA), Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen
Damages (FX Networks), Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons
The Good Wife (CBS), Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife (CBS), Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men (AMC), Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris
Mad Men (AMC), Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
- Aha! I finally have seen AND have a good perception of a nominee. As loyal readers know, Burn Notice is a biggie in my household, so I go with Sharon Gless.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Alice (Syfy), Kathy Bates as Queen of Hearts
Temple Grandin (HBO), Julia Ormond as Eustacia (Temple's Mom)
Temple Grandin (HBO), Catherine O'Hara as Aunt Ann
You Don't Know Jack (HBO), Brenda Vaccaro as Margo Janus
You Don't Know Jack (HBO), Susan Sarandon as Janet Good
- I go with the classic here, Brenda Vaccaro.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Glee "Wheels" (FOX), Mike O'Malley as Burt Hummel
Glee "Dream On" (FOX), Neil Patrick Harris as Bryan Ryan
Modern Family "Travels With Scout" (ABC), Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy
Nurse Jackie "Chicken Soup" (Showtime), Eli Wallach as Bernard Zimberg
30 Rock "Emmanuelle Goes To Dinosaur Land" (NBC), Jon Hamm as Dr. Drew Baird
30 Rock "Into The Crevasse" (NBC), Will Arnett as Devin Banks
- and while I haven't actually seen this particular episode, I did hear some great things about Neil Patrick Harris guesting on that show.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
The Closer "Make Over" (TNT), Beau Bridges as Detective George Andrews
Damages "The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat" (FX Networks), Ted Danson as Arthur Frobisher
Dexter "Road Kill" (Showtime), John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell
The Good Wife "Fleas" (CBS), Alan Cumming as Eli Gold
The Good Wife "Bad" (CBS), Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney
Mad Men "Shut The Door. Have A Seat." (AMC), Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper
24 "1:00 PM - 2:00 PM" (FOX), Gregory Itzin as President Charles Logan
- well, not only is Dexter the only show here that I have ever seen, but John Lithgow is one of my favorites.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory "The Maternal Congruence" (CBS), Christine Baranski as Beverly Hofstadter
Desperate Housewives "The Chase" (ABC), Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Glee "The Rhodes Not Taken" (FOX), Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes
Saturday Night Live "Host: Tina Fey" (NBC), Tina Fey as Host
Saturday Night Live "Host: Betty White" (NBC), Betty White as Host
30 Rock "The Moms" (NBC), Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy
Two And A Half Men "818-JKLPUZO" (CBS), Jane Lynch as Dr. Linda Freeman
- Well, I saw Kristin Chenoweth in that episode. But Betty White ALL THE WAY!!

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Big Love "The Mighty And The Strong" (HBO), Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Grant
Big Love "End Of Days" (HBO), Sissy Spacek as Marilyn Densham
The Cleaner "Does Everybody Have A Drink?" (A&E), Shirley Jones as Lola Zellman
Damages "Your Secrets Are Safe" (FX Networks), Lily Tomlin as Marilyn Tobin
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Bedtime" (NBC), Ann-Margret as Rita Wills
Lost "The End" (ABC), Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke
- I'm anti-Lost, and anti-Big Love, and I hate Law & Order. I recognize Lily Tomlin's name, so let's go with her.

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race (CBS), Phil Keoghan as Host
American Idol (FOX), Ryan Seacrest as Host
Dancing With The Stars (ABC), Tom Bergeron as Host
Project Runway (Lifetime), Heidi Klum as Host
Survivor (CBS), Jeff Probst as Host
- I don't like DWTS (but at least I tried it) or Survivor. I've never seen Project Runway, and I'm not an Idol fan. I've seen a few episodes of The Amazing Race, but it was so long ago that I don't remember much at all. Thus, Ryan Seacrest, because he's pretty popular anyway.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Glee (FOX)

Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)
- I hate 30 Rock and The Office and Glee. I fell asleep halfway through the only episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm I've tried to watch. Modern Family just didn't grab me. Nurse Jackie it is.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)
- I've seen and don't care for Dexter. Otherwise, I've got no back to my selection, except I like Julianna Margulies.

Outstanding Miniseries
The Pacific (HBO)
Return To Cranford (Masterpiece) (PBS)
- No selection made because I have absolutely no basis whatsoever.

Outstanding Made For Television Movie
Endgame (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Georgia O'Keeffe (Lifetime)
Moonshot (HISTORY)
The Special Relationship (HBO)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
- I'm not a big HBO fan, and Georgia O'Keeffe sounds pretty interesting, actually.

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien (NBC)
- Um, I don't watch late-night junk. But SNL had Betty White, so okay.

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
Bill Maher "...But I'm Not Wrong" (HBO)
Hope For Haiti Now (MTV)
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction (HBO)
The 25th Anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Concert (HBO)
Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me (HBO)
- I've got nothing. Choosing Haiti because people are still feeling bad for them.

Outstanding Special Class Programs
ABC's LOST Presents: Mysteries Of The Universe - The Dharma Initiative (abc.com/lost)

82nd Annual Academy Awards (ABC)
Avatar: Enter The World Of Pandora (HBO First Look) (HBO)
The Daily Show: Ask A Correspondent (thedailyshow.com)
30 Rock: Webisodes (NBC.com)
63rd Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (NBC)
- I love the Olympics. That is all.

Outstanding Children's Program
Hannah Montana (Disney Channel)
iCarly (Nickelodeon)
Jonas (Disney Channel)
Wizards Of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Movie (Disney Channel)
- I know very little about children's programming that is not animated. The kids I taught over the summer were into iCarly more than anything else on here, but Phineas & Ferb was their absolute favorite. That, and SpongeBob. So... yeah.

Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program
Nick News With Linda Ellerbee - The Face Of Courage: Kids Living With Cancer (Nickelodeon)
When Families Grieve (PBS)
-I actually really wanted to catch this special. I had read a lot about it and never saw it.

Outstanding Nonfiction Special
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story (EPIXHD)

By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama (HBO)
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me (TCM)
Saturday Night Live In The 2000s: Time And Again (NBC)
The Simpsons: 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! (FOX)
Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO)
- Not sure what Teddy is or who Johnny Mercer is, but I'm not a big fan of Eddie Izzard or SNL. I saw the Simpsons special and it sucked. This leaves Barack Obama... by default.

Outstanding Nonfiction Series
American Experience (PBS)
American Masters (PBS)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
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