It is almost Christmas time for TV Junkies… Emmy Awards and Fall Premieres. This week I am going to break down the Emmys. Next week my annual column about what I am looking forward to in the fall. Here we go!
Not a lot of surprises in the nominations this year. Conan got one in its first year on TBS. Conan is good but not as good as when he was on at 11:35 (CDT). I think the Emmy voters just wanted Jay Leno to see who they really support. (Like it was some secret. Jay knows he’s hated. He dries his eyes with the $100 bills he rakes up.)
An Emmy to top off a long, brilliant career?
Betty White got a Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nod for TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland. This is just a tip of the hat to White. Her show’s jokes are as old as she is. What a waste of talent. This is a cast of very talented female comediennes. HIC was as much a vehicle for the Snickers-Commercial-hot White as anything. Jane Leeves (Frasier) and Wendie Malick (Dream On! And Just Shoot Me) have been so much funnier on TV. Kristen Wiig got a surprising nomination here as well for SNL. Most Saturday Night Live Actors are ignored by the Emmys.
Modern Family will dominate again this year. Seventeen nominations went out to the ABC sitcom – four of which are in the same category. Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill and Eric Stonestreet (who won this last year) are all nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen were also nominated in the Actress category. The fact that every actor and actress other than the kids was nominated ought to wrap up why Modern Family is the best comedy on television. The question is not if they win but who will win.
Lots of trophies going home with the cast of Modern Family.
I’ve never hidden my delight in the fact that SNL is having a great decade. As I mentioned above, Kristen Wiig is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. On top of that, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Timberlake were both nominated for their guest roles as host. Timberlake relishes his time on SNL. He truly is amazing on the show. I foresee him giving Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin runs for their money as long-serving hosts. Wiig is by far the funniest cast member to come along since Will Ferrell. Every character she creates (except the detestable Gilly) is unique and hilarious. I would love to see her win an Emmy. I’d also like to see SNL win but it won’t. My money is on Jon Stewart but I’d be thrilled if Late Night with Jimmy Fallon won. If you haven’t seen this show, you need to. Fallon works. He is getting better and better and Executive Producer Lorne Michaels has surrounded him with talent and genius writing. Hit Hulu or YouTube to see either of his rapping sketches with Justin Timberlake or any of his Thank You Note bits. Funny.
I am once again getting weary of most reality shows. I watched Top Chef again this year but I am afraid it didn’t have the zing to win the Emmy again. It was nice to see Richard Blais win though. I just can’t get into drama right now. Last year I shared my desire to start watching The Good Wife but I just didn’t. The only drama I watch now is In Plain Sight on USA. No nominations for them so… I guess I’ll just be happy if some of my favorite actors win.
Well Adam and Brett have their Free Money. Here’s mine. Good luck in Vegas.
(I am only posting the biggies)
Outstanding Drama Series
Should Win: Boardwalk Empire
Will win: Mad Men
(BK loves Boardwalk. That’s why I put them here.)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Should Win: Modern Family
Will win: Modern Family
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Should Win: Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Will Win: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
(Bates is good but she’s becoming pretty predictable.)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Should Win: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Will win: John Hamm, Mad Men
(I don’t think Emmy voters watch dramas anymore either.)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Should Win: Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Will Win: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
(Fey must send $100 bills in her Christmas Cards.)
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy
Should Win: Sofia Vergara, Modern Family or Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Will Win: Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
(White will be honored for decades of hilarity.)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Should Win: Steve Carrell, The Office
Will win: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
(Parsons was consistently funnier but Carrell has been nominated 6 times and never won. That’s a travesty that the Emmys will fix.)
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy
Should Win: Ed O’Neill, Modern Family or Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Will Win: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
(With too many choices from one show, lazy voters will go with last year’s winner. O’Neill has never won an Emmy or a Golden Globe as an individual actor.)
Outstanding Variety, Comedy Or Musical Series
Should Win: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon or Saturday Night Live
Will Win: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
(Did you know that SNL has the most Emmy Nominations (142) ever? ER is second with 124.)
Outstanding Reality Show
Should Win: Top Chef
Will win: The Amazing Race
Want to play TV Scene It? I'll win.