Arrested Development


Grey’s Anatomy


Rescue Me


Six Feet Under

The Sopranos


What do these shows have in common? Oh, nothing much. Just that they were ignored by an academy of voters who clearly don’t appreciate spectacular casts and performances, brilliant direction and stellar writing. The conspiracy theorist in me is beginning to question the validity of the Emmy voting system, as I’m sure are the millions of rabid, dedicated fans of these shows who also feel that their beloved programs were unjustly jilted in all major categories.


I went to bed angry. I know, it’s sad that a few hours of television can affect me to that extent. But with the exception of the two trophies that made sense and went to deserving parties (The Office – Best Comedy Series and Jeremy Piven – Entourage), I thought the Emmy Awards were awful.  The entire night, from red carpet to rushed ending, was a train wreck that left a bad taste in my mouth; very disappointing from a pop culture perspective. 


Am I a party of one on this one?  

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Here are my honest, unedited thoughts, written as I followed Sunday night’s Emmy Awards….


I am looking forward to two things: Conan O’Brien hosting and the awkward ‘Tori Spelling v. her family’ moment during the Tribute to Aaron.


I didn’t get the memo that Purple is ‘the’ color.


Goddaughters are the new daughters. See: Jon Voight and Barry Manilow. What, your own daughters weren’t available? Couldn’t get a date??

I heart Tim Gunn. I love impersonating his voice while reading his blog out loud after each episode of Project Runway every week.

First Impression: DRESSES



Paula Abdul (Unflattering floral & pearl combo)

Tyra Banks

Candice Bergen

Lorraine Bracco

Blythe Danner

Eva Longoria

Debra Messing (Too white to wear without a tan)

Jeremy Piven (An ascot…really?)

Ellen Pompeo (Slick hair…yikes)

Leah Remini

Kyra Sedgwick (Love her, not the dress)



Portia de Rossi (Where’s Ellen?)

Cheryl Hines (Are those jewels glued on her back?)

Heidi Klum (Pregnant or not, this was kind of bland for the Runway Queen)

Lisa Kudrow

Evangeline Lily

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Sandra Oh

Kim Raver

Kate Walsh (Beautiful otherwise)



Annette Bening (Very classy and age appropriate, which is rare & appreciated)

Felicity Huffman

Kathryn Heigl

Jane Kaczmarek

Virginia Madsen

Helen Mirren (Ditto my comments about Bening)

Jaime Pressly

Alfre Woodard


Ok, the show is starting. Conan is doing a LOST parody! I love it!!  Hurley!  I love the nomination snub reference. OMG! The Office! This is the best skit ever. Jim! Pam! I am dying. Now they’re on to 24. And House.  South ParkThe closet! I can’t believe they’re referencing the Tom Cruise episode. Awesome. Now Dateline.  


So far, so good. Nice work, Conan.  


Wow, I still can’t believe that Ducky (Jon Cryer) is on a hit show. Not that I know anyone who watches Two and a Half Men.


Ah, the first obligatory Mel Gibson joke, met with mixed and somewhat uncomfortable applause…followed by the first obligatory gay joke, met with a similar response. Come on Conan, kick it up a notch. Ok there you go – making fun of Charlie Sheen. Not a candidate for father of the year.


For a guy who has a show on NBC, Conan sure is making fun of his own network an awful lot.


The cameras are only showing actors from NBC shows for reaction shots now. Yawn.


Oh good, McDreamy and Zellweger’s doppelganger are first to present.


That’s not nice, cutting off Mullally’s speech with music one minute into it.


I have missed Julia Louis-Dreyfus. If only her new show didn’t have a laugh track!


Ah, the Sheens. Fake banter. Painful.


I am very frustrated by the fact that brief scenes for all major nominations are not being shown; why on earth aren’t there scenes from the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series?


Did Blythe Danner really just use the phrase ‘my golly’ on national television? Twice?!


So far, this show has been horrible except for Conan’s opening skit. The music has been rudely interrupting the acceptance speeches and they are so concerned with coming in under three hours that they’re rushing through and it’s messy.


I love that Jason Lee’s hair and mustache are in character, even when he’s in a tux and off set.  Jaime Pressly should have won her category.


Jeremy Piven totally deserves the award and was surprisingly emotional. The recognition is long overdue.


Although the Christopher Meloni bit was funny, it still takes time away from the actual winners. I’m not sure how much more I can take without fast-forwarding my TiVO.


I admit to not caring about any of the Miniseries categories this year, and thus not writing about them.


What’s with the scenes being shown on iPods and cell phones? This is not getting any better.


The editing of this show is HORRIBLE.


I’ve made an executive decision. I am not going to blog anymore, except about the major category winners. This sucks, and this show is both boring and frustrating. Such a letdown (I do love my award shows).



WINNER: Tony Shaloub. Again. Unreal. I am so tired of people winning for shows that no one watches.



WINNER: The Pivs (Jeremy Piven)! Sweet!



WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Wow. Good for her, but sad for Lisa Kudrow, who’s return to television was spectacular. If you didn’t watch The Comeback, go rent it now. Painfully hilarious.



WINNER: Megan Mullally. Admittedly, she was the best thing about Will & Grace. Where was Sarah Chalke’s nomination for Scrubs? That girl is pretty damn funny.



WINNER: Kiefer Sutherland. I know he is Mr. 24, but Denis Leary was robbed. His character on Rescue Me is both mesmerizing and disturbing. That show makes for great television.  



WINNER: Alan Alda. He isn’t even there. Yawn. At least it wasn’t Shatner again.



WINNER: Mariska Hargitay. Does she deserve it? Yes. But in a weak category this year I think Frances Conroy outshined all of the others. It is also a damn shame that Edie Falco was not nominated, as her performance last season on The Sopranos was incredible.



WINNER: Blythe Danner, Paltrow’s mommy. Again. Who watched Huff before it was canceled? Anyone?



WINNER: The Office! Finally – a deserving win. Genius.






WINNER: The Amazing Race. Fourth time in a row. The production and entertainment value of this particular reality show is impressive, but I have watched every season of Survivor and am infatuated with Project Runway.



WINNER: My Name is Earl. It’s a good show, but in my opinion, the writing is better on Arrested Development. Bonus points: the writer who won for Earl had the best speech of the evening.



WINNER: The Sopranos. Again, a great show, but in the writing category I’d give the edge to Lost and Six Feet Under.


To sum up, I am very disappointed. The nominations, for the most part, had major omissions and the winners prove that I have absolutely no idea who votes for these people (clearly not folks who watch the same amazing shows I do). The show was horribly edited and rushed, and I’ve never wanted to turn off an awards show before tonight.


As for my personal Emmy predictions, they represented wishful thinking at best. Only 2 of my 13 picks won. At least The Office won for Comedy Series. That is THE only redeeming moment from these three hours of dull schlock.


Conan did an average job, and the Aaron Spelling tribute didn’t even feature any of his family members.  My favorite part was the first five minutes – Conan’s opening montage.


Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and Six Feet Under were all shut out in all major categories. Now that is a sad statement.  


And now for the most outrageous portion of the evening. Why is it that when announcing the nominees, most of the clips shown were for the men nominated in each category? Seriously. How freakin’ sexist is that?! Winners for both Actress in a Comedy (Louis-Dreyfus) and Actress in a Drama (Hargitay) – no scenes. But both Actor in a Comedy (Shaloub) and Actor in a Drama (Sutherland) – brief scenes from their shows were shown. I don’t get it; then again, I didn’t get how the voting rules changed this year and didn’t anticipate just how far from grace this show had fallen.

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Two well-known writer/directors (Joss Whedon and James Gunn) posted their selections for Favorite 25 TV Characters Ever on their blogs. As a huge fan of lists, I wanted to play along.


So here are my choices, in alphabetical order of course. Admittedly, most of my favorites are from recent shows and I am totally showing my age, but I reserve the right to make additions should they come to me at a later date!


Here are their rules:

No puppet or cartoon characters

No miniseries

No reality show folks

All characters must be ‘regulars’


1.       Elaine Benes – SEINFELD

2.      Sydney Bristow – ALIAS

3.      Phoebe Buffay – FRIENDS

4.      Carol Burnett – THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW (the rules don’t say anything about variety shows)

5.      Calamity Jane – DEADWOOD

6.      Angela Chase – MY SO-CALLED LIFE

7.      Laverne DeFazio – LAVERNE & SHIRLEY

8.      Claire Fisher – SIX FEET UNDER

9.      Ruth Fisher – SIX FEET UNDER

10.   Marshall Flinkman – ALIAS

11.    Tobias Fünke – ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

12.   Henry Gale – LOST (he will be a regular in Season 3, starting in Oct.)

13.   Tommy Gavin – RESCUE ME

14.   Ari Gold – ENTOURAGE

15.   Jim Halpert – THE OFFICE

16.   Miranda Hobbes – SEX & THE CITY

17.   Sayid Jarrah – LOST

18.   Frank Pembleton – HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET

19.   Jo Polniazek – FACTS OF LIFE

20.  Dr. Elliot Reid – SCRUBS

21.   Dwight Schrute – THE OFFICE

22.  Dana Scully – THE X FILES

23.  Andy Sipowicz – NYPD BLUE

24.  Carmela Soprano – THE SOPRANOS

25.  Al Swearengen – DEADWOOD


Runners up; ensemble casts that provided too many characters for me to choose from: ER (the early years), GREY’S ANATOMY, NIP/TUCK, OZ, THE WEST WING, and WILL & GRACE.


Thoughts? Additions? Omissions?

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I love The Office and I was amused by both Bruce Almighty and Anchorman, but unlike most of world, I do not bow at the temple of The 40 Year Old Virgin. If you really want to see Steve Carell’s true range and talent, go see Little Miss Sunshine. Carell plays Uncle Frank, and his dysfunctional movie family includes Toni Collette (in yet another great performance), Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano and fabulous little Abigail Breslin (Signs).


Little Miss Sunshine has the humor and poignancy of Garden State, and the word-of-mouth momentum of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The fantastic cast and script will keep you entertained and smiling from start to finish (the last scene alone is worth the price of admission). Made for just $8 million and gobbled up at Sundance for a record $10.5 million, it is the little-indie-that-could. Go see it in theaters now. 

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Here are my picks for the Emmy Awards (major categories only), which air this Sunday on NBC. Of course keep in mind that I tend to choose winners based upon who I think deserves to win, and not necessarily who is favored to win. At least the freaking Emmy juggernaut known as Everybody Loves Raymond is finally off the air and out of contention. But don’t get me started about the egregious omission of Lost in the Best Drama Series category…


I will be blogging ‘live’ and posting my thoughts immediately following the show.



Steve Carrell – The Office

Note to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Where the hell is Zach Braff’s nomination? Talk about another unforgivable exclusion…


Jeremy Piven – Entourage

2nd choice: Will Arnett – Arrested Development



Lisa Kudrow – The Comeback



Jaime Pressly – My Name is Earl

2nd choice: Cheryl Hines – Curb Your Enthusiasm (she’s very underrated)

“What a Joke” nomination: Alfre Woodard – Desperate Housewives. I’m sorry, I love her as an actress, but was there even an ounce of joy in her character last season? Yikes. Marcia Cross was robbed.



Denis Leary – Rescue Me

2nd choice: Peter Krause – Six Feet Under. One of the more memorable television deaths; I will never forget that scene, nor Nate’s last word, ‘narm’ (numb + arm).



Michael Imperioli – The Sopranos



Frances Conroy – Six Feet Under



Sandra Oh – Grey’s Anatomy

2nd choice: Chandra Wilson – Grey’s Anatomy. For many reasons, but primarily for the scene when she uttered the best television catchphrase of the year: “Stop looking at my va-jay-jay!”


COMEDY SERIES (my toughest category; 3 of my favorite comedies of all time are competing)

The Office

2nd choice tie: Scrubs & Arrested Development



Grey’s Anatomy, in an upset over 24



Survivor, in an upset of reigning champ The Amazing Race



The Office

2nd choice: Arrested Development




2nd choice: Six Feet Under


Stay tuned!

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